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Old and new friends ( And Pedro)

When I last posted, I had been making my way to Casa De Campo on one engine do to a broken fuel line. The day that I arrived here, my buddy DR Kurt Theodore (proctologist) and my old mate Tyler landed in Cap Cana with the parts to repair the engine. We did indeed repair the fuel line and spent the entire next day cleaning fuel out of the engine room. But man was it nice to know we were fixed and up to running speed again.

The next day we took the boat offshore for some practice marlin fishing. We had a blast. We went 2 for 2 on blues. That means we got 2 bites and hooked and caught both fish. We also saw a bunch more fish. At one point we had a triple of Blue marlin in our bait spread behind the boat. Marlins were darting from bait to lure to bait and back, but to our shock they did not eat on bait. It’s still an awesome sight to see. Tyler was a big help! While Matt is an accomplished fisherman, he has not done much Marlin fishing. Tyler was an awesome teacher. It was nice to see the top of Tyler’s head again from my perspective on the bridge.

Fishing has been better and better each day. Most boats are seeing 5-9 fish day and catching 4 for 7. If it is this good now, I can't wait to see what it is like in March when it is normally the best.

Being back here in Casa De Campo is great. Its as if we never left. We are treated as locals instead of a boat that is just passing through. There is a lot to be said for that.

A few days ago, Matt and I went to the grocery store out in La Romana. I had Duarte, the Dominican guy that helps out a little on the boat join us. I got a cart for him and a cart for the boat. I had him put some essential groceries in his cart. Most of the things were food items he would have never afforded for his family or could afford. After checking out, we made our way to Duarte's house. Duarte lives with his wife and 4 kids in a small house that is not much more than plywood and corrugated tin sheets fastened together. He was so proud to show us around and introduce us to his family. It was one of those moments that give you real perspective. He was a proud man showing off his home and family to friends. I was honored to have made that visit.
 
The boat season is beginning to really get going here. While most of the slips are full, the empty slips are just waiting for boats that are still trying to get here. I know of a few boats that are in Long island and the Turks and Caicos that are just waiting on a weather window to make it here. Marina Casa De Campo is hosting the fishing season kick off party this Saturday night. It’s a heck of an event that they put on.

Some of you may remember Pedro from last season here in Casa De Campo. Pedro is a Dominican guy that seems to have gone fishing on every boat in the marina last season. He showed up last week and Matt and I had a few beers with him. He is quite the party animal. It will be interesting to see what the coming season brings for Pedro and the situations he seems to get into...

Orginally published by: Capt. Ed Thompson

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Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic Reasons to Attend

Tournament Dates are June 17-21, 2015

Early Bird Deadline is May 31

Three Reasons to Bring Your Family to the ECBC



1. Fun activities for kids of all ages. Kids are sure to be drawn to Sandestin’s watersports lineup, which includes stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and boogie-boarding, not to mention swimming in one of the Resort’s many pools. The entire resort is bicycle-friendly, with miles of bike trails to explore. There’s catch-and-release freshwater fishing in the many ponds that dot the resort and saltwater fishing in Choctawhatchee Bay. Back on land there are a number of teen-friendly things to do, like the Blast Arcade and Laser Maze--a 4,000 square-foot fun zone located in The Village of Baytowne Wharf that’s suitable for all ages, featuring a state-of-the-art Laser Maze and more than 50 of the most popular arcade games around. The Resort even has babysitting services available. Sandestin Kids, Sandestin Teens, Water Sports, Fishing.

2. Shopping. You'll find more places to shop at Sandestin than you can imagine. From resort wear, children's clothes and unique gifts to jewelry and artwork there are literally hundreds of shops to visit, many of them without even leaving the resort. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, The Market Shops at Sandestin, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

3. Relaxation and a little indulgence. Sandestin is the ultimate boost for both mind and body. Whether it's a round of golf or tennis with friends, soaking in the sun at the pool or on a sugar white beach, relaxing with a fine meal and glass of wine or an ultra-relaxing massage therapy treatment. It’s all there to help you unwind and rejuvenate. Golf, Tennis, Fitness Center, Spa Sandestin, Dining.

