Bonefish & Beginners

By Capt. Sarah Gardner


MONDAY I was up way before the 4:30 am alarm and jumped on van transport from hotel to Norfolk International Airport. I felt out of sorts, because I was traveling without Brian. The flight down went quickly and the transfer to Jet Blue in Ft. Lauderdale was easy, despite having to recheck bags. Nassau is absolutely unrecognizable since my first Bahamas bonefish trip, over 15 years ago.

On this trip, I was a guest of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, who had put together a group of fishing industry professionals for a whirl wind bonefish tour. BMT wanted to showcase some newer lodges that were also couples friendly. As the jet landed I noticed construction everywhere. Someone forgot to tell the Bahamians about the recession!

The group was met at Nassau Int’l by trip leaders Earl Miller and Karen Wring. They work for Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, so we were able to bypass the lines at customs. It took about 20 minutes to reach the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, which sits in the middle of a billion dollar development project.