Spring is back
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.