“We’ve Caught a Fish, Now We Can Leave”


With a couple of my old clients, I shared the sentiment that if we caught a fish in a location, we could move on and fish somewhere else.   It was always acknowledged with irony, since we knew staying where we were was an easy win.  But we’d also proved our point, and we didn’t want to punish the fish there.  Besides, I was much too anxious to want to see new (and even find) new spots, see how far we could take a little bit of success.

Does that sound counterproductive?  Does that mean we’ll catch fewer fish?

In the short run, yes.   In the long run, definitely not.

~ Marshall Cutchin over at Skiff Republic (unwittingly) weighs in on the DIY debate (in a tangential sort of way).

Caymanian Fly Fishing Video

Caymanian Fly Fishing from joel jefferson on Vimeo.

Parrotfish on the Fly, Pacific Style

The Aqua Hulk from FlyCastaway on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Lionfish Invasion Reaches New Depths

Ok, so here we are. First, the highlights:

  1. Lionfish eat pretty much anything smaller than them. They also breed a lot more than native species and out-compete them for food.
  2. Lionfish have been confirmed at 300 ft., in “large populations”. Nice.
  3. The whole invasion has been trace (genetically) to just a few releases off South Florida.
  4. We, human beings, started it with saltwater aquariums.

If you want to read more about the deepwater lionfish invasion please do so here.

The Fly Fishing DIY Debate

A younger WindKnot & the Fishing Padre scope out an (empty) Bahamian flat.


I write this not as a guide or an angler, but as both. Cards on the table (in case you haven’t read the About page), I am a bonefish guide. I’m also a fierce advocate of DIY flats fishing. As such I feel in a unique position to offer an opinion that considers both the perspective of the guides and the adventure angler.

Let’s be honest, we DIY’ers might start with the best intentions: We’re going to explore, man, drive around and fish the whole island. But then, of course, we have no idea how the tides affect fish in that area, so (barring good luck) we’ll likely hit it wrong and (often) erroneously conclude that a fish-less flat is fish-less because it’s a bad flat, when it’s just a bad tide.

On the other hand a guide has to think about tomorrow, and next week, and next month. So if the fishing is tough, they’ll still move around, trying to spread out the pressure while still getting the best shots at fish. It’s a balancing act they have to do every day—considering the wants/desires/dreams of the client vs the health/longevity of the fishery (and their career).

I’ve heard it said that it’s not the casual DIY angler that’s pressuring the fish. I’d definitely have to disagree with that.

See, the psychology of a DIY angler is one I completely understand, having been there myself. I mean, if I’ve spent all that time planning a trip, scouring the forums, browsing Google Earth, and arranging all the flights, rental cars, lodging, etc, and coordinated all that with my buddies, and then the fishing turns out to be tough I get desperate to catch fish. We all do. Especially if (as is probably the case) that’s going to be my one exotic flats fishing adventure for the next year or two. So if I only find one flat that reliably has fish I’ll be sorely tempted fish there every day.

We tend to live in a myopic world of our own wherein we are the only anglers clever and adventurous enough to step off the map and do it ourselves. The truth is there were many before and they’ll be many afterwards—all desperate to catch fish with no real incentive to consider the ramifications to the fishery.

If I can slip back into my guide boots for a minute, I can attest that I’ve seen a flat take over 2 weeks to recover after being pounded every day for a week by a single DIY angler. It was one of the two weeks I was resting that flat and when I returned with a paying client expecting willing fish, I found spooky, closed-mouthed ghosts. So, I guess in the final analysis I’m echoing Dr. Addams and Bjorn on ThisIsFly when I say, DIY is great, just don’t be an A-Hole. But, in fact, I’d go farther and wonder if it’s possible for a normal, respectful angler turned DIY-angler-on-the-edge-of-desperation to be anything but. To be honest, the jury is still out for me.



REDACTED: August 29, 2013

So, to review:


  1. Guide.
  2. Fierce advocate of Do It Yourself Fly Fishing.
  3. Everybody stop being A-Holes.

WindKnot the Angler

Lionfish: INVASIVE Snapper-eating Monsters…

I wonder if Lionfish are eating juvenile bonefish? Hmmm…

A Dissection of a Lionsfish. WARNING, not for sensitive viewers.


But the good news is there’s a great use for them: FOOD. Watch below for the proper way to handle and clean these tasty invasive species.


And now you’re ready to make Lionfish Ceviche as prepared by the chefs at Cayman’s own Tukka Restaurant:

Lionfish Ceviché Recipe

  • Shredded/Cut Lionfish (properly prepared)
  • 1 Small Onion, diced.
  • 1 Small Color Capsicum, diced.
  • 1 Small Spring Onion, diced.
  • Cilantro, coarse chopped.
  • 1 Small Avocado, cubed.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar.
  • Lime Juice.
  • Salt.
  • Peppar.
  • Sugar.

Tukka's Cayman Lionfish Ceviche

Caribbean Bonefishing Video

Bonefishing in the Caribbean, with a former… “french/alaskan” fishing guide.


About the only thing I’ll personally add here is: “An anti-reverse reel for bonefishing? Really?”

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