|No matter what Erik tells you, this was my fish. I "let" him hold it so I could photograph.|
|Bonefish. Built for Speed|
The other part of this trip that was exciting was that we had a new enabling factor to some of the fishing and places we experienced- We each had traveled with the Boardworks Surf Badfisher SUP. The idea was to use the stand up paddle board as a primary and secondary means of getting to flats otherwise inaccessible to us, and allow us to cover enormous amounts of water in search of schools of bonefish. YES. And it worked.
|Setting up for day one|
We loaded out decks daily with enough food, water and gear for each day and set about to explore new areas, areas that Erik pounded up on Google Earth and stories we heard word-of-mouth. The SUP was an excellent way to do this, with minor challenges. Trying to keep camera gear dry, not break spare rods, and dealing with the ever present 20-25mph "breeze" was definitely a challenge. There are accessories to manage this stuff available, but we didn't have them on this trip. We will next time. We all have stronger backs and tighter abs for it! Small challenges for what we got to experience.
Ask Erik about the fishing and it was "definitely the top 20% of the WORST numbers we have seen." Haha. Yeah, we earned every fish. Some days we saw schools of hundreds that simply would swim over a fly and not eat, other days we saw only singles and doubles of decent fish that would ponce on a fly poorly casted 20 feet away. For me, it was good enough. Sum of parts, remember?
It was a huck and a half to get there. We went. We saw. We caught.
|Tarpon from "Juvie Hall"|
|The beer of the Bahamas. Koozies courtesy of The Fiberglass Manifesto|
|Salt water toothies have no freshwater equivalent.|