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Old 01-08-2019, 09:43 PM
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:47 PM
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:49 PM
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This looks amazing.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post


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.
Sounds like his charter is successful so far. Hope his customers appreciate the effort. Nice hoo! Cook em up!
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:47 AM
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After almost 2 years of planning I'll be making my first crossing this summer. Shooting for the last week of June, leaving from Port Everglades or Lake Worth. Most likely try to stay at Seacrest ( yes I'm cheap). Let the countdown begin!
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:29 AM
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Word on the street is there may be a new, sweet, inboard Dusky making the trip over this summer?

Originally Posted by Roc Bottom View Post
After almost 2 years of planning I'll be making my first crossing this summer. Shooting for the last week of June, leaving from Port Everglades or Lake Worth. Most likely try to stay at Seacrest ( yes I'm cheap). Let the countdown begin!
Nice!

Lake Worth is going to be a considerably longer run. So, if you don't have a compelling reason to leave from there (like a free place to keep the truck/ trailer or something), I'd recommend leaving further south. Having said that, people do it all the time.

Seacrest is all you need for a Bimini trip-- I stay there every time. Price is right.

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Old 01-09-2019, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by mattylight View Post
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!
I'm not an expert on fishing regs. And, honestly, I wouldn't worry toooo much about the Bahamian fishing regs other than not taking lobster out of season (which tons of people do anyways), and making sure you don't fish in no-fishing zones (I don't know of any around Bimini).

I'd be more worried about when you cross back into US waters.

And, if you're talking about my checklist, I'm happy to share if you PM me an email address. It's nothing professional and it's tailored to my boat and fishing, but it may at least make you think of a few things that you may have otherwise overlooked.

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Old 01-09-2019, 08:05 AM
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Fishing regs - You are not allowed to fish in Bahamian waters until you clear customs and immigration and get your cruising/fishing permit. Make sure to ask for sling pole spearfishing endorsement. You can’t use spear guns and you cannot use scuba equipment to spear fish.

When returning to to the States, you are bound by Florida and US regs, not Bahamian regs.

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Old 01-09-2019, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Fishing regs - You are not allowed to fish in Bahamian waters until you clear customs and immigration and get your cruising/fishing permit. Make sure to ask for sling pole spearfishing endorsement. You can’t use spear guns and you can use scuba equipment to spear fish.

When returning to to the States, you are bound by Florida and US regs, not Bahamian regs.
You better check again... That is a boat seizure waiting to happen. The only thing you can shoot in the water with tanks is a picture. Better not have fish on board if the tanks are being used. A big no no.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:21 AM
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Probably a typo
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I hope so. But then again, he also said you can charter on a cruising permit in the Bahamas.....
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:54 AM
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Definite typo. You cannot use scuba equipment to spear fish in the Bahamas. Sorry. Hillsboro has also educated me on the chartering issue requiring a separate Bahamian permit. Very helpful.
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No worries. Just hate to see anyone get in trouble over something that can be avoided.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Roc Bottom View Post
After almost 2 years of planning I'll be making my first crossing this summer. Shooting for the last week of June, leaving from Port Everglades or Lake Worth. Most likely try to stay at Seacrest ( yes I'm cheap). Let the countdown begin!
I'm looking at crossing June 22nd out of Port Everglades, what dates are you looking at last week of June?
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:45 AM
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We hope to head over on Friday Febuary 22nd and return Monday. Will head out of Harbour Town if anyone wants to group up.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:18 AM
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My son just called me entering Government Cut after a pretty nasty run over from Bimini. 4-6s the whole way back. They had an epic morning, though, boxing 6 big wahoo before 9 am before calling it a day, and catching and landing three at one time. Great trip, but that Gulf Stream gets a little temperamental in a nanosecond, especially at this time of the year.
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
My son just called me entering Government Cut after a pretty nasty run over from Bimini. 4-6s the whole way back. They had an epic morning, though, boxing 6 big wahoo before 9 am before calling it a day, and catching and landing three at one time. Great trip, but that Gulf Stream gets a little temperamental in a nanosecond, especially at this time of the year.
Where did they fish?
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:49 PM
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Right out front this morning. Most of the wahoo have been right out front. Doesn’t mean they’re easy to catch, though. Lots of guys are skunking. Change out your colors. Change up your speeds. Change your drail sizes until something works.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:50 PM
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We went 8/10 about 3 weeks ago north. Just curious where they are being found now.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:01 AM
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Looking at the dates of travel and am wondering if we should move our trip up a week or so due to the 4th of July holiday. Is there a good chance Harbour Towne might be too crowded to store my truck and trailer? We’ll be in town on the evening of the 2nd and plan on storing it that night.
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