On the other side - West End Bahamas 10/12/15

Figured I would do a little write up in our region for those of you who have never been over to our other piece of paradise near Florida, the Bahamas. This was our fourth trip in the last 3 months over to West End, Grand Bahama Island. Launching out of Harvey E. Oyer ramp, is directly in front of Boynton Inlet.


The run over to West End is 63 miles over open water. Upon arriving to West End you must check in at the Immigration and Customs office there at the OBB marina. Half of the forms you can print out but will need to pick up the immigration cards, also for making arriving back to the US easier you can apply for SVRS or also known as the local boater option. This is like a pre-check for coming back in the states and saving you time for not having to go physically check in at a customs office. Call the number give them your float plan # you file online prior to your trip, and you can enjoy your drive back home without the worries.

Once checked in, we head over to our hotel called Blue Marlin Cove. It's a condo style set up, two bedroom a king and usually 2 twin beds in the other. All the rooms we stayed in are well kept and remodeled. Very nice marina with power and water at each of the slips.

The reef line extends out about a mile and a half and drops out to 1500'. The deep dropping is pretty good, we found some spots in 1300' and pulled up queen and button snappers. The sizes are on the smaller side as compared to running 40 miles to the north and pulling up 15lbers! We did a bit of high speed trolling for wahoo right at dusk for about 45 minutes but were chased in by a nasty thunder storm.

We typically mix it up with dinner, we cook some of our catch for dinner and also bring some other treats as well.

Everyone has been really friendly, best part of all is everyone is there to fish, so no pool parties going on till 2-3am. People give each other tips and hints on what they did and where to help each other out. Unlike asking someone for there #'s on this coast :nono . Sunday morning we woke up and a strong breeze had kicked up from the south west, packed our things and went out to do some more high speed trolling on the out going tide. Worked our way north to Memory Rock to do a little deep dropping, found some nice bottom in 550' and started catching yellow eyes! Almost caught our limit before deciding to move further north and drop on some crazy spots for freediving.

Last time we dove this area we shot an 18lb dog snapper, 1lb short of the world record. This time around was a bit sadder unfortunately... We saw every big snapper and black grouper but each of them evaded us. In the one photo dead center is a black grouper, the photo was taken 75' above on the surface. A few shots we did land but the slip tip wasn't able to engage.

We left the rest of those fish until next trip, we had a 68 mile run back to Boynton inlet with a north wind around 5 knots. It was glass for half the trip back, made it to the dock just before sunset and was able to check in and be on our way back home.

We will be doing many more of these trips especially during the ridiculous closures in the gulf.

Until next time,

Tight lines - Capt. Chris
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  • SheepSheep Posts: 49 Greenhorn
    Awesome post, must be a great time. Always wanted to do trip in my boat, but couldn't muster up the courage.
  • NailerNailer Posts: 310 Deckhand
    So Sweet!! Thank You for sharing.
  • BinderBinder Posts: 3,879 Captain
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,708 Moderator
    Thanks for sharing, right on as far as the closures go. It is going to hurt a lot of businesses on our coast for no good reason.
    larrywitt
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    Sheep wrote: »
    Awesome post, must be a great time. Always wanted to do trip in my boat, but couldn't muster up the courage.

    It is an easy trip over there, fuel is available at west end if that is a concern. The right weather and any single engine boat can go. We have been going solo lately, but I would like to set up for a few boats to run over there. We have a blast going with one boat so more company would be even better! There are a few places at west end, bootle bay is run by a family who has a decent place for a reasonable price. Blue marlin cove is in the middle, and Old bahama bay has the most resort qualities but again is the most expensive. If going with kids I would recommend OBB.

    Let's get some boats together and run over there in 2016 with a nice weather window!
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  • magnum06magnum06 Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    How is BMC these days? I haven been there since they changed hands e few years ago?
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    I believe they did change hands, it went from a all-inclusive style place to more of a condo type deal. It is very nice, we have stayed in 3 different rooms and each has been very good. Everything working, appliances, bathrooms, etc. Docks are in great shape, each slip has water, power, and dock lines. All the staff is very nice as well, they have kept it up since the first time I went in July.
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  • magnum06magnum06 Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    Right on. Thanks for the info. We live in the Cape also and used to go to BMC every year up until a few years ago. We are going go try for a crossing next spring i think.
  • dzankdzank Posts: 250 Deckhand
    Hey veikx, we are also from the west coast (St. Pete area) and couldn't agree with you more on all of the crazy and confusing rules over on our side!! You need to be an MIT grad to figure it all out. We go over to the West End area about four times a year and love it and since we've known Vida and the family for 30 years we choose to stay at BB. The pics of BMC certainly look nice! Hopefully we will run into you guys sometime over there. Look for the old guys on the 31' Ocean Master "Up-Tick". Nice pictures you posted.
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    I may have seen some photos of your last trip, when my family wants to go we stay at BMC. I'm trying to put together a dive trip with some of my buddies from FGCU, we have a spearfishing club there. If we go over for just a guys trip we will definitely consider BB. Send me a pm on when you do head over, as I mentioned before we will be over there quite often.

    I'm inviting all of you guys to come over there for a trip, more people the merrier!
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  • shearwater coupleshearwater couple Posts: 37 Deckhand
    we are defiantely interested in running over.....we live in northport/port charlotte,,,,,,slip out of placida/gasperilla inlet,,,,and sarasota ...can trailer anywhere,,,,2016 sea hunt gamefish 30 w/twin 300 yamahas,,,40 + cruise speed....if anyones running offshore,,,,east or west side,,,,,let us know,,,,,were ready too rock..!!!
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