Monday, May 2, 2011
OH, SWEET FREEDOM
AWESOME, AMAZING, PERFECT.
That's the ONLY way to describe the vacation in Great Exuma, Bahamas we just returned from. I cant imagine The quality of Bone fishing EVER getting better , anywhere. I've fished off of Nassau before and this blew it SO far out of the water, it's not even worth mentioning in the same sentence.
We owe our success to Garth Johnson, a Exuma native, and the most patient, skilled, and humorous guide I've ever encountered.
With a population of roughly 5000 people, Exuma is strictly a fishing and resort island. The great thing is that they have direct jet service from Atlanta airport, so It took two flights to get to this emerald/aqua paradise.
I started the day very uncharcteristic of myself, I forgot my reel back at the lodge. Crosby laughed extensively, as he's usually the one behind this type of situation. I have a tendency to be 'ultra" organized, unlike my best friend, so the jabs were flying from the get go.
Upon arrival of our first flat, Garth warned us it was filled with sharks, but eh only ones we needed to worry about were tigers and lemons, as the black tips were nothing to worry about. After wading about 20 minutes with no fish spotted, I was beginning to wonder where he had taken us, Garth replied (in his JAR JAR BINKS esqe) voice, I already know where they are", I was just looking for stragglers", as he pointed about 150 yards away as double digit pods of bones were breaking the surface with their shiny, bright, scissor tails.
Crosby and I were hooked up in no time, and were landing fish in this nirvana aquarium, when my mind started to wander. Puling me out of this tranquil state were the words from Garth "BIG shark", as he grabbed a handful of bottom, and said "don't move, if he gets ANY closer I'm gonna throw this at him. This is the shark in my video, by the natives estimations, a seven foot Lemon.
"ANY CLOSER?" I thought, he's gonna be eating a size 13 Simms sandal!
Its funny how by the night, and many Kalik's later the heroic tale grew in both size and aggressiveness!
WE had 'fought off' the only known great white in the Caribbean, with nothing but a Sage 8 weight.
If ANYONE wants details on lodging (this is a GREAT PLACE TO TAKE YOUR WIFE), as they have a 5 star Sandals, emerald bay condo's, etc, I'd be happy to help out, as well as Garth's number, he doesn't have a website.
It was THE trip of a lifetime, I can't wait to go back.
i hope you enjoy the video.
Posted by Jackson at 3:12 PM