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  • testerman28testerman28 Senior Member Posts: 1,329 Officer
    Slip... weather, time and a couple hundred bucks in fuel each day... like I said if they learn the wide opening cut life is good..

    the south cut is fine you just have to run it a couple times.. Just like Tilloo cut it is beautiful.. Tilloo cut has the one finger of greenish white water you run that is deep water (5-6') south cut is deeper and you round a sand bar then it is deep all the way in to any of the docks.
  • justonce46justonce46 Junior Member West Palm BeachPosts: 22 Greenhorn
    Is wide opening cut another name for the devil's back bone?

    On charts the south cut looks fairly simple as far as cuts go. Thanks for the info.
  • testerman28testerman28 Senior Member Posts: 1,329 Officer
    Sorry , yes north off the backbone is "Bridge Point" is the actual name and this is where you can meet the pilot also if it is not rough. the fishing gets real good straight out and fish to the N.E. Dutch bar *tip is 25 36 52/ 76 34 328 it goes 300' - 2,400' real quick. all along this bar and even back to the south some.
    South off the 'glass window bridge' there is a point 25 28 264 / 76 32 119 again depth runs about 290' - 2,000' good fishing sometimes and not far.
    South more is 'James Point' you can start looking at 25 23 070 / 76 22 189 and fish that east - s.e to 25 23 909 / 76 20 416 * this will be a great area for you to go see..
    when you come in the south cut be careful and my numbers i have where it gets skinny and rocky at the narrows are 25 28 167 / 76 37 864 and just west of this heading is most of the rocks and ledges and it is not that far look for red poly balls and then head towards the Cistern Rock , (it will be a nice slow curve in the deeper water) you should be able to see it good in the daylight. good luck
    PS: you can pick up stone crab claws in Spanish Wells..
    from the Bridge Point to the south entrance cut it is around 12.5 nautical miles traveling the outside .. but if you have a sea it builds up big time! and you will see some big white rollers coming up where you least expect them because the bottom has 56' and 25' cucumber looking reefs that come up from 90' and 75' bottom. the south cut even on a nice day with 'tide' can get real snotty also and surprise you.
    one other thing the water you will use over there will be R.O. made water so it will be a 'hard water' so shammy off your metal and windows. you will see most use the 'spot free' cylinders on the dock you may want to get a wash and wax type soap and some cap fulls of concentrated lemon juice will keep your fresh water tank a bit easier to deal with when you fill the tank.
  • justonce46justonce46 Junior Member West Palm BeachPosts: 22 Greenhorn
    Testerman, thanks for all the info. We have garmin plotters with chips for over there along with paper charts. We are lucky to have about 6-7 weeks over there and can take our time learning the area.

    I had asked on a different website and couldn't get an answer. Does anyone know if you can find frozen goggle eyes on either Eleuthera or Spanish Wells? It was always hit or miss in the Abacos over on Marsh. One year they had them all the time and the next year had no idea what I was talking about.

    We plan to bring a Freezer but freezer space is valuable and the more we could buy over there the better.
  • testerman28testerman28 Senior Member Posts: 1,329 Officer
    Randel or Broadshed can get you bait / pilchards.. we caught ours up north some and at the dock drinking and grilling.. the shoreline down by the yacht club has some also watch for the birds.. one more tip on freezers .. get a new one and sell it or give it away to them... watch your Garmin or any other gps to make sure you are where you are.. they are not always spot on. tunas love anything that swims. the blue and green fish looking jigs with the treble hook works great also over there.. good luck
  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Senior Member Hypoluxo IslandPosts: 4,389 Officer
    Thanks for all the details guys... and for the #s Test.

    I have all the phone #s for the various pilots. What is the process to get one? Call on phone in advance and give them approximate ETA, then call on vhf once near??
  • testerman28testerman28 Senior Member Posts: 1,329 Officer
    you got it.. :).. they usually meet you in a flats boat or small whaler and they are real good at running your boat or any boat for that matter. just grab a line when they come up and tie it off to your cleat.. pop open a beer and pay attention to what they tell you and hit MOB on the GPS as many times as you want to mark the way. Ask them about Stone Crab Claws (and bring some mustard sauce with you.) you can catch some real nice fish at the cleaning table also.. you may want to relay that on to your kids..
  • MikeOMikeO Senior Member Florida / ExumasPosts: 112 Deckhand
    You can get frozen Gog's from harbour side in Nassau and I am sure they could send them up to Harbour island in a cooler box if you really want them.

    Our fleet in the Bahamas all use Garmin plotters along with Nobletech software and both are bang on. in the deep the Garmin are a little off but in shallow they are very accurate.

    Great Bonefishing just on the flat north of the ferry dock at HI.
  • justonce46justonce46 Junior Member West Palm BeachPosts: 22 Greenhorn
    It was recommended by some on another thread to purchase a bathymetric chart for the area. Just received the one below in the mail and at a quick glance am very impressed. Has the coordinates and so called " local" names of all the spots.
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