Anglers are seeing very large numbers of bonefish in the Abaco Marls this week and catches have picked up sharply, with ten to twenty bones taken per boat per day (and many others hooked and lost) the norm. As is usual for the time of year, the bonefish are “schooling up” – forming large groups – and surging down the outer west side of the Marls.
For beginners, such as Michael Reid’s party of four from the UK, it has been an action-packed baptism. For more seasoned pros, such as Alex & Trish Findlater and Margaret Downes from Ireland, catches of more than twenty bonefish a day are almost an expectation.
Even on a cloudy day, such as yesterday, the bow-wave made by the big schools is impossible to miss and fishing continues at a furious pace.
We have a gap for a whole-lodge Christmas party for the week of December 21-28. Fabulous opportunity for a family group, with excellent new chef, traditional fare and tree, full staff, a gorgeous private beach, heated pool, fishing if you want it (not mandatory) and eight lovely oceanview rooms in a stunningly tranquil location. Priced according to group size (max 16) and length of stay (min 4 nights).
There’s about a month to go before the Club reopens for its sixth season, so it’s time to start planning a trip.
We have spent the summer getting everything shipshape, recruiting an exciting new chef, avoiding hurricanes, fishing very successfully off the Club beach (there’s no stopping Max) and replenishing stocks of flies, wine and suntan lotion – OK, bug repellent too.
Very soon it’ll be showtime.
Whether you’re a fisher, a foodie, a lounger, a birder, a snorkeler or a golfer or a there’s no better place to do it.
Do get in touch to explore available dates.
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July 6th: Time flies. Our fifth season has now ended and we’re hard at work crunching all the numbers. It’s been our best ever year, with more than 3,000 bonefish and loads of other species caught over some 400 boat days.
In all, we welcomed nearly 400 people to the Club, the majority of whom were returning for repeat visits. But new blood from Australia, Brazil, South Africa and beyond spiced up the mix. A further 500-plus dinner guests added to the general cosmopolitan ambiance and kept us from droning on too much about fishing.
The weather was generally benign, with a notably pleasant winter. June did see a large number of heavy thunderstorms, culminating in the formation close by of Hurricane Arthur, although thankfully it headed away to the north.
Although we will never get rich from it, running the Club is a delicious way to make a living. The constantly changing cast of characters from around the world, combined with a terrific team of guides and loyal household staff and a gloriously unspoilt environment, make for a happy medley of thrills, laughter and tranquillity.
Having introduced several hundred neophytes, many from Europe and beyond, to the delights of saltwater flyfishing provides a deep satisfaction, matched only by the joy of seeing an equal number of more experienced bonefishers from North America realize that there can be more to a fishing lodge than beer, bones and bed.
Our sadness at losing Sandy in April after his extended five-year stint as manager was greatly mitigated by the massive enthusiasm of his young successor, Max Woolnough (pronounced Wool-Know) from England. Those who enjoy Twitter (as we now do) can follow his hyperactive, often nocturnal, piscatorial exploits in pictorial form, and much more besides, over coming months. Despite the big demands of the job, we think Max will prove to be a wonderful choice, even though he does support Blackburn Rovers.
Reservations for the coming season are in full flow. We reopen in October. Meanwhile, it’s back to the bean counting and keeping the bank and hurricanes at bay….