Israel ‘Bonefish Folley’ Rolle Passes

The subject of local children songs and beloved ambassador of the country, legendary Bahamian guide Israel ‘Bonefish Folley’ Rolle has passed away. Boasting clients as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, U.S. President Richard Nixon, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (among many others), Rolle was a master of his trade and is remembered fondly for his “Bahamian Hospitality,” genuine care for people, respect for the bonefish he loved to chase, and standard for excellence.

As he would say, “You must know how to catch the fish that is hard to catch.”

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  • Capt. Steve Horowitz

    We have lost a pioneer and a wonderful man.

  • Jim

    I hope Tommy is keeping up the family tradition.

  • Aldo, Italy

    I’ve met mr. Rolle at his home during a fishing trip in 2007.
    He honored me of some moments of his time and i cherish
    a photo of him i took that day. I had a great impression of the man,
    i hope we meet again on some flats in heaven…