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Old 04-09-2019, 05:34 AM
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Anyone hear of the Crossing For A Cure fundraiser in June? I came across it a local angler magazine, and saw they are looking for boats to support 200 paddle boarders. They are offering a lot of incentives, and I was seeing if anyone here did it last year.
We were there for the Crossing for a Cure event last year and it was a big deal. They depart on Friday night gathering everyone around midnight and departing when the teams are all assembled around 2AM. They have to leave at night to ensure that they can arrive in Lake Worth before it starts to get dark. They have multiple classes of crossing paddlers. Last year only maybe half a dozen where in the actual racing class groups - while the rest were "survival mode" groups just looking to make it across - not win the thing. They also have relay teams and other group type entries. This year they have expanded the allowed "vessels" types and prize categories to try to attract an even larger fund raising crowd. Last I had heard they had 160 entries and are shooting for 200 or more. Each group has a chase/support boat to go with their paddlers.

Some people start to arrive on Wednesday, but most arrive on Thursday. They base out of Bimini Sands and leave from their beach. It was funny to see them clearing customs because you could instantly spot the athletes. One boat had boards all racked up on the T-Top and then you see a bunch of guys and one really buff woman in perfect shape - she was the obvious one crossing. The athletes all have to do a lot to prepare as well and as a result don't get to do much partying. They all start to carb load Thursday night when they do the welcome party and then early to bed Friday to wake up and get started in the early AM hours of Saturday morning.

For the departure all the people and boards are outfitted with lights and cyalume sticks for visibility. They are all paddling in the dark for 4 - 5 hours guided by their chase boats in front of them. I have seen some photos from previous events and they can get into some pretty decent seas. It was funny because I spoke with one of the racing class guys in the event and he actually welcomed higher seas because he would use them to his advantage by riding the swells. Since they are going with the Gulf Stream they are getting pushed along north at 2-3K plus any wind (typically SE) pushing them along so they get a free ride of as much as 30 miles or more over the 12 +/- hours it takes to complete the crossing. That is also why they land way North around Lake Worth pier - landing much further south and they would have to paddle into the current.

They continue to solicit both participants, volunteers, and chase boats. https://www.crossingforacure.com/
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Rod27 View Post
wonder how long the event lasts...they have tips on crossing at night.....that doesnt sound good
I was just reading their event guide and the planned departure from Bimini is Saturday morning at 1 am with everyone expected back in Lake Worth by sunset Saturday night.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by eric.reedy View Post
We were there for the Crossing for a Cure event last year and it was a big deal. They depart on Friday night gathering everyone around midnight and departing when the teams are all assembled around 2AM. They have to leave at night to ensure that they can arrive in Lake Worth before it starts to get dark. They have multiple classes of crossing paddlers. Last year only maybe half a dozen where in the actual racing class groups - while the rest were "survival mode" groups just looking to make it across - not win the thing. They also have relay teams and other group type entries. This year they have expanded the allowed "vessels" types and prize categories to try to attract an even larger fund raising crowd. Last I had heard they had 160 entries and are shooting for 200 or more. Each group has a chase/support boat to go with their paddlers.

Some people start to arrive on Wednesday, but most arrive on Thursday. They base out of Bimini Sands and leave from their beach. It was funny to see them clearing customs because you could instantly spot the athletes. One boat had boards all racked up on the T-Top and then you see a bunch of guys and one really buff woman in perfect shape - she was the obvious one crossing. The athletes all have to do a lot to prepare as well and as a result don't get to do much partying. They all start to carb load Thursday night when they do the welcome party and then early to bed Friday to wake up and get started in the early AM hours of Saturday morning.

For the departure all the people and boards are outfitted with lights and cyalume sticks for visibility. They are all paddling in the dark for 4 - 5 hours guided by their chase boats in front of them. I have seen some photos from previous events and they can get into some pretty decent seas. It was funny because I spoke with one of the racing class guys in the event and he actually welcomed higher seas because he would use them to his advantage by riding the swells. Since they are going with the Gulf Stream they are getting pushed along north at 2-3K plus any wind (typically SE) pushing them along so they get a free ride of as much as 30 miles or more over the 12 +/- hours it takes to complete the crossing. That is also why they land way North around Lake Worth pier - landing much further south and they would have to paddle into the current.

