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Old 01-16-2019, 02:01 PM
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:00 AM
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:08 PM
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Looking at making the crossing June 8th weaher dependant with two boats....is bimini Brad still involved with the Sands? Still need to secure a place
I have a condo at Bimini Sands on Airbnb. Look up "2 Bed/2 Bath on North Side of Marina with WiFi".
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:10 AM
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Just crossed over from Miami this morning to fish today and tomorrow. Nice easy crossing. Decent number of boats over at Big Game. Sammy says fishing has been slow and they’ve been saving the fish for my son. We’ll see.
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Just crossed over from Miami this morning to fish today and tomorrow. Nice easy crossing. Decent number of boats over at Big Game. Sammy says fishing has been slow and they’ve been saving the fish for my son. We’ll see.
I saw your boys leaving the Marina yesterday evening, i was over there checking on the Azimut. Good luck fellas!!!
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:11 PM
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Snooky1, the boys were fueling up last night. Well, we got a late start today after checking in at Big Game. We left the dock after 11:30 am and missed nearly all of the outgoing tide. But we still had a drop and it was enough to pick up one nice wahoo and then a second during the slack. We then deep dropped for a bunch of yellow eyed snappers.

High speeding 20 miles back in the late afternoon was fruitless, as expected, on the incoming. Tomorrow morning we have great tide all morning so we are hopeful. One guy who fished all day today got 5 hoos and another got 2. Big Game is pretty lively tonite but the window closes after tomorrow. We’re crossing in the early afternoon.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:12 AM
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I am strongly considering going mid April. We have a Cape Horn 32 and I run off Saint Augustine 60+ miles for years

1) What is the crossing usually like in the April time frame? Are chances higher this time of getting stuck there a few extra days due to seas?
2) I'm hesitant to do the trip as I keep reading how the locals can be real assholes, is it really that bad?
3) We will have people fly or ferry in and a few on the boat for the crossing. Likely we would rent a house. Anything to look for in terms of scams or know bad houses to rent?
4) Being its my first time, best place to tow the boat down to and leave the truck and trailer?
5) Is the calendar and the names in it the people that are crossing? Or is there a different calendar then the one under "tools"?
6) what am I missing! I know you need to go to customs, etc.

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Old 01-20-2019, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Brocnizer1 View Post
I am strongly considering going mid April. We have a Cape Horn 32 and I run off Saint Augustine 60+ miles for years

1) What is the crossing usually like in the April time frame? Are chances higher this time of getting stuck there a few extra days due to seas?
2) I'm hesitant to do the trip as I keep reading how the locals can be real assholes, is it really that bad?
3) We will have people fly or ferry in and a few on the boat for the crossing. Likely we would rent a house. Anything to look for in terms of scams or know bad houses to rent?
4) Being its my first time, best place to tow the boat down to and leave the truck and trailer?
5) Is the calendar and the names in it the people that are crossing? Or is there a different calendar then the one under "tools"?
6) what am I missing! I know you need to go to customs, etc.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Brocnizer1 View Post
I am strongly considering going mid April. We have a Cape Horn 32 and I run off Saint Augustine 60+ miles for years

1) What is the crossing usually like in the April time frame? Are chances higher this time of getting stuck there a few extra days due to seas?
2) I'm hesitant to do the trip as I keep reading how the locals can be real assholes, is it really that bad?
3) We will have people fly or ferry in and a few on the boat for the crossing. Likely we would rent a house. Anything to look for in terms of scams or know bad houses to rent?
4) Being its my first time, best place to tow the boat down to and leave the truck and trailer?
5) Is the calendar and the names in it the people that are crossing? Or is there a different calendar then the one under "tools"?
6) what am I missing! I know you need to go to customs, etc.
The Names in the calendar are birthdays, take a look at 22nd June for crossing date example.
In my experience the people are not assholes, treat them as you would expect to be treated.
Best place to launch and store the tow rig would be Harbour Towne Marina at Dania beach.
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Old 01-20-2019, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Gnrphil View Post
The Names in the calendar are birthdays, take a look at 22nd June for crossing date example.
In my experience the people are not assholes, treat them as you would expect to be treated.
Best place to launch and store the tow rig would be Harbour Towne Marina at Dania beach.
Thank you!

