Bahamas revisited

Bahamas revisited

Tracy&James | Thursday, 12 September 2019

Following on from last week, we have been monitoring the progress on the recovery of the Bahamian islands through friends on FB and on the news channels. I am astounded at the disorganisation that is being reported whereby the parts of the islands that were not been badly damaged, where some of the islanders are still living, have received little relief or support from the government over a week since the hurricane. Instead I am in awe of the many fantastic stories of the people of the Bahamas stepping in and helping each other, sending support via planes and boats and evacuating friends and family away from the devastation.

There is still so much to do and the damage is heart-breaking. Seeing locations that are familiar but are now unrecognisable is distressing, however there have also been many uplifting posts to highlight how beautiful the Bahamas still is. The beaches may have changed, but they are still amazing. There are still houses that will be habitable once the power, water and other services have been restored (many occupants are currently surviving on portable generators and bottled water).

Eventually there will be the opportunity for the more daring anglers to go fishing and it could be fantastic. The local guides may need to research the island to identify the good fishing spots, some will be the same as before the hurricane, others will have changed as the foliage and beach may no longer be there, so the fish may have moved.

I have seen recent videos of the beach where we stayed previously showing that it is pretty much undamaged, though some of the sandbars have gone. I remember these sandbars being places where we often saw shoals of small fish and caught pompano and snappers. Fish tend to be territorial so they probably haven’t moved that far away. Hopefully the grassed flats at the edge of that beach are still fishable and hold some good size bonefish as in previous years. Wherever the fish are, it could be interesting to tour the undamaged areas of the island to seek them; obviously once the infrastructure has been improved and the island is ‘made accessible’ for anglers.

In the meantime, our thoughts are with the people of the Bahamas and we hope they can work together to restore the islands, and those that have had to evacuate can return home.

Good wishes