Two weeks in Green Turtle

We have been going to the Abaco's since early 2000's, missing a few years to the boys baseball. We have stayed at every island there and really have fallen in love with Green Turtle. This years trip was not short of adventure and adversity. I had been working on the little things on the boat to make sure she was up to the trip, trying to do as much preventative as possible. A week before the trip I came home from a road trip not feeling well. Thursday night I woke up with a fever. Fri, Friday night, Saturday and it never went away. We were scheduled to leave the following Thursday am. As I'm laying on the couch, all I could think about was all the shopping/prep/work that still needed to be done. By Saturday afternoon I decided to go to the Doc in the Box. The only symptom I had was fever, nothing else. Got a great Dr who was concerned, thought it might be Gall stones etc.. Gave me a Zpack and said if it doesn't go away in 24 hours go to the ER. Sunday afternoon, no improvement so off to the ER we went. Turns out I had pneumonia and they admitted me. Great, how am I going to get all of this stuff done and still leave on time?? Spent two and a half days in hospital and gained TREMENDOUS respect for health care workers. Finally got released Tuesday afternoon and got the green light to go.
Wednesday was a whirlwind and by some miracle we got the boat loaded with supplies for two weeks. Crossed Thursday with light winds and seas.
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Got lots of help from the crew
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My brother and his wife/7 yr old made the trip over for their first time in the Abaco's
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we were heavy and loaded down, after a long day we made it to Green Turtle Club and found our favorite slip #5 waiting
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Always great to see good friends, Eddie the Rock, Justin, Wesley, Gary, Giselle, Don, Tracy, Debbie at the club. Skip and Robin were already there as well. We love the place and have come to really enjoy the people there
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The next several days went as follows:
fish/dive/lunch at anchorage/fish/dive/dinner/ice cream repeat.
Mo Mo's Sugar Shack
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our favorite anchorage, Manjack
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one day at Manjack, we had a turtle come up to the boat. We see turtles almost every dive but have never had one come so close. We ended up hand feeding this one squid and he hung out for almost 20 minutes, very very cool! We got lots of good pics and video.
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more spearing
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we went and saw the pigs on No Name, they are doing very well with lot's of little ones
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found some very nice conch for dinner
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"I ain't scared"
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These guys powered up their rafts and took a spin around the marina with some dive scooters
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more Mo Mo's Sugar Shack
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did a little mutton fishing, they weren't too cooperative but we found a few
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headed down to Hopetown and had a great lunch at Firefly, Jack lost his phone at the dock, I lost my glasses jumping in, it was an expensive lunch lol
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spearfishing was excellent
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supplies coming in
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my wife's father is a descendant of the Lowes, he is a Lowe and we have always felt a connection to GTC. He grew up in Key West which was started by people from GTC. We stopped into Lowes Art gallery and had a nice long chat with Alton Lowe who immediately recognized the Lowe body features in the boys. It was super interesting listening to him tell us all about the history of the island and people. We are definately coming back in May for the heritage festival and trace her roots deeper
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Gillam Bay, a rare down day for us
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great Pina Colada at McIntosh's
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Miss Debbie has always loved the boys, ever since Jack slid up to the bar and ordered Shirley Temples for him and his friends, put it on the tab, at age 7. He even got behind the bar and got her to DAB
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from talking with people, deep dropping was off, and frankly, the spearing was so good we hardly did any dropping, we did find some nice YE's
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Truth be told, this year the boys really didn't need the old man's help spearing, they were fine on their own, I ran the boat most of the time, but did feel the need to get in the water a little, found the biggest hog and grouper so I guess I can still do it. Oh, they also need me to free their stuck spears which was a frequent occurance
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After almost two weeks, time to pack up. We headed to OBB for a few nights to break up the return
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our gear got savaged by grouper and muttons, this was from a nice mutton which got away
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At OBB, decided to head over to Bootle to see Vida/Linda/Lashonda. I had not been there in over 10 years since GaryM and I were the first boat over with supplies after the hurricane. Vida and I have both aged but he is still as great as always. The place is looking sharp and he has 5.5' depth in the canal all the way to his place so no issue getting in there.
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After two weeks, 708 miles we got home. wind has been blowing ever since. We ate fish/conch every night, drank rum, tipsy turtles and miss emily's goombays, had spectacular weather the entire trip. The boys were spearing machines, GTC was packed the majority of time we were there. It was another epic trip that almost didn't happen. For us staying on the boat, it's like fancy camping with AC. We made it work, and sometimes it is work as a 15/18 year old aren't satisfied with hanging on the beach all day playing in the sand. It was great to see all of our old friends, made a few new ones as well. Till next trip, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, get out there and make some memories.
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  • mike_smike_s Deckhand Posts: 418 Deckhand
    Looks like an awesome trip. Glad everything worked out after the short prep window.
  • ControlledChaosControlledChaos Officer Posts: 697 Officer
    Man what a great trip! It must be nice to get the kids back for a couple weeks. I am glad you got to get in some spear fishing and had a nice vacation.
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  • Serenity NowSerenity Now Deckhand Posts: 434 Deckhand
    Welcome home. Looks like a great success. Thank you so much for the report and pics.

