So… the government might “strengthen” the fishing regs. But, ya know, they might, at some point and, well, yeah… that’s about it.
Two new stories out of the Tribune on the issue.
Gov’t Mulling Amendments To Fly Fishing Regulations
Gov’t Told: ‘Strengthen’ Fly Fishing Regulations
That clears up all that, right?
One thing the govt. is trying to address is the mother ship issue where some operations bring in skiffs and have their crews act as guides for paying clients. That, pretty much, sounds not good. Bahamian waters should be guided by Bahamian guides. I have only seen one person opposed to that during this whole debate and any such restrictions would not be opposed by 99.8% of the fly fishing public. The 2:1 guide ratio was trying to get there, but also caught up the guy who built a home, retired, paid the duty on his on skiff and would be prevented from taking his wife out with him. Clarity and specificity here would be good to address.
Where the rest of this goes… we shall see, which is something it feels like I’ve been saying for about two straight years.
I’m less than a month from my return to Grand Bahama where I’ll be visiting East End Lodge. I can’t express how much I’m looking forward to all of this. It has been a while since I’ve had that many days dedicated to bonefish. It’s been years.
I don’t even need to close my eyes to see the flats. I straight up daydream of those waters with my eyes wide open.
Let the adventure commence!