recently returned from a saltwater fishing adventure. this year it was a week in abaco.
i am a big fan of "do it yourself" flyfishing adventures with "reasonable expenses" and this trip was special in many ways as i will describe below.
in the past, i have fished the bahamas in exuma, nassau, mayaguana and most recently abaco. i have also flyfished florida, north carolina, virginia, alaska, canada, aruba, cancun and hawaii.
living in southeastern pennsylvania, the bahamas provide a close and fruitful destination.
we flew from philadelphia into west palm beach florida. from there, it was a short flight with bahamasair into marsh harbour, abaco. we spent a week on this island.
our accomodations were in a 2 bed room rental house right on the beach in casuarina point. this is 14 miles south of the airport.
the rental home was nothing short of spectacular...check out kokomoabaco.com. the 2 bedroom home was right on the beach, 30 feet from the waters edge with bonefish passing the front porch in plan site every afternoon.
the rental is complete with a white mini-van (which was parked at the airport waiting for our arrival) and a 16' carolina skiff with 20 hp outboard honda 4 stroke engine.
there are bonefish rich flats as far as one can see up and down the beach. in total we caught and released 7 different species of fish right in front of the house.
less the one mile off the beach right in front of the home, there is deep blue water. trolling with our heavier spinning gear and yo-zuri divers, we were able to catch very nice mahi mahi...thank god the tuna decided not to destroy our light gear.
we caught numerous bone fish during the day both with spinning and fly tackle. bones were in the 3-5 lbs class ranging from 16-20". we did break down the one day and chartered with Buddy Pinder for a flats fishing trip. we fished the western flats called the marls and landed many bones.
after dark and dinner, we would cast our light spinning gear into the water in front of the house. we'd walk our rods back up to the deck and kick back with a cold one. we caught all sorts of fish after dark including bonefish and some very nice snappers. conch for bait was perfect (picked up enough conch bait in town for $2).
check out the link to the rental property. there is a larger rental (4 bedrooms) 2 doors down the beach from kokomo.
i would definitely consider returning to abaco. it is the only place i have been where i could see no other fisherman and the prey was abundant. also, i have never been in a location where within 1 mile of the front porch, i could catch bonefish, see several large permit (which i failed to hook), go snorkling and spearfishing (grouper and lobster) and do alittle deep water trolling for mahi mahi and yellowfin tuna.
finally, the kokomo rental was absolutely gorgeous with airconditioning, flat screen tv's (watched the final four ncaa tournament), vonage phone service, and wifi. all amenities were there...all from dish soap, laundry soap, linens and towels to fresh running water, full kitchen, and most importantly, ice machine!
check out the photos!
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oh forgot to ask...
if anyone else has had a similar experience, for example, a "do it yourself" destination with such fishing diversity, please let me know.