The First Fish
05 January 2019
We left Black Point yesterday after a great few days and motored 12 miles south to a beautiful anchorage off Darby Cay. The south winds died off in the afternoon leaving the water nice and calm. There are numerous little cays and rocks around that offer great snorkeling in about 10’ of crystal clear water. Afte lunch we headed off to explore some small coral heads and we were amazed by the numerous species of fish in the area. At times there was a strong tidal current so besides enjoying the view we got a good workout swimming against the current.
This morning we were on the move at 7 a.m. so we could go through the cut at slack tide. Our timing was great and the water was flat calm entering the ocean. There isn’t an inside passage on the bank in this area so to continue south we have to make jumps outside along the coast. We were no sooner outside and Bev had her fishing rod out in hopes of catching dinner. Within 10 minutes we had a good strike but lost it on the way in. Once the lines were checked, we settled down for the 8 mile run to Aderley Cut. What a way to spend a morning, hot coffee in hand, beam reaching down the chain of islands while fishing for dinner (hopefully). A short time later we had a second strike and this time Bev managed to get him to the boat. We were hoping for a nice Mahi Mahi for dinner but were disappointed to see a barracuda on the line. After a few minutes of struggle we managed to free him before he had a chance to get at our fingers.
We re entered the bank at Aderlley cut and are anchored behind Williams Cay where we intend to stay for a few days. This area is one of the best areas in the Exumas and we missed it on our last trip. There’s lots of exploring to do here before we continue south and the weather looks like it’ll hold until Wednesday before we need to start looking for shelter.
Today’s picture is of a secluded beach we saw on our hike near Black Point