Good Friday was a great day! The Call and Sanderlin families flew into Marsh Harbour Friday afternoon and the party started almost immediately. Everyone got settled in at the house and we headed out on the water for a gorgeous sunset cruise. We made our way to Hopetown Inn and Marina where we enjoyed a delicious dinner and wonderful conversation. Everyone got tucked into bed fairly early so we could be sure to be up early the next day to make the most of every moment during this spring break trip.
We were up and at it before the sun even peeked out above the horizon Saturday morning. We fished all morning long and hooked up on some Wahoo, but they cut free. When we needed to refuel our bodies we headed to Hopetown for a fantastic lunch, and a few cold beers, at Abaco Inn. Later that day, we headed back offshore where we hooked up on a ton of Tuna. Thirteen Tuna later we headed back to the dock with some awesome memories, some great fishing pictures, and way too many fish to clean. That’s what I call an awesome day.
Easter morning we had a late start with a full day ahead of us. Our first stop was Baker’s Bay on the northern end of Great Guana Cay to grab a bite to eat and enjoy all the amenities they have to offer. We wanted to do a little snorkeling so we went over to the beach on the north side. Snorkeling in the Abacos is always fun and I’m always amazed by the beauty that greets us as we dive under the crisp, crystal blue water. After our adventures at Baker’s Bay we cruised over to Nippers for a little Sunday fun. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay too long because Nippers was a little too R rated for our taste that afternoon! No worries, we headed back to Marsh Harbour where we rested up a bit before trying our hand at a little more Tuna fishing. It ended up being worth it because when we got back to the dock that evening we had a couple of good looking Tuna resting on ice in the cooler.
The next few days were filled with a ton of fishing and a lot more fun. Early in the week we started off Dolphin fishing in the morning and didn’t hook up right away. We pulled a hook on one and had a White Marlin in the spread, but weren’t able to get him in the boat. We headed out in the evening that day and were able to hook up some Tuna and even saw another White Marlin. The next morning we headed back out hoping to hook some Dolphin. We had some great luck and ended up with four in the box before we headed to lunch at Pete’s Pub. After lunch we decided to venture over to Sandy Cay where we did some more snorkeling and took the time to enjoy the ocean life in the Abacos. The kids were thrilled to see a stingray and sea turtle so close to them. It’s enough to take your breath away when you realize you can reach out and touch them. It never gets old to see these creatures gliding through the water. After snorkeling, we didn’t want the ocean fun to stop. Tilloo was calling our names so made our way there. Everyone was so glad we did because we saw tons of starfish, seabiscuits, and sanddollars. Amazing!
Even though we had fun the day before snorkeling and beachcombing, fishing was still at the top of our list. Chip and I were bound and determined to hook up his first Wahoo. The two of us headed out early one morning to make this happen. Two nice Wahoo cooperated with us and we were able to reel them right into the boat. Chip did an awesome job and can put that notch in his belt now! The Dolphin were tearing up the surface with my favorite frigate birds buzzing around overhead. Nothing like see those birds leading you right to the grand prize. After our lines had been in the water for a while we decided to head into get the rest of the crew.
Harbour’s Edge was our lunch spot for the day where some people might have had one too many Curly Tail drinks. They sure did enjoy them! Everyone wanted to try Nippers again since Sunday’s trip was a bust. We made our way back to Guana Cay to see if we could enjoy that amazing view at Nippers one more time. I’m so glad we did. The kids swam in the pool, went down to the ocean, played volleyball, and did a little souvenir shopping in the Nippers store. I don’t think we could have asked for a better time.
We decided to end our last few days of fishing trying to hook up some more Wahoo. Kelly, Chip, and I weren’t lucky enough to catch Wahoo, but we did hook up on a couple of Tuna. We’ll take it! The kids wanted to do a little Snapper fishing. Talk about success! We reeled in a ton of Yellowtails and had a few surprises along the way. Sarah Kate caught a 25lb Barracuda and Gracyn brought an Amberjack into the boat that weighed well over 70lbs. Amazing! I’ve definitely got some competition with the Call and Sanderlin kids on the boat. After an awesome morning on the water, and a ton of fish on ice, we headed in for our last lunch in Hopetown for this Spring Break trip. And, as usual, it was delicious!
This week flew by way too fast, as it usually does! I had such fun with everyone and was sad to see them leave. I don’t think anyone wanted this Spring Break adventure to end. As we parted ways at the airport, those goodbye hugs from the kiddos about broke my heart. You see the people that come into my life through this unbelievable job it get to do every day, are not just my clients, they are family. So we never say goodbye; we say see y’all later! I’ll take these awesome memories from our cray cray week together and cherish them always. All I know is the Call and Sanderlin families are welcome in the Abacos anytime and I expect to see y’all sooner rather than later!