2009-02-08 - Bahamas Bite awesome after the weather
Weather , Wind and Cold for a week and THEN�.. Wow what a week here. This week we were dealt with record low temps , extremely high wind and minimal sunshine. Its has been blowing over 30 knots this week with lows dipping to the upper 40�s on some nights. Thank God that�s overwith!!! This was the coldest stretch I have ever seen in the Bahamas with sweatshirts and jeans the norm this past week. It has been near impossible to get out this week as winds on some days were approaching 50 knots. However we do not expect this pattern to continue as I believe that is the strongest front we will have all year. You never know though. The wind this week started from the west and stayed either west or northwest for quite a few days. Usually we only get 1 day of a westerly wind , but due to the severity of the front it stayed there for 3 days. I don�t care what anybody says , fish do not bite in a west wind in the Bahamas. Once it starts to go Northeast , give it 12 hours , then they start chewing. On a negative note �. The fish will be chewing but you will have to deal with an overwhelming amount of sargassum weed. It seems right after a front loads of weed gets pushed in right on the edge, usually give it a day or two of dealing with it then it gets progressively better. Chewing after the Front Really cant say enough about it but , fish love to eat after the cold fronts. I got out Saturday in a stiff wind and could barely keep our lines in the water. About a half hour into it today we went 3-6 on some nice 20 lb dolphin. Shortly after we were hit by a lull in the action in between North Guana Cay and Man O War Cay. Once we got to Man O War it was fast and furious. Fishing in about a half mile stretch today we continued to catch and release 15 dolphin to 40 lbs. In this same stretch we also caught some small yellowfins. The highlight of the day was going 4-4 on the wahoo . Very weird today as I had thought the wahoo would be most aggressively feeding with the colder temps. After 3 hours without a hoo bite a decided to put down a billy bait ballyhoo combo instead of the Yozuri plugs �. They had to be there right!. 3 minutes after putting the bait on the deep rod it got hit . We made quick work of that one boating a 52 lb. fish. Making a quick circle we again got another bite on bait. We continued to pick at the hoos, boating 4 our first being the biggest. Bahamas Roundup After the cold, windy weather we were greeted by the rough seas today but hungry fish. The water temps here are now in the 72.5 range some of the coldest we have ever seen. I expect the Hoo bite to reamain strong well into April this year due to the abnormal sea temps. Somehow though the dolphin seem to already be filtering in in good numbers as we had our first double digit day. THANK GOD THE WIND HAS STOPPED