Joel and a fish longer than him
Lots of tasty fillets on that wahoo.
All is well here on Andros with not much new to report.
No recent salvage operations or rescues.
Hank is getting his freezer filled up with fish as he and Walter have been out bottom fishing almost every other day.
John just came in the dock from a trip to the south buoy. They caught 4 wahoo and 2 dolphin.
Fifty foot sailboat being pulled off the reef.
We got a report last night that a big sailboat had run aground on the reef as it had lost it’s rudder. Hank and I went out this morning to check it out with my boat. We judged to get there right at high tide. We had no idea we could pull it off.
After surveying the situation and all the coral heads around, Hank said he thought we could get it. We plotted a path between the coral heads, hooked on and began pulling. At first it wouldn’t budge and we kept pulling side to side. I was watching the bottom and suddenly told Hank it’s moving. We kept towing until it was in deep water. The skipper on the boat was jumping up and down yelling, I’m free, I’m free.
The sea gods were smiling on him this time. The sea was quite calm. If a strong wind had come up as predicted for tomorrow he would been just another wreck on the reef.
His high dollar sailboat is now tied up safely in Fresh Creek Harbor. All we asked for payment was for about five gallons of fuel we used pulling him off. Needless to say he was quite a happy camper.
Feels good to help out someone in distress.
I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays, unwrapped their presents and stuffed their faces with this year’s holiday cookies. I know I sure have. This year’s greatest gift has been becoming a new owner of the Great Divide Outfitters, I’m sure my partners Craig and Lia Jones would agree. I know some of you have fished with Craig before as he has been a guide for Al, but rest assured that Al has only retired to a part time guide, and will be available in some sort of a la carte style this season.
Last week the Big Hole almost froze over, then has recently thawed out to the banks with the slightly warmer temps. Last night while every T.V. and radio station was calling for a winter storm, I somehow woke up to 38 degree day early this morning, with even a little rain. So once again in SW Montana, the weather is variable. In this new year, I will be keeping up with this blog to inform all you good readers of the news off the river.
Happy New Year!
John Fetter pic by Lia Jones
Another Bull Shark
And this guy was not too happy to be dragged up on the beach. Again we hooked him off the dock and again had to get into the boat and chase, pull tug all the way out to sea. It was close to an hour before he got tired enough to land. A couple pictures and put back into the sea so he can go and bite somebody cuz he is really pissed,
Sorry to report the weather here on Andros has been super. I see that back in Montana it was like -20 or something like that.
The reports I get from back there is that the snowpack is well above average. That means another good water year for the river.
Oh and I did get cussed at for the super glue article. It was worth it.
The guys from Montana who are here now have all hooked up with their first bonefish. Weather permitting their heading to the west side tomorrow with Tommy and Bradley.
Dead calm in Fresh Creek Harbor
In this photo you can also see the new Government dock on the right that they just completed.
This past week you could not ask for better weather. I finally got serious about the bonefishing. A couple days ago I went way up the creek and found lots of schools of bonefish. Couldn’t find any big ones but had lots of action.
This is a story that is too funny and I will probably get in trouble telling it.
The other day Hank was in the process of repairing a broken spinning rod. He had the rod in one hand and had wrapped line around the broken part before he glued it. With his free hand he put the cap with the tube of super glue in his teeth to unscrew it. He accidentally squeezed the tube and shot super glue on his lips. He is then trying to part his lips with his fingers. All of a sudden he gets this super urge to pee and so he does. Now his hand is glued to his tally whacker. He used a dental pick to get his lips apart and I don’t have any idea how he got the other apart and I don’t want to know. Hey man you can’t make this stuff up. I told him he should not have told me this as now I’m gonna have to write about it. I’ll probably catch hell but his was too funny not to share it.
Merry Christmas from me and Hank, Eva, Darlene, Kim and Sprey here on Andros Island.
Emil with a nice bonefish in the North Bight
Not much to report except the weather has been relatively good with light winds and lots of sun.
Went after bonefish today for only the second time. Hooked two and should have had many more. Ran into two big schools but couldn’t get em to eat. I had on a pink gotcha and they would follow it but wouldn’t eat. I was basically too lazy to go back to the boat and change flies—-oh well next time will go with the basic tan.
Going outside to the reef again tomorrow. This time Gogie and I will be looking for big mutton snappers.
Sight fish and hook into this guy.
The fishing competition keeps going on. A few days ago up the creek I caught several more snapper than he did. So he suggested a tournament the next day. I should have known this was just a bait and stupid me bit it. He literally kicked my butt next day.
Yesterday morning we went out with just a thought of catching just a few for our dinner. We came back with enough fish to feed half of Fresh Creek. Fried yellowtail and grunt was for dinner last night. Those little grunts are super sweet.
Benry went to Red Bays on the west side yesterday and reported excellent bonefishing.
Herman Bain reported good fishing in Bowen Sound.
Hank and Al boating a big bull shark
Well it was another day with the competition again fierce. The results were about even—–until.
We were at the dock cleaning our catch of the day when these three big bull sharks showed up. Hank said he was going to get his big rod. I knew they would hang around with the smell of blood in the water. These things are so aggressive it’s unreal. He put a piece of fish on his hook, threw it out in the water and in a second one of them ate it. The fight was on as it headed out to the channel . I untied my boat, Hank jumped in and we gave chase out to sea, or I should say it towed us out to sea. After a long time and with Hank about to expire, we got it next to the boat, grabbed the leader and released it.
So I guess I’ll have to admit, Hank got the biggest of the day.
Just another fun day here on Andros. Great weather next few days so we will be at it again.
Temp. 80 degrees, partly cloudy and the legendary Hanky Panky himself.
Well it’s my third day here and don’t ask me how the fishing is cuz I haven’t been yet. Pretty much just relaxing and getting all my gear and boat ready.
I flew from Nassau to Andros with Glen again and amazingly it was the same plane we crash landed with last year. Glen said it was good to go so I believed him. However I personally checked for hydraulic leaks.
Wind has been blowing pretty hard every day but forecast for most of next week looks great. That is when things will heat up as Hank and I are planning a trip out to the reef. He claims I always lie about the results so I told him to do the report. It should be fun regardless.
Hank said he still has several openings in January. He also has access to a new off shore boat for anyone who would like to do dat.
Photos will appear as soon as I figure out the new computer and camera.
Morten and I are already in the planning stages for a west side trip. Really looking forward to that.
More reports to come so stay tuned.
I would like to thank all for the comments and emails on my retirement and sale of the business.
I’m not entirely hanging it up. I will still be doing some guiding and helping out at the shop when needed. I have some clients that are completely spoiled and won’t go with anyone but me. I keep telling them that these younger guides work a hell of a lot harder than I do. Some have been with me for almost twenty years.
I have complete confidence that Craig, Lia and John will will do a great job. I’m trying to convince Lia to get her guides license. She can row a boat and cast a fly as good as any guy. Plus she is attractive and has a great personality. Also women who are beginner fly casters would feel much less intimidated if she was guiding them. So what do you all think ?
I’m leaving tomorrow for Andros Island. and who knows when I will get back. I will be doing posts from there also so don’t worry Erik.