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The Abacos - Supreme Bonefishing

For the last ten years or so I've been going to the Abacos islands in the Bahamas looking for bonefish and the great experience of being in the Caribbean. I've been there just about every month between January and May, this year I hit the sweet spot: February.

I spent three days fishing with my favorite guide, Justin Sands who I've fished with 4 or 5 times previously. We were lucky to have beautiful weather: high temps in the upper 70's, gentle winds less than 10 knots blowing from the southeast and water temperatures about 76 -- add in the full moon which magnified the tides and it was absolutely perfect.

The first day out in the "Marls" section, I caught 12 fish, including a very large 9 pound fish Justin claimed was the largest he'd seen taken from that area. The second day I went out with him again to the Marls, I ended up catching 20 fish, an all-time personal record by far. We also had a shot at a permit on the second day, but i flubbed it.

The final day with Justin we went to an area I'd never been to before off the western tip of Little Abaco island. The fishing here was noticeably different. The day started out hot with about 5 fish in the first hour. After lunch as the water went down we decided to wade the flats on foot, something I've never done before. It was tough. I saw the fish at about the same time they saw me and of course it was a very short view of them as they took off demonstrating that they're the 3rd fastest fish in the sea.

I'd highly recommend the Abacos for anyone who wants to bonefish, either a beginner or the experienced warm water angler.

Here are my pictures of the trip.

Posted by Bruce on February 14, 2004 10:28 AM

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