"There is no better source of knowledge than elders who have lived for decades in their local environment."

 

 

 

This research initiative aims to gain knowledge pertaining to Bahamian ecosystems from the first professional Bahamian Bonefish Guides. This research initiative has three primary goals:

Documenting the history of the industry, developing habitat maps & assessing fisheries population changes... all though accessing guide knowledge and stories

 

Documenting local ecological knowledge will aid in preserving Bahamian Natural Resources, empower small-island communities and enhance sustainability of the tourism industry. Efforts to document the lives of these guides, the contributions they have made to the Global Bonefishing Industry, the Bahamas Tourism Industry, and the evolution and history of the FlyFishing Industry, will work to give credit to these pioneers and legends.

Research Project Images

T.Karrow meeting David Pinder Sr.
T.Karrow meeting David Pinder Sr.

David Pinder Sr. has been guiding since 1958 on Grand Bahamas. He was one of the original guides at the legendary Deep Water Cay lodge on the east end of Grand Bahamas. He is a wealth of knowledge, stories and I am thrilled to have been able to document some of this through Ghost Stories research.

Thomas Karrow & Leadon
Thomas Karrow & Leadon

Discussing key fisheries habitats with Shawn Leadon

Ghost of the Flats
Ghost of the Flats

Mr. Bonefish.... the inspiration for "Ghost Stories".

T.Karrow meeting David Pinder Sr.
T.Karrow meeting David Pinder Sr.

David Pinder Sr. has been guiding since 1958 on Grand Bahamas. He was one of the original guides at the legendary Deep Water Cay lodge on the east end of Grand Bahamas. He is a wealth of knowledge, stories and I am thrilled to have been able to document some of this through Ghost Stories research.

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Thomas Karrow on Abaco
Thomas Karrow on Abaco

Costa, R.L. Winston Rod Co., Nautilus reels, World Angling, Fishpond, 12 weight... all supporters of conservation research.

T.Karrow @ nautilus with BTT
T.Karrow @ nautilus with BTT

Boxes ready, reels ready... looking for guides to fish on film!

Nautilus, Supports Ghost Stories
Nautilus, Supports Ghost Stories

Leaders in reel design and conservation. Look for a custom engraved Bonefish and Tarpon Trust NV 8/9 at the upcoming BTT symposium in Nov. available through the silent auction. Proceeds from this auction item will go directly to support the valuable research initiative working to conserve Bahamian fisheries and history.

Thomas Karrow on Abaco
Thomas Karrow on Abaco

Costa, R.L. Winston Rod Co., Nautilus reels, World Angling, Fishpond, 12 weight... all supporters of conservation research.

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Thomas Karrow Maitland Lowe
Thomas Karrow Maitland Lowe

Bahamian icon, Maitland Lowe shares local knowledge with BTT researcher Thomas Karrow. I am honoured to meet such important people, learn from them and spent time with Bahamian legends!

Thomas Karrow Hope Town
Thomas Karrow Hope Town

The lovely streets of Hope Town, Abaco

Thomas Karrow and Donnie Lowe
Thomas Karrow and Donnie Lowe

Long-time Cherokee Sound guide Donnie shares his knowledge of local habitat and changes in the history of the industry with BTT researcher Thomas Karrow

Thomas Karrow Maitland Lowe
Thomas Karrow Maitland Lowe

Bahamian icon, Maitland Lowe shares local knowledge with BTT researcher Thomas Karrow. I am honoured to meet such important people, learn from them and spent time with Bahamian legends!

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General Images

Research Supporters

Andros

Grand Bahama

Abaco

Bimini

Thomas Karrow @ Abaco Lodge
Thomas Karrow @ Abaco Lodge

Ghost Stories features a reversal of roles where guides fish and discuss casting, habitat, best handling practices, environmental stresses and more.

Thomas Karrow
Thomas Karrow

Fly boxes ready! Ghost Stories features role reversals where guides finally fish, sharing knowledge on best handing practice, casting, equipment and more.

Nautilus, Supports Ghost Stories
Nautilus, Supports Ghost Stories

Leaders in reel design and conservation. Look for a custom engraved Bonefish and Tarpon Trust NV 8/9 at the upcoming BTT symposium in Nov. available through the silent auction. Proceeds from this auction item will go directly to support the valuable research initiative working to conserve Bahamian fisheries and history.

Thomas Karrow @ Abaco Lodge
Thomas Karrow @ Abaco Lodge

Ghost Stories features a reversal of roles where guides fish and discuss casting, habitat, best handling practices, environmental stresses and more.

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Tom Karrow in Exuma
Tom Karrow in Exuma

Down time from interview research on the flats of Great Exuma. Exuma is stunning and the fishery is great!

Tom Karrow and Drex Rolle
Tom Karrow and Drex Rolle

Tom Karrow and BTT
Tom Karrow and BTT

Btt representing at the Tropic of Cancer Beach on Little Exuma. Sound scientific research leads to more informed policy which in turns leads to better governance and sustainable decision-making

Tom Karrow in Exuma
Tom Karrow in Exuma

Down time from interview research on the flats of Great Exuma. Exuma is stunning and the fishery is great!

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Karrow @ S.Saunders 3
Karrow @ S.Saunders 3

Interviewing legendary Bahamian guide Ansil Saunders in his boat building workshop. Mr. Saunders is an icon and I was thrilled to spend time with him, and learn from him about Bimini Bonefishing

Tom Karrow @ Alice Town, Bimini
Tom Karrow @ Alice Town, Bimini

T. Karrow @ Bimini
T. Karrow @ Bimini

Interviewing Tommy Saunders, brother of Ansil and Ashley Saunders

Karrow @ S.Saunders 3
Karrow @ S.Saunders 3

Interviewing legendary Bahamian guide Ansil Saunders in his boat building workshop. Mr. Saunders is an icon and I was thrilled to spend time with him, and learn from him about Bimini Bonefishing

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Exuma

Tom Karrow on Andros
Tom Karrow on Andros

Andros... where it all began for me. My passion for the Bahamas began while fishing years ago with Big Charlie Seymour. I am looking forward to returning to Andros, exploring the whole island, interviewing legendary Charlie Neymour and many other Androsian guides!

Tom Karrow and Ralph Moxie
Tom Karrow and Ralph Moxie

Legend Mr. Ralph Moxie, a LONG time guide from Moxie Town

Tom Karrow and Burnt Ferguson
Tom Karrow and Burnt Ferguson

Meeting and interviewing Burnt Ferguson... Ferguson is a name that is synonymous with great guides in central Andros

Tom Karrow on Andros
Tom Karrow on Andros

Andros... where it all began for me. My passion for the Bahamas began while fishing years ago with Big Charlie Seymour. I am looking forward to returning to Andros, exploring the whole island, interviewing legendary Charlie Neymour and many other Androsian guides!

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“If we are serious about restoring ecosystem health and ecological integrity, then we must first know what the land was like to begin with.”

Aldo Leopold, American Ecologist