Wind blows good fortune - John Eichelsheim
Wind blows good fortune
By John Eichelsheim
"In December 2013 I had the pleasure of hosting a group of bone-fishers to the beautiful island of Aitutaki.
The party comprised Cecil and Aimee who flew into Rarotonga direct from the USA, Cecil’s son Cody and his friend Georgia, who joined 2012 Aitutaki veteran Renier de Jong and myself in Auckland for the flight to Raro, from where we all travelled together to Aitutaki."
Staying at Inano Beach Bungalows as usual, we embarked on a fairly full schedule, fishing four days out of six with Itu Davey and his crew of excellent guides. Aimee, Georgia and Cody were bonefish virgins, and while Cecil and I had fished Aitutaki together on many occasions, a bonefish on a fly had eluded him so far. Rene was also hoping for his first bonefish after missing out on his last trip through a combination of bad luck and illness.
Trip of a Lifetime, Fish of a Lifetime - by Gary Kemsley
"Well, I am back from what transpired to be yet another trip of a lifetime. We left Auckland and four hours later we landed in Rarotonga."
We had time to hit the coast across the road from the airport; actually it was the bar across the road from the airport, while we waited for our flight to Aitutaki. It was hot and windy. Soon we were in a Saab 300 and heading north for our destination. Forty minutes later just as the darkness descended we passed over the lagoon of Aitutaki as we approached the airport. As we left the plane we were greeted by islanders with flower lei necklaces and we were swept off to our accommodations five minutes away.
It was a bit of a culture shock from Auckland to Aitutaki.
We had four days fishing booked with E2 and his guides Ben, Abii, Rua, Tia and a couple of trainee guides. That meant that we could fish two to a boat each of our four days.
How Big Was That Bone?
That was a question we asked each other every time we released another Aitutaki bonefish.
Recent Bonefish Adventurer and fisheries scientist Richard did a little research on his return home. Here is a table he produced based on the measurements of over 1000 south Florida bonefish in a 2011 thesis by Larkin.
Fork length (mm) Weight (kg) Weight (lb)
500 1.89 4.16
510 2.01 4.43
520 2.14 4.71
530 2.27 5.00
540 2.41 5.31
Trip Report Post - Morag O'Driscoll, November 2012
"My first bonefish photo op was very nearly a complete disaster as I struggled to gently hold the fish up and into the frame."
My amused husband Richard cast all sorts of slurs on my ability to handle fish as the glistening barrel of silver slipped this way and that while he attempted to document that we had in fact achieved the goal of our holiday.
On the very first morning of our first day’s fishing in Aitutaki lagoon I’d hooked and landed a bonefish.
October 2011 Aitutaki trip report
"Kia Orana - Our last Bonefish Adventure for 2011 was a blast!"
NZ Fishing News' Brett Patterson and Mark Kitteridge, fishing author and writer John Eichelsheim, fishing writer John Murphy, along with super-keen fishos Simon Bleach-Wood and Andy Sheppard, stayed at Inano Beach Resort and were guided by Itu ('E2') and Rua Davey, aided by third brother Tia. We found ourselves 'living the dream', with the location, weather and fishing all combining to give us experiences we'll never forget.