Bootle Bay Lodge, Grand Bahama, Report 3/22
Cleared the inlet and were greeted with calm seas, what a relief after last wkd., and a light south wind. Within two hours we arrived at OBB, along with another 50 boats, "cleared" and immediately headed north for some spearfishing. Arrived at the spot and the guys were already in the water and on fish. They speared hogfish and grouper. One black was pushing 20 lbs. The hogs were oversized as well. The water was crystal clear with a very strong current. We took a break for lunch and grilled burgers thanks to George Foreman. Shortly thereafter the sharks showed up. Good timing!
After lunch, we headed offshore for some deep dropping. It was a bit slow, however we managed to put a few yelloweyes in the box with the hogs and grouper. It was getting late and we felt like a "rum front" was nearing, so we headed to Bootle Bay. Vida and an employee were eagerly awaiting our arrival and helped us tie off. They have really fixed up the place and were very accommodating as usual. They cooked dinner for us that night and treated us like family. Well, actually better than family :-) They grilled, deep fried and baked our catch with the traditional peas and rice and fresh tasting mixed vegetables. It was one of the best fish meals that I have ever eaten in the Bahamas!
Sunday morning we headed south for some yellowtail action. On the way down there, we saw huge flocks of birds in nearly all directions. We found a few large weed mats, near the birds, deployed Mahi and Tuna offerings and were immediately hooked up with a double header of gaffer Mahi. Gaffed em, put them on ice started trolling and were tight once again. That area was literally infested with Mahi. We caught the limit, left them biting, and headed to the Yellowtail spot.
We anchored, starting chumming and within 10 mins we were hooked up and bailing flag tails just behind the boat. We also caught grouper, cero's, triggers and other assorted fish. Then the sharks showed up and it was over. We had plenty of fish and it was getting late for our long trip home. It was an epic trip with good friends, great fishing, calm seas and wonderful memories!
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