Bahamas out islands, boner bonanza!

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by ibn, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. ibn Moderator

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    It took a few days to hit me after I got home (last sunday) just how good a bonefishing trip I just had. I spent 6 days fishing with Anil in the southern Bahamas, never before have I had such a phenominal trip in terms of size and numbers of bonefish. We couldn't ask for much better fishing despite high winds and a few rain squalls.

    Our lodging was ideal, a small house right on the water, a front door to the ocean. We had a guide from 5am until 3pm, then spent evenings fishing right in front of our cabin. We only saw 1 other foriegner the whole trip, and NO other fishermen.

    I could write for hours about the experience, but instead I'll let some pictures do the talking.

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  2. Denny Active Member

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    Awesome pics! Where specifically in the Bahamas? A buddy of mine is heading to So. Andros for his first time. Do you have any recommendations for patterns, or any other hints and tips that I can pass on to him?

    Thanks for sharing!
  3. herl Member

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    Wow! Great Pictures! What kind of camera were you using? Looks like a great time - What I wouldn't give to be somewhere warm and fishy right now..
  4. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Great Bones O Fire. Those are some big bones and nice bar jacks too.
    Don't ya just love it.
  5. Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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    Unless you where passing the same two fish around i'd say you slayed'm!
    So why did it take you so long to discover how well you did? It sound like you had a trip of a life time!
  6. alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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    That's awesome. Nothing like some quality alone time with your man-panion.
  7. yuhina Tropical member

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    Quality trip! That's awesome! Thanks for posting these great photos!
  8. Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

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    Great,Awesome,Cool and Right Friggin On !!!!!
  9. hendersonbaylocal Member

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    Yeah guys! :thumb:
  10. Happy Gilmore New Member

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing the pics.

    Did you fish primarily from a poled flats boat with your guide or....
  11. LesR New Member

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    :thumb:What kind of flies worked well? Great pics! Thanks for sharing

    LesR in the Gig
  12. Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    Excellent pics....made this 34F day seem a tad warmer. What rod and reels were you guys using? How long did you have to cast to hook those bonefish?
  13. John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    IBN now that is the way to do it, right on!!
  14. Anil Active Member

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    In answer to a few of the questions posted:
    Richard: Neither Ibn or I can remember exactly where in The Bahamas this was!?!?
    Alpine: We’ve never felt closer.
    Happy: Most of the fishing was done while wading the flats with and without a guide.
    Brookie: The annoying answer that I always give is that you have to cast as far as the Bonefish are.
    Typically this means casts of 30’-60’. But make no mistake I don’t know anyone who is a ‘good enough’ caster to fish for bonefish. I’ve seen numerous excellent casters, blow numerous opportunities. EVERYONE who is planning a bonefishing trip will benefit from as much practice (and if necessary) instruction as they can get. You will enjoy yourself more and catch more fish if you are a competent caster.
    Having said all that, don’t let your ability stop you. Since you will never be good enough, you might as well go anyway.
    Anil
  15. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    Awesome! I just bought the Bahama's Flyfishing Guide recently and need to go somewhere tropical soon! Nice pic's there! :thumb:
  16. Porter Active Member

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    On to more important info....how was that Kalik brew? :beer1: :)
  17. espja New Member

    Deep, deep, deep green with envy!!!

    Great series of pictures Ibn! I bet it was perfect for the soul to have a tropical start for the winter up here.

    Nice work as always to you and Anil.

    Joe
  18. zeelander New Member

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    Beautiful!

    Z
  19. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    I would like to back "ibn" on the casting to bone fish.
    Most of the flies I use for bones are heavy and I wish I would have practiced more the first time went.
    All of the bone fish I have caught were close, 20' to 30' or closer.
    I would have liked to be able to cast 60' or better, but it's hard to see out that far.
    Bone fishing is a sight thing, you can't catch what you can't see.
    Blind casting to structure is O.K. cause ya never know what will get after your fly. Mostly big toothy things.
    The Yellow tail snappers and the bar jacks are a really good time.
  20. salt dog card shark

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    Since late is better than never, great job on the pic's ibn. Sounds like a kick ass trip.:thumb:

    The Kalik pic is now on my desktop to remind me of why I am working my butt off right now. Kalik should buy that picture from you, superb composition. 22 days until I leave for Abaco, and looking for motivation to work and stop looking at everyone else's vacation pictures.