I have a weeks vacation the 2 nd week of August. I am on a 2 yr mission to catch a YFT. I am considering either spending 4 days in Lucaya, or towing the boat a 23 ft Bluewater up to
Venice for a couple of days. I figure the price of the 2 trips is similar, as I can get a free hotel in New Orleans for as long as I need, so the room and dockage in Lucaya would make up for the cost of fuel to tow up to La. The Bahamas cruising permit is probably about the same as out of state fishing licenses in La.
What is everyone's thoughts? This would be a fishing trip, not a drinking trip, as I don't drink and if I do, I just hang around the pool at home.
Nuisance Alligator Hunting
Thanks everyone for the feedback, this is exactly the info I was needing.
Your Southeast Florida Real Estate Resource !
Search for homes on any mobile device with my FREE MLS SEARCH App !
I would chose Lucaya, but only b/c it is such a hassle to drive, much less tow to LA.
Trying to find birds with radar sometimes is a long hunt! If you plan to tuna fish you will cover ALOT of ground whether you like it of not. You have to bear in mind that you are up and off plane quite a lot.(You will burn more fuel than you think) This is because sometimes you lose the pack and have to run 1-5 miles to get back to them. I lose sight of them rather easily and have to use the radar to find them again. It can be done without radar ,but I would prefer to use it. You could hook one fish fight him for a while and get sharked and lose the pack. Then you are stuck trying to find the pack again with binoculars. I hope you get em whichever you chose..
Plus maybe getting over there and learning a little, there will be a connection made for futre trips with others. I know sitting on my butt won't lead to catching anything, so going to run with my best option and hope it may shape the future for something more. Can only do what I can do.
Chasing them in your boat is fun but you will burn lots of fuel and it is a challenge. You will need lots of patience, determination and some stout tackle. We have done it and had some success but I am pretty much over that kind of fishing too. It is terribly expensive and in a 23ft boat you will be tested.
Good luck, I hope you catch a bunch.
We will see what happens. Planning to go over on a Sunday, and maybe learn a thing or two off the docks as others are leaving. My girlfriend is great at being nosey and guys will tell her a lot of things they won't tell me. They figure she is no threat, little do they know she will out fish most guys. She is also very observant, so plan to use her as a tool to get any inside info.
Time will tell.
All in all a great trip, no YFT, but learned a lot and had fun doing it, so that is what matters.
Some of the things learned.
When doing a trp like this look at the moon phase first, was a full moon, and never done well on Pelagics when they feed at night
Customs really is no big deal, just $$$$ ( was made easy by the 4 guys in front of me who were totally unprepared and pissed off the customs guy), thankfully I had everything filled out and ready.
Local Boaters Option is for sure worth the afternoon drive down to West Palm for the "interview".
When things aren't working, look around and think about it, we should have switched gears and at least pulled on some bottom fish for a bit while we were there. Did try some speed jigging with a few hits and fed the tax man a few times doing it.
Oh and for those of you wondering, I just finished installing a 6 kw Furuno radar on the boat, so no I did not have one, but I do now. There will be a return, and I will scratch the YFT off my list of fish to catch. Just not today......
Thank you to everyone above who gave some great advice, it was listened to. There will also be a Venice trp someday, watch out Mike, that is your warning.
Sent from my Droid on "THIS side"