My First Bonefish
by Larysa Dyrszka, M.D.
(White Lake, New York, USA)
Bonefish, the tough fighter
During a recent trip to Harbor Island in Eleuthera, I made arrangements to spend a day fly fishing with Joe Cleare. My intention was to finally catch an elusive ghost of the flats.
There were ominous clouds on the western horizon, yet it was calm and the lighting was brilliant. Joe motored us from the government dock in Dunmore Town (Harbor Island) west across the bay toward the Three (tiny) Islands which are located just north of the water taxi dock on Eleuthera.
And there, on the flats on the lee side of these lovely islands, I hooked my first bonefish on an incoming tide. Joe's instruction, patience and gentle manner allowed me to successfully reel in my first ghost.
We spent a while longer on the flats opposite Girls Bank, just to the west of Pear Rock and Pigeon Island. There were schools of tailing bonefish to be seen (but, alas, not caught).
And of course, the little sharks were there sniffing for their next meal - competing in the hunt for bonefish with us - and victory was likely theirs!