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Old 01-05-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever spin fish Bones in Eleuthera?

I'm heading over in Feb and trying for bones with spin gear. I'm going with a 125 to 150 ft top shot of 10# test over 20# braid with a 7.6 ft medium weight rod.

Any suggestions on lures etc?
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:11 PM   #2
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Last time I bonefished in the Bahamas ( Abaco...just a bit north of you, )I used small shrimp...I also started practicing with a flyrod about a month before I went and got pretty good with it...I fished with it for about an hour and it was excellent...my guide used it a bit and could lay that shrimp about three feet in front of his nose...it's amazing what someone can do with a flyrod...I'm not there,yet, probably never will...

Good luck. bonefishintests your patience for sure...
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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I took a spinning rod with me last year when I went for the wife to use while I was flyfishing. Although she never used it while we were stalking the flats it did come in handy a few times. A couple of nights while watching the sunset we had a school of Bonita put a hurting on the baitfish and drove them right into shore. We tossed a deadly dick into the mix which they took but the problem was there were way too many obstacles from land and lost the fish. Another time, in a different area while Bonefishing, the Bonita showed up again in 3' of water!! I would never had believed it if I didn't see it. You really get to see how fast these fish can really move.

The locals all preached about using conch for bait. Never got to try it but they said to put a nice big hunk of it on there and toss it into the mix. I would bring some shrimp and crab imitations for the Bones. Also bring something big and shiny along with some wire for the Cudas. There are some monsters there. Bunch of sharks to they we saw that would be fun on a spin rod.

I would like to get back there as it is an incredible place. Good luck and let us know how you do.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:02 AM   #4
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A 1/4 to 1/8 ounce "wiggle jig" or flats jig is generally the lure of choice on spin tackle, other than a bare hook with a piece of conch or shrimp as mentioned.
As a flyfisher for bonefish, we consider any spinning lure a "grenade". The only effective way to fish one, except in deep water, is to cast well beyond any approaching bonefish, and work the lure back to them. There is no effective way otherwise to present the lure without generally spooking not only the fish you are targeting, but the other 40 in the school that you didn't see.
Bonefish is one of the ultimate sight casting trophies, spend a little time with an 8 wt. flyrod, and you'll become a total addict, especially as it sounds like you're already an ultralight guy. Flyfishing is the next step.
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On the out islands the guides have very little equipment. Take an assortment of wiggles in brown, pink, white. tip with conch or shrimp. your fish are not as fished as some other areas such as Abaco and are not as wary. Good spinning gear with excellent drag and 8# backcountry Ande. The fish here are not as big as the keys. Good chance you can get a mutton on the flats which is the guides favorite. Take an assortment of floro in 19-12 15 test
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:18 AM   #6
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medium rod is fine with medium small spinning reel, 7'

pack it to the gills with 15lb power pro

only 3 ft of 14-20lb leader on the front. when tying on the mono leader double up the power pro on your joining knot whichever you choose, as the PP will cut the mono unless you double its diameter.

use the WOBBLER jig link http://www.cabelas.com/link12/produc...4317750a.shtml

1/4 OZ get all colors tan is the best with white pink coming in second

casting the jig is all about leading the fish, if its coming at you half the distance, if its going away or sideways lead by atleast 20-30ft

you can let the jig sit on the bottom for a minute until the bone gets close then to slow jigging motions without hooking the coral or rocks and moss

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:38 AM   #7
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Cabelas jigs are all chinese copies with cheap hooks. The best bonefish jig for 30 years is the millies jig. Throw quieter and when jigged will dive a bone bonkers. Get color assortment of 3/16 and 1/4 ounce.
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I heard hookup lures jigs are good. any thoughts?
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Bahamian Bones prefer small green wiggle jigs. If this is your first trip bring frozen shrimp. I don't use a leader but just double up the 10# mono.

To be honest though the only way to catch bones is with a flyrod. Once you get good you will catch more fish and its much simpler. Just returned from the Berrys after 3 weeks of bonefishing, I can tell ya I got my fix!!
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15 lb braid to 4 feet of 12lb flourocarobon leader. A top shot will negate one of the advantages of braid on the flats. Its super thin and makes casting in the wind easier. I just returned from a week in the abacos and caught a few fatties. Learn to fly fish for them - its terrific.
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Hennessy has got em figured out!






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