Aug 15

The most expensive bonefishing trip on the planet

Where would you think the most expensive bonefishing trip in the world is? If I were going to guess, I’d say St. Brandon’s Atoll (which is my dream location) just because of the travel required to get there and back and the cost of making that all happen in the middle of nowhere.

Maybe the Seychelles? That’s pretty far away and hard to get to.

Well, if you guess like I guess… well… there would be no prizes. St. Brandon’s is about $7,500 and the Seychelles are about $7,500-$8,500.

To be clear, that is not Bonefish on the Brain kind of money. Still, those trips come in about 1/2 as expensive as the TOP (at least as far as I could find) most expensive week of bonefishing in the world.

That honor falls courtesy of the good people at The Nature Conservancy. For the record, I like TNC. They are a savvy group of Earth-savers and I like their rather capitalistic approach to saving the planet. They operate a research station on a far-flung American possession called Palmyra Atoll in the South Pacific.

They offer six trips a year to fish (mostly to dive) Palmyra where there are bonefish populations which know almost no pressure and even less commercial threat, as well as GTs in a similar state. The cost of a trip out to Palmyra is… get ready for it… $16,000 to $18,000 PER PERSON and these spots are offered to individuals who are considering major gifts to support the research work on Palmyra.

So… Bonefish on the Brain will NOT be heading to Palmyra anytime soon (ever… I won’t be heading there ever and neither will you).

There is something profoundly un-American about that whole thing (while at the same time being profoundly American… we are a people of great contradictions… and of no contradictions) and it is bothering me a bit. It might be possible to go without TNC’s blessing, but it seems doubtful. How they got to control a whole atoll that is an American possession is something I need to look into, although this story says they bought Palmyra to stop it from being turned into a Casino, something that sounds totally implausible to begin with.

The place looks AMAZING though.

Ah… to dream…

Aug 10

Restoring Palmyra Atoll – NYTimes.com

Back the 4th of July I posted up a little story about bonefish on the far-far away atoll of Palmyra in the South Pacific.  The New York Times has finally caught up with my semi-journalistic prowess and put up a great little story about the atoll, complete with some links to some more conservation goodness.  Check it out.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium institutions hope to restore the lagoon system. Researchers have mapped changes in the atoll through time and are measuring water flow and the amount of silt suspended in the water to determine how these factors affect biodiversity.

via World War II Still Shapes Atoll’s Ecosystem – Scientist at Work Blog – NYTimes.com.

There's bones there.

That's US soil there.

Jul 10

Happy 4th – Distant American Bonefish – Palmyra

Happy 4th of July.

During college I spent a year in Paris. Few things will make you more of a flag waver than living in Paris where you are constantly told America doesn’t have a culture or history.  I came to a few conclusions from that year… first, I am American and I like being American and I am understood best by other Americans and understand Americans better than anyone else.  I also realized that no one is as rude as a wealthy American in a foreign city.

On this 4th of July I thought I’d find some unique American Bonefish.  The epicenter of American  Bonefish has to be Florida, by a long way.  We also have bones in good numbers in Hawaii.  San Diego Bay has some bonefish.  Puerto Rico has pseudo-American bones.  There are some more far-flung American bonefish, such as those found on the incorporated atoll of Palmyra.

Palmyra is a long way from anything, but sits roughly south of Hawaii.

The blog Sweaty Waders has a story from 2008 about fishing there for bonefish and GT’s.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has information about fishing Palmyra as well.

Sounds the opposite of easy to get there, but I wanna go.  I’m not going to, but I want to.

There are semi-American bonefish there.