I'd rather be lucky than... Bootle Bay 3/7-/3/12 trip
As is the case often in March, the winds blew hard from 3/1-3/7 and boy did we get lucky as the "Uptick" crew was planning all along on flying into West End heading to Bootle Bay on 3/7. After getting situated at the Lodge we splashed the Ocean Master at noon and my friend Tommie W. started getting the rods, chum and bait ready as I headed into Freeport to pick up the last "crew member" for this trip (Bill R. from Detroit). It was 20 degrees in Dteroit when Bill left! Bill's flight was on time and we quickly made our way back to Bootle as it was time to catch dinner. After a quick run in very breezy conditions we were able to put a good number of tasty lane snapper in the box.. Great start and a great meal on the first night. On 3/8 morning the weather had much improved and we ran the quick four miles up to Old Bahama Bay to put on fuel. . We ran north of Memory Rock and had a great day with various snappers and grouper as well as the ever present cuda.. . We actually had one barracuda rocket into the boat chasing a yellowtail which was a bit scary to say the least. Some flag yellowtails were caught. . 3/9 brought even better weather which allowed us to run again north and we got into a nice bunch of mangos and muttons a dove up some conch on the way back to Bootle. . . Bootle Bay has a new conch tenderizing machine which makes the cracked conch and fritters that LaShanda and Linda prepare even better than before if you can believe it! 3/10 and 3/11 were a bit breezy so we stayed close to the Lodge and caught fish for the locals in the village as well as the Lodge. Another fun time at Bootle. Headed back again in May! We got very lucky with the weather on this trip. Sorry about the pictures posting sideways. It never fails!