A really interesting video about Andros… from the crabs to the sponges to the fisheries. Worth a watch, even if PS does make a couple brief appearances.
A cool story, if you haven’t heard it already, about Dr. King’s trip to Bimini, going out with guide Ansil Saunders.
I had not heard about the bust of Dr. King out there in the mangroves. That’s kind of cool, I think.
I read this article by Amanda Monthei and cringed.
I’ve interviewed many women here at Bonefish on the Brain over the years and when I do I make a point of not asking the “As a woman…” question. These are not “female anglers,” they are anglers, many/most of more skill and wider traveled than myself. Seems kind of silly to ask the “As a woman…” question, but maybe there is one to ask. Maybe I should be asking “As a woman, how do you deal with all the bullshit from the troglodyte men who participate in this industry?”
Let’s be better people, mkay?
Well… Costa… good stuff.
I recommend you watch and support their efforts. Looking forward to seeing you again, Keys… looking forward to it.
Go on… book a trip in the Keys.
The Cliche of Gin
The water, most days, in most of the places I love being is gin clear.
It is as clear as water, but you just can’t say that, right? It’s like you aren’t even trying.
It is as clear as stale 7-Up.
It is as clear as simple arithmetic.
It is as clear as a bag of IV solution
which is usually saline, which makes sense.
It is as clear as the nose on my face.
It is at clear as the rumbling, booming Dolby hi-def deafening audio at the movie theatre.
It is as clear as a clear day.
It is as clear as a dive in the box.
It is clear as clear.
That’s how the water is in the places I love on a good day when the wind isn’t up too much and there’s no churn from a cold front.
It is only the part in the middle that is clear.
The surface has ripples and currents and is seldom still.
The bottom is a jumble of refracted light and swaying grasses which confuse and trick the eye.
But the medium in the middle, the domain of the fish, it is clear as gin.
Increased range… getting in places I couldn’t get in before…
If you had one, where would you take it?
I can think of creeks in the Bahamas that I’d love to have this thing on.
I can think of places south of New Orleans I’d be keen to try this out on.
Where would you take this?
Hey, you like bonefish? You want to have the right flies? Check out the Gink & Gasoline post about, ya know, stocking your fly box for bonefish.
The only thing I’d add to the list of pointers would be this.
Have some flies without flash. It is another variable to take into consideration. Really, really pressured fish may not like any flash at all. If all your flies have flash, and I have some that are nothing BUT flash, they will high tail it as soon as your sparkle fly hits the water.
So… where are you headed this year? Leave your plans in the comments!
Man… what is 2018 going to throw at me? I have some idea, but I’m sure there will be some surprises in the mix too.
Here’s what I KNOW is happening.
Belize, Caye Caulker, Spring Break. I’m going back to Caye Caulker with my (will be) 11 year old daughter. We liked the trip so much in 2017 we are going back. There will be some dock fishing and there will be at least one day of fly fishing, but there will be other stuff going on as well… more exploring and bonding and whatnot. The whatnot is important for a trip like this.
Hawaii, early summer. We are going back to Oahu and I hope to grab another day on the water with Kenny. That trip last year was just about perfect as well and we are aiming to do an exact repeat of that trip.
Now… beyond that… I’m not too sure.
I have this longing to get back to the Bahamas and may look for some opportunities to do that.
I hope to get a day on the water down in Louisiana again. It would be nice if that were an annual occurrence. I’ll certainly have trips out that way, I just have to figure out how to get the fishing in with the work in a way that doesn’t short-change the work and doesn’t make life any harder for my MD wife than it needs to be, or is fair in the big scheme of things.
I have three conferences in San Diego this next year. I might grab a day to fish down there, although it is pricey to fish solo with a guide, especially if I want to go after the Makos, but, as they say, “we shall see.”
I hope there are more stripers this year and I hope to have a few days of trout-something. I should have two days of camping with my daughter during the summer which should provide a chance to get her on some trout, maybe my son, maybe my wife and who knows what else.
2018 looks to have more business travel than 2017 and I was on the road a fair bit in 2017, but the locations are all North East and Midwest and devoid of bonefish and tarpon targets (sadly).
I love fishing. I love, lovey, love, love fishing, but, I’m also trying to be a good husband and a good father and a good Director of Client Services and maybe a couple other things and so the fishing has to find its place in the mix of all those priorities. It is a struggle to find the right balance. I hope I did a good job of that in 2017 and I strive for in 2018.
Happy New Year to all of you and hope to see you on the water.
It isn’t hard to imagine. I know I’ve seen conch too small to be legally harvested make their way to the shell piles. Here’s a story about measures being proposed to preserve the conch fishery into the future. There is something here about illegal foreign poachers, but all that damage you’d want done could be done by Bahamians themselves as they respond the a huge demand.
China is circling the Bahamas, looking for fresh seafood to feed their billion+ people and I bet they’d like some nice conch fritters.
Florida lost their conch. Will the Bahamas follow them?
I hope not. I really hope not. I hope strong measures are taken (and FOLLOWED) in the Bahamas to keep the conch around for generations.