I don’t know if I have ever written as little about an upcoming trip as I have about this next trip, coming up in 8 days, to Grand Bahama.
I think part of this lack of written tonnage comes from my expectations for the trip. It is a family trip, not a fishing trip. Sure, I’ll get to do a little bit of fishing, but but fishing isn’t the point. This trip is about exposing my wife and my child to a place I love. The Mrs. already got to take a look at Belize (and she says we can go back) and now I will show her the Bahamas. My daughter, at 6, has been to the Pacific coast of Mexico maybe a dozen times, but she has never been to the Bahamas and has never walked through the liquid light waters of the Caribbean with me. I’m hoping she likes it as much as she likes the resort style vacations she goes on with the other half of joint custody. This is a girl who has shark teeth and shark posters up in her room, owns a snake and has a real alligator head on her “nature table” along with assorted bones, rocks, leaves and even the ear bone of a whale. I think she might like seeing the sharks, crabs, rays and, if I’m lucky, bonefish of the flats.
This will be my third trip to Grand Bahama. Of all the places one can go to chase bonefish, I know this place the best, which is still not deeply. I aspire to a deep knowledge of the place, but such knowledge comes from years I have yet to invest.
I really can’t wait. I’ve tied and tied and tied and run out of space in the boxes which fit in my pack. I will be sporting a loaner reel from Abel with a RIO line, attached to my inexpensive TFO Clouser 8 wt. rod. I’ll be sporting a new pair of Revo shades, technical clothes from Redington and casual clothes from Skinny Water Culture. I’m pumped (and pimped) for the trip. I’m ready.
Usually on a trip I try to soak up every last ray of Caribbean sun and use it to peer into the water in search of fish. This trip, I’m going to try and soak up every moment I can with my girls, my folks and my brother in a place I have come to love more than makes sense and more than I can really explain.
It will be a great trip and it can’t get here soon enough.
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Not sure if you will only be fishing with a guide but if there are any self-guided days in there send me an email and I can point you to few of my favorite places to walk and wade on your own.
Bjorn, want to plan my own trip to Grand Bahama in the future, who do you suggest fishing with down there?
Great to hear that you are heading to Grand Bahama! If you have time for a day or half-day of guided fishing, please check us out at http://www.pelicanpointadventureco.com. Bill Humes is the fishing guide and he is really awesome.
There are some great places in GBI, but there are not as many independent guides as you might think. Most are attached to a lodge. The last guide I used was Capt. Perry and now, as I understand it, he works for Deep Water Cay. I’ll be heading out with Tommy Folley this coming trip, but I’ve never fished with him before. I’ll let you know how it goes. https://bonefishonthebrain.com/2012/12/22/tommy-folley-my-dad-and-me/