So, how cold was it?

Just how cold was that recent cold snap and what did it mean for the fish?

Well, Aaron Adams was in Abaco trying to work with guides on bonefish tagging as part of his work with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.  When it’s 57, it turns out even Dr. Adams has a hard time finding fish.  He also related that the lack of heating, while normally not an  issue in the Bahamas, IS an issue when its 53 at night.

@flatsdoctor: I’m in Abaco, at the film site for Pirates of the Flats – Abaco Lodge. It’s too cold to fish – 57deg, high winds, no fish.

Out looking for dead bonefish for BTT, it turns out, was Captain Dave, the guide who writes the Guilttrip25 blog (of which I just became aware).  Turns out it was cold enough to kill bonefish as Captain Dave found a few.

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  1. Aaron,

    Were there any reported bonefish cold water kills in the Bahamas?

  2. Hey Dexter, Aaron wouldn’t be able to reply unless I forward him your question, which I’ll do. I’ll let you know what he says, if he replies.

  3. Here’s what the good Dr. had to say:

    I have received reports of some dead bonefish during the week after the cold from the Marls of Abaco and the east end of Grand Bahama Island.
    Info from 5 or 6 guides, each reporting approx a dozen dead bones. My guess is that the bonefish on extensive flats got trapped in the usual holes they hide out in for normal cold fronts, and since the distance from those spots to deeper water (edges of the flats) was so far away, they couldn’t escape. Overall, though, it doesn’t sound too bad over there. I’ll let you know if I hear more.

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