Welcome to The Bonefish Flat

There's a stiff wind in your face as you squint in the sun trying to see what the guide sees. "Bonefish at 12 o'clock about 90 feet, do you see it, mon?" You don't and keep squinting, your hat pulled low to keep the sun out of your eyes. "Bonefish at 11 o'clock 70 feet out. Come on man, do you see it?" As the guide is calmly shifting the skiff into position, this time you spot the fish, "I got, it," you reply.

"OK, Mon, Bonefish 50 feet at 10 o'clock. Cast when you're ready."

Cast when you're ready. And with that you drop your fly, roll out a cast, false cast once, and then...

Welcome to the bonefish flat.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Bonefish Flat Review: North Riding Point

For two years in a row, I’ve fished with guides out of North Riding Point Club.  I’ve been very impressed both years. 

North Riding Point has a BEAUTIFUL piece of property on the ocean about 20 miles east of Freeport.  The landscape is meticulously manicured and, while I haven’t stayed at the club, I will go out on a limb and say that the club would provide first class accommodations and meals.  The club provides lunch while on the water and it’s outstanding.  Be sure to get the conch salad.  They do an excellent job with it.
North Riding Point Club
Tim and Mercedes Comstock run the place, and they do a great job.  They are responsive in getting your guide setup and they picked us up from our hotel in Lucaya.  In short, they take care of you.  If you’re putting your trip together yourself, I can’t emphasize enough how important the “responsiveness” is.  The last thing you want is to travel to a destination and not have a guide show up, or to have messages crossed as can certainly be the case. 

Driveway Leading up to the Club

A big advantage to fishing with North Riding guides is they trailer their boats to locations that they feel will provide the best action for they day.  I’m not going to give away where we went, but our days were extremely windy, and our guide took us to a location to help get us out of the wind. 

The club fishes out of Dolphin skiffs which are comfortable and provide a dry ride.  The skiff we fished out of was well maintained and clean.    
Here's where they keep and maintain the skiffs

In 2009, I spent a day on the water with Captain Bully.  Bully is a quiet guide who can find the fish.  When he speaks, you can bet it is to call out a bonefish.  We had a great day with Bully.    
My Dad With Captain Bully

This year, I fished with North Riding’s head guide, Stanley “Stan the Man” Clinton.  On the way to the flat, Stanley told us that his boat has a penalty box for anglers who don’t listen or who blow their shots.  While I blew a few shots, I was fortunate enough not to land in the box. 

Stan the Man likes to wade for bones and that is a good thing in the wind.  It lets you get into water that is very skinny which I found helped me to see the fish a bit easier.  It’s also nice when you’re fishing with a partner as you get to fish the whole time. 
Dad and Stanley Stalking Bones

We caught some really nice sized bones with Stanley and he is a great guide.  He can spot a fish a mile away and has a great sense of humor. 
Me, Stan "the man", and Dad

If you’re going to Grand Bahamas and want first class accommodations, then I highly recommend North Riding Point Club.  If you just need a guide for a day or two, then email Tim and Mercedes and they will take care of you, too.   

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