Thinking about Abaco… where I’ll be in a couple months.
The folks of Treasure Cay are not happy with a new proposed lodge. Turns out the lodge has plans to dredge a creek and get rid of some mangroves, which all seems terribly at odds with the idea of a fishing lodge.
Although unsanctioned dredging in a creek near the entrance of Treasure Cay was reportedly stopped on Wednesday, residents plan to move forward with their petition against developers of the proposed Treasure Cay hotel and fishing lodge, Sand Bar Club and Spa.
The title of the story mentions “Abaco Lodge,” but by that they mean a lodge in Abaco, not THE Abaco Lodge. The Sand Bar Club and Spa is the culprit in this case.
Well… this is cool. A blog called “The Abaco Scientist.” Ruling.
They are tagging fish to track their movements and pinpoint spawning locations. If we know where they spawn, we can protect those places.
From the blog:
Today brought less-than-ideal weather for catching bonefish to tag – 25 mph winds and rain showers. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Buddy and Cindy Pinder, Justin Sands, and Paul Pinder of the Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association, we were able to find large schools of bonefish on the move in The Marls. By the end of the day, we had surgically implanted tags into 12 bonefish (6 males and 6 females). All 12 fish were sexually mature and “running ripe”
Good stuff. Keep up the good work!
I asked on Facebook who folks would like to see an interview with and someone said “Buddy Pinder in Abaco.”
Ta-DOW. Here ya go.
Sadly, I didn’t have the budget to fly to Abaco and fish with Buddy, but he did manage to get me the answers to my questions through his wife Cindy. Thanks for that!
The marls world-class fishing. There is no other fishery quite like it.
I got my first fly rod in the early 90’s. It was a 10wt Fenwick. It was given to me by my second client. He brought if for me the second year he came back to fish with me. That rod led to my passion for fly fishing. The first rod I actually bought for myself was a two piece 8wt Sage RPLX that I still have in my rod collection.
A pod of dolphins in less than two feet of water out in the marls about 20 miles from open water. That’s not where you’d expect to see something so big because they are half out of water as they are swimming.
Every angler should have a relatively new fly line on their reel and bring a spare line along with them too. Nothing casts quiet as good or quite as far as a new line! I have one client that fishes with a 20 year old line. He’d be amazed what a new line would do but no matter how many times I tell him that he keeps coming back with the same old line.
Because of the popularity of bonefishing and the increased numbers of visitors to Abaco overfishing is probably the biggest threat to bonefishing here.
One of the things that I love about Abaco is that it is still sparsley populated so it’s a very peaceful place to live. We only have one traffic light on Abaco so there aren’t any rush hour traffic reports here yet. Plus the water is stunning to see. Just looking at it can raise your spirits and relax you.
I’ve fished with a lot of great equpiment over the years. My favorite reel is the Tibor Everglades that was given to me by a client many years ago. I have a room full of rods and I still use a lot of them. I even had my own signature rods built a few years ago which are great casting rods. But I’d have to say my favorite rod is the 8 wt Orvis T3 because it is a very stiff fast rod that casts great in strong winds. Interestingly enough that rod was also a gift from a client. You may have realized by now that I have had a lot of pretty special clients over the years.
Probably the best all around fly would be a Gotcha tied on a size 4 hook with either lead eyes or bead chain eyes.
I love this quote…
No that’s not some kind of urological disorder.
A story about success in Cherokee Sound in Abaco.
Nervous Water is always something amazing when you see it and there are a million things that look like nervous water… usually little bunches of turtle grass in the current. Always screws me up. When you are looking for fish, everything looks like fish… until nothing looks like fish.
Seems like it is the time of year for folks to start giving trips away. This time, it is Frontiers and Abaco.
I don’t have buddies like that. If you do, you are sitting pretty and are about to go fishing in Abaco.
I’ve been in touch with Johan for a little while… folks that love the same things tend to cluster. Turns out my friend Shane met Johan in a bar out that way recently. I just found this little vid on Vimeo from Johan. Johan is Norwegian, which is a good thing to be. 1/4th of my genetic make-up comes from there and while I understand it to be beautiful country, I can only imagine my ancestors left for the same reason Johan was down in the Bahamas… there are no Norwegian Bonefish.
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From October 17th through 23rd, Bonefish Tarpon Trust worked with guides from the Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association, Black Fly Lodge, Abaco Lodge, Delphi Lodge, and Pete & Gay’s Guesthouse to tag 339 bonefish on Abaco. We also surgically implanted sonic tags in 25 bonefish and placed sonic receivers at a suspected spawning location as part of a study to identify important spawning sites.
That sounds like it was probably a lot of fun to be a part of, no?
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So many places look soooooo good. Here’s another…