Tropical storm Bertha was in the area and I feared the worst, a cancelled bonefishing trip! Thankfully the weather cleared up after the first couple days. The trip was scheduled for Thursday so I was feeling good.
I had scheduled a 7 am pickup with Bernard the morning of the charter. I got a call around 6:30 am from him saying that his car had broken down and he would not be able to take us out today. My heart instantly sunk because the rest of our time on the island was booked up. However I had despaired too soon. Like a true professional he had called one of his friends and booked us a trip with Willis from 20/20 Vision Bonefish Guide Service.
After a hour and a half car ride to the east end of the island we were on the water. I casted to a few skittish bones in open water to no avail. Every time my fly hit the water the fish spooked. It wasn't until we polled up into the mangroves that I could actually see the fish. Willis spotted a small school coming out of the mangroves straight towards us and like a complete amateur I casted right into the middle of them! The school exploded but quickly came back together. One fish peeled off and started to follow my fly. By this time we were only 15 to 20 feet away and I could see everything through the crystal clear water.
Even if I stop fly fishing at some point in my life for some crazy reason, I will never forget the feeling of hooking, landing, and releasing that first bonefish.
We ended the day chasing a large school of bones around in front of a deserted beach where I landed 5 more fish. The whole trip was exactly what I had hoped for and I couldn't recommend Willis or Bernard enough. If you are ever headed to Grand Bahama Island, be sure to give one or both of them a ring. You will surprised at how affordable a whole day on the water is!
Bernard, Grand Bahama Bonefishing: 1 (242) 441-1692
If you have not yet had the pleasure of going bonefishing you need to add it to your bucket list ASAP!