HOOKED! A FANATICAL FISHERMAN’S WIFE TAKES TO THE BONEFISH FLATS


HOOKED! A FANATICAL FISHERMAN’S WIFE TAKES TO THE BONEFISH FLATS

I’m married to a Fanatical Fisherman. I have never shared his enthusiasm, though I have always loved the places where his fishing takes us. However the chance to spend two weeks at the Delphi Club Bahamas on Abaco every year has changed my perspective. This year I thought to myself (in non-fishing terminology, of course) ‘How about giving it a try?’

We waited for a day that was not windy and that would suit the FF’s own fishing convenience. One of the other guests was a kind and patient, not to say a highly eminent fisherperson and she gave me my first ever lesson on the lawn. With much encouragement I went forth. It was a lovely day with the sun beating down, so it was ‘sun block on and all parts covered’. 

Skiffs on their way to the bonefishing grounds

We set out in the skiff and after an exhilarating ride we glided to a stop in shallow water. I sat enchanted for a moment, taking in the incredible beauty of the place. Guide Tony provided suitable footwear for me (his son’s); and the relative merits of a ‘Crazy Charlie or a ‘Delphi Special’ were debated. Soon I was wading on the flats, rod in hand. This was my first-ever experience of my husband’s lifetime obsession…

Poling to a good place for wading

Within minutes Tony pointed to a shoal of bonefish… I cast (in a manner of speaking)! I struck! I hooked! I played! And… I lost!  

FISH ON!

But that was enough. From then on I was on a mission. I saw the ‘nervous water’ – great shoals of bonefish causing a subtle ripple 0n the surface of the water. When they turned and moved towards me I could hardly contain my excitement. I knew I had to tread carefully underfoot and to keep still as I cast. Silver flashes glinted in the sunlight as the fish started ‘tailing’.

Watch out for ‘Nervous Waters’

Meanwhile the sharks lazily circled us waiting for a chance to grab a prize before we could reel it in. I did hook another bone but it too managed to evade capture. And then suddenly the day was over. How did that happen? In the end I landed no fish but as the skiff sped back across the blue water I knew this was, for me, the start of something wholly absorbing. FF had better look to his laurels.

Lorna Jarman

(All illustrative photos by RH – Lorna was otherwise engaged!)

8 thoughts on “HOOKED! A FANATICAL FISHERMAN’S WIFE TAKES TO THE BONEFISH FLATS

    • Hi EST, welcome to Rolling harbour and a break from your lovely bees! Luckily it’s not a shark, though they are around, but a bonefish. We fly fish for them: they are mostly at the lower to mid end of the 2 – 10 lb range (with mine usually right at the lowest end…). Strictly barbless hooks and ‘catch and release’. They are very powerful and wily – they take some catching, as Lorna found! Not really edible, and no useful by-product like honey… Stick with the apiary! All the best, RH

      • That actually sounds like lots of fun! At least the bonefish don’t sting – although I suppose the sharks might get a little bitey… Looks like you are getting lots of sunshine, please send a pocketful to London! :)

  1. I can see a few of these photos. Maybe our internet connection is too slow today to see them???
    BTW, Keith, I just posted all sorts of photos of plants growing on Tilloo. Some of them I can’t name, despite looking in all sorts of books. Do you know anyone who would be knowledgeable about indigenous plants?

    • Hi Brigitte – the photos seem ok… let me know if they don’t come through in 24 hours. Saw the nice plant pics – I’ve an idea for ID help, I’ll get back to you (are they all indigenous, I wonder?)

      • They did finally come up, thank you…must have been our connection!
        I did ID the plants I knew, and made a note when I didn’t. It would be fantastic if we could get some help naming them. Most of the ones I don’t know were on Tilloo in the bush when we moved here in 1991. I have seen them on other little and big cays – so I assume they are local plants. No one else lived here in the bush then! I would love to make a small book with these small plants no one seems to know.

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