The Bahamas are world-renowned for bonefishing. The annual economic value of the fishery exceeds $140 million. Yet the fishery will remain healthy only if the habitats remain healthy.
Proposals to create National Parks for habitat protection for Grand Bahama Island and Abaco are now on the desk of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. We are asking you to support the efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and its Bahamas collaborators to get this done.
Below are links to two petitions: the first to support the Grand Bahama parks, the second to support the Abaco parks. Please sign them both, and pass it on.
Grand Bahama – http://bahamasparks.org
Abaco – http://www.thepetitionsite.com/266/809/008/ask-the-bahamas-government-to-protect-bonefish-habitat-in-abaco/
The biggest bonefish taken by a Club guest in the past six years was caught yesterday by Club member Bob Rusby, from Sheffield, England. Bob was wading at Casuarina Point on Cherokee Sound. The fish measured 32 inches in fork length, making it at least 11lbs and possibly 13lbs, depending on which chart you rely on.
Tragically, Bob did not have a camera with him, so no pics…
Due to a late cancellation by one of our members, who normally takes the whole lodge for this week, we look like having at least two rooms available from Friday April 24th through Sunday May 2nd – a time which is regarded as one of the peak weeks of the season in terms of demand.
Anyone interested in some or all of these nights should contact me on email@example.com.
It’s been a very tough winter for much of the US and Abaco did not escape some of the backwash from the winter storms. An extreme cold front passed through the Bahamas in the middle of February, which is normally such a glorious month. Daytime temperatures fell into the 50s farenheit (low teens in celsius) for a few days, which was a bit of a shock for all concerned. Bonefish, in particular, don’t like low water temperatures and tend to move off the shallow flats into warmer, deeper, less accessible waters.
Happily, conditions – and catches – over the past three weeks have largely returned to normal. The best bag so far was taken by Club member Christopher Jarman and bonefishing neophyte Myles Archibald. This UK pair boated seventeen in a day and lost a lot more. Andrew Tucker from New York nailed a 7-pounder, the best fish of February. And a first-ever bonefish was taken by George Ferguson from Bermuda
We now look forward to a welcome period of settled weather, with mostly light winds of 10 to 15 knots and good warm sunshine for most of the day. The house has been packed, with many old friends returning and some welcome new blood from North America and Europe. The next ten weeks or so will see the busiest part of the season.
The lodge is basically full for March and most of April, with just a couple of openings around Easter. May, too, is filling up fast. So if you are planning a trip, do not delay.
Feb 23rd: As a result of sporadic backwash from the serious winter storms in the US, the weather has been rather mixed so far this month. On fair days, the catches have been great, but on the poor days – cold, overcast and windy – anglers have struggled to boat many bonefish.
Last week was typical of the unseasonably difficult month. There were some great catches early on, most notably a haul of 22 bonefish made by Joe Monro from the Isle of Mann & Andrew Bowden-Smith from Scotland. And they lost many more. Also, all nine members of the Bowden-Smith party did manage to catch their first ever bonefish.
Unfortunately, the weather then almost completely shut down fishing activity for nearly three days, with high winds and much lower than average temperatures, that at one point reached 14C or low 50s farenheit. Ugh!
This week, however, the weather is much improved and all boats are coming back from the Marls reporting success. Hopefully, normal service is now restored.
We are almost completely full in the Club for March, although there are still some gaps in the first week of April, especially in the week after Easter, and in the second half of May. So if you are planning a trip, do get in touch.