Today… it was a tougher weather day, but still had two perfect moments. I was paired up with guide Josie and Andros South (and Deneki Outdoors) owner, Andrew Bennett. So, I knew I was going to have to reduce the number of botched jobs today.
We went down south, which turns out is a very, very bumpy ride. It is totally worth it though.
When we got where Josie wanted to go we set up. Andrew gave me the bow first and I stepped up. Soon Josie called out “Bonefish, 11 O’Clock, 60 feet” and I got to work. Oddly, I delivered on the very first cast of the day. 60′. Right in front of the fish. It ate on the first strip. I didn’t get a picture of that fish but it was a nice 2-3 pound fish or so. Andrew was then up and so were the clouds.
Clouds… I know we kind of need them, but I wish there were fewer of them around… really. They turned the lights out on the flats for large periods of time today, which was kind of a bummer.
We reeled in and headed off to find better fishing grounds. After a short run we stopped to see if we could see any more fish. A school happened to be about 100′ off the boat. Now… this was not a little school of fish. Josie estimated it was about 10,000 fish. TEN THOUSAND BONEFISH!
Yeah… I love this place.
I got out and started wading with just my bare feet. White sand bottom, 10K bones in front of me… this does not suck. I caught up to the school and cast into it and quickly caught a little 2 pounder. I managed to pull it out of the school so it didn’t spook the rest of the fish.
I cast right back into that school and pulled out a nicer fish. It had me in my backing a couple of times and was just beautiful.
The first fish and the big school… two perfect moments.
I didn’t catch a lot today, but I experienced a really beautiful place and I got to fish with Andrew, something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. A good, solid time was had by all and now… now I’m going to the Slack Tide… yeah… I know… I suck.
I kind of love this place.
PS – I have fished my new Rise 8 wt. for the past two days, with shark fishing taken over by the Redington 10 wt.. I am liking what I’m seeing from both.