Salmon landed at Cherokee
April 1st: On what is believed to be only the second occasion in recorded history, an Atlantic salmon has been taken in Bahamian waters. The fish was caught by a Club guest while fishing the deeper channels off Cherokee Sound. The astonished angler, Simon Semple from New Brunswick, boated the eight-pounder after a ten minute battle. Appropriately, the fish took a Delphi Diva fly.
His guide did not even recognize the species, but Simon, an experienced salmon angler, knew it at once. He kept the fish for scientific analysis and it is now hoped to discover its river of origin through DNA testing at the Bahamian National Trust’s laboratory in Nassau. It did not have the battered and inferior physiology of a fish farm escapee.
The fish, which was a little slim. is believed to have been carried down the east coast of the USA by the Gulf Stream and may have been suffering from the disorienting Cruris Tractum syndrome. The only previous record of a salmon travelling so far south was in 1936 when local fisherman Roberto Sawyer-Cummin took one in a net while fishing for snappers off Grand Bahama.