The "UpTick" crew flew into the air strip at Old Bahama Bay in breezy weather after a short delay due to a fairly minor mechanical problem with the plane. After clearing customs (thanks for the quick turnaround Mr. Davis) we took the 7 minute ride over to Bottle Bay Lodge and checked into the cottage suite and villa 7. We were all fired up to get the Ocean Master in the water, put fuel on and try to catch some tasty lane snapper near the Lodge for dinner. You all know how the best laid plans go! After splashing the boat we quickly discovered a thermostat cover leak on the port engine. Now what? I knew that OBS Marine in Freeport closes at noon on Saturday but was lucky enough to find Jamie on his cell and he agreed to meet us at OBS. We met him 30 minutes later picking up the needed part and scooted back to Bootle. A quick fix and we were back in business and headed to OBB for fuel but ran out of time to try and catch dinner in what would have been windy conditions. It now gets better I promise! Sunday greeted us with very good weather so we headed north to catch live bait on a small wreck near Sandy Cay. . . We then ran north of Memory Rock and got into a nice bunch of snappers and of course Mr. Giant AJ decided to get into the act on the live baits.. . We then dove up some conch for dinner on the way back and headed to the fish cleaning station at Bootle. . We had awesome weather on Monday and early on Tuesday and ran into some great muttons. . . The weather got real bad on Wed so we did some work on the boat, enjoyed some great meals at the Lodge and did some maintenance at the Lodge. Great fun after a tough start. Vida reports a "packed house" at the Lodge over the glorious weather that everyone is enjoying over this Memorial Day weekend!! Looking forward to our next run over there which is planned for late June.
Judging by the pics looks like things turned around nicely for you
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That should teach to trust those "flying machines"
I would never trust one myself. :wink
You guys did very well and glad you got the OLD Uptick running. How's the NEW Uptick been running?
As you know with the pictures I sent, Bootle Bay was filled to capacity when we were there 3 weeks ago. :thumbsup
It was an interesting comment about Davis. I'm heading to Shanghai in the morning but will text you tonight and tell you about our "DAVIS" story.
All in all looks like a GREAT trip and I'm going to hold you to that Diet Coke!
PLANE FISH N
Finally got the Osprey in to Bootle a couple of weeks ago
We spoke to the guys tied up to you the night before we got there.
The Viking looks impressive there!!!!!
I'm off from the 3rd till the 27th with he exception of test flying for NASA up at Langley Air Force Base on the 5-6
Lets get together buddy!!!!
PLANE FISH N
Unfortunately the splitter did not work we kept tripping one of the 30 amp breakers but we ran the genny all night no problem.
Thinking of running over on Sunday am and spending the night at Bootle I have to call Vida and see if he has room.
Yep, I would definitely call Vida as when we were there the day after you checked out, it was Jammed Packed Full!!! (keeping in mind it was weekdays and not a weekend) Jay is over there right now and you can probably get a report from him on Friday when he returns.
I will try to shoot over towards the end of June to use up our 2nd entry but I do have a trip to Beijing on the 27th so if I do go over in June, it has to be like the 23-25 or so. I'll keep you posted.
PLANE FISH N
I am hoping that was a weather related issue as it had been blowing for a while. But I will call Vida today.
Are you in town or flying?
I get home on Friday night late from Shanghai NYC PBI.
Actually, the weather was beautiful and the Inn was full!!!!
I'm going to see if we can pull off a quick trip to see Dennis at the end of June.
Let me know how it goes buddy.
PLANE FISH N