I am still looking for where exactly I’ll be headed for my 2010 Bonefishing trip. I had been looking at the Name Removed out of Miami (his rates are pretty hard to beat), but in the end, I need to catch fish and the FL bonefish game just seems a bit too iffy for my taste (at least at this stage of my fixation). I’m going to keep him in mind for the future… that future being after 2010.
A reader I’ve been exchanging emails with had a list of low-cost options that included an outfitter with several budget bonefish destinations. The operation is Cattaraugus Creek Outfitter. They have packages on Acklins and Eleuthera that both sound pretty good. Acklins takes a little too long to get to, so I was keen on the Eleuthera option. Eleuthera is known as a DIY island. It’s a long island with lots and lots and lots of flats the self-guided angler can walk out on. Cattaraugus Creek would get on the phone with you before your trip and Google Earth you onto some promising spots. Their package includes lodging, meals and rental car with prices from $1,500 to $750 for a 7 day trip. Shorter stays are possible. I emailed with Vince at Cattaraugus and he was very willing to work with me on a shorter trip and gave good advice.
I was ready to hit the “go” button but the airfare sitch has tanked that particular effort. I’m using frequent flier miles and it did not seem that there was a way to get to Eleuthera with my Alaska Airline miles (they have relationships with lots of carriers, like Denta and Continental). In looked like I was going to have to burn a day in Nassau either coming or going and maybe both. That cuts too much into on-the-flats time. I need to be fishing the day after I depart and I need to be home the same day I start my return. Why it costs $350 to get from Miami to Eleuthera I have no idea.
Oh Grand Bahama, I think I’m coming back!
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