Prepping For The Bahamas

I’m not writing this to rub it in. I know it’s cold outside. I have six inches of snow on my front lawn right now and it’s gray as can be here in Missoula. We could have another few months of this stuff before the consistently warm weather arrives. We all want to be somewhere else right now. That’s why I’m getting out of town.

Where to? Headed to Bimini on Monday to spend four days fishing big bones with Kirk Deeter and Chris Santella, while being hosted at Bimini Sands Resort by Cabela’s. When those guys fly back to the States on the eighth, I’m jumping a milk-run flight to Nassau and then another puddle jump to Marsh Harbor on Abaco Island. There I’ll fish with a friend at Nervous Water’s Abaco Lodge. Six full days of it.

I’ve fished a lot in the Florida Keys, but only for tarpon—not bonefish or permit. And I did make a trip to Turneffe Flats, Belize one time where I had an awesome time and caught a ton of bonefish and one big tarpon. But I’m not a big-time salwater flats guy. I want to

Hoping I’ve got what I need. I know the line is solid, but I need a few more patterns.

be, I just haven’t had the time. Or I’ve been fishing steelhead in the cold when I could have been throwing Gotcha’s in the sun. So this is a big trip for me, a new leg of the fly-fishing journey.

My questions to you are these: do you know of any particular patterns I have to take with me to Abaco or Bimini?

And are there any places you would recommend that I fish on Bimini? I think we’re in good hands with Cabela’s, but Deeter and Santella and I agreed that we’d try to find the fish on our own. Suggestions are welcome.

Given time, I’ll try posting updates from the trip each day, so stay tuned to Tonic and I’ll let  you know how I do. Thanks, in advance, for any tips.

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5 Responses to Prepping For The Bahamas

  1. Eric Corya says:

    I read your blog everyday and really enjoy it, great work. Funny but true story about Bimini. Back in 1998 I read a book on bonefishing and wanted to catch a bonefish. I was new to fly fishing, couldn’t cast, bought a click reel and a cheap rod and some gotchas and thought I was good to go. My girlfriend booked a hotel in South Bimini over the internet. When we got there, it was a roach motel, it was the only buidling on South Bimini other than the airport (wrecked planes all along the outside of the runway and in trees etc. no lying) and the Bimini sands which was under construction. The pool was full of sand from a recent hurricane, plus you had to cook your own food and get your own drinks in the hotel Kitchen, we were the only people staying there! They were just starting to build Bimini Sands and the signs read now selling condos starting at $89,000, I knew I should have bought one! I’m no expert on Bimini, but I did fish South Bimini at the South end of Bimini Sands and caught bones on tan and pink gotchas, I was pretty proud of myself and yes I did get spooled a few times. Bring some cudas flies too, there should be some huge cudas around there, and I would rather catch a nice cuda on fly anyday rather than a bone! Basically my girlfriend was miserable most of the time staying at the roach motel, but looking back at it now, it was heaven and pretty much untouched water, I was the only person fishing South Bimini everyday ! Good luck and have a great time, while I suffer here in Indiana with the snow.
    Take Care,
    Eric

    • Greg Thomas says:

      Great story. And thanks for being a devoted visitor to the site. I hope it’s worth coming to for information and entertainment. I will be staying at Bimini Sands and I’ll use your advice while on the water. I really have no idea what to expect but it all should be fun. I’ll just hope the roaches have made an exodus. Thanks again, Eric. Remember, winter won’t last forever. greg

    • SunDevil says:

      Times have really changed since 98′ – you will not be disappointed. The resort is fantastic, food and beer can’t be beat and the people & fishing are world class. Have fun

      P.S. I’ve been to Bimini every year since 98′ and spent a month at Bimini Sands in 2011 – best place in the world!

  2. tracy mackenzie says:

    was lucky enought to get a couple of bruce chard’s white tigers in andros. fished them hard, and caught a lot of fish there. was in abaco over christmas, had the same fly still on, just started casting it… and the fish were crazy for it on the marls as well. don’t know what it is. i think its the legs… that fly was kickin’ for sure. it works on bright days, cloudy days. bruce said it best…. ” its killer man!”

  3. Dan Torres says:

    Hi Greg,

    I have never even fished for bonefish but I think the fly in the website link I provided would probably do the trick and it’s easy as hell to tie. I don’t even use a dubbing loop to put on the UV pearl any more…I just put on a hunk then flip it over and put another UV shrimp pink one on the top. The legs are from bass spinner bait skirts. It’s absolutely deadly on redfish and I think the colors are right for bones too. Tear it up!

    Dan

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