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Old 03-16-2017, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default I'd rather be lucky than... Bootle Bay 3/7-3/12

After the "big blow" from 3/1-3/7 the "Uptick" crew flew into West End headed to Bootle Bay on 3/7. We got lucky because the trip was scheduled to fly in on 3/7 and the previous week was horrible with winds 20-30 knots for a week. Around noon we splashed the Ocean Master and my friend Tommie W. got the rods loaded up, chum mixed up and got the boat ready while I drove into Freeport to pick up the third member of the crew flying in from Detroit. Bill R. landed right on time after leaving a balmy 20 degrees in Detroit and we hustled back to Bootle as dinner needed to be caught. With the wind still brisk out of the SE we worked a couple of spots very near the Lodge and did real well with some tasty lane snapper. Name:  Bill R and the lanes.jpg
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Size:  420.1 KB. LaShanda and Linda didn't disappoint in preparing an awesome first night meal!. The next day dawned beautiful with clear skies and light winds so we headed up to Old Bahama Bay for fuel. Name:  pulling out of OBB.jpg
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Size:  219.5 KB. We ran north of Memory and did real well with some flag yellowtails, giant AJ's that we simply couldn't handle on light tackle and even a barracuda that literally rocketed into the boat chasing a YT. Name:  tommie's flag.jpg
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Size:  295.5 KB. On the way back we dove up a few conch for dinner to take advantage of the new conch tenderizing machine that Bootle has on site. Name:  Conching.jpg
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Size:  209.8 KB. The next day was also awesome and we ran again to the "feather bottom" north of Memory and had a great time with the mangos, muttons, and yellowtails. Name:  Muttons, mangos and yellowtail.jpg
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Size:  364.6 KB. The wind picked up on day three and four so we stayed close to the Lodge and were successful in bringing in an assorted catch that we distributed through my friend Danny Wright in the village as well as stocking up the freezers at Bootle Bay. Great trip with very good weather for March. I'm sorry in advance if the pictures don't post properly as I can never seem to get it right. Next trip is scheduled for mid May. Can't wait!
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Looks like a fun trip!
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Very nice. Wish i was there!!!
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Can you figure out how to post the pics turned the right way?
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Can you figure out how to post the pics turned the right way?
You need to open them in something like Photoshop, turn them and then save them...
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Sorry about the pictures, I'm better at fishing/diving than technology!!
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Very nice! Interested in this tenderizing machine, pics?
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I will ask Vida to get me the name and model number of the machine. It was about $1300 from a restaurant supply in Miami. Bought new and now at Bootle full time. Basically a version similar to the Hobart meat tenderizer machine which is quite bit more expensive.
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Looks like the conch tenderizer machine is an Omcan model ABN-HD. 1/2 h.p.
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Looks like you guys had a great time
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Nice! Looks like you all had a productive trip!
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Trip reports might be my favorite part of THT. Nobody writes them better than Dzank!

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Thanks Rapi, the "Uptick" crew loves it over there. We've been running across (now flying) to the West End/Walkers area since 1982 and always have a great time. We have now figured out how to work the south side of Grand Bahama in the event that it's blowing hard out of the E/NE up on the Little Bahama Bank so that we can put a few fish in the box as well as give some fish to the folks in the village. Look forward to seeing some of you guys over there this year. We have trips planned in May, June, August and September. Let's all pray for no hurricanes!
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