LORNA’S FIRST-EVER (BONE)FISHING DAY


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

ADDENDUM 2013 As we disembarked at MH this year, Lorna and Christopher were waiting to board the plane for the return flight to Nassau. Their news: Lorna had caught her first bonefish! [this effortlessly trumped CJ's own prodigious catches of fish of many species - that's what we have come to expect from him...]

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

4 thoughts on “LORNA’S FIRST-EVER (BONE)FISHING DAY

  1. Hi Lorna, We will definitely miss you both as we are out in November..but probably next year keep posted on your Bone catches!
    The relative Alex had was a Helen Mary Findlater, Born 1953 in Pangbourne south east England, Was she single? If she had married, probably under her nmarried name when she died?
    Trish.xxx

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  2. Hi Lorna, Loved your story very well described..Question begs “ARE YOU HOOKED”?
    Hope to see you and Christopher there soon, Alex and I are out in November for 2 weeks,
    Lots of Love,
    Trish

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    • Hi Trish, stranger, thanks for using this space as your message board! We go out next w/e – can’t wait. I was hoping for a contribution from your last trip re all those bones you and Alex boated… Possible plan Delphi East, end of Sept. ATB to you both (Q: did Alex have a close relation called Helen, deceased?)

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