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It may be irksome to report that, after a cool start to the day, it’s 75F here at 10am, with a cloudless sky and very light winds. In fact, ideal bonefishing conditions. But nobody’s fishing today – it’s the staff party.
Dec 10th: The strong NE winds and occasional heavy cloud cover continued right through last week, but we had four or five boats out every day and the hardy Irish and New Englanders persevered to good effect. There were just three blank boat days and the best catch of the week fell to Angus Sutherland from Dublin and Tony Hoag from Connecticut, who boated 16 on Friday. Other double-figure catches were made by fellow-Irishmen Peter O’Reilly & Brian Shaw and by Curtis Rand & Mike Bontecou from Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.
By Saturday the weather had begun to improve sharply and Richard Philipson from Virginia had a solo catch of 13 and then 7 the next day, fishing with Max.
We now have a bit of a lull before the Christmas house-party group arrives. And today it’s bright but cool – “only” 70F. Time for a bit of fishing on our own account – and to introduce the new chef, Jason, to the piscatorial arts. But he’ll be firing on all culinary cylinders this coming Saturday for a big dinner to celebrate Lucy Mantle’s 21st birthday.
Dec 1st: It’s been very windy for the past two weeks – unseasonably so – with wind speeds rising to 20mph, sometimes even 30mph, most afternoons. And there were a couple of cool days in the backwash of the snow blizzards that hit New England. But amid lots of sunshine, fishing action throughout has continued unabated, with four to six boats out every day and plenty of bonefish for those who can handle the tough conditions.
The past week has seen first ever bonefish caught by Canadian siblings Andrea, Katie & John Dingle (John had six in a half day), while their sister Sarah nailed a good barracuda at Cherokee. The Irish dominated the big number days, with Margaret Downes from Dublin having another bag of 21 and Alex & Trish Findlater from Mayo taking 19 on their best day. Trish also took the best bonefish of November, estimated at 6-7 pounds, on another fruitful outing and even caught a bonefish from Crossing Rocks dock while having some extra casting tuition from Max the manager.
Steve Lant from Poughkeepsie, NY had a great day wading the beautiful sand flats at Cross Harbour, taking seven fish in tricky circumstances.
Newly arrived, we now have Peter O’Reilly, Angus Sutherland and Denis Daly from Ireland and four seasoned bonefishers from Connecticut, Bill Harris, Curtis Rand, Mike Bontecou and Hunter Hallowell. Hopes are high, but so too, unfortunately, are the wind speeds.
November 20th: 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.