from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
BAHAMAS BITE REPORT
Ft Lauderdale is the gateway to the Bahamas. Due to the lack of local charter
boats in the Bahamian islands, the best way to sport fish and explore the
islands is to charter a boat from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Only 50 nautical
miles from the South Florida coastline, Bimini is a prime fishing destination.
It all started with Lou's wife, Anna. She was looking to surprise her husband
and ship him and his three buddies off to the Bahamas for a weekend getaway with
the guys. None of them had ever been to Bimini before, so they flew over a week
before to check it out and they fell in love with the islands emerald waters and
tropical atmosphere. A two day trip to scope out the island was all it took;
Lou, Jose, Daniel and Garry were heading to Bimini to catch fish, eat freshly
cracked conch and come home with a great story…or two.
Friday morning was the big day; the Frequent Flyer II was ready to go, with
every fishing lure, rod and reel you could imagine. We blasted out Port
Everglades around 1 PM and arrived in Bimini to clear customs just before happy
hour. Jose and all his buddies got situated into their lush Bimini Bay cottage
around 5 PM as the Frequent Flyer II docked at Bimini Blue Water Resort. We had
big plans for Saturday morning so we let our anglers enjoy their first night on
the town as we got all of our deep drop gear in order for an 8 AM start. Captain
Peter and I are very familiar with Bimini’s waters and reef system and know of
several great Yellow Eye Snapper spots we hit up a few months back. Deep
dropping it was in 850 ft! We couldn’t have asked for a better bite, it was
instant. The Yellow Eye action was non-stop; we caught 30 big boys and left ‘em
biting. Our secret spot has never let us down.
The Bahamas basically serves as a roadway for Game Sharks and Lou was interested
in getting his hands on maybe a 10 ft Tiger or Hammerhead to tell his buddies
about back home. Bimini Harbor it was! The kite went up with a live goggle eye
along with three fresh shark baits on the bottom. It didn’t take long before we
got the bite. Peter yelled down “Big Blue Marlin on the left short!” I pushed
the boat ahead to set the hook and we had him on. It wasn’t a Blue; it was a
huge Sailfish starting his series of jumps right before our eyes. Lou jumped
into the fighting chair without even thinking about it. Fighting the first game
fish of our trip was the only thing on his mind. Twenty-four hours into our
fishing trip and we already had a cooler full of Yellow Eye’s and a Sailfish
fight to rave about. I’m pretty sure every body went to bed beat but anxious for
another great day of fishing.
We got a head start on Sunday morning and said adios to Bimini. Trolling gear
immediately went out and we were expecting anything. About 8 miles offshore a
gaffer size Mahi – Mahi ate, weighing in around 25 lbs. After we got a few
pictures of our first dolphin, he went straight in the box for dinner and we
starting running back towards South Florida. Captain Peter and I were up on the
bridge when I noticed another big Mahi swimming along side the boat. I spun the
boat around quicker than ever, Peter pitched him a bait and we were hooked up!
That dolphin jumped on our bait and didn’t hesitate. Jose reeled in the second
Mahi of the day. To make a long story short, we landed another 25 lb’er before
we arrived back at Lauderdale Marina.
Our three day Bahamas extravaganza turned out to be one helluva fishing trip
with a great group of guys!
Sea ya on the water...
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