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Old 01-06-2019, 07:51 PM
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looking at the bite, it looks like another wahoo hit it
by the way, the tail being gone is more evidence of being canaballistic...they generally take the “motor” first.
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:56 PM
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Interesting observation. Lots of toothy critters there. By the way, hardly any meat was lost, and my son was able to get lots off of that fish. He's heading back to Bimini tomorrow with a charter for a two day trip. Hopefully he's dialed in to where the fish are.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:35 PM
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Crossing over on friday tournament on Saturday so going to do a little pre fishing and some deep drop... if any one has any reports they would like to share send it!!!
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:04 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Interesting observation. Lots of toothy critters there. By the way, hardly any meat was lost, and my son was able to get lots off of that fish. He's heading back to Bimini tomorrow with a charter for a two day trip. Hopefully he's dialed in to where the fish are.

Do you need a permit to charter in the Bahamas ?
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:38 AM
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My understanding is that the Bahama cruising/fishing permit covers 6-pack charters from the US. All the Miami/Ft.Lauderdale and Palm Beach to Jupiter charter guys run Bahamas charters.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:54 AM
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Might want to read this, I assumed the same as you.



Registering a Foreign Charter - Port Department - Government
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:43 AM
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Just because "everyone" does it does not mean it is legal. You have to be registered to be able to legally take a charter to the Bahamas. Tuna is right on this one.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
I like Big Game too, but beware the current. It really rips there -- makes docking interesting, especially the first time.
2x on the current in the marinas on N. Bimini like Big Game, Bluewater and Seacrest. They've made me look pretty silly a few times, especially when the wind is blowing.

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Old 01-07-2019, 09:21 AM
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So whats going on with resorts world? heard they were closing for two weeks for renovations, also heard they were closing for good. Any word on this??
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So whats going on with resorts world? heard they were closing for two weeks for renovations, also heard they were closing for good. Any word on this??
Two weeks and re-opening.

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Old 01-07-2019, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
Just because "everyone" does it does not mean it is legal. You have to be registered to be able to legally take a charter to the Bahamas. Tuna is right on this one.
We were boarded by the USCG outside the Bimini cut few weeks back, we were on a charter boat. The USCG questioned each of us if this was a charter or not. The owner was onboard and it wasn’t a charter. Seemed odd to me.


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Old 01-07-2019, 09:51 AM
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Resorts World is reopening for MLK weekend. Ostensibly, the closing is for "seasonal renovations," but there's really nothing being renovated. This is a slow time of the year in Bimini except for us wahoo high speed trollers. So, as I understand it, Resorts World essentially shuts down for two weeks, gives its workers forced unpaid vacations, does a little cosmetic clean up, and saves some bucks. Certainly is a lot better than closing down for good for those that are working there. Resorts World is having a tough time making money in Bimini and the two week shut down mitigates its losses a bit.
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Hillsboro View Post
Just because "everyone" does it does not mean it is legal. You have to be registered to be able to legally take a charter to the Bahamas. Tuna is right on this one.
You would think they would be pretty strict about this as they are taking money away from the locals.
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Ahoy Vay View Post


You would think they would be pretty strict about this as they are taking money away from the locals.


Customs in Bimini is watching the boats coming in and not clearing right away. Handing fines out.
Resorts World has sanatation sewers issues, that’s why the road was torn up. We shall see how long it takes to fix.
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How do you all look at future weather predictions? I planning a trip strait across to Nassau and then to Xumas with 3 boats in June...
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How do you all look at future weather predictions? I planning a trip strait across to Nassau and then to Xumas with 3 boats in June...
You mean weather predictions for this June?

You can't.

The only you can do is find historical average temperature, rain, wind speed, wind direction etc. by month. I don't have the link though.

June may be fine. You'd be better in July or August.

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Old 01-08-2019, 01:11 PM
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We are looking at crossing for a week between say May 25-June 20 weather window permitting. Have interest from a few other boats.

We are all wondering about reserving a sopt at the sands or wait till we get the weather window and then do it?

Have ready the last few years bimini threads and cant see much on this subject.

We are all looking forward to it!

Next trip will be to freeport lived there for 4 years in the 80's.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:32 PM
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It does get busy so I'd prefer to have something reserved.
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:58 PM
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Crossing over first weekend in June. Staying at sands. Will be out first trip over. Anyone else planning on heading over the same weekend? Would be nice to have a buddy boat, but from what I can tell I'm sure there will be plenty of boat traffic on any given day during the summer.

Any information on fishing regulations? I hear things change by the year in the Bahamas.

Also, that infamous checklist if anyone has one. Thanks guys!
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:29 PM
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My son is back in Bimini with a couple of friends. They ran all day from first light to sunset. Wound up with 2 wahoo at first light and another big one later in the day. Most of the day was spent catching as many big yellow tails as they wanted. They’ll give it another shot in the morning before heading over to Miami. This is my son’s third trip to Bimini in the past two weeks. The most amazing thing of the day was no sharks at all while yellow tailing! Water clarity was horrible way down south.

Many guys who who stayed around out front got skunked today.
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