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Sandy Point, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas 11-11-1996

"We motored around the point, swinging wide to avoid the reef and entered the Blackwood / Top Cay flats. A forty knot wind was keening across the flats and it seemed pure folly to try and fish today. But this was our last day, and we really wanted to fish. We carefully anchored Patrick's Action Craft and knew it would be in Nassau by noon if we made a mooring mistake. We looked at each other, the grey clouds obscuring the sun and the angry little bay. We must be nuts! The tide was dropping and we had caught many fish here two days ago with John Peterson from Millwood NY. What the hell - let's give it a try. I waded to shore hoping to pick up some protection in the lee of the Casurina trees. The wind picked up only mocking my optimism.

As I reached ankle deep water, I immediately saw tails bobbing in the windborn chop. A cast to twelve o'clock landed my fly at three o'clock - unfortunately the fish were tailing at one o'clock. I tried a ten o'clock cast and although it landed at 1:30, the bones aggressively charged my fly and the biggest fish ate it. He weighted in at 8 pounds, lucky not to be in two sections of 4 pounds with the big shark that cruised in called by his panicked flight. Over the next hour I caught 6 fish, all tailing, all aggressively feeding. I think the wind actually helped, disguising my form and flattening my sounds. I caught two more school fish while wading back to the boat. We fired up the engine and motored home, wind-weary, but very happy.

At Sandy Point, we met John Tucker from Arizona and Rodney Baine from Mississippi, who had both had a similar big fish / high wind experience out of Treasure Cay and Cooperstown. They had caught fish of 12 and 11 pounds respectively. Although this fishing wasn't for the weak of heart, it was very productive and proves bonefish must feed through most any weather related complications."

Sandy Point continues to fish very well. Fish landed continue to be large with good numbers casted to. Sandy Point seems to always be fresh with good numbers of both school fish and big singles and doubles

In response to many of our clients requests (many of you are now on your fourth and fifth visit to Sandy Point), we are beginning a new menu this spring that will bring more variety and quantity to evening meals. In addition, we have been promised snacks in the bar for cocktail hour.

If you have other suggestions, please pass them on as soon as possible. Ernest and Ruth seem motivated to strive hard to improve problem areas and to file off some of the rough edges. We appreciate all your constructive comments and encourage you to keep making them.

Written by Scott Heywood



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