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Old 01-16-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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Same Kind of question O'Yeah has posted only we will be at Atlantis a few days before heading to the Abacos.

I posted this in the Florida-Georgia forum w/o a reply so I thought I would try here. I will look into Florida Sportsman as well.

We have chartered with Chubasco charters 2x before, had 1 very good experience (1st) and one ridiculously pathetic one.

I wouldn't give them the lint out of my pocket if they begged for it after the 2nd one...

Any ideas good and bad would be appreciated.
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Enjoy your time by the pool at Atlantis and wait till the Abacos for your fishing. Where in the Abacos are you staying?
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The charters out of Nassau are as you described, so I think you have already answered your own question . . . . . .
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:42 PM   #4
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Enjoy your time by the pool at Atlantis and wait till the Abacos for your fishing. Where in the Abacos are you staying?
I hear ya, was looking to have my cake & eat it too...

We are renting a house on the E side of Lubbers Cay on Tilloo Cut.
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I am assuming you are renting a boat if not DO So! Not much going on at Lubbers. I think Cracker P's is it for restaurants. If you get a boat bring 2 trolling & 1 spinning rod/reel with you. Bring some Mann's stretch or Rapala magnum lures, some high speed wahoo bullet type lures and some live bait hooks and lead.

Troll the Magnums.stretch lures along the pass edges out to the ocean at Tilloo Cut, then, weather and seas permitting, turn north or south along the reef edge and put out the wahooo lures.

Last year we had some of our best catches along the edge of the passes. We caught several grouper to 25lbs.! All on the Rapala and Mann lures. Catch some live bait and drop it down right off the edge of the reef and hang on.

What's funny is you will see boat after boat zip by you in the pass heading offshore and you can catch all you want right in the pass or on the edge of the reef.

Good luck and don't forget to get some of Vernon's bread in Hopetown!

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If you are interested in getting away from the pool and spending a half or full day bonefishing, try "Bonefish" Simon Bain. He runs a nicely tricked out Dolphin flats skiff and has been written up in lots of saltwater mags. We took him for a day last month and had a blast with the flyrod and light spinning tackle.
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When will you be in Hopetown?
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:57 PM   #8
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I am assuming you are renting a boat if not DO So! Not much going on at Lubbers. I think Cracker P's is it for restaurants. If you get a boat bring 2 trolling & 1 spinning rod/reel with you. Bring some Mann's stretch or Rapala magnum lures, some high speed wahoo bullet type lures and some live bait hooks and lead.

Troll the Magnums.stretch lures along the pass edges out to the ocean at Tilloo Cut, then, weather and seas permitting, turn north or south along the reef edge and put out the wahooo lures.

Last year we had some of our best catches along the edge of the passes. We caught several grouper to 25lbs.! All on the Rapala and Mann lures. Catch some live bait and drop it down right off the edge of the reef and hang on.

What's funny is you will see boat after boat zip by you in the pass heading offshore and you can catch all you want right in the pass or on the edge of the reef.

Good luck and don't forget to get some of Vernon's bread in Hopetown!
Yep, rented a 26' cc from B&B. Having a boat and control of your own day is the key for me in the Bahamas...I don't like tours or ferries if I can help it.

We rented a cottage on the N shore near Marsh Harbor last year, and decided to move out off of the mainland to where we spend all of our time anyway and save some fuel doing it.

Thanks for the info for fishing the reef edge. Im a fresh water boy, who has limited experience in the salt, but everytime I come back I get a better.

When you say "edge of reef" how close to the coral heads are you? The rental boats don't have sonar, so i'm a bit nervous every time I go to the Bahamas...I just don't want to bring this boat back w/ no skeg OR lower unit.

Also how fast to troll in the cut for Grouper? How Far outside of the reefs for wahoo and how fast?

Last year we trolled for wahoo about 1/2 to 4 miles offshore...had 2 on, but came unbuttoned before we got them boated. We were using Ballyhoo rigs at about 8kt.

I am SO looking foward to getting back there...
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When will you be in Hopetown?
I would imagine several times between Feb 8th and 13th, to hit the stores and buy misc. things we need.

Are you in the area during this time?
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When you say "edge of reef" how close to the coral heads are you? The rental boats don't have sonar, so i'm a bit nervous every time I go to the Bahamas...I just don't want to bring this boat back w/ no skeg OR lower unit.
You should consider spending $150 or so on an eagle portable sonar. I have one and its great to be able to slap it on the back of a rental when you need to know depth. it won;t give you great detail nor reach great depths, but you won;t have to worry about hitting the bottom with the motor and you should be able to find some structure to troll over.

