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Old 04-12-2019, 05:21 PM
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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.
Im gonna look into these “incentives”. If you have some more info I’d love to hear.
Old 04-12-2019, 09:54 PM
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Knock yourself out trolling for marlin off of Bimini. If you troll all day, maybe you'll raise a fish or two. The dock master at Chub will work with you on the price. The Pocket and the Tongue will be terrible on west winds, but are usually good on east/southeast winds. Marlin is never a sure thing, though my son and I just got back from fishing the greatest "undiscovered" blue marlin hotspot in the world a week ago -- Isabela Island in the Galapagos. My son caught and released a blue estimated to be 1200 plus pounds after a five hour fight. I lost a 900 plus pounder that nearly spooled me and broke off after jumping and falling on the line, and our buddy landed and released a baby in the 300 pound range. Even there, in absolutely virgin waters, we only raised one blue per day on a five day trip along with a couple of striped marlin.
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We anchored up on the north side of Isaacs right under the lighthouse. You have to swim to the rocks, but we found a nice knee to waist deep ledge to get our footing for an easy climb out of the water. It was really cool to explore. Stick around the lighthouse and buildings. As with any of the out islands, get too far into the scrub and the seagull get a bit angry because of their nests. And remember, leave it as you found it. Or pick up a couple of pieces of trash while you are there. Too many people find it necessary to carve or paint initials or names. And far too many don't have a problem leaving behind their trash.
Old 04-13-2019, 06:10 AM
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Crossing for a cure is a great cause. It’s involved in last year. Travis and crew are great people. He is helping lead the charge to find a cure for c.f. Which his daughter has.
Old 04-14-2019, 08:31 PM
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Just curious if anyone has had any luck with yellowfin around Bimini within 20 miles or so? I have fished the channel from grand Bahama but never made that run from Bimini. Also I run a 25ft boat that cruises a little over 30mph so running all they way to tuna canyon doesn’t seem logical. Any suggestions?
Old 04-15-2019, 10:39 AM
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I've had to change my dates, I'll be crossing on the morning of the 8th returning on the 14th. Leaving Port Everglades.
Anyone else traveling on those dates ?
Old 04-15-2019, 10:56 AM
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Jilly. Once again you are WRONG. There are plenty of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish right off of Bimini. Yes, there are other places where you can catch more, but Bimini still has a lot of billfish. Last year, under 3 hours, got a sailfish, blue and a white. Late afternoon, right out front. Just have to know how to fish for them.
Old 04-15-2019, 06:06 PM
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Hillsboro, I agree there are plenty of sails off Bimini and some marlin, but why go to a 1 or 2 star marlin location when a 4 star spot is only 75 miles away? Doesn’t make sense to me. But enjoy!
Old 04-16-2019, 06:28 AM
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This is a bimini thread, not a where to catch a blue marlin thread. But since we are on the subject, Abacos, DR, CR, Azores, Madeira are all good as well. Chub is great for fishing as well, but the question was asked about Bimini.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Knock yourself out trolling for marlin off of Bimini. If you troll all day, maybe you'll raise a fish or two. The dock master at Chub will work with you on the price. The Pocket and the Tongue will be terrible on west winds, but are usually good on east/southeast winds. Marlin is never a sure thing, though my son and I just got back from fishing the greatest "undiscovered" blue marlin hotspot in the world a week ago -- Isabela Island in the Galapagos. My son caught and released a blue estimated to be 1200 plus pounds after a five hour fight. I lost a 900 plus pounder that nearly spooled me and broke off after jumping and falling on the line, and our buddy landed and released a baby in the 300 pound range. Even there, in absolutely virgin waters, we only raised one blue per day on a five day trip along with a couple of striped marlin.
You are comparing an "undiscovered" hot spot to Bimini and saying that trolling all day you will only raise a fish or 2. Yet the "hot spot" that you traveled 1000's of miles to get to you only raised one blue a day? I know that you went to target a large marlin, most of us just want to catch a couple on our own boat. Bimini is one of the closest places to get a decent shot. Chub is feast or famine. I would rather troll Bimini all day for a shot then run the extra 90 miles unless the conditions are perfect at the pocket (SE winds etc)
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
This is a bimini thread, not a where to catch a blue marlin thread. But since we are on the subject, Abacos, DR, CR, Azores, Madeira are all good as well. Chub is great for fishing as well, but the question was asked about Bimini.
How about you two just swap phone numbers and text this out instead of here. I enjoy reading people's adventures and postings as they travel.
Old 04-16-2019, 12:45 PM
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Firstly, I have no interest in swapping telephone numbers. When someone states incorrect information for someone looking to catch a blue marlin or billfish out of Bimini, I simply stated the fact that there are lots of billfish in Bimini and you do not have travel 1000 miles to catch one. That is the great thing about Bimini for fishing. Other parts I don't care for as much. I liked The Calypsonians playing at the Compleat Angler and the island feel. Times have changed with Big Johns and RW, but you can still catch some nice billfish there. As far as fish stories - try this link. It is a pretty good read Random thoughts of an old blue water fisherman
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
Jilly. Once again you are WRONG. There are plenty of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish right off of Bimini. Yes, there are other places where you can catch more, but Bimini still has a lot of billfish. Last year, under 3 hours, got a sailfish, blue and a white. Late afternoon, right out front. Just have to know how to fish for them.
Agreed. Right out front in April and May is very productive.

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Originally Posted by nexxxt214 View Post
Agreed. Right out front in April and May is very productive.
We caught a 250lb blue July 4th weekend last year, right out front just trying half day, normally don't target them...

FYI...lots of big Dorado right out front, at drop off, as of Monday too with that west wind...
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Big dollies were in close to the north right up in 40-60 feet of water showering the ballyhoo and flyers. Some real nice ones.
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Wheres a good place to purchase ice in bulk in ft lauderdale or dania beach. just wondering cause i dont want to haul 250 lbs of ice from NC and add more weight to the boat. any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by blueprint908 View Post
Wheres a good place to purchase ice in bulk in ft lauderdale or dania beach. just wondering cause i dont want to haul 250 lbs of ice from NC and add more weight to the boat. any suggestions would be appreciated.
I don't know anything about bulk ice sales, but that's less than $55 worth of bagged ice from Publix. Might just be easier than seeking out a bulk seller. But I'd be interested to hear if that's an option.

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Originally Posted by blueprint908 View Post
Wheres a good place to purchase ice in bulk in ft lauderdale or dania beach. just wondering cause i dont want to haul 250 lbs of ice from NC and add more weight to the boat. any suggestions would be appreciated.
When we went last year and when we go this year we used 15th street fisheries. If you launch at Harbor town and start heading north up the river, pass the inlet and go under the 17th street bridge. Once under the bridge headed north it'll be on the left. We pulled up about 615am last year, and picked up some bait and ice. If I remember correctly they had 80b bags. Hope that helps
Old 04-19-2019, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
Firstly, I have no interest in swapping telephone numbers. When someone states incorrect information for someone looking to catch a blue marlin or billfish out of Bimini, I simply stated the fact that there are lots of billfish in Bimini and you do not have travel 1000 miles to catch one. That is the great thing about Bimini for fishing. Other parts I don't care for as much. I liked The Calypsonians playing at the Compleat Angler and the island feel. Times have changed with Big Johns and RW, but you can still catch some nice billfish there. As far as fish stories - try this link. It is a pretty good read Random thoughts of an old blue water fisherman
The only place I've ever landed Marlin is in front of Bimini. We've been to Chub, there wasnt anything in the pocket. Bimini has great fishing if you know what you are doing.

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