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Deep Water Cay Photo Essay: The Big Bonefish

December 9th, 2015

Written by: Benjamin Gossett—Fishing Manager, Orvis Houston, Visiting Deep Water Cay.

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Right off the bat, the group was into big schools of bonefish on the Bahamian flats. Photos by Benjamin Gossett, except where noted

 

I recently had the opportunity to travel to The Bahamas to fish at Deep Water Cay. When I arrived at the Freeport Airport, I met up with Craig Foster, store manager of Orvis Raleigh; José Delgado, fishing manager of Orvis Woodlands (TX); and Trey Oliver, fishing manager of Orvis Charlotte.

After a trip to the Sands Brewery, a visit to a cigar shop for Cubans, a scenic van ride, and a short boat ride, we made it to the lodge. The moment we arrived to the lodge everything was perfect: food, accommodations, amazing staff, and, oh yeah, big bones.

The fishing was lights out! I was partnered up with Trey on day one, and after a long run, we made it to bonefish heaven. I don’t remember how many we caught–that’s the way it should be–but we had school after school of nice fish. Trey and I both landed the biggest bones of our lives.

Day two was slower, but we had a blast. I was lucky to share a boat with Christopher Pipes of Deep Water Cay and the High Lonesome Ranch, and I learned that sharks fight very hard.

 

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José Delgado, fishing manager Orvis Woodlands, makes a hard strip-set.

 

These pockmarks are signs of feeding bonefish.

These pockmarks are signs of feeding bonefish.

 

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The arsenal for the trip hangs after a good freshwater rinse at the end of the day.

 

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Trey Oliver, of Orvis Charlotte, shows off a hefty bone and a satisfied smile.

 

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Guide William Pender poles against an angry sky.

 

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The author shows off his biggest bonefish of the trip. Photo courtesy Deep Water Cay

 

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New Deep Water Cay Guide David Tate relaxes back at the lodge.

 

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The water on the flats was like glass on the way out.

 

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Trey prepares to release the last fish of the day.

 

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Christopher Pipes, of DWC and High Lonesome Ranch, was our host.

 

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