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Fishing with a Legend

March 1, 2011
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I returned from the Bahamian island of Bimini last Saturday, and even though only one small bonefish was landed from our skiff, it was a trip that I will never forget. I know what you are thinking. One bonefish is hardly anything to describe as “unforgettable” – especially by Bahamian standards. So am I just unlucky? Absolutely not. In fact, I consider myself the exact opposite. I’m a firm believer that the most special days on the water rarely include trophy fish or vast catch numbers. I’d be willing to bet that, for most you, your most memorable days on the water involve great company, and my trip recent trip to Bimini certainly did. My good friend Joe Cermele of Field and Stream and I arrived on the island for a writers’ convention hosted by the Bimini Big Game Club. Prior to our departure, we decided that we would collaborate on a project. We didn’t have any idea what exactly that would be until we found out that we would be fishing in the same place, with the same guide, who led his client to a 16-pound, 3-ounce bonefish on the 40th anniversary of this world-record catch, a record that still stands today. Check out the end result – a short video dedicated to Ansil Saunders, a bonefishing legend, a master boatbuilder and just an all-around awesome and inspiring Bahamian man.

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