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Nassau – A Day Off May 21, 2008

Posted by Kim in Bahamas, Cruising, Fishing, My Trip Logs.
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We are spending the day in port at Nassau… doing laundry, general house cleaning and some sightseeing.  Here are my latest log entries:

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 the outside of each, there was nothing but breaking twelve foot high waves. Exhilarating for the moment… We find dockage at the Nassau Harbour Club where we have stayed on previous visits to Nassau. It is early so we use the time to do a little grocery and tackle shopping. For supper, we walk to a nearby Outback Steak House. We all return to the Arcon and call it an early night. Tomorrow we will be heading across the Yellow Banks for the Exumas and Highborne Cay to start what we expect to be the most exciting fishing part of this cruise. When we arrive in the vicinity of Highborne Cay, Tommy radios the marina to ensure we can reserve a slip for the night and we exit through the pass and start fishing. The fishing is unexpectedly slow. We catch only one Cero Mackerel before going to dock at around 1700. As we arrived we noted the boat docked near us was unloading a decent catch of Mahi-Mahi. He suggests that we should spend our time trolling along the 200 feet deep line just outside the drop off and to use Ballyhoo trolling at about 7 knots. He is even willing to sell us some of his frozen Ballyhoo for tomorrow’s fishing. In addition, he gave us enough Mahi-Mahi filets for tonight’s supper.

5/16/08 Thru 5/19/08 – Highborne Cay

It’s Saturday, and we are the second boat out of the marina. Just outside the pass, we hook into our first fish of the day. It’s a nice Mahi-Mahi cow and she makes it into the fish box. In quick succession we hang, and loose several others. Most throwing the hook during their aerial acrobats but some lost due to broken lines and leaders. There was one fish of note, a very large Mahi-Mahi hooked by Tommy that very quickly stripped out several hundred yards of line while giving spectacular leaps skyward. This was truly a monster that would have tipped the scales well above the 40 pound mark. Following a 30 minute battle, with hardly any recovery of line possible, he finally breaks the line during one of his jumps. It was a beautiful bull that will live to fight another day. By 1300, we have limited out for the day. Two Mahi-Mahi and four large Cero Mackerel…one weighing in at twelve pounds is the total catch for the day. We fish the waters around Highborne Cay for the next several days and limit-out each day with several large Mahi-Mahi and large Cero Mackerel. Absent so far this year, are the Marlin and Tuna we usually catch. We do land and release several Bonita and, of course, the ever present Barracuda. Highborne Cay is a beautiful, quiet little island. It is a private island with the club marina and supporting personnel its only permanent residences. Everyone we meet here is friendly and we are made to feel welcome. The island is located 35 miles southeast of Nassau and is the most northern inhabited island in the Exuma Chain.

5/20/08 – Highborne Cay to Nassau

As much fun as we have had, there comes a time when we must start our return home. Today we will fish our way back to Nassau where we will lay over for a full day of sightseeing. Before we enter the shallow waters of the Yellow Bank, two more large Mahi and one Cero Mackerel are added to the fishbox. We arrive at Nassau Harbour Club’s dock around 1300 and spend the remainder of the afternoon doing laundry and just relaxing. We walk down to a Chinese restaurant a few blocks from the docks for dinner before retiring for the night.

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