The Bank of Love
It’s like every other bank, you and your wife’s joint account is made up of deposits and withdrawals.
Kind words, thoughtful gestures, flowers, cards for no particular reason……those are deposits. A fishing trip with the guys to a warm Caribbean destination…….a big withdrawal.
Do I even need to say this, You Don’t Want To Be Overdrawn.
Keep this between us, but below are a few solutions on how to make a withdrawal (i.e. fishing trip) and make it look like a deposit. But first a little background.
You would think as a DIY bonefishing site the majority of the questions directed at me would be on topics like “how do I catch bonefish on my own?”
But oddly, it just isn’t so.
Many of the questions I receive have a general thread running through them, something like this;
“Where can I go where my non-fishing partner and/or family members can have a great tropical vacation and I can pack my rod, just in case?”
Now reading between the lines and using my Husband-to-Wife Google Translator, I interpret the above question as follows:
” I really want to go bonefishing but am so overdrawn at my local branch of the Bank of Love I can’t go fishing with the guys. I need to find a tropical paradise where my family has a great time and it looks like fishing is the farthest thing from my mind.”
“Can you recommend somewhere that fits the bill?”
Blame Google Translator if I have it wrong.
If you follow this site or read my book you know I always include a Spousal Rating for every location I write about. That idea started five years ago, its genesis being the trips I took with my fishing gang and our spouses. When planning trips we would go to certain destinations if the wives were with us and different locations when it was just the boys. Hence I started to rank places in a broad way based on the appeal they had for non-fishing spouses.
We (“the gang”) have been doing this for many years and quite frankly our wives are on to us. There is no point in trying to disguise a fishing adventure as a “family friendly tropical vacation.” We’ve learned to come clean right from the get-go, tell it like it is and reveal the ulterior motive prior to getting busted.
But you might be new to this…….so there is hope for you, it’s possible you may still be able to skate on the thin ice.
There are many destinations that provide the ingredients for a quintessential tropical vacation for non-fishing persons, while by shear coincidence, happen to also be surrounded by “Charlie Eating” bonefish.
Here are three ideas on where you can take the family, look like a hero, catch a few fish and be credited with a deposit at your branch of the Bank Of Love.
Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas – Located on a peninsula and bordered on the north shore by one of the worlds most beautiful beaches with a quick access fishing channel on the south side, Treasure Cay offers something for everyone. A wide range of accommodation means finding something to meet your budget and layout is simple. It’s a breeze to rent a car and transportation within Treasure Cay is by golf cart. There are restaurants, stores and plenty of non-fishing activities at your doorstep including tennis and golf. And when you want to explore there are water related activities and excursions leaving from the nearby dock. A quick trip over to Green Turtle Cay on the ferry is always a wonderful way to spend a day. Not that it is of interest but there is DIY bonefishing nearby and the world famous Marls are located ten minutes away.
Turks & Caicos – Here is another sure fire winner for the family. Though Provinciales is on the expensive side, it ranks very high on the Spousal Rating scale. Renting a condo or hotel room on Grace Bay puts you and the family on a spectacular beach with no end to the activities that are available. The kids will be safe, happy and tired at the end of each day. There are dozens of great restaurants, good shopping and some beautiful romantic places to kick back and rejoice in the fact you are together. If you can get away for a full day, there are some fantastic guides to make the forty minute run to the flats of Middle and South Caicos where you’re sure to hook up with several five pound plus bonefish. If you can only slip away for a morning or later afternoon incoming tide, there is some decent DIY wading within 20 minutes of your hotel.
Grand Cayman – Three words, Seven Mile Beach. Once your wife looks out the front window of your condo and see’s what lays in front of her, you will again be adorned with the title “greatest husband ever.” This is a livelier destination then say some of the Bahamian islands, with plenty to do. Very upscale, tons of shopping, more places than you can imagine to eat or do “touristy” stuff. Once the weather turns cold at home, you can’t find a better tropical destination. Of the three locations listed, this one provides the fewest fishing options, but it’s nothing to slip away for an afternoon and catch a couple of bones or cast to tarpon in the canals.
Obviously the above Bank of Love has been written tongue-n-cheek.
Everyone that knows me, is well aware of the fact that if I could pick one person to be alone with on a flat, it would be my wife. I’m lucky that way.