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Racing Against the Wind

On day One, we left from Anna Maria heading toward Miami. We were against a bit of a time line as there was to be a big swell coming from the North. On the way down, we made a pit stop in Marco Island and picked up our friend, Captain Barbara Even, who wants to make a trip to the Turks. I figured it would be nice to have someone with experience on board and as you will read later in this report, she really stepped up to the plate. We made it to Miami without incident.

On day Two, we left Miami and made for Nassau. The weather radio was issuing special high seas warnings for the Gulf Stream with seas at 6-8 ft and some measuring up to 10 ft. But, the winds were light and were not to pick up until we were across the stream, so we headed out. We did experience the 6-8 ft seas and a few reached 10 ft, but they were spread out 4 to 5 seconds apart. We barely took spray the entire way across. Once up on the bank we stopped and Matt jumped in on a couple wrecks. The water was clear, but a bit cold so we headed into Nassau. I took our crew for a walk through Atlantis, but we were all dead tired and went to bed early.

On day Three, we fueled up and headed south to the Exumas. We stopped on the Yellow Bank and got some very nice lobsters. The North winds were light, forecasted at 10-15 kts, and the seas flat. After diving we headed to Staniel Cay where we saw the Green Flash, watched the sunset and grilled lobsters on the back deck. Then, we headed to bed. About two hours after we got into our bunks I was jolted awake by the boat bouncing against the dock. I thought it was just a boat going by and throwing a wake, but a few minutes later our rub rail hit even harder. I went outside to feel a brisk 20 kt wind straight out of the West. Staniel Cay is a great marina and very protected except for when the wind comes from West. There was a yacht behind us with crew scrambling to replace a giant inflated fender that had just popped. A few slips over, a sailboat had snapped a dock line. I knew it was time to get out of there. I ran below and knocked on stateroom doors and Barb and Matt sprung out of their beds into action. The increasing winds had us pinned and pounding against the dock. You would have thought the three of us had been working together for years. We untied and got away from the dock as if it was a calm day. Our choices were to either go out or anchor in 20 kt winds or to start motoring further. I made my way through the maze of boats and rocks and bars that make up the cut from the marina to Exuma. It’s not bad in daylight but it’s not fun at 12:45am. Once in the deep water of Exuma Sound, I set the speed at 8 kts. This put us off of Cat Island at sunrise. It was a calm and beautiful ride. Having Captain Barb sure made a difference especially when we had to take turns driving so we could all get a little sleep.

On day Four, the sunrise to the East was brilliant. We were right off of Columbus Point, Cat Island. We deployed our lures and only minutes later we had our first Wahoo. The next two and a half hours were a scream. Matt caught the next fish, a big Wahoo weighing over one hundred pounds. Then it was Capt Barbs turn again. She caught another one hundred pound plus Wahoo. She probably weighs the same as the fish she caught. Then, to our surprise, a pod of whales began jumping off to the side of the boat. It was all very exciting. We managed to lose another big Wahoo to three very large sharks and lost a big Yellowfin Tuna, but Barb fought to get one tuna to the boat. The bite suddenly slowed so we fished our way to San Salvador. We picked up a few nice Dorado which completed the offshore slam of a tuna, a Dorado, and a Wahoo for Capt Barb. By the time we tied up in San Salvador at Riding Rock Marina, We were exhausted. We went up to the little restaurant at Riding Rock and had an excellent dinner. It was good to see Pops, Michelle, Kevin and Miss Peaches. We gave a lion’s share of the fish to locals on the island. Miss peaches reciprocated with a tray of her world famous Bahamian Mac and Cheese. The surge in the marina was not as bad as I have seen it, but we still did not sleep well. I awoke the next morning to find that the weather forecast had changed. We had planned to spend a day there and recharge, but there was another north swell coming and I needed to head south.
 
