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Bahama Bone Fest 2017: Day 1

Today was Lia and I’s first full day on the island of Andros.  The weather is a perfect temp at 78 F, with a steady breeze out of the east.  Today we took care of the essential grocery  shopping in Andros Town and rigged our fishing gear for an afternoon walk on Summerset Flat.  The tide was almost at full low and most of the fish had already moved off the flats by the time we got there.  The wind was steady and strong which made for tough casting and limited visibility.  Al joined us and we worked our way around a small bay in about 1-2 feet of water.  Even with the tough conditions we still managed to spot a few fish cruising the shallows.  The first shot I had was directly into the wind at a good sized fish, moving away from me.  I took one false cast and gracefully landed my pink shrimp pattern about 10 feet to the left and 2 feet behind the fish.  I was disappointed in my cast but, to my surprise, that fish took a sharp lefty and came back to slam the fly.  Being the professional I am, I set the fish and realized that I had my strip wrapped around my left foot.  I can’t explain why that fish didn’t break me off, but after a couple of leaps in the air, and some choice words for the fishing gods, I got the line unwrapped just in time, and the tussle was on.  After a fantastic 5-7 minute, 2 run fight, I finally put my hands on the first 24” bone of the trip, and yes, it is all its cracked up to be.  Al busted another big fish off a short while later and we decided to call it an evening and head back to the house.  It was a great start to the trip for this Montana trout bum, we will be celebrating with rum, beer, and lobsters at Hanks Place in about an hour.  Tomorrow will be a new adventure as we will be heading to the reef for some trolling and bottom fishing.  Keep checking back for updates on the Andros Connection/F U February trip from Lia, Craig, and Al.


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