Happy New Year

Hank, Eva and I went to Small Hope Bay Lodge yesterday evening for dinner and what a feast they put on. At 45 bucks a plate it was a little spendy for my taste but they had 28 different deserts. Now who is going to sample 28 deserts and live to tell about it?
It was a fun evening and Eva opened her bottle of Hitching Post Pinot Noir wine I gave her in Montana last summer. She packed it all the way from Montana and saved it this long just for a special occasion—-what a lady.

Hank and I were not too hung over this morning and it was a special morning of the New Year with dead calm seas and a beckoning to go out and enjoy it.
At first we headed up the creek and tried a few places for a short time with no results. Hank suggested we go outside the reef with this calm weather and I was all for it.

As always it’s a bit of a competion when going out with Hank. The first place we anchored I had the first hit and it was a good one but with my light tackle I couldn’t keep it up and it got down in the rocks. Hank chuckled and mumbled something about sorry about your bad luck and now it’s my turn.
I will be honest and at the end of the day it was Hank—20, Al—-3. I told him I was the one who writes the report and was going to reverse those stats. Being the honest person I’am I did not want to start the New Year with a false fish tale. There’s plenty of time later for that.
I will have to say he always gave me the wrong side of the boat and the bad bait. Also one time I looked back and he had three lines in the water and was ankle deep in the good cut bait.
It was a fun New Years day on the calm seas off Andros Island.


  1. Al, It turns out we have 4 nites at small hope before moving up to the house at morgans bluff. any guide in particular at small hope you would recommend?? we may just snorkel and lay in the sun getting used to the heat and sun and salt, but a day on the boat would be nice as well. j

  2. My bud had Jeff Cartwright and liked him, nothing like the guide Al described in his new blog. If you have to use one of their guides that would be a good place to start.

  3. If you have to use one of their guides my bud used Jeff Cartwright last year and really enjoyed him. Nothing like the guy Al talked about

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