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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: DIY Fly fishing in the Bahamas - non-yak  (Read 576 times)

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Just got back from a 5 day Cruise in the Bahamas.

I brought my travel fly rod and a couple of flies, a super small kit: one reel with floating line, and a borrowed go-pro camera, in hopes of getting some time to fish.

Well, I got 3 hours of casting time while we were moored off a small Cay. I left the family at the tourist beach and hiked to the other side of the small island.

Soon, I found a rocky shoreline mostly devoid of cruise ship passengers.

Almost as soon as I started setting up my rod I saw a huge Bonefish, probably 7lbs+
cruising the flats, not 30 feet from where I stood in 2' of clear 70 degree water!

I was pumped to see that trophy and hurried to get set-up.

Finally, I took my first cast, and instantly my fly was followed by medium sized Bones - 2lb'ers or so. Wow, nice start I thought. I casted for the next hour watching countless fish, mostly Needlefish - from 20 - 30", and Bonefish - big and small, grab, swarm and
follow my fly. Also, too many other fish I could not identify were checking out my fly.

The water was clear and I felt as though I was standing in an aquarium - really cool!

Well, after a couple of LDR's on line ripping Bonefish I finally hooked up on a snaky Needlefish which darted about in front of me before I landed the toothy fish. These fish seemed to be the fastest fish on the reef.

A few casts later I thought I had finally hooked into a Bonefish, but as the brute bulldogged me and stayed deep I wondered if I was on a Jack. Moments after thinking this, my assumptions were confirmed as my line went limp and a nice jack swam toward me chasing the fly it had just come off. Total rush.

I worked the area for another few casts, and got a line ripping run of about 50yds from a huge needlefish, before it's teeth cut my 12lb flouro leader - WOW!

By that time I figured the girls were going to start wondering where I was, seeing as I missed the lunch spread that the ship had planned. So I hiked back and grabbed one of the last sandwiches, got on a lounge chair, and recounted 3 hrs of fantastic fly fishing while I watched the girls play in the blue Caribbean water.

Some vid of the action:

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Awesome job buddy.  And yeah, 20 pound minimum used to make a twisted leader for those ocean critters.
So long and thanks for all the fish!!!
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really cool tony, glad you were able to get on some fish, cameron
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Well Stu, kayak fishing is a lifestyle, not a hobby, sometimes you have to look at the swell report and say "Hey bud let's party"

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Sweet, way to get some fishing in on a family trip. The video was great!
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I'm not even into fly fishing and that was a great read!
Nice going Tony!
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Nice write up and video.


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Damn that looked fun.


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Thanks for the Bahamas fishing report and cool video Tony.
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Sounds like a lot of fun.  What rod weight were you using?
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