I have been researching all the great info on here regarding running over to Bimini and / or West End and am in the process of putting a trip together sometime next year.
What have you guys found to be a reliable time of year to cross? :huh
The boat, 28' CC, will be in Melbourne over the winter and March / April seems like it would work out best for taking time off of work, but is it a risky time to plan a trip due to weather. I know weather always plays a factor and if we have to call it off, we can always fish on this side, but if it makes sense to plan it for April / May or whatever, we could just start there.
As always, thanks for your opinions and advice.
I'd say anything before Memorial Day is generally hit or miss.... might be flat or might be 2-4'on any given day. You can certainly have some great days for crossing in late April and early May, but you are still going to have some rough patches in there as well. As the summer progresses, the seas should be calmer on a routine basis, although I think this summer was a lot rougher in general than the past few years. By July and August average seas should be about a calm as they are going to get, but there are certainly less fisheries to take advantage of as many of the pelagics are winding down by then.
One caution, make sure you plan enough time to stay in the Bahamas a little longer than planned or carry enough money to fly home and leave the boat. Crossing over is one thing, but you still have to come back. I don't know how many times I've run into people there that are scrambling for a place to leave the boat and someone to watch it because the weather blew up for their return and they needed to get back to work...
If you've not been before, buddy boat the first time...Safety in the crossing and maybe learn some of the ropes while there too. My boat is in Canaveral and I cross from there a lot. hit me up and we can plan something.