West End update and fishing trip to Bootle Bay
The "UpTick" crew flew into the strip at Old Bahama Bay on 12/3 for a little winter time fishing as well as to get a feel on the impact of Hurricane Matthew which put a nearly knock out blow to the village of West End in early October. As we left OBB on the way to Bootle Bay the short ride through the village was eye opening and very sad as most of the homes and businesses in the village are in very bad shape. Power is still a problem as the power company will not turn power on to many of the homes due to the damage. Thanks to everyone who helped with the relief efforts but I must say there is much more to do. As we proceeded to Bootle Bay while we noticed plenty of damage in the Bootle area luckily the Lodge escaped most of the worst from the hurricane. As it turned out it was time to replace the shingles on all of the villas and main Lodge anyway and the storm provided a good excuse to get that work done which has now been completed. The Lodge is in great shape. After dropping the Ocean Master in the water we ran up to OBB to put on fuel (cash only at this time FYI) and ran back south to a spot near the Lodge where we landed some nice lane snappers for dinner that night. Sunset that night was spectacular. . The next day provided breezier conditions which prompted us to stay near the Lodge but we did very well with some terrific schoolmaster snapper and were lucky to land a 50 LB class king fish that chewed a live yellowtail on a stinger rig. . . Monday morning was beautiful with light E/SE winds but the forecasts called for high SW winds in advance of a cold front later in the afternoon. We ran north of Memory to a wreck and caught some terrific muttons as well as AJ's which provided the usual tug of war. . . The winds began howling that afternoon as predicted and the ride around the corner from West End down to Bootle was "sporty" to say the least. Poor weather on Tuesday kept us at the Lodge as well as a quick run into Freeport for some supplies but dinner at Bootle never is a disappointment. Danny Boy Wright brought a few conch from his pen and we celebrated his birthday on the closing night as fishing was slow on Wed. West End is on a long road to recovery so anyone that runs across that can bring much needed supplies will be met with open arms.