I've been reading a lot for about 6 months and somehow I still feel clueless. Likely because I've never boated to a foreign territory before and I don't know the Locals rules and don't want to piss them off.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:46 PM
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Not to worry, Broc, just bring money. If you are friendly, the Bahamians are very friendly. Don’t be impatient. Things work on island time. Fill out your customs and immigration forms ahead of time before you show up at the head of the line. Fly your yellow quarantine flag when you arrive. Most boaters don’t. Sometimes the Bahamians get pissed. Don’t fish until you clear. Don’t bring a spear gun. If you bring a gun, declare it and make sure you know exactly how many rounds you have and you better have that exact amount at all times. Don’t take lobster out of season.
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He's asking for a hassle having guns on-boaed a CC,even with a lockable cabin .Don't ask me how I know.
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Originally Posted by Brocnizer1 View Post
I am strongly considering going mid April. We have a Cape Horn 32 and I run off Saint Augustine 60+ miles for years

1) What is the crossing usually like in the April time frame? Are chances higher this time of getting stuck there a few extra days due to seas?
2) I'm hesitant to do the trip as I keep reading how the locals can be real assholes, is it really that bad?
3) We will have people fly or ferry in and a few on the boat for the crossing. Likely we would rent a house. Anything to look for in terms of scams or know bad houses to rent?
4) Being its my first time, best place to tow the boat down to and leave the truck and trailer?
5) Is the calendar and the names in it the people that are crossing? Or is there a different calendar then the one under "tools"?
6) what am I missing! I know you need to go to customs, etc.
1) April is a little early. Still a good chance you'll be able to cross, but it's not ideal. July and early Aug are ideal.
2) Locals are not assholes at all. Curious where you've been reading that. They're like any people-- some are nicer than others. But, by and large, they're very outgoing and helpful. However, as already mentioned, do not expect anything to get done quickly or on time. They're not doing it to be rude, it's just a different way of life.
3) Don't have much advice here except I'd want to make sure I had a house with a dock. I wouldn't want to leave my boat somewhere I couldn't see it overnight if it's not in the main cut at a hotel or something. Also, there's a guy on these threads (Vinny, I believe) who rents a house that always gets rave reviews.
4) I don't tow, but everyone says Harbor Towne Marina.
5) Someone already answered.
6) As mentioned, fly quarantine flag. Check in. Don't run through the channel after the grey pole sticking up (on the right side) (locals are allowed to run, you're not). Have fun.

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Old 01-21-2019, 01:59 PM
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Looking to rent a 2bd+loft close to the beach pool on 5/9-5/12. Anyone have any leads?
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Looking to rent a 2bd+loft close to the beach pool on 5/9-5/12. Anyone have any leads?
call me if you need a place to stay im opened the days you want 954-868-8279 thanks Vinnie also the 100 ft dock is complementary !!
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Old 01-22-2019, 08:25 AM
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Fun short trip from Miami during the short Friday/Saturday weather window. My son, Capt. Wylie, took me and two of his friends back to Big Game. Friday afternoon with the very end of the ride, he plucked two nice 30 pound hoos and a cuda and then a mess of yellow eyed snapper on the deep drop.

At dawn we were out with a perfect tide. The bite was slow with 4 wahoo hookups and a cuda. We landed two of the hoos — another 30 pounder and then an awesome head turner that weighed 62 pounds at the dock in Miami. Another fine run back to Miami in following seas. Can’t wait to go back.



