This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm

May 11th, 2009


Around here you just never know.

The phone rang just after noon on Thursday. The gentleman introduced himself as Earl Miller from the Bahamian Ministry of Tourism Office. He asked if we would like to come down to the Southern Bahamian Islands for a few days of fishing. Well Darn!

Long story somewhat shorter at least, we are flying out of SeaTac next weekend to be able to fly out of Nassau at noon on Monday. There are some problems with packing up for a week on short notice, (for both of us) and keeping it under 40 pounds each. The good news is we have the right clothing for there and most everything is lightweight and rolls up into nothing.

Rod choice is something else. If I had my druthers I'd really like to take a 'fast' 6 wt, but I know we will have a wind problem. That makes the requirement 8 wt. rods. Instead of giving you the reasoning of why we choose what we did, I will say we narrowed it down to 5 piece rods for packability. We are taking an 8 wt C. F. Burkheimer and an 8 wt Hardy Angel Smuggler. For reels, a Hardy Angel and an Islander both loaded with proper backing and good bonefish lines. Our usual thing while fishing is to have one rod strung up with a bonefish fly, the other with a big long fly for barracuda. There are a lot of folks who go to the Bahamas JUST to fish for barracuda. We happen to think the bonz are just too much fun to target a different fish - but I will mention one of the places we are staying, Baycaner Beach Resort (shown below) claims they have a really good permit population. This could be fun.

The idea of the tourism folks is to get more publicity for the Southern islands. We have not been to the islands they picked, so we're all for it. The schedule includes Crooked Island, Acklin Island and Mayaguana. Mayaguana is the least populated and most remote of the islands, but we have seen some really big fish photos from there.

Living on the west coast as we do, it is a long flight to get to the Bahamas. In fact it is a twelve hour trip to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. Makes for a very long day.

As is his usual method, JC has a stack started on the davenport. Rods, reels, flies, sun gloves all sorts of necessities for the trip. It will be a little messy for a week or so, but as we think of something that should go, it goes, at least to the davenport. Getting the cameras out and ready, batteries checked and charged, chargers ready to go all part of the things necessary if we're going to do our part.

Cross your fingers for us, just need to keep well and be in the right place at the right time. We'll keep you in the loop! ~ DLB

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