Before the fish tails we have to mention the wonderful folk at Bimini Sands Marina – especially our neighboring boaters Maya and Dieter with the wonder dog Kalypso. These two long time visitors to Bimini welcomed us by catching our lines, advising on the best places to eat or shop and escorting us on the local nature trail. Boaters are the most gracious people, and these two are among the best.
|Bimini Nature Trail with Dieter|
Leaving Bimini we were again lucky to have a quiet night on the bank on our way into West Bay anchorage off New Providence. Then another longish day into Highborne anchorage. This stretch finally produced more than a nibble on Steve’s lines. Last trip we caught fish coming off the bank but this time it was leaving the tongue of the ocean back onto the shallows behind the Exuma chain. Of course, there were three strikes at once – even the teaser caught a fish, but only one managed to find its way on board. Still good eating. Then there was the whale – Steve says the biggest thing he has ever had on – that one took most of his line and rig – snapping like thread. Our next u-turn looked promising until we hauled it in – something with sharp teeth got most of that tuna! Then there was that sail fish that along with the cuda we set free......
|Shark waiting for the fishermen to clean fish in Highborne|
The fish tails end here but not so for Julia’s tail which she bruised hauling the anchor with her unique grace. We were headed into Highborne marina to wait out a cold front – when the said tail made abrupt contact with the deck – never dropping that anchor fortunately. Since we did not explore this cay last trip, we thought the splurge would be worth it to see this island we had read about. The once rustic resort is now a first-class destination with a protected marina, pristine beaches and friendly Bahamian staff. The storms did limit our enjoyment of the beaches but never fear – fun was had with other boaters also weather bound. Not surprisingly there were also two fellow Krogen’s in the harbor – one that we weather Hermine with back last fall. Sailboats, fast fishing boats, slow trawlers (like us) and a handful of mega yachts – just enjoying the winter, oh and waiting for the tailbone to recover….
|Walking in the rain|
|Breakfast on the BANK|