How a fishing guide broke racial barriers in the Bahamas and became a legend


“Pound for pound, the bonefish is the strongest fish in the sea,” Saunders says in “Mighty Waters.”

Saunders is not the kind of man to invent metaphors about himself. But if it was, the statement would be a strong contender.

If you don’t know who Ansil Saunders is, you might not know what you’re getting yourself into at the start of Simms and Costa’s “Mighty Waters.”

Saunders, who was 88 when filming was filmed, is a core legend in the Bahamian bone-fishing tradition. He was the captain of the boat that landed biggest bonefish ever caught; he smiles a lot and he speaks softly.

He also led a civil rights movement in his own country and became an inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr. – and might have helped him catch a fish or two.

Enough said. Take it from the legend itself.

Duration: 17 minutes

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Sam Anderson
By Sam Anderson

Sam has traveled the continental United States to track adventures, explore natural wonders and find great stories. After going to college to become a writer, he was distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with commercial work. He’s had addresses in the Adirondacks, Las Vegas and, in a way, Kansas, but his heart is in the highlands of Texas.

Themes: Hunting / Fishing

Keywords: DEI


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