On day Five, we headed south. Our destination was Mayaguana. After running for a bit I saw that we would be passing close to the Plana Cays. We decided to fish for a while. We only got one Bull Dorado, but it was a nice one. We rolled into Abrahams Harbor at Mayaguana around 5:30p. Matt jumped into the water to see that the anchor was set well. He was amazed at the water clarity. We washed the boat and poured adult beverages for everyone. As we watched the spectacular sunset, we enjoyed Yellowfin Tuna sushi appetizers followed by Y-fin tuna steaks, Wahoo steaks and mac and cheese. We all spent the evening playing with the sea life that was attracted to the underwater lights on the boat. That night we all got the best sleep of the trip.

On day Six, I awakened to see the forecast had changed yet again. The winds were to be a bit more brisk, but we were only 50 miles to The Turks and Caicos so I was not concerned. It’s next week’s forecast that concerns myself and the crew. There is a bad coldfront coming in with 30 kt winds and 13 ft seas. After breakfast, Matt and Capt Barb jumped in on a few coral heads and got us some more lobsters. By 10:00 am I decided we had better start trolling our way towards Provo, Turks and Caicos. We trolled for about four hours and only caught one big Wahoo so we made our way to Blue Haven Marina. Upon arriving, we ran into some old friends from the Singulars and the Tempo Reale. It’s always cool to see old friends. I have my old friend Dr. Kurt and my old mate Tyler flying into the Turks on the 20th. The winds at that time are to be 30 knots, so I made some calls and got them to move their reservation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This frees me up to take advantage of a small weather window that I have on Wednesday. Our plan is to leave out very early Wednesday morning and run the entire way to Samana, Dominican Republic. It will be a long day but, if we don't catch this window, we could be stuck here for another week.

Originally Published By: Capt Ed Thompson

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Done with pirating now it’s time to head south

ARRRRRRRRRR!!!!!

The weeks leading up to a departure date is a mind bending time. You prepare and prepare and shop and fix and refinish but it never all seems to get done till the very last second. For the last week we have had the boat down at Galati Yachts in Anna Maria Island painting the bottom and getting her ready to go. I can't say enough good things about bringing the boat here. Everyone is so friendly and professional. We hauled the boat last week and Mike Galati was right on schedule for me.

The week before that we had the boat over at Tampa Yacht Club preparing for the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion. The actual invasion consists of hundreds of boat following a huge pirate ship loaded with conquering pirates across Tampa Bay to the city of Tampa. The day went without a hitch and there was plenty of pirate booty for all.

I had a bunch of refrigeration work done on the boat over the past few months by Peterson Marine. After completion, Pat Peterson called me and asked if I would be interested in Beta testing, a system that tracks the pressure of my freezer compressor. A guy named Rob Mathews has a product that acts as a transducer and broadcasts the pressures of my freezers to my iPhone via blue tooth. An alarm goes off on my phone if the pressure gets low. It’s pretty slick.

You can contact Pat Peterson of Peterson Marine at (813) 854-2252 to learn more about this product made by Transducers Direct.

As I was saying, the weeks leading up to leaving are a whirlwind of preparation and loading of tackle and supplies. Matt and I have every compartment and freezer packed to the hilt on the Blue Heaven. Preparing a boat to travel from February to August is fun but it will turn your brain to mush. As I sit here writing this my brain is going over lists and checking them twice.

We depart tomorrow morning for the Dominican Republic stopping first in Miami. I have a spot secured at Miami Beach Marina for the night but if I arrive early enough, I may just shoot over to Bimini. We will make our way south through the Bahamas over the next week. Our next cold front is pushing in by Thursday night and I would like to at least be in Nassau by then. These back to back fronts have enormous north swells pushing through the islands. We will just have to pick our weather windows and make time when we can.

I am looking forward to sharing the trip with everyone as we begin this next season.

Originally Published By: Capt Ed Thompson

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