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    Hello all,

    I was wondering if any of you knew whether it is possible or viable to head out after bonefish yourselves i.e. self-guided (or at least by-passing the fancy luxury lodges and all in international packages).

    I am a student back-packer type that has lots of time but poor finances. Given that bonefish live in the sea I presume that there is free access to them by the public?

    Could anyone offer advice (however seemingly obvious as I am ignorant at present) if I was to set off from the UK after them i.e. are there any destinations (anywhere in the world - though preferably closer to Africa) which have reasonable bonefishing which I could fly to and get a local guides at local prices. There is no way I could afford international fishing packages as advertised.

    Many thanks in advance for any advice offered.

    Henry

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    Well i am off to Andros for two weeks shortly and i will expect to catch 40 - 60 bones wading on a DIY basis and the total cost including flights will be c 1500-1700 ish. However I have been quite a few times before and know what i am doing and where to go if you have never been before you need to go with a guide until you gain an appreciation of their behaviour , how to see them , learn about tides etc . Most flats are remote and access is not easy you will need car or boat , better to go with someone and share costs. I don't think there is any bonefishinng this side of the Atlantic - its all about the saltwater flats environment although there are areas in the Indian Ocean and Pacific where there are Bones. You could try Cuba as there are no americans going there it might be a lot cheaper.

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    It's still pretty expensive to backpack the Caribbean as its not setup for it. However most islands in the Bahamas are do-able for DIY fishing. Little Cayman is great and totally accessible via bike/car.
    Los Roques-Venezuela, parts of Belize, Tobago, Mexico all can be done.

    If you have the time and don't mind rustic living the world's your oyster. Flights are the main factor.

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    OK. Thanks for replies so far. Does anyone know of any books or sources of info on such a subject - DIY bonefishing on a budget? Obviously, the real crux of the question here is where exactly are the most accessible, bone-fish populated areas in the cheapest countries.

    Can anyone further me in my quest?

    Thanks.

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    The flats on Eleuthera can be accessed easily by road - I've spent many weeks there honing my bonefishing skills. A word of warning though - everyman and his dog knows about these fish so they've pretty much seen (and ignored) everything - super spooky, but still good fun.

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    bahamas flyfishing guide is good - however bahamas is not a particularly cheap place to get to or stay at

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    You can rent boats in the Bahamas though and get out to the flats, reefs and bluewater.

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    Los Roques is a classical location for DIY Bonefishing, you can stay in a cheap posada (25$-30$ per day) and either fish off Grand Roque or take a water taxi out to one of the islands nearby. Some of the biggest bones on LR are caught off the beach on Grand Roque. You can also catch Tarpon off the beach assuming of course that they are there (they follow the bait fish shoals). On top of the cost of the posada you have to pay an entry fee into the national park (~ 10$) and get a state fishing licence (~ 30$). Flights from Caracas cost about 150$ return, and if you travel lightly (rucksack) then you wont have a problem getting your luggage on the plane (mostly small 8-10 seaters).

    Caracas airport is total chaos, and its very difficult getting out to LR on the same day as you arrive from Europe - so if you go to LR plan an extra overnight stay in Caracas on the outward journey, coming back is not a problem. However last time I was there (March/April) the Venezuelan government had introduced an "emigration tax" for all foreign visitors - I think it was something like 60$ (!!!!). Money can be exchanged all over the place - best of course is on the "black" market. The favourite currencies are $'s and €'s.

    Budget flights from Europe to Caracas cost between 550€ and 700€'s - Air France and Iberia seem to have the best offers, if you are lucky you may also pick up a special offer with Lufthansa (they had one recently 540€ return)

    Nearly forgot - you can also fish for bones (and Tarpon) off the beach of Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, if you are going to Nicaragua however I would go to the St Juan River and go for BIG Tarpon. But thats another story.
    Last edited by BalticFlyFisher; 29-10-2009 at 08:14 AM.

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    Hi. I have been bonefishing a couple of times. It is impossible to understand the strength of these fish before havin had the first run. What you might have heard is probably true.
    I am planning a trip from feb to march. and I have serious thoughts about going to Bahamas, Cuba or Los Roques. The last two I have tried. I think LR has been fished very hard, so you mus go to the far Cays, and it will be a bit costly. If you choose Bahamas DIY on f ex Eleuthera or Long Island you may need a cayak or car. It would be rewarding next to buying the expertise from a guide. Cuba is cheap in some ways. but when it comes to tourists they all want your green $ They will even sell their sister. Access to coast and flats are a bit hard to find. Anyway, I am interested in finding strong fish. Let me know if you are interested in sharing costs.

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    I did DIY bonefishing in long island... a car was essential ..but the fishing was great. you can get some cheap deals on accomodation or take a tent and camp.

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