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I am assuming you are renting a boat if not DO So! Not much going on at Lubbers. I think Cracker P's is it for restaurants. If you get a boat bring 2 trolling & 1 spinning rod/reel with you. Bring some Mann's stretch or Rapala magnum lures, some high speed wahoo bullet type lures and some live bait hooks and lead.

Troll the Magnums.stretch lures along the pass edges out to the ocean at Tilloo Cut, then, weather and seas permitting, turn north or south along the reef edge and put out the wahooo lures.

Last year we had some of our best catches along the edge of the passes. We caught several grouper to 25lbs.! All on the Rapala and Mann lures. Catch some live bait and drop it down right off the edge of the reef and hang on.

What's funny is you will see boat after boat zip by you in the pass heading offshore and you can catch all you want right in the pass or on the edge of the reef.

Good luck and don't forget to get some of Vernon's bread in Hopetown!
Yep, rented a 26' cc from B&B. Having a boat and control of your own day is the key for me in the Bahamas...I don't like tours or ferries if I can help it.

We rented a cottage on the N shore near Marsh Harbor last year, and decided to move out off of the mainland to where we spend all of our time anyway and save some fuel doing it.

Thanks for the info for fishing the reef edge. Im a fresh water boy, who has limited experience in the salt, but everytime I come back I get a better.

When you say "edge of reef" how close to the coral heads are you? The rental boats don't have sonar, so i'm a bit nervous every time I go to the Bahamas...I just don't want to bring this boat back w/ no skeg OR lower unit.

Also how fast to troll in the cut for Grouper? How Far outside of the reefs for wahoo and how fast?

Last year we trolled for wahoo about 1/2 to 4 miles offshore...had 2 on, but came unbuttoned before we got them boated. We were using Ballyhoo rigs at about 8kt.

I am SO looking foward to getting back there...
There are generally two drop offs once you get outside. You can still see bottom on the first drop (again,weather/seas permitting). You want to get past this drop and into the dark blue water. That will put you on the edge of the wall, this is where you want to troll for the wahoo. Try a double hook rig if you are using ballyhoo, if you are high speed trolling the bullet type lures, rig the lure so the hook hangs out behind the skirt. Wahoo are short biters, rig for that.

For the grouper you don't have to troll much more than 3 to 5 knots. The big lips on the magnums will get the lure down to the target area without much speeed.

The lures will also put a lot of strain on your gear so make sure you match the outfit with the lure. When you get a hook-up on the grouper keep the boat moving until you are sure you are away from his hole.

If you stop the boat once the rod goes down, chances are the fish will "rock up" on you and you will either have to try and wait him out, jump in the water and dive down to the hole (thats fun!) or say good bye to your lure.

As for the boat rental and damages. A couple of pointers here, from experience.

Budget for and pay the extra for the "collision damage waiver", or pay cash for the rental and put the $500 security deposit on a credit card with a $500 limit. We got stung for $900 one year for a damaged prop. They kept our $500 security deposit plus charged for the prop once we got back to the states.

Mastercard was relentless toward us saying because we signed paperwork agreeing to pay for damages, etc. the charges were justified! It was a losing battle and a lesson well learned.

A must place to visit is world famous Nippers bar on Guana Cay. The view from the bluff is amazing and the beach is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. The "nippers" don't suck either!

Good luck and have a great trip!
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The best guide for bone fishing that I have heard of on Nassau is Arron Bain. I do some bussiness with Waterway Condos out of Nassau and the have a nice little place on the other side of the island. While passing through they offered a day on the water and I couldnt belive that this was on the same island as the straw market circus. The fish were fly hungry and alot of wadable areas. I know all our info on where to go was through a local guide Arron Bain and it was a really nice trip.Not sure Arrons number but Charlene at Waterway Condos is 242-362-1224. All fish were taken on a tan with pink bead chain Gotcha and white and pink Crazy Charlie. Best of luck and tight lines.
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The best guide for bone fishing that I have heard of on Nassau is Arron Bain. I do some bussiness with Waterway Condos out of Nassau and the have a nice little place on the other side of the island. While passing through they offered a day on the water and I couldnt belive that this was on the same island as the straw market circus. The fish were fly hungry and alot of wadable areas. I know all our info on where to go was through a local guide Arron Bain and it was a really nice trip.Not sure Arrons number but Charlene at Waterway Condos is 242-362-1224. All fish were taken on a tan with pink bead chain Gotcha and white and pink Crazy Charlie. Best of luck and tight lines.
Thanks for the help and ideas! I've never Bonefished before, sounds pretty cool.

Yeah, I just gave myself a chill thinking about that damn straw market mess packed w/ t-shirts and sunburned refugees off of the cruise ships. Too bad I can't just bypass that mess and go straight to the Abacos...
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save your money for the Abacos, and do it right when you get there...
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Ditto. Get out of the ugly Bahamas (Nassau) and go to the real Bahamas.
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