If you want trip cancellation Insurance in the event you have to suddenly cancel, contact CSA Travel Protection @ 800-348-9505 or click here for their website: The cost depends upon your age and the total cost of the trip. It is generally under $200 for these trips—sometimes much less.
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Tips for flying the friendly skies!
Carry on as much as you can-reels, rods, cameras, necessary medication, etc. If your checked bag doesn't make it at least you'll still have the important stuff, which may be difficult or impossible to obtain when you arrive. Most airlines allow you to take on 3 & 4 piece rods, some don't. It is really up to the flight crew when boarding the plane. Just be prepared to check them at the gate if they don't allow you to take 'em on the plane. That means pack rods in a durable & lockable rod holder to protect them from damage & theft, and make sure the rod holder has a securely affixed ID tag. If packing rods with checked luggage, try and split them up in different bags, or put one rod in a checked bag, and the others in your checked rod holder. That way if one gets lost, you'll still have something to fish with while you wait for the airlines to get you your stuff. Make sure your checked luggage is easily identifiable-put unique stickers on them, or tie a bandana or colored string onto a handle. This way you can spot your bag right away, and this will also discourage theft of your bag. Wear your wading boots on the airplane--if your luggage is lost or delayed, at least you'll have them to wade and fish effectively.
Effective January 1, 2008, spare lithium batteries - extra batteries not installed on devices - will no longer be allowed in checked baggage. Spare lithium batteries may be packed in carry-on baggage and lithium batteries installed in a device may be packed in either checked or carry-on, as long as the battery is installed in the device.
Here is info from TSA website on fishing equipment:
Fishing Rods / Poles - Fishing Rods are permitted as carry-on and checked baggage. However, please check with your air carrier to confirm that it fits within their size limitations for carry-on items. Ultimately, it is the carrier's decision as to whether or not it can be transported as carry-on baggage.
Tackle Equipment - Fishing equipment should be placed in your checked baggage. Some tackle equipment can be considered sharp and dangerous. Expensive reels or fragile tackle such as fly's should be packed in your carry-on baggage.
Items that are Prohibited in Carryon Bags
Customers may not bring liquids or gels of any kind onboard the aircraft in their carryon baggage if they do not meet the requirements described below. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. Items that do not meet the following specifications must be packed in checked baggage.
Items permitted on carryon baggage
Travel-size toiletries (three ounces or less) that fit comfortably in a single, quart-size or less, clear plastic, zip-top bag. ·Baby formula and breast milk are allowed for customers traveling with a baby or toddler.* You are encouraged to travel with only as much formula or breast milk needed to reach your destination.·Canned, jarred, or processed baby food* ·Gel or liquid-filled teethers for babies*These must be declared at the checkpoint for further screening.
At the security checkpoint customers will be asked to remove their zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt.
You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items (lipstick, lip balm and similar solids). Please remember these items must be solid and not liquid, gel or aerosol. Please see other TSA guidelines for customers with prescription liquid medications and other liquids/gels needed by persons with disabilities and medical conditions.
After clearing security, travelers may bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board the aircraft.
Please allow additional time for check in at the airport to allow sufficient time to go through the security checkpoint.
*9’-10’ rods from 7 to 9 weight
*Corrosion resistant reels loaded w/floating weight forward saltwater taper fly line w/ 150+ yards of #20 backing
*extra line & backing
*Tapered 8-15lb leaders from 9’ to 12’; 8-15lb tippet material
OTHER SPECIES (barracuda, jacks, tarpon, sharks)
*9’-10’ rods in 9-10wt
*Corrosion resistant reel loaded w/ floating weight forward saltwater taper fly line w/ 200+yds of #30 backing
*Tapered 15-20lb leaders; 15-20lb tippet material; 40-100 lb shock tippet material
*wire leader material
*Spinning tackle (optional)—7-8 ft med. Action rod, quality spinning reel with capacity for 250-300 yds of 10-14lb mono; green tube lures, bucktail jigs; 4-6” surface poppers; Steel leaders
*Pliers for removing hooks/cutting wire
*Flies: shrimp, gotchas, crazy charlies, puffs, bonefish clousers, bonefish specials, epoxy shrimp.(NO FLY SHOPS ON ELEUTHERA)
*Various streamers/poppers for barracudas, sharks and jacks
*nail knot tool (large paperclip)
*Fanny pack/chest pack
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
*Passport (MANDATORY) and photocopy
*Casual tropical attire for fishing & relaxing
*Shorts & long pants for fishing
*Rain jacket & pants (light shell) for rain &/or rough boat rides
*Light pullover; wool or fleece
*Wide brimmed or long-billed hat to protect neck & ears
*Wading shoes or booties
*Socks—to prevent blisters when wading
*sun gloves (optional)
*Polarized glasses w/ side-shields (copper, amber, or orange lenses)
*Bathing suit & snorkeling gear if desired
*Camera & film & batteries
*1st aid kit
*Cash for tips, alcohol (ATM’s are hard to find)
*notebook & pen
*zip lock bags & garbage bags
*Important phone #’s
*This list is designed to help you prepare for your adventure. Feel free to add or delete any of the above items
Those of you who aren't expert casters should strongly consider taking a few casting lessons from a qualified instructor. This will give you a greater advantage while fishing the flats.