Posted by: koolwine | September 9, 2018

The Bahamas: Body of Water

The author, a struggling flyfishing guide in the American West, accepts a free fishing trip to the Bahamas and quickly gets hooked on bonefishing and the life story of Bahamian David Pinder, Sr., one of the sport’s first and best guides.

Country Focus: The Bahamas

Body of Water; A Sage, A Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish
By Chris Dombrowski
Published by Milkweed Editions, 2016.
215 pgs.

Genre: Nonfiction/Nature

About the author: Poet, teacher and flyfishing guide Chris Dombrowski is the founder and co-director of the Beargrass Writing Retreat in Missoula, Montana.

World Lit Up Rating:
(On a scale of 1-5, with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)

Chris Dombrowski


[David Pinder, Sr. said] “One day I had taken some guests out to the Cross Cays and was starting back for the lodge when the motor gave out. I had to pole over fifteen miles back to the lodge. We slipped through the smallest creeks. Those are my favorite places, the little lagoons that run through the mangroves. I told the guests not to worry, that we could eat conch and fish if we had to sleep out, but near dusk the water started to glow with phosphorescence. There was some commotion out in the channel, water thrashing everywhere: a hammerhead, about fifteen feet long, attacking a lemon shark as long as the boat was wide.

“Those men got real quiet. By the time we got home, Mr. Drake was pacing up and down the dock, shaking the ice in the bottom of his glass. The guests looked like ghosts. But they both thanked me. One of the men wrote me a letter a lot of years later, to say he still hadn’t forgotten about it.”

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