The English Patient
“It was a windy day at Cross Harbour in South Abaco and hubby (Christopher Jarman) caught his usual high quota of bonefish, being the skilled enthusiast that he is. At the opposite end of the spectrum, unskilled and fishless, I finally determined to find out what this fishy business was all about.
“We waded through the mangroves in the afternoon, which was a trek in itself, and I managed to have Tony, our guide, to myself. The man was heroic in his patience as I hooked various of his body parts several times. Miraculously, towards the end of the day, Tony talked me through a cast and I managed to shoot, strip, strike and hook a 4-pounder. The backing shot off the reel faster than Concorde.
“I reeled. The fish ran again. But it was only when Tony said that a shark was circling my bonefish that my reeling pace quickened sharply and the fish came into sight. The shrieks of delight could be heard at the Delphi Club, twenty miles away. And Tony’s beaming face matched my own.
“That night, sitting at the head of the table in the special chair, I understood something of the thrill of it all. But I fear my experience could be summed up with one word – flukey!”
Lorna Jarman from London, March 2013