Jungle Pond

Audrey and friend in Jungle Pond

Jan and Dr. Hall in Jungle Pond
Close Ocean Flat

Current temp. 64 (cold) wind N10 Cloudy

It was cold, cloudy and windy yesterday. Not a good day for fishing by  any means.

Audrey and Jan came by and asked if I wanted to go on a road trip and Jan would show us Jungle Pond. I have heard her talking about this place before so I said sure, too wet to plow anyway.

They had made  arrangements to meet Dr. Hall from Nassau and friend as they were also very interested in seeing this place. At first I will have to admit I was kind of a skeptic. I knew Jan was a plant freak, I mean horticulturist, botonist or what ever their called.

This place was actually amazing. We walked through pine forest for a ways and then all of a sudden we come to this depression and it’s almost like walking into a Jurassic Park setting with hundreds upon hundreds of orchids hanging on the trees. I expected at any moment for a platotyrexsauris or some ting like dat to come charging through  the ferns at us. All the plants seemed larger than normal.

This place was originally discovered by an employee of Forfar. Forfar is an educational facilitator here on the island for science, education and marine research . Jan asked me not to disclose the exact location and I respect that. Hell I probably couldn’t find it again anyway. All in all it is a pretty cool place.

Jan will comment on this post and give some history of Forfar and more info on the Jungle Pond.

Couple days ago I was driving just a couple miles  north of  town and I took this little  road down to the beach.  I was basically looking for pilchers which we use for bait when bottom fishing. I didn’t bother bringing my fly rod along as I thought this close to the settlement their would be no bonefish around. The wind was out of the west which made for good  conditions there. It was approaching low  tide. I decided to take off my shoes and wade out a ways just to see what I could see. At first there were three bonefish right in front of me and then a school of about ten came by. A little further and another school of around eight showed up. I hurried back to the truck and back to my room to get my fly rod. Didn’t take long before a hookup. I had never fished this area before being so close etc. With low tide and west  wind I be dere lots from now on.

10 Comments:

  1. Morten and Anne

    Archie Forfar owned the Forfar Field Station before it became a field station and was one of the first to dive into the blue holes of Andros with Rob Palmer.
    The exploration of the legendary hole called Stargate is one of the longest dives into a blue hole ever.
    There they found skeletons of Lucayan Indians which were some of the first inhabitants of Andros.

    Sadly Archie Forfar and his young wife died trying to set the world record of deep diving. They went over the wall in in 1971 and never came up again.

    Anyone who wants’ to read more about this exciting Andros history and can get their hands on the book “Deep into blue holes in Andros” by Rob Palmer is on the way to a good reading experience.

    • Archie Forfar was a Canadian who built a dive resort on Andros Island a few years after wrecking his sailboat on the reef near Stafford Creek. He dove “the wall” as well as the blue holes extensively during his years on Andros. Tragically, he and his dive companion, Ann, died attempting to break the Guinness record for depth on compressed air. Archie’s wife and son grieved. A few years after his death , the property was sold to International Field Studies, Inc., whose executive director,Dr. Walter “Ben” Bohl, named the facility Forfar Field Station in Archie’s honor. Forfar is dedicated to science, education, and research, and has hosted a wealth of students from various colleges and universities.
      Rob Palmer (now deceased) was one of a team of researchers who surveyed some blue holes of Andros in the 1980’s. I was privileged to work with his team in 1986, when they stayed at Forfar. Brian Kakok, who continues to explore the blue holes, did an excellent presentation on his discoveries in the blue holes just a few weeks ago in Fresh Creek, Andros.
      Jungle Pond was initially explored by Dr. Gene Mapes, a paleobotanist. She and her husband, Dr. Royal Mapes, frequently brought students to Forfar from Ohio University to study geology, botany, and marine biology.

  2. Al I think I know of the beach where you found the bonefish. When you arrive to the beach there is a cement barrier? If so we did very well there last year. Thats where I caught my Permit!!!

  3. Come on shorts never seen that…………….

  4. This is cool stuff. Unfortunately for most of us, we go down there to fish and don’t have the extra time to go explore and see stuff like this. Thanks alot for sharing it, vey interesting.

  5. Tone The Bone

    I think I shared that spot with al son. It is a killer flat if we’re talking the same place. And eric; you should take your guys exploring one day. Much more to a fishing trip than the fish.

  6. Tone The Bone

    Although eric; ill admit. The fishing isle the reason we go.lol

  7. Tony, is that you?

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