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call me if you need a place to stay im opened the days you want 954-868-8279 thanks Vinnie also the 100 ft dock is complementary !!
will keep it in mind. Going to have 3 kids so having the pool and the beach right there at Bimini sands would be ideal. If our kids were older your place would be a much better option.
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Regarding "1) What is the crossing usually like in the April time frame? Are chances higher this time of getting stuck there a few extra days due to seas?"
April is very iffy and yes you have to plan to get stuck on either side since you need 2 crossing windows.. We went with 2 boats last year in April and it blew like hell the whole time. We had exactly two marginal crossing windows the whole week the Friday that we left and the Saturday/Sunday that we returned. Those crossing windows were POOR at best with ESE winds gusting sometimes over 15K and NOAA forecast of 2-4' occasional 5' dead on if not on the low side. The wave period sucked and was right off the port bow the whole way and we were on big Heavy Tiara and friends on a similar hull and we were taking waves splashing over the bow continuously every few minutes for almost 4 hours. So not a fun crossing at all and if I had the knowledgeable choice in advance I would not do it again.

The upside is that once we arrived Bimini was dead because almost no one else came across in those conditions. Right through Customs/Immigration with no wait for anything and just a few other boats arriving through out the day some of which had gotten badly beat up crossing. So the upside was that we had the island to ourselves. Big Game had maybe a dozen boats so the place was empty. We always stay at Blue Water and they were only half full, but they have multiple boats that stay there permanently, so for a Friday they were beat.

The wind started to blow even harder closer to 20K over the following days making it difficult to even get off the docks. When we did go offshore you had to stay in the lee of the islands just to make conditions tenable. The fishing was OK, but not great because we purposefully restricted ourselves to stay nearby so as not too get beat up. There was only one day that we headed further off shore and farther to the South and we skipped diving that day because of the conditions and just fished and hit Honeymoon Harbor. The upside was that we were the only people at Honeymoon which often is difficult to do The rest of the week continued to blow and the only other people that came into Bimini were island cruisers who were trying to get out of the bad conditions - no one from Florida crossed all week. We decided to leave on the next crossing window targeting Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to return and we had to stay all the way through Sunday because that was the first time that the wind let up just enough to make a return crossing reasonable. Even on the return the conditions were similar with 2-4-5' seas, but at least they were following us so it was not as wet and pounding,so a bit more pleasant, but still not very fun.

There really is no way to plan in advance for that time of year. You have to watch the long term weather close to when you want to go. You have to take a long term weather outlook and the problem with that is you can get a crossing window to go over, but you can't always see reliably far enough into the forecast to project a return crossing. So be prepared to wait or just leave the boat and fly back. Note that when conditions are bad (especially out of the North) even the FRS Ferry does not run from Miami so your only option is to wait or fly.

Remember the Gulf Stream tells you when you can cross ... not the other way around ;-)
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Old 01-22-2019, 01:21 PM
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2-4s for any crossing should be expected and is considered a perfectly reasonable crossing. Of course, in mid-summer, sometimes you can have glass calm conditions for a week or two or more, but you should never count on that. You should always be prepared for at least 15 knots of wind and 2-4 foot seas if you want to safely do the minor ocean crossing that is Florida to Bimini. This past Friday we had 2-3s going east and it was a delight and 2-4s coming back with a following sea and it was also a delight in my 39 foot Stamas. My son crosses over in his 31 Contender at 40 mph in these conditions. The Gulf Stream is not a lake and conditions change constantly, often with little warning. That's why you've got to be prepared to go on a moment's notice and return on the same or else be prepared to leave the boat in Bimini for a bit. The wind can blow for weeks on end anytime of the year, though June-August are typically the least windy. You can't plan in advance for these trips without having flexibility to change at the last minute. And there are plenty of good weather windows that pop up any time of the year. My son has made 4 trips to Bimini in the last 4 weeks and has had some blow out fishing, no crowds at all, and excellent crossings.
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:11 PM
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Anyone going over to Bimini this Friday from Miami? I'm thinking about it in a 31' Contender.
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