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Old 10-14-2019, 04:08 PM
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Default Bahamas Wahoo 2019/2020

Seeing lots of pics on social media over the last few weeks & it looks like they're there. Hoping to make a crossing sooner than later.

Whatcha got?
Old 10-14-2019, 09:25 PM
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Nothing yet. I'm itching to go fishing but the boat is still out of the water for another couple of weeks.
Old 10-14-2019, 09:28 PM
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Was hoping to go over this weekend Sat-Sun. Not sure if the weather will hold up or not. Would be leaving out of Boca on a 25 Contender.
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Remember that they still need supplies of canned goods and any frozen hamburgers or hot dogs. These are not for the people of West End but for those affected on the Eastern End of the Grand Bahama. You can drop them off to Customs or the dockmaster at OBB when you clear. On a weekly basis they drive out there and take a BBQ grill and supplies and spend the day cooking for them.
Remember that you are only allowed 2 wahoo per person when coming home to the US.
Old 10-15-2019, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
Remember that they still need supplies of canned goods and any frozen hamburgers or hot dogs. These are not for the people of West End but for those affected on the Eastern End of the Grand Bahama. You can drop them off to Customs or the dockmaster at OBB when you clear. On a weekly basis they drive out there and take a BBQ grill and supplies and spend the day cooking for them.
Remember that you are only allowed 2 wahoo per person when coming home to the US.
also remember you can bring them back as fillets , but 2 fillets equals 1 fish, skin must stay on.
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Will be going Thursday night. Will report back
Old 10-15-2019, 08:15 AM
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I really wanted to get over there before thanksgiving but Im having surgery this Friday. I do have some cowbells for sale I will make a great deal on if anyone wants some.
Old 10-15-2019, 08:42 AM
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We crossed last Thursday afternoon and came back on Sat. We picked up 4 but we had to work for them. Once that front came through the bite slowed down. The whole week before with that low pressure sitting over us they chewed mulitple boats with over 10 fish and most bite were on the morning tide and it would shut off by 10 am.
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friends sent me a photo of their catch from north of OBB and they had their limit. good size fish too
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Special K, what day was their trip?
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Special K, what day was their trip?
Thursday
Old 10-15-2019, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
Remember that they still need supplies of canned goods and any frozen hamburgers or hot dogs. These are not for the people of West End but for those affected on the Eastern End of the Grand Bahama. You can drop them off to Customs or the dockmaster at OBB when you clear. On a weekly basis they drive out there and take a BBQ grill and supplies and spend the day cooking for them.
Remember that you are only allowed 2 wahoo per person when coming home to the US.
This is always a hot topic. I've read multiple conflicting stories, some with FWC stating as long as you don't stop to fish once you leave Bahamian you're ok. I can only dream of having to worry about exceeding my 2pp but 18 sure does sound appealing.

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Going soon, hopefully before Turkey day.
Old 10-15-2019, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Copout@castaways View Post
This is always a hot topic. I've read multiple conflicting stories, some with FWC stating as long as you don't stop to fish once you leave Bahamian you're ok. I can only dream of having to worry about exceeding my 2pp but 18 sure does sound appealing.
I don’t believe a fwc officer said this.
Old 10-15-2019, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Copout@castaways View Post
This is always a hot topic. I've read multiple conflicting stories, some with FWC stating as long as you don't stop to fish once you leave Bahamian you're ok. I can only dream of having to worry about exceeding my 2pp but 18 sure does sound appealing.
FWC didn't say this. You can come back with a US 1 day bag limit. Pretty clear. Or, someone can come back with 18 and call FWC to declare they have their Bahamian limit and see how that works out.
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Went to Bimini on Wednesday the 9th. Trolled from 10am to 5pm and didn't get a single hit. Tried Bimini to ocean and around isaacs. Seemed like the bite shutdown when the weather calmed down. A few days earlier there were some good reports.

Rules are pretty clear on having to meet the US regulations as well which is 2 per person. If you go the fillet route remember that you are not allowed to actively fish on the way back and all terminal tackle is supposed to be stowed. I have never been challenged on this but that how the regs read.
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I belive regs are you can fish to the 12 mile federal line ..stow gear there on inbound
I do know folks who have stopped on the way and had homeland interviews at dockside.
I believe that was related to illegal grouper inquiry
I have stopped then stowed without issue
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Originally Posted by mikey111k View Post
Went to Bimini on Wednesday the 9th. Trolled from 10am to 5pm and didn't get a single hit. Tried Bimini to ocean and around isaacs. Seemed like the bite shutdown when the weather calmed down. A few days earlier there were some good reports.

Rules are pretty clear on having to meet the US regulations as well which is 2 per person. If you go the fillet route remember that you are not allowed to actively fish on the way back and all terminal tackle is supposed to be stowed. I have never been challenged on this but that how the regs read.
You are correct. The definition of "stowed" is a big question. I called FWC and spoke to them directly not long after the reg came out because I heard someone was ticketed for having rods in the rod holders. He told me I needed to put the rods "below". I told him there is no "below" on a center console and he advised laying them in the floor. I told him I would fight a ticket before laying $10k in rods/reels in the floor of the boat. He actually agreed and said that although he wouldn't ticket for having rods in rod holders, he couldn't speak for other officers. I believe I am aware of someone being ticketed for having rods in rod holders because lures were still attached.
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I also run with gear above but all terminal tackle below
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a consultant (owners BIL actually) where I used to work was ticketed coming back from bahamas.
He was on a CC
citations for all
4 rods actively fishing (trolling)
12 rods rigged with lures, hooks and weights coming back.
A YF on board with no HMS permit.
he had dolphin fillets on board, zero issue with them.
The guy was a total jerk to the officiers and they seem to have let him have it He was getting a attorney and I dont know whay came of the case, but I just sent him a text to ask him


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