Sounds like you're definitely an Exuma veteran! I'm working toward that title!
I can't believe that one of your buddies had a hard time with JJ. He's so laid back. But so is almost everyone over there.
JJ lead me to my first bonefish and even managed to catch a world record on the first time out. There was a vacant slot in the women's 2 lb tippet class. It wasn't easy landing a bonefish on 2 lb tippet...especially for someone who wasn't used to the speed and strenght of bones! But JJ coached me through it and it worked!
You should try Garth sometime. You won't be disappointed. He amazes me on the flats.
Thanks for your guide info. I've heard about Abby...I'd like to try him sometime. We also heard about Willie and requested him the last time we were there. Unfortunately, we didn't realize that there were two Willies at the lodge. We got the wrong one.
I think a LOT of people are breaking away from the Lodge package. You come out cheaper by doing it on your own and you get a better choice in your guides. I'm thrilled that the guides are going on their own now.
Come on down to Florida! The fishing is great! :-)