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Old 05-15-2018, 05:44 PM
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Default Making our first crossing to West End, advise welcomed!

Heading over weather permitting 1st week in June for 2-3 days of fishing. Thinking about trying to find a local to show me the ropes on my boat (recommendations welcomed). Also any other tips, best practices, local knowledge, and advise would be greatly appreciated.

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Just got back from West End. We took two boats from WPB over. We checked in at customs/Old Bahama Bay and stayed at Blue Marlin Cove. Customs was straightforward, there were some government officials there so they took a bit long but no issues.

Blue Marlin Cove was pretty empty while we were there. We found the staff to be nice enough, accommodating, as with any of the islands we just were careful in who we dealt with. We were sure to take care of the dock guys, the bartenders, etc.

One of our boats hired Kenny Christie the second day we were there to go fishing with them. He was a nice guy, I believe his company is called West End Watersports - he was honest and hung around with us around Blue Marlin Cove for a day or so. Seemed to know his stuff.

We fished a number of spots, did both bottom fishing and trolling - did end up with a 225-250 lb blue marlin on Friday around Freeport.
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-2 days isn't enough, leave early as passible for th run over, late as possible for return home
-get svrs and download the roam app for return
-beer is $50 a case so dont run out
-bring spare fuel filters
-have fun
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-2 days isn't enough, leave early as passible for th run over, late as possible for return home
-get svrs and download the roam app for return
-beer is $50 a case so dont run out
-bring spare fuel filters
-have fun
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-2 days isn't enough, leave early as passible for th run over, late as possible for return home
-get svrs and download the roam app for return
-beer is $50 a case so dont run out
-bring spare fuel filters
-have fun
Trick daddy is a good guide
I am headed over, weather permitting, on Thursday May 31. Am planning on bringing over some stuff for small gifts, figured I have some room on my boat for some of the little things that we take for granted. Anybody have some suggestions for some small things to bring over to share with folks there?
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I am headed over, weather permitting, on Thursday May 31. Am planning on bringing over some stuff for small gifts, figured I have some room on my boat for some of the little things that we take for granted. Anybody have some suggestions for some small things to bring over to share with folks there?
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I am headed over, weather permitting, on Thursday May 31. Am planning on bringing over some stuff for small gifts, figured I have some room on my boat for some of the little things that we take for granted. Anybody have some suggestions for some small things to bring over to share with folks there?
Vacuum sealed and frozen steaks are always great currency. If you catch a nice grouper, offer the head up to the locals, and they will tend to clean all your fish for you.
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I think I'm in the minority on taking things to share. I feel strange giving someone beer, steaks or chicken. I just give Andrew Jacksons out and it seems to resonate better than food.
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I think I'm in the minority on taking things to share. I feel strange giving someone beer, steaks or chicken. I just give Andrew Jacksons out and it seems to resonate better than food.
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But I do sometimes bring laundry detergent and some other simple stuff they don't have there to friends in the out islands. West End, see above.
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***Caution*** you will require at least a 40' vessel with at least triples and every safety device known to man and a full supply replacement parts for your entire boat, not to mention a life raft with provisions for a month. If seas are greater than 1', do not exit inlet.

Have a great time!
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I think I'm in the minority on taking things to share. I feel strange giving someone beer, steaks or chicken. I just give Andrew Jacksons out and it seems to resonate better than food.
Little things like like the mentioned detergent, fried chicken and steaks are not readily available (or affordable) over there and to many of the Bahamians worth more than a few bucks.

I remember my first trip to the Bahamas... Docked next to a guy that brought over several pairs of shoes and a couple gallons of house paint for some locals. That guy was treated like royalty by the locals.

Cash money is good too though
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Vacuum sealed and frozen steaks are always great currency. If you catch a nice grouper, offer the head up to the locals, and they will tend to clean all your fish for you.
protein is pricey over there.
Doesn't have to be Filet Mignon / hamburger , roasts , chicken will do.
Bud Light seems to be the favorite most times in beer.
Paint / water / baby formula / decent towels & linens
** good friendly caring attitude gets you further than anything else .! ! ! !
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