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lukewl 08-01-2010 01:22 PM

Great Exuma bonefish
So a few weeks ago I got an email from a friend saying he had some time off from work and was planning on going to the Great Exumas to do some bonefishing. I have never had the pleasure of feeling a bonefish strip away line so I jumped at the opportunity. I flew down to Ft Lauderdale and met up with my buddy. We jumped in a tiny little prop plane and were on our way!

The first day we went out to rolle ville flats on our own. Unfortunately we didnt see a single bonefish, TONS of lemon sharks but no bones. The next two days we had a guide booked (drex, great guide).

First fish of the day was mine! It was my first bone ever. So stoked, and even though it was pretty small, it stripped line like no other fish I have had on a fly. I was instantly in love with the grey ghost.

First day only yeilded 2 bones, both were mine. We had shots at a ton of fish, but I was getting used to the wind and my buddy was having trouble remembering he wasnt catching browns while he set the hook! haha.

Day two we got into a few HUGE schools. Also saw two large sharks hearding a school and some explosive baracuda action. The last fish of the day was mine and he just BARELY got away from a 6 ft lemon (Thanks to drex's quick action). Overall we took 7 fish the second day. Enough banter, heres the photos.

The weapons

Ben and Drex

we saw a flamingo....

Gettin a bend in the rod

massive school!

gbanker 08-01-2010 04:54 PM

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Thanks for sharing the photos and welcome to the world of saltwater fly fishing. Glad to see you are covering up to avoid the sun.

seajay 08-02-2010 09:37 AM

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Awsome. There is no other place like the Exumas. Gin clear waters.
Great pics. That shrimp fly looks killer. Were did you find it at?

lukewl 08-02-2010 09:52 AM

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its a light pink gotcha, my friend (guy in the goofy hat) tied it for me. I tie freshwater stuff but never salt... I stole a few from him so I can duplicate them for next trip!

seajay 08-02-2010 01:29 PM

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I wish I could tie. Is there anything out there that is even close to it that I could buy? That is the most life like shrimp fly I have ever seen. Or if you could tie some for me that would be awesome.:D It should be a killer Red and Trout fly for around here in N.E. Florida. I mostly use a Deceiver or Clouser. I been looking for a good Spoon fly also.
I am new to fly fishing, but have been fishing the salt creeks here for many years.

mcnerney 08-02-2010 04:20 PM

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Luke: Great trip report and photos, thanks for sharing! The Great Exumas looks like a great place to target bonefish. That hat that Ben was wearing might look a little goofy but it sure looks like the ticket to keep the sun off!


wjc 08-02-2010 06:45 PM

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Looks like a real good trip Luke. I've never been to any of the islands, and would sure like to go someday. The water looks great and the sand bottom would be be even better.

Thanks for the report and the pics.


lukewl 08-02-2010 07:36 PM

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seajay, it shouldnt be too hard to find. I know basspro has them and Im sure any well saltwater shop would have some. Just ask for "gotchas". Also, for a red spoon check out the 'bearded clam' or a kingfish spoon, both work great.

This island was one of my favorite places in the world so far!

seajay 08-03-2010 08:35 AM

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Thanks Luke for the info.

gbanker 08-03-2010 09:01 PM

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Curious as to which island (where) in the Exumas you were fishing. Looks like great flats.

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