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Highborne Cay – Exumas May 17, 2008

Posted by Kim in Bahamas, Cruising, Fishing, My Trip Logs, Travel, Uncategorized.
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Sharks - Highborne Cay, ExumasWe arrived here yesterday and I will be putting together more details in future posts. We have caught more fish and tonight will be joining other guests at the marina here for a big BBQ fish fry this evening. Following are additions to the log for the past few days… The photo at left shows some of the sharks that hang around the fish cleaning station at the Highborne Cay Club Marina. More photos can be found on my Flickr site under the “Bahamas – 2008” Set. Link to Flicker can be found in the left column… (scroll down)

5/14/08 – Chub Cay

As the sun rises above the horizon we cruise out of our anchorage behind Chub Cay and head once again in search of fish in the “Pocket”. We find a large number of birds hovering and diving but can see no fish slashing the water. In a three hours fishing, we land onlt 2 Cero Mackerel and several barracuda. Not really a successful mornings fishing so we decide to head east again and troll our way to Nassau. Thirty minutes east of Chub Cay on the way to Nassau, we finally catch our first Mahi-Mahi. It’s only about a fifteen pound cow, but the ice has been broken. Perhaps our luck is changing for the better. There is a ragged weed line that we attempt to follow north but it soon becomes too disorganized to fish effectively. As the day has progressed the wind has freshened to the point where we decide we had better fish this area and spend another night at Chub. As we turn and head back toward Chub, Bill has a heavy strike and the fight is on. This fish acts different from the others… it seems much bigger as it strips out many yards of line. After several long runs, Bill is finally able to gain some of his line back. Suddenly, after another long run this fish becomes very easy to haul in. As it nears the boat we see why. Only half the fish remains. Something (shark?) has bitten off the tail half of the fish which turns out to be a Wahoo. Even though it is half gone, there remains enough of the fish for us to have for supper with some left over. We have another quite night anchored off Chub Cay.

5/15/08 Chub Cay to Nassau

Another early start… this time we intend to troll from Chub Cay into Nassau. Early on, we hook and land another Mahi-Mahi. The seas aren’t as choppy as they were yesterday but the closer we get to Nassau, the bigger the swells become. As we near the shores of Providence Island, the location of Nassau, we can see these big “rollers” crashing onto the beach and surrounding reefs. It reminds one of the Hawaiian surf we have all seen in videos and movies. We would find out that these were twelve foot rollers being caused by some disturbance farther north along the US mainland coast. Anyway, this is the first time any of us have “surfed” into Nassau harbor. We rode a wave in right between the red and green buoys where on outside of each was nothing but breaking twelve foot high waves. We find dockage at the Nassau Harbour Club where we have stayed on previous visits to Nassau.

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