November 17, 2003

I'm Back
By James Castwell

Well, I am. And is it good to be back with you again. These last few weeks have been a bit hectic for me here. The big tackle show in Denver left us with a lot of work, pictures and updating of some of our Sponsors Pages, before that was the 'Idaho Fish In.' Getting ready, going, and reporting on that took time too.

Setting up the 'Bone Fish In' in the Bahamas required many phone calls and a lot of preparation as well. I have not spent much time on the 'BB' or the 'Chat Room' lately because of that. I have a few more new sponsors to get on line and, of course, a bit of a report on the bonefish trip.

I have salmon charging up my rivers now and only 'may' get a chance to hit them before the run is over, a few days left on that is all there are. A few 'Product Reviews' are in the works and I need some pictures for completion. There is also the constant involvement with the electronics of this web site and maintaining and upgrading those.

As most of you couldn't be less interested in bonefish I will keep that report brief. We left at midnight on Wednesday, the 5th and arrived at the lodge late in the afternoon on Thursday. The weather was tough, lots of wind and rain most days. We fished all but one day anyway. This last Thursday, the 13th we left S. Andros Island at dawn and got home just before midnight.

While there we ate like royalty, were guided by top personal and caught as many fish as could be expected. We had a minor mix-up with our baggage and some delayed and missed flight connections but those go with flying anywhere these days. The night of the moon eclipse we sat on the beach under swaying palms and watched it between dinner and our desert. Nice conditions to say the least. Hard work, but someone has to do it.

Here is a plus for some of you who didn't make this trip with us, not that I blame many of you, their web site went 'under construction,' they changed the name of the lodge and the local airport shut down for remodeling. Their new web site will be up soon, the name is now changed and the airport will be open about mid-December.

Emerald Palms Resort of South Andros has extended the ridiculously low rates well into February of 2004. We will probably make another run at it then, stay tuned. The low rates include the room, food and guiding rates.

I took a lot of pictures and you can see some on their Sponsor page soon, for now here's a couple. All in all, we had a great time, but like always, it's good to be back too. ~ James Castwell

LF and JC on right,
Mary Ann and Uncle Don with General Manager Brendan Foulkes

JC landing bonefish

Bonefish in hand

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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