Our Captain and guide for the day was Captain Buddy Pinder. He has been leading fishing groups in these waters for over twenty years. Here is another interesting link on Abaco Bone Fishing
He typically will guide small groups about 225 days of the year.
He has a dry sense of humor and refers to
bonefishing as more akin to hunting than fishing.
Most of his customers fly fish while we chose to satisfy ourselves with the ole average spin casting reel. Fly fishing might involve a lot of laughing but for us certainly not a lot of catching!
On Buddy's boat " My Office" one person fishes at a time while standing on the bow leaning against a stainless steel rest.
I like to think of the first part of our day's trip as;
"So that's why they call it fishing and not catching"
Don't be fooled by this picture. While I may look like I am intent on fishing I really have my head bowed in prayer looking for divine guidance for help in catching a damn fish!
Now we can rename the second part as;
"The fish fear us"....
....a good two pounder
Not only are they finicky and hard to catch, they put up one heck of a fight after which you quickly get the hook out and release them..... strictly a catch and release fish.
Buddy had this one out of the water and in her hands so fast that she did not have time to object. She knew that if she did not hold this guy there would be no picture to prove she landed it! Surprisingly, he stayed nice and still for this photo. Whew!
Great job Captain Buddy for taking us bone fishing newbies on a wonderful day of fishing and helping us to understand the finer points.
Thanks again to Billy and Johnny for the wonderful trip! It was a day we will always remember.