Sunday, July 29, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
One of the highlights of this trip was the day we fished the mouth of Bimini inlet. The boat traffic had no effect whatsoever on the fishy action. The incoming tide was perfect for my 1/2 ounce Spro prime bucktail jig, which I favor in white. At times, I tippped the jig with shrimp- other times, I fished it "pure." Here's what we caught on these great lures:
Photo Credit: Captain Jon Cooper 1-954-592-9638
Monday, July 23, 2007
My mind seized on the merry-go-round of images that awaited me. The gin-clear waters, historic hotels, reefs, the Bimini Roads, bonefish, jacks, grouper and snapper went up and down like wooden horses in the carnival of pre-trip excitements.
The day arrived in a stretch of sunny, calm, cloudless weather that bore that Gulfstream plane gently across cobalt seas and eased us onto the landing strip in South Bimini. A quick ferry to north Bimini and I was whisked away by the Grand Damme of the island, Antoinette Rolle. I quickly recognized her pedigreed Bahamian name that shared the lofty perchs in the sun with the Saunders, Pinders, Sawyers, and so many other families of deep island roots.
The rooms and decor at the resort were beautifully tropical and Floribbean and kept me in the mood in the land of beaches, swaying palms, pine forests, and sunken tresure from who-knows-where. I was picked up for dinner and dined on a lobster bisque, spinach salad, and grilled yellowfin tuna over a vegetable puree. The meal was served with a Red Diamond cabernet. The resort's restaurant is called Casa Lyon- I preferred to call it Casa Prima!
After walking back to my room under a star-filled salt-scented night, I glanced at the itinerary that Allison Robbins of Bimini Bay had in store for me. It included two days of flats fishing with one of Bimini's finest- Captain Tommy Sewell and a third offshore day with gentleman Captain Jerome of the Miss Bonita charter vessel.
It would turn out that all these fishing trips would be great experiences as would our explorations, but that belongs to another installment of the fun at Bimini Bay Resort....
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
July 19-22: Sea Vee Bimini Bash! This is the most family-friendly event we know of. The BASH has events for the entire family including:
- Snorkeling the Sapona Wreck- Feeding the stingrays at Honeymoon Harbor- Beach BBQ- Castaway Games- Poker Tournament- Fishing Tournament- Open bars and great food too!!!Rooms are limited and with the great weather, expect there to be MANY late comers. Call Sea Vee to register and secure your spot: 305-759-6419
(Courtesy Sea Vee Boats)
Friday, July 13, 2007
My preparations for these kinds of days begin in the wee hours and my arrival on the flats is still in enough remaining darkness that my running lights have to be on. As I anticipated the location of bonefish movements, I "chummed and soaked" flats waters that were impossible to see into until King Egg Yolk rose past my head-height. This early method yielded two bonefish of six pounds. As the visibility into the water grew, I repositioned the boat over a white patch in the middle of a Thallasia field and waited to spot the actual fish pushing into the last hour of the incoming tide. I feel that bones coming off the grassy pastures are sometimes better takers than fish crossing a long sandy expanse. This period yielded two more bonefish of the same size as well as a boxfish of ten pounds that I simply could not -or would not- resist casting to: the run of a huge boxfish can exceed one hundred yards- and it did! I particularly like its' striking adrenal colorations as the fish is brought alongside for release.
By 10 a.m., all the ambient heat and sunbeams reduced me to a sweaty reddish-tinged raisin; enough of a kick-in-the-head signal that it was time to quit. An afternoon of trip planning for distant shores in air conditioned comfort with my pals PC and Diet Coke was a welcome prospect!