Beastly Beatitudes: Boyd’s Big Day
April 2nd: Club member Alan Boyd from Northern Ireland had a red letter day this week, taking 25 bonefish in a session, guided by Ishi. His boat-partner, fellow Ulsterman John Herron, also boated five fish, despite being a complete newcomer to fishing.
The weather has returned to its delicious normal – light breezes and brilliant sunshine for the most part, i.e. perfect bonefishing conditions. Although the fish have sometimes been skittish or hard to find, there have been some very good bags of bonefish. Father and son team Michael and Tim Pettigrew (from Ireland) had 17 in a day. Bill Brown (Northern Ireland) and Vaughan Ruckley (Scotland) bettered that with 21 in a day. Tom De Moss (Florida) and George Woodward (Philadelphia) boated ten in a day, as did Eddi Di Biaggio (Sweden) and John Gunnell (England). Brian Shaw and Ken McMillan (both Northern Ireland) had 15 in a day. The best fish of recent weeks remains Chris Dick’s 8-or-so-pounder.
We hope we have seen the back of the very windy weather that prevailed for much of March.
In a rare encounter with tarpon, Alan Musgrove and Chris Dickinson (England) had several shots at a group of four fish in the twenty-to-thirty pound range, but had no time to switch over to proper tarpon flies and therefore, to use a cricketing expression, failed to trouble the scorer.
The gorgeous weather seems to have ennervated all the local wildlife, not just the parrots. Sightings of dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and ospreys in the Marls are now almost commonplace. Countless butterflies of different hues flit through the Club gardens. The woodpeckers are nesting again in the box just outside the office and the hummingbirds are constantly feeding just feet from my desk. It’s the time of year that dreams are made of.
The week was rounded off by your blogger-in-chief setting a new Club record – for the smallest ever bonefish, a brute of half a pound, taken off the Club beach on a Delphi Daddy after a titanic struggle lasting all of 30 seconds, with a large lemon shark looking on in expectation of an assisted snack.