    I can appreciate the last minute stress. Just took delivery of my new boat Sunday. I will be following some of your leads to a T. As a matter of fact I have a couple last minute questions for you and Paul. Got until the 28th to get it together but work most of those days. Still work days are much easier to deal with than being hospital ridden. Way to be a trooper for the family.
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  • Salty GatorSalty Gator Captain Posts: 1,818 Captain
    Way to pull off a great trip with a short prep window. I'm sure you still didn't feel great with the residual effects of pneumonia but you stuck to a plan and made it work. It looks like the spearing was great.

    Was that a chest freezer in the cockpit to use at the dock?
  • conchydongconchydong Captain Pompano BeachPosts: 4,961 Captain
    Very nice. GT Key is on my list 'fo I die.

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  • Captain DaveCaptain Dave Captain Posts: 3,392 Captain
    You guys crushed it spearing. Thanks for sharing your trip and glad you all had a blast.
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  • dzankdzank Deckhand Posts: 250 Deckhand
    Great report and awesome pictures. Thanks for posting. We are headed over to Bootle Bay for trips in August and September for five nights on each trip. Good picture of my friend Vida who is working hard to keep Bootle in tip top shape. Hope you had LaShanda and Linda cook up some of your catch for a real treat!
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Captain Posts: 1,830 Captain
    Nice report and photos...Thanks.
  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Moderator Posts: 7,782 Moderator
    Looks like a great trip!
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  • LET'S GOLET'S GO Captain Posts: 2,041 Captain
    Gaul Stones one day Green Turtle the next you are determined!
    GOOD LUCK TO ALL FROM TEAM LET'S GO,
    BONES AND BOOMER. :dog :dog LET'S MAKE EVERY TRIP COUNT

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  • Kevinwwings2Kevinwwings2 Officer Posts: 1,273 Officer
    Sure make me want to head over there even worse than I already do. Tons of great memories made there. Keep up the great work. Great trip. Thank you for sharing.
  • BearmaticBearmatic Officer Posts: 576 Officer
    Having that much fun in the Bahama, is that legal.:rotflmao
  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Officer Posts: 4,389 Officer
    Great "camping" trip Doug. It was good seeing you there briefly. The best thing about GTC is its people. I enjoyed it greatly when we were there for Easter. Best enjoyed during the "off season"...

    Did I hear one of those kids yearning for bigger accomodations??? :grin
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  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Captain Posts: 2,485 Captain
    You guys crushed it spearing. Thanks for sharing your trip and glad you all had a blast.

    Yeah . . . Have to agree with Dave (and everybody else)

    You guys are spearfishing Guru's - Amazing assortment of fish. Nice report and Pics too.

    Pura Vida!
  • Lazy BonesLazy Bones Officer Posts: 941 Officer
    Great trip and report. Always one of the highlights of the forum year.

    Pretty impressive turnaround from hospital bed to GTC. Every time I hear about people getting sick around an islands trip I think "lucky it happened here."
  • dpdashdpdash Admiral Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    Welcome home. Looks like a great success. Thank you so much for the report and pics.

    I can appreciate the last minute stress. Just took delivery of my new boat Sunday. I will be following some of your leads to a T. As a matter of fact I have a couple last minute questions for you and Paul. Got until the 28th to get it together but work most of those days. Still work days are much easier to deal with than being hospital ridden. Way to be a trooper for the family.

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    Way to pull off a great trip with a short prep window. I'm sure you still didn't feel great with the residual effects of pneumonia but you stuck to a plan and made it work. It looks like the spearing was great.

    Was that a chest freezer in the cockpit to use at the dock?

    Without a freezer on the boat it's worked out great, we put it on the dock and power it off a splitter. This year I brought the vacuum sealer for fish which worked out great, one roll didn't though lol
    dzank wrote: »
    Great report and awesome pictures. Thanks for posting. We are headed over to Bootle Bay for trips in August and September for five nights on each trip. Good picture of my friend Vida who is working hard to keep Bootle in tip top shape. Hope you had LaShanda and Linda cook up some of your catch for a real treat!

    Main reason to go to Bootle is Linda/Lashondas cooking, they didn't disappoint. What you have done there is nothing short of amazing.
    PaulBoat wrote: »
    Great "camping" trip Doug. It was good seeing you there briefly. The best thing about GTC is its people. I enjoyed it greatly when we were there for Easter. Best enjoyed during the "off season"...

