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Nassau May 27, 2006

Posted by Kim in Bahamas, Cruising, Fishing.
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Entering Nassau Harbor

We make it to Nassau today. The following are some notes I made over the past few days. Additional photos can be found by linking to Flickr from my Flickr sidebar.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

It is an overcast day with some dark clouds to the east of us… in the direction we need to travel if we are going to Chub Cay as planned. The only weather we can get reports scattered showers over south Florida, but nothing for the Bahamas. There is no wind to speak of so around 0930, we decide to go ahead. We will be crossing the Bahamas Bank for most of the 85 mile trip to Chub Cay so we won’t get much fishing today. As we turn east through the Cat Cay cut, it starts to sprinkle but still no wind. Actually, the seas are almost flat and will remain so for the whole trip today. We do get light showers off and on all day but otherwise it is great cruising. We arrive at Chub Cay around 1630 and, as expected, we are unable to raise an answer from either the Chub Cay Marina or the Berry Island Club. Both outfits are being remodeled and were supposed to be open for business this spring, but considering “Island Time” it doesn’t surprise me that they aren’t. There is a decent anchorage just outside and west of the Chub Cay Marina entrance that we choose for the night. There are a couple of sailboats already at anchor and before nightfall, we will be joined by several other sports fishing vessels. Not a bad spot except for the noise of a dredge working on the channel into Chub Cay Marina. We also notice extensive construction ongoing on the island. Several new, large homes and what appears to be an elaborate club house are nearing completion. It looks like it will be a class act once completed but I suspect it will loose much of its charm as a lazy, laidback fishing commuity. I suspect the finished produce will look much like any golf or yachting community in the States. For supper, I warm up the Ropa Vieja to serve with Yellow Rice and Corn-on-the-Cob… this was after the Bahama Mamas of coarse. We have a pleasant night with some surge (rolling) but all sleep well.
Friday, May 26, 2006

Today we will fish the waters around Chub Cay and near the north end of Andros. It isn’t long before we are spot a large bunch of feeding sea birds. However, trolling through them doesn’t seem to work. We do pick up a small Barracuda but nothing else all morning. Early afternoon, while trolling near several other boats we were checking out, Tommy hooked and landed a nice Dolphin in the 20 pound class. Before the day is over we will pick up one more small Black Fin Tuna, but all in all, fishing is slow. We return to the same anchorage off Chub Cay well before dusk and I get the dubious honor of cleaning our catch. The birds love it though. Have you ever noticed when cleaning fish, that no matter there are no birds in sight, once you have cut into the fish there they are… yelling “feed me, feed me”. Out here, it’s not only the birds, but before long, we have several sharks circling and looking for handouts too. Not a good time for a swim. For supper, we have hotdogs with potato salad and slaw. Ralph is successful in latching onto someone’s Wi-Fi so I was able to get a post up to my Blog.

Saturday, May 27, 2006
The plan today is to troll east to Nassau. It’s another beautiful day. Light to no wind and the sun is out. While still in sight of Chub, my reel sings out… really sings out. By the time we get to it, more than half of its 700 plus yards of line is off the spool. This is a big fish and it is sounding. Because of this we suspect it is a big tuna. With the drag “full-on”, I am still loosing line. Perhaps I need to readjust the gross drag settings for the reel, but that will have to wait until there isn’t a fish attached to the other end. A slow process of regaining lost line ensues. The fish remains deep never coming to the surface. Ralph, on the controls, has to switch between neutral and forward to keep the line from going under the boat. I gradually recover the line eventually bringing the fish close enough to identify. It is a Blue Marlin… probably 5-6 feet in length. I little one… Tommy brings it to the stern and releases the fish. It is my first Marlin…ever.  Now, all of us on this trip have caught a Marlin; Ralph and Tommy on a previous trip and I catch one on this trip. We continue trolling and before long, we have another strike. Same rod again… Tommy brings in another nice Dolphin. That makes three for this trip so far. We hook one more large Dolphin but it gets away before Tommy decides we should bring out lines in and head for Nassau to find dockage. There is a large black cloud approaching us and he figures it will be better not to have it hit as we are entering Nassau Harbor. We arrive around 1530 and find dockage at Nassau Harbour Club… the same place we stayed our last trip. After cleaning the fish we clean up a bit and go to the Outback Steakhouse for supper. Ralph and I return to the boat and Tommy takes a side trip to the Treasure Island Casino.

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