Angler EM Bahamas 2013

Uptown Anglers Mother Ship the Angler EM is on a Voyage to the Bahamas departing May 3, 2013. Bonefish BEWARE!

13 May 2013 | 25 7.29'N:77 24.27'W, Approaching Nassau Harbour
13 May 2013 | 25 11.83'N:77 31.71'W, From Berry Islands to Nassau
13 May 2013 | 25 27.16'N:77 48.72'W, Anchored in the Berry Islands
12 May 2013 | 25 27.17'N:77 48.72'W, Anchored in the Berry Islands
08 May 2013 | 25 25.90'N:78 31.79'W, Bahamas Bank heading toward Northwest Channel
07 May 2013 | 25 4.61'N:79 47.76'W, Gulf Stream crossing
07 May 2013 | 24 59.972'N:80 42.006'W, Florida Bay
07 May 2013 | 25 2.18'N:81 7.03'W, Florida Bay
06 May 2013 | 25 41.66'N:81 37.25'W, Entering Florida Bay
06 May 2013 | 27 30.76'N:82 54.93'W, Off Tampa
05 May 2013 | 28 15.20'N:83 43.70'W, On the way to Tampa
05 May 2013 | 28 37.39'N:84 12.00'W, On the way to Tampa
05 May 2013 | 29 31.47'N:85 21.69'E, Armpit of Florida gulf coast
05 May 2013 | 29 40.80'N:85 38.00'W, Off Appalachacola
04 May 2013 | 29 55.99'N:86 24.19'W, 60 miles West southwest of Appalachacola
04 May 2013 | 30 7.13'N:87 2.16'W, 50 miles off the Florida panhandle coast
04 May 2013 | 30 14.48'N:87 33.99'W, Alabama coast
04 May 2013 | 30 12.28'N:87 55.03'W, Eddie at the helm
04 May 2013 | 30 11.50'N:87 57.14'W, Past Mobile Bay: Hugging the coast: east bound
04 May 2013 | 30 19.23'N:88 56.13'W, Mississippi Sound nearing Pascagoula

New Orleans to Bahamas 2013

13 May 2013 | 25 7.29'N:77 24.27'W, Approaching Nassau Harbour
J. Smith
Short 30 mile trip from the Berries to Nassau. Final leg of our 875 nautical mile trip. Boat and all of its systems ran fine throughout the entire trip. Minor annoyance items we were able to repair while underway. Plugged seachests etc. No real problems.

New Orleans to Bahamas 2013

13 May 2013 | 25 11.83'N:77 31.71'W, From Berry Islands to Nassau
J. Smith
Damage report from this trip: One push pole for the flats skiff. One camera (as I got low in the water in pursuit of a big bone: too low). Both were killers. The push pole loss really changed the way we fished. Instead of getting up wind with sun the our backs and drifting a flat until we found fish, we wound up walking or using kayaks. Both are noisy and these fish are spooky. Neither worked well and this costs us fish big time.

And the camera: well few or no pics. Had that camera for a long time. Digital Canon: but had an optical viewfinder. With digital viewfinding the screen isn't bright enough to see on a coral sand flat with any sun. And haven't seen a point and shoot digital with an optical viewfinder in a few years. Don't make them any more as far I can tell. Maybe ebay for this camera. She will be missed. Took alot of pics with that baby.

New Orleans to Bahamas 2013

13 May 2013 | 25 27.16'N:77 48.72'W, Anchored in the Berry Islands
J. Smith
Another beautiful morning in the Berry Islands. This anchorage is gorgeous. We are in the middle of some of the finest bonefish flats. There's shallow water in every direction. Bonefish flats in every direction. We're in the middle of this. There is narrow path to this anchorage from the ocean. At night we when return in the skiffs we have to take round about ways to get back to the boat because the water is so shallow at low tide that our 4 inch draw skiffs can't make a direct route.

Yesterday we thought we hit low tide when we pulled up to a flat to fish. We anchored the boat in 12" of water: thinking the tide was going to start coming. We had our tides wrong. 3 hours later when we walked back to the skiff, it was high and dry.

Needless to state; knowing your tides in these out islands is key.

New Orleans to Bahamas 2013

12 May 2013 | 25 27.17'N:77 48.72'W, Anchored in the Berry Islands
J. Smith
We made it to Chub Cay and cleared customs with little fanfare. The customs service is located at the airfield on Chub and it is a van ride from the harbour area. My cruising permit from last August seemed to give us another 3 months or so before we had to renew; but not so fast: Bahamian Customs charged us the 300; stating that the boat had left the Bahamas for more than 90 days, thereby revoking the one year permit.

That same day we received a visit from two young ladies on a sail from Michigan in a 27 foot sailboat. We passed them coming into Chub. The transmission on there small boat wasn't working and they were looking for help. So Rich and Eddie went over to have a look while I dealt with Customs. Eventually Rich and Eddie got them going. Later we invited them over to dinner and got this story:

Jesse and Katie started in Michigan in September 2012. Came down the Mississippi River to the Tennessee Tom Bigby, through Mobile and then down to Fort Myers, FL. They were early 20 something. No a/c. No generator. Tiny engine (and now not working properly). And here they were in the Bahamas. No refrigeration either. Impressive little story.

Eventually we left them in Chub and moved up the Berry chain to the anchorage we are currently in. Just prior to leaving though our push pole was stolen (at night) and hence me pushing the skiff around in this picture.

New Orleans to Bahamas 2013

08 May 2013 | 25 25.90'N:78 31.79'W, Bahamas Bank heading toward Northwest Channel
J. Smith
Final leg. Clear customs in Chub and will fish the Berry Islands. Reports of big bonefish from m/v Creola this week. Conch and lionfish as well.

New Orleans to Bahamas 2013

07 May 2013 | 25 4.61'N:79 47.76'W, Gulf Stream crossing
J. Smith
Rich picking up a wahoo in the gulfstream. on the grill tonight. Smooth sailing. Smoothest gulfstream crossing we have seen. Light 5mph breeze out of the north. Clear blue skies. Good crossing.
Vessel Name: Angler EM
Vessel Make/Model: 60 Motor Yacht trawler speed
Hailing Port: New Orleans
Crew: James Smith, Rich Ashman, Van Boyette, Eddie Black
About:
Rich Ashman is an engineer and knows boats, the keys, the Bahamas. Already fixed a bunch of stuff. We're still going because of Rich. Van Boyette, coming down from the District of Columbia to meet us in Islamorda. [...]
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Passage to the Bahamas and hopefully some fishing
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Bahamas Bonefish 2013

Who: James Smith, Rich Ashman, Van Boyette, Eddie Black
Port: New Orleans