June 2015


Bonefishing Report – May 2015

Bair’s Lodge – Bonefishing Report May 2015. By Doug and Sue Vigue South Andros weather during May was outstanding overall. Light winds and bright sunny days. The guests enjoyed the conditions and caught many fish. As the month progressed, the warm temperatures in the afternoon had a tendency to get a bit too warm and the bonefish moved off the flats into deeper water. Anglers and guides both reported seeing and hooking many large bonefish over 10 lbs but few of these were actually brought to the net. Ah, maybe that is why these fish are so big! As the water has warmed up, tarpon and permit have also been spotted more frequently. A couple of anglers hooked up to tarpon but after a few jumps the tarpon through the hook. Overall it was an outstanding fishing season. Fishing was great all season long. Personally I can’t say that a particular month was better than the others. Every month large fish were caught and all the anglers caught plenty of fish all season long. Tight Lines Doug and Sue Vigue Bair’s Lodge managers

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URGENT ACTION REQUEST

Dear Angler: The government of the Bahamas is about to make a monumental error in judgement. As part of fisheries regulation legislation that is proposed, they aim to regulate, or rather prohibit- foreign-owned fishing lodges throughout the Bahamas. The language states that this is being done to “ensure the marine environments upon which the fishery is based, are protected.” Apparently the Bahamas believes attempting to evict the very lodges and guides that are the stewards of the resource is the way to grow the fishing tourism trade? Nothing could be further from the truth.  Rather than regulating who can guide and own lodges, what about a guides training program, or clinics and classes on protecting marine shallows and catch and release techniques?  The fishery for bonefish in the Bahamas is a spectacular one, and it does not require over-regulation and permitting—it requires stewardship. We regard this proposal as an error from a government with little experience in resource issues. If you’d like to read more, Bjorn Stromsness offers a very insightful view on his blog: How to destroy the Bahamas, a Guide ACTION STEP Please join us in making certain our voice is heard. Public comment will only be accepted until Friday June 26—so act now! Cut and paste the following letter (or write one of your own) and send it to this address: fisheries@bahamas.gov.bs  ——————————————————————————————————————————————————– Dear Sir or Madam: I strongly oppose the proposed fisheries regulations currently on the table for the Bahamas. The issue of protecting the fisheries resource is not one of ownership, it is one of stewardship.  It is in the best interest of the fishing lodges—whether they are locally or foreign owned, to protect the resource that provides them their source of clients and income. Further, every fishing lodge in the Bahamas provides much needed jobs. […]

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Bair’s Lodge – Bonefishing Report

Posted on February 22, 2015 by Nervous Waters Bonefishing Report Fall Fishing Summary – By Ray and Ann Shewnack Fall fishing in So. Andros is truly a special time of year. While most fly fishing anglers are chasing brown trout on the legendary waters of the Western United States, Anglers who are in the know are coming to So. Andros. The fishing Lodges here have been closed down for the past 4 months for hurricane season leaving the bone fish unmolested and happy. The weather in So. Andros in the fall starts to cool off with highs in the low to mid 80’s. Bairs lodge opens mid October and anglers are treated to eager bone fish tailing on the flats that have not seen an angler since June. It is amazing to hear the stories of anglers occasionally making a bad cast spooking a small school of bone fish and then having that same group of fish eat another well presented fly seconds later. This is what fishing in So Andros is all about in the fall. Tight Lines, Doug and Sue Bair’s Lodge Managers For more Fishing Report click HERE

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