A Perfect Ending
July 1st: Sadly, our season is now over, ending with some of the most perfect conditions of the entire year. Glorious sunshine and gentle westerly breezes were the highlight of the last four days, in stark contrast to the first half of the week which featured overcast conditions and occasional very heavy rains as part of the spin-off from Tropical Storm Debby (which dumped 26 inches of rain on parts of Florida in just four days).
June is our favourite month in Abaco and this was by far the busiest June that we have had. While the fallout from Debby was a pain for a few days, the weather was generally benign either side of that. It’s a pity that there are so many other temptations for fly-fishermen in the summer months when thoughts traditionally turn to salmon and trout. The bonefishing can be brilliant in June and we will persevere with our attempts to woo more anglers by means of the June special offer.
We ended up the season with around 2,600 bonefish boated (our best year yet), many hundreds more lost and dozens of other fish also taken, including barracudas, sharks, jacks, snappers, mahi-mahi and, of course, David Rainford’s blue marlin. But no permit, an ongoing challenge.
Our final fishing guests, Martin Koper and Fred Richardson from London, had good sport fishing on the Club beach, adding many different species to the “Various” line of the game book, most notably Fred’s six-foot reef shark and some decent snappers. Charlie Egar also fed the house with a good mutton snapper, his first Bahamian fish.
Other guests to do well in the two weeks since our last blog posting were Mark Evans and Ross Deen from Tennessee, who had some nice bonefish catches on the Marls and several triggerfish from the beach. David Hoskins from London also got among the bones and Olivia Faith, also from England, caught her first ever bonefish on the penultimate day of the season while fishing on the beach.
Michael Vaughn, the well-known and very charming tarpon guide and photographer from Key West, was unlucky with the weather during his three half days of fishing but still managed to get some bones in murky conditions and, when the sun came out, some stunning photographs, including the featured beach panorama.
We re-open in October and reservations are brisk for the coming season. We mean it when we say: book early to avoid disappointment.