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Old 02-28-2011, 11:17 AM
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Finally getting squared away over here in the Abacos and had our first week long trip of the year. We have had unseasonably warm and calm winds over here which is rare for February. This has slowed fishing on the edge as we expect our next strong cold front this week which should get the wahoos going again. We have still managed to get our share this week as well as some dolphin. With the edge being slow we ventured offshore this week fishing off of Hopetown near the bridge. Talking with Mitch Roffer he said that was our best shot at an unheard of billfish in February. Well we weren’t out there 20 minutes when we came tight on our first white marlin of the season . Crazy to see as I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a billfish in February. Needless to say we had a swimmer back at the dock with his first white of his life.

On the inshore front fishing has been nothing short of spectacular with unbelievable action with yellowtails, mutton snapper to 16 lbs, cero mackerel and some very nice size amberjack. We have been fishing various ledges in the Sea of Abaco from 10 to 28 feet of water and every break has had fish. It has taken nothing more than 5 minutes after putting the chum bag in. Simply AWESOME!!!!!

We have also done our fair share of lobstering and conchin this week. We have a 19 key west over here which is perfect for this. We had 12 large size conchs which makes great bait as well as awesome conch salad. Lobstering has also been very productive getting at least a dozen per day when we go.

I’m expecting fishing to remain slow on the edge until we get the next front which is Wednesday night. Thirty knots of NE winds will definitely liven up the edge and get the hoos snapping again. Definitely need to get some cooler weather in here and out of this 80 degree pattern that we’ve had. Cant ever remember such a warm , calm February.

On an unbelievable note this week a boat out of Marsh Harbour boated a 680 lb bluefin . I guess they are everywhere as Darrins been putting a hurting on them in Hatteras, NC. Looking forward to getting out this week.

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Old 02-28-2011, 01:21 PM
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You are allowed 10 tails and 6 conch per day.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:19 PM
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thanks for the info. i will pas it along to the crew. i'm sure they are up on the regs though. keep in mind we have 2 boats, cruising permits, licenses, and also use some bahamian guys to help do some of this stuff. their limits, etc are not so clear typically. but anyway, appreciate the info. Trey
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Put a local on your boat and the limits are not an issue.

Great trip! Going in July, hope you leave me some muttons and yellowtails!
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was that sword in the bahamas?
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:55 PM
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Its a White. The old but I had a Bahamian on the boat thing doesn't work any longer either. I know a half a dozen people that have been busted in the last 3-4 years. They are watching you.

By the way I'm just trying to help. All Billfish including Swords are illegal to keep unless you have a permit (billfish tourneys, etc.).
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Originally Posted by PETRAFIED View Post
Its a White. The old but I had a Bahamian on the boat thing doesn't work any longer either. I know a half a dozen people that have been busted in the last 3-4 years. They are watching you.

By the way I'm just trying to help. All Billfish including Swords are illegal to keep unless you have a permit (billfish tourneys, etc.).
And where are they watching from. Been going over to the Abacos for years and haven't seen but one bust. Where have all these taken place?
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:38 AM
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Bahamas Dolphin FishingTreasure Cay, Bahamas Fishing Report - March 8, 2011

Capt. Joe reports from his last two Bahamas Fishing Trips that the edge was very slow, so they decided to poke offshore and found a nice batch of dolphin waiting for them. Seems like it's going to be an early Billfish and Dolphin season this year. Hopefully the Yellowfin are close behind!

Slow Fishing on the Edge
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And where are they watching from. Been going over to the Abacos for years and haven't seen but one bust. Where have all these taken place?
I've got maybe 25 trips to Walkers, and it used to happen there a lot. I've been there when three boats, were confiscated. The first one was from Ft. Pierce, and that boat had a hugh fishbox full of snapper and grouper (one guy onboard). The second boat I saw confiscated had two guys from New Smyrna onboard, and they had more lobster on their boat than I have ever seen. These guys were all flown to Nassau in handcuffs, and both boats were not staying at Walkers, they just came in for fuel, and one of the fuel dock guys apparently alerted the islands' cop.

On another trip I saw a boat - a nice newish looking 23 Mako that was brought into the marina by a guy that I recognized from Grand. I was told that the boats owner had also been taken to Nassau and the boat was now owned by one of the residents over at Grand Cay - the guy who turned the Mako's owner over to the police. Don't recall if that boat was confiscated for too many fish, or too many lobster.

I've heard about other boats being confiscated and their owners detained, but I actually witnessed those three, and they took place back in the 1980's thru the 90's.
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Preety work on that White and the others.
I was over in Bimini for the last two weeks in February.
Here is my report. 4 for 6 on Blue Marlin, 1 White Marlin and 1 Sailfish, 6 Wahoo, Many Barrcauda's, 4 Blackfin Tuna.

Our Billfish bite was in 1000 to 1600 ft of water right off North Rock-Bimini. Best day was 3 Blue Marlin, boated 2 of them, 1 about 300lbs. Next we went through a school of Blackfin Tuna at the surface and hooked 4 at once, boated all 4. Then on way back in at 4:30 we saw a White Marlin Jumping right at the entrance to Bimini Channel feeding on the surface baits. We had some pilchards and small yellowtails in the Live well, hooked them up to a TLD 20, walked it out and sure enough we were on, a small white, what a great fight on the sailfishing gear. Don't get many days like that in your life .

2nd best day was patience at it's finest , trolled the edge for 7 1/2 hours with not a bite, then all of a sudden, we had 3 of the 7 reels screaming, and could see sailfish circling the transom, must have drove over the pod. Came tight on 2 of the 3, reeled in a nice 70-80 lb Sailfish on the short corner, released it. Then fought the second fish, he was on a Penn 50, Center Rigger, so he was a way out, played it cool and after 30-40 minutes of a great fight, reeled it in and it was a nice Blue Marlin 200-250 lbs.

All billfish were taken within 5 -10 miles from harbor entrance of N Bimini, very nice considering we run 120 Miles up here in Nantucket to the Canyon's to get a bite like that.

All our Wahoo were on a fast troll of 11-13 knts, 1 hour before low tide was the bite, all fish taken between Gun and Cat Cay.

Also we went 2 for 4 on Blues in "the Pocket" off Chub Cay back in middle of January. With the price of fuel costs for the back and forth trip to Chub from Bimini, the February trip was a do or die for Marlin off Bimini, guess we got kinda lucky.

Tight lines, and wow, nice Bluefin Catch for February. Keep up the good work. Fishing in the Bahamas is great.
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how about those nantucket boys nice work tate
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Great updates and congratulations.

Given all your experience in the Bahamas, any recommendations for charters out of Harbour Island - will be there at the end of March.

Thanks
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