Welcome to my photo site. Here you will see some of my favorite fish and people who I have spent time with on the water. Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon in the Florida Keys. Giant Tarpon in Homosassa. Tailing Redfish from Florida to Texas. Targeting these fish on fly is my desire, but some guests just don’t fly fish. It can be tough enough catching the big three with skilled fly fishing guest! And next to impossible for the inexperienced angler. I still after many years love to be in the lower Florida Keys in the month of October. Permit Fishing is at it's best. Weather is good and temperatures pleasant. All photos on this site were taken by myself and are property of Earle Waters, and are not to be used under any circumstances without written permission.
Bill AuCoin, Editor
Ever wonder who comes up with the ideals that make fishing and life generally better! Well here's one. Who came up with the first fold down push pole holders that have graced so many flats skiffs eg. Hewes, Silver King, Maverick and more. Miami based Bill Curtis is the guy who came up with what we refer to as the Poling Platform. It was first introduced by Bow Hewes of Hewes Boats in 1968. Well, Bill is also the guy who came up with the fold down push pole holder. The photos attached are a set of molds and clear Lexan pole holder that Bill gave to Capt. John Emery of Miami for a Boat project that John and I were working on. We never used them and I put them aside maybe 30 years ago! Recently I found them in my shop, and though I would share. Notice how much the Silver King models look like the ones Bill made. The original owner of Silver King owned a Co. called TSE and they made neuromas parts out of UMHW, which is what the ones on the silver king are made of.
For the past few years, Tarpon season starts in March for me. Caught more fish in March and April than in May. Caught a few ot the 150 pound class fish that show up in May, but no World Records! Numbers just did not compare to last year. June was also great last season. Weather with wind out of the NW kept the fish out, along with high winds an thunderstormes this June. Went a 100 miles south of Key West this July and had some of the best Tarpon fishing I have wittessen in recent years. Along as a guest of a good friend I stayed aboard his 60 foot sport fishing boat. Using a poling skiff towed behind the sport fisher we were never more than a ten min. run to the fish. Often with Tarpon all around the mothership in the evenings. Lots of tarpon over a 100 pounds. Saw no other boats Tarpon fishing the whole week! Once back in Homosassa I found fishint to have improved. Tarpon finally in places were they shold have been in June. The best part is no one is fishing them! Kim's "Purple Haze" has took the most fish this season by far! Due to th unsattleness of the tarpon at Homosassa, I have been going back an forth to the Fl. Keys. Tarpon in the keys has been good with some excellent permit fishing. I am expecting to see pleanty of tarpon moving north at Homosassa in July, and very few anglers fishing for them!
Like our lodging for the Bonefish "Beach" Club Discovery Expeditions, The Black Fly Lodge when completed, will break from tradition and have single rooms at no extra charge.
All rooms are located upstairs above the Black Fly Outfitter store. There will be eight single rooms and 2 double rooms all opening out onto the second story wrap around balcony. The expanded front balcony will have an incredible view of the Schooner Bay harbor and the ocean beyond. The shady balcony is sure to be THE gathering spot every afternoon.
Each room will have a name and you will be able to see the rooms online and reserve the one you like at the same time you are making your fishing reservation.
The Black Fly Lodge rooms will be the most comfortable and well thought out room you've ever had in a fishing lodge. Each room will have a tying desk, lots of shelves, pegs, hangers & hooks, WI-FI internet access, no TV, books and a good reading light.
The Black Fly Cafe will provide three meals a day for our fishing guests and service the harbor town of Schooner Bay.
Seafood, that's our specialty! Our menu will be based around what you would expect to eat when you're at a Bahamian fishing lodge....local Bahamian cuisine with the Black Fly touch.
We will have our own boat and crew of local fishermen who will provide the Black Fly Cafe with fresh local snapper, grouper and all of the other seafood delights that are available right at our front door step.
Since we will have many world class sport fishing yachts in the Schooner Bay harbor, we anticipate our menu at the Black Fly Cafe will also include lots of dolphin (mahi-mahi), wahoo and tuna.
3 nights - 2 days fishing: $1795.00 pp....$2500.00 single angler.
4 nights - 3 days fishing: $2395.00 pp....$3000.00 single angler.
5 nights - 4 days fishing: $2995.00 pp....$3500.00 single angler.
6 nights - 5 days fishing: $3375.00 pp....$4000.00 single angler.
7 nights - 6 days fishing: $3750.00 pp....$4500.00 single angler.
The "Beach" Club House will accommodate up to 4 anglers at this time.
Schooner Bay - Abaco, Bahamas
Year - Round
The capacity for the lodge when completed will be 10 anglers.
Bonefish, permit, tarpon, mutton snapper, barracudas, jacks, sharks
The Black Fly Bonefish Beach Club will accept reservations from 2 to 5 days. You may arrive on any day of the week depending on availability. Please call me at 352-302-0359 or e-mail me at email@example.com
A 50% deposit (per angler) of the total package cost for each trip is due within 10 days of booking to secure the reservation. Guides and dates cannot be held or reserved without a deposit. BCC reserves the right to charge a handling fee of $100 per person for date changes after the initial reservation has been made. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
You may fly directly into Marsh Harbor from your hometown with connections in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, Miami or Jacksonville.
Flights from Nassau to Marsh Harbor leave daily at 4PM. Returning flights out of Marsh Harbor back to Nassau leave daily at 8:30AM. (except Sunday's)
Black Fly will provide transportation from Marsh Harbor to the "Beach" Club and return.
As of 2006, all U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.
Black Fly Bonefish "Beach" Club is a fishing-focused destination and does not offer many non-angling activities other than world class, untouched beach combing, swimming, and relaxing at our Beach House. Our beach is directly in front of the Beach House and stretches for miles in either direction.