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April 02, 2013

Hemingway: A Love Affair With Bimini

To angling celebrities from Zane Grey to Martin Luther King to my grandfather Ernest Hemingway, the tiny Bahamian outpost of Bimini has always had a reputation for some of the best fishing on the planet.

Unfortunately, the total weight of the catch wasn’t enough to put us in the top three. Still, the crew’s system worked, and I encourage anyone interested in upping their game to get in touch with Alex and to check out the DVD, “The Bimini Wahoo Experience,” at that he and his crew put together which explains everything you’ll ever need to know about the latest in wahoo fishing.

During the awards ceremony as I watched Alex receive his trophy from the hands of Playboy’s Miss February, it occurred to me that there was a lot that he and his Cuban-American crew had in common with my grandfather.

It’s true that Ernest never had an on board computer to tell him exactly what was wrong with his engine, nor was the Pilar anywhere near as fast as Alex’s boat, but they were all intensely curious about the sea and the feeding habits and behavior of the species that you can catch in the Gulf Stream.

Ernest studied the blue marlin and reported his findings to marine biologists in Cuba and the United States. He wanted to know where the marlin were feeding and what they ate, where they spawned and when and how long they lived. He wanted to know everything there was to know about these predators because he admired their speed and their beauty and because — as with anglers the world over — these fish and the battles that he waged to bring them in had become a part of his life, a part of what defined him as a writer and a man.


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