June 2015


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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Summer Fly-Fishing Tune Up

With resident casting expert, Oliver White  Oliver White has been fly-fishing for more than a decade and has traveled the world in pursuit of his passion. Formerly a guide in Jackson, Wyoming, and at Kau Tapen Lodge in Tierra del Fuego, Oliver was instrumental in Abaco Lodge’s development. He is a fixture in the Bahamas and on the adventure angling circuit, and has recently branched out into book writing, as well as a number of TV and film projects. Oliver is an expert salt- and freshwater angler and the only FFF-certified casting instructor in the Bahamas. Here are his tips for developing a winning casting stroke this season. 1) Stay connected   For seamless power transfer its essential to stay connected throughout the casting stroke A common mistake I often see anglers struggle with involves the introduction of slack line into the system. For the rod to load seamlessly, on both the back and forward stroke, your fly line must be tight at all times. When hauling for distance, for instance, your line hand needs to succeed, or follow, the rod as it unloads on the backcast. If you introduce line too soon, slack enters the equation and power is lost. Once you aren’t connected with a tight line, it’s over. 2) Wait on it. Especially the backcast   Patience is a virtue when it comes to making casts that pierce through the wind. Always make sure to wait on your back cast before beginning your forward stroke This is a great lesson, especially for casting in windy conditions. Anglers new to saltwater fly-fishing are often overly anxious to detonate the cast as quickly as possible. You see an approaching fish, you hear your encouraging guide calling out a medley of distances and foreign time zones, and your brain tells […]

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