    Did I hear one of those kids yearning for bigger accomodations??? :grin
    PS: got you that Highborne T.

    Always nice seeing you and the family as well Paul, thanks for the T, yes, there has been talk of moving up, we are considering it but we truly love this boat, I think an occasional house/room would be a lot more economical lol
    Yeah . . . Have to agree with Dave (and everybody else)

    You guys are spearfishing Guru's - Amazing assortment of fish. Nice report and Pics too.

    Thanks, we've always done well and usually start slow missing fish and then warm up but this year the boys started he and continued with few misses. Even my brother who hasn't been spearing in a while did great. The boys are good enough now they really don't need me, I was only in the water 1/4 the time as years past and I'm good with that.
    Lazy Bones wrote: »
    Great trip and report. Always one of the highlights of the forum year.

    Pretty impressive turnaround from hospital bed to GTC. Every time I hear about people getting sick around an islands trip I think "lucky it happened here."

    Thank you, you're trips are no slouches. We actually went to the clinic on GTC as my son had some kind of skin infection that he no doubt picked up from a fish etc and the nurse on call met us there on a Sunday, was very god and had antibiotics there for us, total including scrip $40. Yes, I wouldn't want to have anything serious happen but I feel pretty good about good help/air close by. As a matter of fact, the Golden Bear clan was there and one of their teens fell off the second level of the big boat and ended up with a nasty compound fractured leg, he got airlifted out of Treasure and was in the OR by 9am the next morning.
  • BocaBocaBocaBoca Officer Posts: 607 Officer
    Wow, great trip. Glad you kicked the bug and go to go. Thanks for taking time to post and provide info and fantastic pix. Well done, great family times and memories.
  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Admiral Posts: 6,439 Admiral
    Doug,

    GREAT TRIP!!!!!!

    The boys have really grown up ... and it's great that you are still getting together as a family.

    Loved the pics and the commentary.

    We also love Bootle Bay and our hosts, Vida, Lashonda and Linda. We are always treated like family and you are so right... Dennis has really put together a very, very nice place to call home for several days.

    Take care and again, thanks for a wonderful report.

    Cheers

    Eric
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  • Ron@.38 Special[email protected] Special Admiral Posts: 6,929 Admiral
    Always love your family trip reports Doug!
  • Serenity NowSerenity Now Deckhand Posts: 434 Deckhand
    Doug. Thank you so much. I'll call you in the next couple days.
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  • privateer19privateer19 Deckhand Posts: 438 Deckhand
    that looks like a great trip, thank you for sharing. can't believe how big your boys have gotten..... seems like yesterday I saw post where they were still single digit ages, time flies...
  • dpdashdpdash Admiral Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    Thanks for the kind words, many have commented on the boys, I believe their first trip to the Abacos they were 3/6, here's a shot of one of the early trips
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  • dpdashdpdash Admiral Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    just got the final fuel numbers in, covered 708 miles and burned 765 gallons of fuel, .93 NMG, I was pretty happy with that as 80% was running, very little idling around.
  • Osprey45Osprey45 Officer FT Pierce/ Boonton Twp NJPosts: 996 Officer
    Doug
    Fantastic trip do not know how I missed this thread.
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  • footanklegfootankleg Officer Posts: 513 Officer
    Another great trip Doug. You guys really slayed the groupers. Glad you kicked that bug quickly and were able to rally.
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  • AtlasAtlas Greenhorn Posts: 33 Greenhorn
    Great post. GTC really is a great place.
  • BarracudaBarracuda Officer Posts: 767 Officer
    Great trip, amazing you got it together after being sick...outstanding spearfishing! For you, the song " I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was" applies scoring the biggest Hog and Grouper! And thanks again for helping with info for my trip there!


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  • ControlledChaosControlledChaos Officer Posts: 697 Officer
    I just found out we are going to Green Turtle for 5 days over Labor Day with the family! I have been all over the Bahamas but never Green Turtle Cay so looking at your post got me pumped up for some spear fishing.
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  • C-QuestC-Quest Greenhorn Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Doug,

    We have been going to the Bahamas for more than 20 years and Green Turtle is definitely our favorite place to go. I think we saw you at Manjack one day. BTW- the Turtle you were feeding there is "Penny" she is definitely a cool turtle and does let you feed her squid.

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  • nuevowavonuevowavo Admin Posts: 6,676 Admin
    Another great trip and report! The boys have definitely grown since we watched them dockfish at GT with Eddie's son Bronko (he's entering his junior year at UCLA, BTW!).
    Federales, bring my baby back to me!
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