We are not THAT welcome
[dropcap]R[/dropcap]od Hamilton, authored DIY Bonefishing with Kirk Deeter, editor of TU and Angling Trade. The book got great reviews. Both Hamilton and Deeter are experienced and dedicated bonefishers.
Hamilton is from British Columbia (BC), and like many from North America (and Europe,) he makes pilgrimages in the winter months to points south that offer flats fishing. Soon, a Bahamas destination choice for flats fishing, if the new fishing regulations are passed, could get you arrested, jailed and fined.
Lodging with ‘unrestricted’ DIY flats fishing, like Hamilton and his angling compadres enjoyed for ten years running may soon be a thing of the past. No one needs a green eye-shade, a rubber banded sleeve or a crank calculator to figure out that the DIY Bonefishing lads drop big bucks for their fishing experiences in the nation of islands.
Well, Hamilton and his fishing buddies met last weekend at another annual fly fish retreat. This one on home waters in British Columbia fishing for trout. On their agenda: Where to go bonefishing this coming winter? One destination never even got a mention. Guess.
NOTE: Here is a rebuke of the Bahamas flats fishing take-over by Prescott Smith, president of the Bahamas Fly Fishing Industry Association (BFFIA), and his in-power political cohort V Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources. The letter is from The Abaco Fly Fishing Guide’s Association . . .
Here is the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s response. It relates to the science of conservation . . .