February 28, 2011
Bonefishing with a Living Legend
By Joe Cermele
Last Friday marked the 40th anniversary of the day Ansil Saunders led a client to the 16-pound bonefish in Bimini, Bahamas, that still stands as the all tackle world record. As luck would have it, my good friend and editor of Fly Fishing In Salt Waters John Frazier and I were chosen from a group of writers to fish with Ansil on the anniversary. So the night before, as we sat at the bar drinking Kaliks, the gravity of this once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip with a true legend hit us. We each had a video camera, and we decided that rather than shoot a few clips for our respective websites, the occasion deserved a collaboration. John and I pooled our efforts and footage to create the short documentary below. I don't think it was a trip either one of us will ever forget. I hope you enjoy it. People like Ansil are not easy to find.