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 make up metaphors about himself. But if he were, the statement would be a strong contender.

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

Saunders, who was 88 years old during filming, is a bedrock legend in Bahamian bonefishing lore. He captained the boat that landed the biggest bonefish ever caught; he smiles a lot, and he talks softly.

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

Enough said. Take it from the legend himself.

Runtime: 17 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.