I had to laugh when I first read this great post from subscriber Jamie Dodd. Not because the story is comical, but just how reading it took me back to my first trips and how”friggin hard” it actually was to catch a bonefish on my own. Now it seems easy, but who knew, there were 18,000 things that could go wrong when you are out there wading on your own. Just goes to show you what a great job, professional guides do.
“To say catching my first bonefish was a mission of perserverance is an understatement. I am not proud to say that it took me 3 trips to the TCI to finally have one in the books.
Year one, a half day with Darin Bain and one shot in windy conditions. I thought I’d catch ten. No real pre-trip study except some heavy double haul practice that was useless. On a whim the next year I bought an 8 piece 9wt. that I knew would easily go in a carry on and another excuse to splurge again and give it a go myself. I spent 3 days wading around Flamingo Lake and actually got fairly good at seeing fish and how they move but had only a couple of shots. Went another 1/2 day with Will Valley and again one shot from about 50 feet and another skunk. Needless to say I was despondent. Both alluded to the much lower success rate with 1/2 day vs. full day and I do believe that is probably very true.