They continue to solicit both participants, volunteers, and chase boats. https://www.crossingforacure.com/
So, they leave in the dark so they donít arrive in the dark?
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by kano807 View Post
Anyone hear of the Crossing For A Cure fundraiser in June? I came across it a local angler magazine, and saw they are looking for boats to support 200 paddle boarders. They are offering a lot of incentives, and I was seeing if anyone here did it last year.
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/67199...4ba0e8eb63.pdf
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:35 PM
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Default JULY 7th bimini trip - Looking for places to park

This is my first trip for me and my brother-in law. Taking my Yamaha 242 and the Pursuit. Looking for suggestions for parking and launch ramp around Fort Lauderdale FL in July. I have seen some post about looking at Harbor Town Marina.

Does any one have any suggestions?

Thanks for everyone's help
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:27 AM
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Anybody headed over Easter weekend? We are thinking about heading over on that thurs, fri and sat and be back home for Easter on sunday.
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Old 04-11-2019, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by dmw242 View Post
This is my first trip for me and my brother-in law. Taking my Yamaha 242 and the Pursuit. Looking for suggestions for parking and launch ramp around Fort Lauderdale FL in July. I have seen some post about looking at Harbor Town Marina.

Does any one have any suggestions?

Thanks for everyone's help
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my out of town clients use harbor town that's a good choice
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Old 04-11-2019, 11:20 AM
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For those of you that have made the run to Great Isaac Cay what is the best spot to anchor and go ashore?
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harbour town is the best in my opinion. Put in there several years ago and it was very nice and security 24 hrs. Going may 10-18th this year and thats where we are putting in.
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:40 PM
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Anybody headed over May 10-18th. We are coming from NC. Also does anybody have a good places for blue marlin.
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:36 PM
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For blue marlin you will have to head east to Chub or the Abacos. You're very unlikely to catch a marlin near Bimini.
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:23 AM
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Well thatís kinda funny cause Iíve been seeing lots of people talking about the blue marlin bite off bimini that time of the year. I donít care if itís rats. They are fun to catch too
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:37 AM
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I agree that Bimini is not a prime destination for marlin but there are a few there. We have caught 4 in 7 or 8 trips over there in May. Carolina Gentleman used to charter out of there and had pretty good success. You may want to reach out to him, he's very generous with helpful information.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:45 AM
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Bimini used to be a good marlin spot back in the day -- Hemingway's day. Sure you can catch a marlin there if you pound away at it. But why not head over to Chub and the Tongue of the Ocean or the Pocket and fish some of the best marlin waters in the region. Chub is only another 75 miles away.
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Thanks for info. I will reach out to him
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Roc Bottom View Post
For those of you that have made the run to Great Isaac Cay what is the best spot to anchor and go ashore?
north of Bimini? There really isnt any beach that i remember....it's a rocky shore surrounded by 10-20ft water. Anchor on the side that is in the lee and swim over with good shoes. Correct me if im wrong....i never tried to go onshore when i was nearby.
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north of Bimini? There really isnt any beach that i remember....it's a rocky shore surrounded by 10-20ft water. Anchor on the side that is in the lee and swim over with good shoes. Correct me if im wrong....i never tried to go onshore when i was nearby.
Yes north of Bimini. I think someone on last years thread mentioned going there and said it was worth the trip. Ive seen some YouTube videos also of people exploring the lighthouse and ruins. Looking at the pictures it definetely looks rocky so I was hoping someone had a tip.
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u wont want your boat close to the rocks so anchor on whichever side has the least wind
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:36 PM
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March-May Bimini can be VERY GOOD for marlin, right out front. BTW, the pocket this time of year can be on fire or the Dead Sea, from day to day. It is NOT a pool filled with fish. Chub is also up to I believe $6 a ft, plus plus with minimums as well.
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March-May Bimini can be VERY GOOD for marlin, right out front. BTW, the pocket this time of year can be on fire or the Dead Sea, from day to day. It is NOT a pool filled with fish. Chub is also up to I believe $6 a ft, plus plus with minimums as well.

I agree...some good marlin fishing right out front of bimini, this time a year. There are a handful of the really good marlin fisherman that fish bimini hard from april to mid june and they always produce. A guy named intrepid377 on here will strongly disagree. They always do well on them.
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