Long Island, Bahamas
I just got back from Deadmanís Cay on Long Island in the Bahamas fly fishing for bonefish with Dwayne Knowles while staying at Greenwich Creek lodge.
We had 5 days to find fish. The weather was not very cooperative. It blew hard day and night and was cloudy and occasionally rainy.
We managed to find fish, often spooking them as we got too close before spotting them. We managed several fish every day with plenty of shots.
Iíve only flats fished one other time in Key West where I didnít get a shot in 3 days of fishing. This was just a bit different.
We had fish chasing our flies with incredible abandon. I witnessed my partner make a cast that landed a foot behind a fish moving away from her. The fly hit the water and the fish spun and ate the fly just like a trout hitting a dry fly. They chased our flies as we stripped them in right up to the boat sometimes eating them and sometimes not. It was incredible. I stood in one spot for almost 3 hours on a flat and had fish continuously swim within casting range. I had numerous shots and occasionally got a fish hooked up. I had several refusals and missed shots due to poor casting.
Rookie mistakes included leaving the boat without flies and tippet. (Would you believe I did it twice? You would if you knew me!)
I read a few times that the fish were small on Long Island. Well, we caught several fish. The 2 smallest Iíd say were 3 lbs. They averaged 4 lbs and the largest were 6+. We saw fish to 10 but didnít get close to them.
Iím glad I spent several hours in the weeks prior to this trip practicing casting. I canít encourage this enough. Not only did it help with endurance but also accuracy and judgment. Despite significant wind at times I was happy with my casting. There were times that I needed to make long casts but most often they were no more than 30 ft and needed to land softly. Sometimes I was able to do this. Practice!
Thanks to all of you who post information on this board. It helped tremendously.
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