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.
. 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.
. 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.
. 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.
. 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.
. 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!