Stunning start to 2014
Jan 2nd: The new year open in great style with a new catch record. Bob Maricich from Las Vegas, fishing with guide Ishi, yesterday boated a remarkable 58 bonefish in a day. The previous record, held by Margaret Downes and Robin Albury, was 52. Bob and Ishi had no less than sixteen double hook-ups, where they were both playing fish at the same time. The fish were all between 2 and 4 pounds. Bob said the fishing was “incredible”. It continues the very positive trend in catches over the past month, which was helped by generally benign weather.
It was a busy time at the Club this festive season. Robert Ford along with family and friends traveled south to swap the snow and ice of New England for the warmth of a Bahamian Christmas.
First to arrive were the Tuckers and Millers. Andrew Tucker was not slow in getting going, with 10 fish for two half days, up to five pounds. Even the guides need time off so on Christmas day it was all down to Winding Bay for golf and lunch at Busters, before returning for a full no-holds-barred Christmas dinner. The weather on Boxing Day continued to cooperate, allowing Matt and Al Ford to boat 23 bones up to 4 pounds. Tim Keaney was also to have a day to remember, catching his first ever bonefish followed by another eight up to 4.5 pounds.
The good fishing continued over the next few days with good numbers of fish seen and caught. Matt and Al Ford then headed off one morning, with their guide Dana, to put down the rod and take up the Hawaiian sling in search of crawfish. They returned with ten good-sized tails for dinner that night.
Jack and Claire Fraser from Baltimore, the Maricich family from Las Vegas and the Donaldson Family from Houston joined us for the New Year. On the 30th we had no less than seven guests catch their first ever bonefish. Jack and Claire Fraser, Michael, Andy, Parker and Andrew Donaldson, and, not to be outdone, eleven year old Kate Donaldson all caught their first ever bones. Kate is one of the youngest to take the seat at the head of the table, reserved for the captor of the biggest fish of the day.
But it was on January 1st that Bob Maricich and Ishi enjoyed what can only be described as a wonder of nature. Even though it is late in the season for the fish to be gathering in large numbers before heading south to spawn, they saw bonefish in their thousands throughout the day. Had they not stopped for lunch, with fish continuing to pour past, their astonishing catch could have been even bigger. Well done to both.
2013 was a great year here at the Delphi Club. We would like to wish all our friends, old and new, tight lines for 2014. And we hope to see you soon.