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Hi Gang,

I posted this on the fly fishing board, but figured everyone here might enjoy this report as well, I heard it was cold up there, this should warm you up.

After the spectacular Striped Bass fishing at the CBBT I headed to some warmer weather here in the Bahamas. I have been down here for over a week now. My friend Tom M has a 74' Viking called the Makara and we put a Mavrick flats boat on the front so when we cruise around the islands we can hit the flats and explore the place ourselves. I started my journey at the Makara's home port in Palm Beach, FL last Sunday. From there we headed to Chub Cay where we have been since then. We were here in September because we heard of the new marina, the good tuna fishing as well as the hint of some very big bonefish. We found all those things and we are back.

The bonefishing here is nothing less them spectacular and we have hit the flat just about every day except for Thursday, Friday and Saturday when we took the big boat out and fished the First Annual Chub Cay Billfish Tournament. The first day we raised one white and lost it. We filled in the day landing a bunch of bull dolphin to about 25 pounds and a fw wahoo bit us off. The next day we raised one white and one blue marlin. It was wild, but we could not get them hooked up. We again filled in the day between those bites with some bigger dolphin to 35lbs, some peanuts that we tagged and had some fun with on the fly and light tackle. The final day we managed to finally hook up a blue marlin that was around 300lbs. He made four BIG jumps and then we had him on for about another minute or so and he spit the hook. It was disappointing, but pretty exciting while it all lasted.

On the bonefishing side of things, the place is one of the best I have ever experienced in the world, that includes the Seychelles where we saw some huge fish. I am not sure there are little bones here and if there are they allude us. Most all the fish we see are 5-12lbs. I have plenty of pics and video to show. Right now I am sitting out in a whipping breeze taking someones net connection, so I just give a quick report from today. We saw tons of fish, all big. We fished from about 10am-4pm on an outgoing tide. Tom had the really hot hand today and landed 2 consecutive fish for about 19lbs of bonefish. One was about 12lbs and the other 7lbs. Crazy good time. We did have about an hour and a half detour getting home because we got caught on a super low tide and had to push the boat for a few miles. Exploring and learning the flats on these islands is super fun and also gets you in shape :)

I will post more pics and video when I get back. Not sure when that will happen, I heard it is snowing back in MD & VA and I am in no hurry to give up that weather for this:) I will sign off and leave you with the picture below to give you an idea of the size of the fish here.

Brandon

PS Sorry about the database errors, we fixed them tonight, all should be set now.
 

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Sorry to hear of your having to suffer without the snow and ice. Have a safe trip. thanks for the reports from that nasty sunny spot.
 
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