2005-02-12 - Cat Island, Bahamas - Hawks Nest - February 7, 2005
We are quite unpleased to report that the past week has brought some of the slowest offshore fishing we have ever encountered in the Islands. The lowpoint was a full day fishing, that saw only one fish (a baracuda) come to the boat. Ray McConnell from Ray's Offshore and owner of Blue Water Lures, fished with us earlier this week and commented that it was the slowest he had ever seen it in the Islands. Ray's got some great new lures out on the market..be sure to check them out. Reports from Rum Cay, San Salvador, and the Diana Bank, have all been similar. A few small dolphin were brought to the dock, and a few 15-20 pound yellowfin have also been swimming around. This is extremely unusual for this time of year, especially given the moon and tide phases this past week. We are certain that the conditions will turn completely around in a matter of days, but it has been frustrating to say the least. A cold front is about to move through and should stir the pot a bit, we'll keep you posted on the bite. On the flats things couldn't be better. Bonefish are averageing 4-6 pounds, with a few 8+ pound fish being seen and caught here and there. Everyone coming back to the dock has seen lots of fish and caught atleast a couple. It's been all fly-fishing, even for the novices, so the results are exceptional. We are fishing a tidal creek system that opens up into large salt flats. Hawks Nest Marina lies just off a branch of this creek, so the run to the fishing grounds is minimal.