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Subscriber Elbert Bivens booked a Do-It-Yourself bonefish trip to Eleuthra this past September through Vince Tobia’s, Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters. Bivens says the information and service he received from Tobia was helpful. The service provided included arranging a car rental and securing lodging in an attractive beachfront hotel. Tobia also provides maps showing good places to fish.

Bivins says the fishing was quite good but challenging. “I had many shots, and I actually caught a few fish each day,” he writes, noting that he had to go to long leaders and un-weighted Charlies and Gotchas to score. “There was hard sand in some areas, which made for easy wading; in other areas, coral made wading more difficult,” he writes. He gives “hours of encountering bonefish, especially on the incoming tide” as a highlight of the trip. He says he also appreciated the chance to buy fresh lobsters dockside for dinner.

The only downside of the trip, Bivens notes was that “Some things on Eleuthera are surprisingly expensive, including gas, beer and meals in restaurants.” He gives the cost of the trip, without airfare, as $1,900 for two persons. He recommends the experience to anyone who wants to “fish a whole week at his own pace.”

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