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2006 Bahamas Cruise May 20, 2006

Posted by Kim in Bahamas, Cruising, Fishing, Uncategorized.
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We leave Tampa on the 17th around 11:00am heading south to Marathon where we are today.  We will be here for a day or two before crossing the “Stream” for the Bahamas.  When I am unable to get online, I will continue to make notes for posting when I can.  Here are some notes I made over the past few days as we traveled down the West Coast of Florida:

Wednesday, May 18, 2006

Our 2006 trek to the Bahamas starts around 11:00am today as we leave Tampa Bay.  The wind is fresh but not enough to give us any trouble in the bay.  Because of fuel considerations, we are planning on taking it slow this trip.  We do decide to take the ICW today though as it will be a little rough offshore.  The crew consists of Tommy, Ralph and me.  Our 4th member changed his mind at the last minute so there will be just the 3 of us this year.  We have an uneventful trip this first day and decide to anchor out in Sarasota Bay for the evening arriving there well before dark.  For dinner, after enjoying a couple of Ralph’s excellent Bahama Mamas, I prepare and serve a Taco Casserole with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream for trimming.  The stress of getting the boat ready for this trip is telling and we all sack-out early.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

We have a breezy comfortable night and enjoy sleeping without the air conditioning and generator noise.  However, we are anchored just off a bayside park in downtown Sarasota and several times during the night we are serenaded by an angry, female (vagrant?) telling someone just how unhappy she is and then once again this morning by kids playing and yelling at each other (as they walk through the park to school?).  We fend for ourselves for breakfast and then take the opportunity to rig the outriggers with new tackle purchased for the trip.  We depart and enter the Gulf through New Pass a little after 10:00am.  It is choppy but we decide to go outside today in order to do some trolling as we head south.  Fishing is slow and we see neither fish nor birds all day.  In fact, we see very few boats either.  I suspect the fuel situation is keeping a lot of fisherman and boaters at the dock.  We have following seas all the way to Naples where we pull inside Gordon Pass to anchor for the evening arriving around 7:00pm just in time for Bahama Mamas.  For dinner, I serve Yellow Rice and Chicken with a tossed green salad and chocolate almond ice cream for desert.

Friday, May 19, 2006

We all slept good last night with a light breeze to keep us cool.  Once again we are were able to do without the AC.  We travel up to Naples proper and fuel at the city dock where we take on around 100 gallons of diesel.  By 0900 we are once again underway and heading south.  The winds have dropped from yesterday and it is comfortable going.  No bate or birds however.  We set a course directly for Marathon and arrive a little after 5:00 pm without having seen nor caught a fish.  For supper I fix beans, franks, slaw and potato salad. I also boil a flank steak in preparation for fixing Ropa Vieja for tomorrow night’s dinner.  Another comfortable night sleeping…

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