Posted on September 15 2012
Want to change things up a bit on your next trip to the flats? Have yourself a multi-species tournament day! It’s really fun…
On a recent trip to Andros South, we awoke to a really, really cloudy morning. We had a pretty experienced group of anglers at the lodge and we knew we could all go out and eke out a few bonefish…but we decided to change it up.
There are a whole boatload of species of fish around South Andros Island – and we’re not just talking about the obvious bonefish/permit/barracuda/shark program. What if we came up with a fun, borderline silly way to see a bunch of the island, try a bunch of new stuff and catch a bunch – really a bunch – of species?
The concept hit us like a ton of bricks. It’s the Multi Species Tournament!
The winning boat is the boat that catches the most unique species of fish in a single day, using any technique involving a rod and a reel. Add a buy in and a payout as you please.
Here’s an example, in case the simplicity isn’t obvious.
- Boat 1 catches a horse eye jack, a grey snapper, a needlefish, 3 barracuda and 4 bonefish. Boat 1’s score is 5 – 5 unique species.
- Boat 2 catches 13 bonefish and a lemon shark. Boat 2’s score is 2 – 2 unique species.
- Boat 1 wins.
- You try to catch as many different species as possible.
- You bring along all kinds of crazy fishing gear.
- Once you catch one species of fish, you stop trying to catch it again.
- You think a lot about what part of the island you should go to when, and you think a lot less about where you’re likely to find a lot of any single species.
- Some species that you think are really easy to catch aren’t so easy after all. Know when to move on!
- You can catch a whole ton of different critters trolling – in the right place at the right time.
- Flies are more effective than bait in a surprising number of situations.
- Don’t forget to leave some time to try and catch all the critters at the dock!
On your next trip to the flats, give the Multi Species Tourney a try. Trust us, it’s a blast. Have fun out there, and let us know how it goes!
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