Tag: South Andros Island

Paging Dr. Bonefish

bonefishWhen I was offered a trip to Andros South, the first thing I thought about was outrageous bonefishing. After that blissful concept settled in, I pondered a post-day Kalik, a tasty meal, and a comfy bed. Performing surgery on fish, in the name of science, never crossed my mind.

Then I spent the day with Bjorn Stromness, a.k.a. Doctor Bonefish. Doctor Bonefish is one of the world’s foremost experts on the wily creature that bears his name. And with data gathering projects to be completed during FIBFest, Doctor Bonefish needed an assistant – yours truly was lucky enough to be chosen.

Our task…clip small chunks of flesh from the rear of the fishes’ dorsal fin, cram it in a little storage vial, and record length measurements and the approximate location of the catch. These samples and the associated data are then turned over to the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust – I suppose they will handle the genetic sequencing and subsequent cloning of the piglets we hauled in over the course of the day.

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Fishing for science. Kind of like fishing for beer, only not.

MG signing off (to find an electron microscope that will fit in my wading pack)

Go west young man, go west

Flies are named after it, but dreams are made of it – we’re talking the West Side of South Andros Island. Consider yourself lucky if you get over there – it’s accessible only on the right tide with the perfect wind conditions, but the cash out is big. You won’t see another boat all day, a fact that equates to fish that get precisely zero pressure. You figured bonefish were hungry critters, but these West Side jokers take the cake.

The weather was pristine – light winds and generally blue bird skies. We prowled for singles/doubles for the first couple of hours, then ran out to some large schools around Isle of Nowhere (which can be found virtually anywhere near Andros). Kyle “Let’s Cook ‘Em And Eat ‘Em” Perkins managed the first bonefish of his life, a point made ever more extraordinary by the fact that he’s never caught a fish out of salt water before. Or even tried.

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Now all we need to do is teach him how to handle those fish out of water.

MG signing off (to hit the shutter button a millisecond too late, again)