Immediate Attention

I have just been notified of a proposed law concerning flats fishing in the Bahamas. There is a proposed law which would eliminate all non Bahamians from fishing without a Bahamian guide. Several of my contacts hire a guide for a couple days and then rent a boat to go out on their own as they cannot afford to hire a guide every day.

I found out the dead line for commenting on this law is tomorrow, June 26th. I also just found  out about this from my friends in Norway. It seems like they are trying to push it through quickly.

Please comment to fisheries@bahamas.gov.bs  and cc to tourism@bahamas.com

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Cuda Woman

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There she is again, cuda woman Sandy with a whopper caught on a fly. That’s Morten taking a close up shot. It was caught out near the reef. As you can see the ocean is really calm. It  has been very calm the past four days. Just the opposite when Erik and friends were here. It blew like crazy every day. Being the pro’s they are they still caught several bonefish and were able to do a trip to the Joulters.

I see where Erik said I was turning into a Bahamian.  He thought it was kinda funny when he saw me taping up a broken plug. I told him it was still good for a couple more fish. Actually I caught three more on it, so there.

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Catch And Release

IMG0007ACaught all four

I had a very successful day out at Somerset Beach. Not only did I hit the tide just right and caught some big bonefish on the incoming tide but look what else I caught.

After wading the flat for some time I headed back to the truck and came upon this catch of the day. And yes, I reluctantly released all four.

So I spent the next couple  hours on the beach with this catch enjoying their hospitality along with ice cold beer and snacks. I almost felt guilty with all their offerings—like I said, almost.

You will notice I did have my fly  rod in my left hand so this was a legal catch.

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Friends

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Yesterday was my birthday and as much as I tried to keep it quiet it didn’t work. I tell people I don’t have birthdays any more, I had enough. Well Hank and Eva conjured up a surprise party for me.

The cake actually came from a bakery in Nassau. Hank carried it on the plane without dropping or damaging  it a bit. I thought that was really nice of him. Of course he said it would go on my final bill along with the air fare, taxi fare and the KFC chicken he brought along.

Among the gifts were the finest rum out of Cuba, and cigars from the same place and just when I was trying to clean up my a act.

All in all it was a great party with some good friends here.

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Dry Rage

P1000726Huge Surge

Dry rage is what the locals call this huge surge. This is about the closest I wanted to get with my boat. This is a   very dangerous condition. Wind was absolutely calm and it was a bright clear day.

One local said this happens  when the wind  is under water???? Not too sure about that but the water is  so  stirred up it is a milky color.

Not really sure what causes it but I heard it started around Bermuda. One local fisherman said he  nearly lost his 20 foot boat in one of these waves. It is  still going on today which makes  for 3 days which is very rare.

Got into several schools of  bonefish yesterday with many hookups.

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Nice Wahoo

joelJoel 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.

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Sea Rescue

P1000711P1000709Fifty 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 … Continue reading

Happy New Year

P1000704Another 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.

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Merry Christmas

P1000698Dead 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. … Continue reading

Bonefish

emil-pretty_creekEmil 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.

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