Bahamian Food – try several!

Bahamian Food – try several!

Spanish Wells is known for their fishermen but this tiny island is also known for their food. Some of the best Bahamian food I have ever eaten has been on this tiny island as they not only cook traditional Bahamian recipes but they can take that fresh sea food and add their style. They are constantly giving you a variety from the traditional to the new! Do they cook any thing else besides sea food? Yes, they do, and a wonderful job as it is all so very good!

Some suggestions would be:

Peas n’rice

Grouper fingers

Grouper cutlets

Steamed grouper/fish

Stewed grouper/fish

Boiled grouper/fish

Crab n’rice

Lobster salad

Broiled lobster

Grilled lobster

Johnny cake

Conch salad

Conch chowder

Cracked conch

Conch fritters

Chicken souse

Guava duff

Photo courtesy DA Photo courtesy DA
Photo courtesy DA Chocolate Fudge Layer Cak photo courtesy DAg

Cracked Conch Conch Fritters

20150707_121513 Tuna

Boiled Fish

Some Bahamian foods to try …. well there are quite a few and don’t forget their desserts! Come to Spanish Wells, enjoy the water, the sun, the beaches and the food!

A view to remember

A view to remember

A view to remember

May 3, 2017

Article by: Tina Louise – www.paraliantranquility.com

From the first moment you board the ferry from North Eleuthera to head to SpanishWells, you have  a view. The view continues the whole boat ride into Spanish Wells harbor.  The entrance into the harbor is slow and whether is your first or twentieth visit to Spanish Wells the view is always spectacular. You never get tired of seeing it.

There is almost a calm that comes over you from the moment you board the ferry. The motion of the boat, the smell of the water, the sound of the waves against the boat, birds — hello Spanish Wells and thank you – me  – for taking a vacation.

Due to the size of Spanish Wells and Russell Island there are very few places for which there is not some view to behold. The view from the “butment” (or road near the harbor) or from a home on the sea or view from a restaurant.  All of them “awesome”.

The Sandbar on Russell Island, well, the food, the service – top notch. The view, can take it in every day, night or day. You are right on the water, the beach is right there only a few steps away.  The Shipyard which is the restaurant you see when you first start to enter the harbor. Again, fantastic food, excellent service and there is not a place for where there is not a fantastic view.

Both places, are perfect for those picture perfect pictures. To describe them sometimes there are no words and it is true, pictures are truly worth a thousand words.

Watching the boats come in for the for lunch or dinner, while watching the sunset, it is a way of life that totally allows you to really stop and smell the salt air. Stop, breathe it in, no fumes, no exhaust. Take it all in, the view and the salt air.

A day at the beach sunbathing, snorkling, looking for shells or a day out in the boat fishing, scuba diving – you feel the need to continue to continue your day.

A good meal, cold drink, great service and a view to me is the perfect way to end the day.  For many return visitors, it is also a chance to visit and catch up, have a night out with your friends.

I am more and more, becoming aware of things that I miss, the island life, friends, family, food and Spanish Wells itself.  I really miss it, more than I realized after being away from it for so long.   My entire body needed it , my mind finally found it’s shut off valve, even if only for a few days.

The question now: when will I get a chance to go there again?

Spared by Irma, Bahamas Marinas are Open for Business.

Spared by Irma, Bahamas Marinas are Open for Business.

Spared by Irma, Bahamas Marinas are Open for Business.

The marine recreational sector of the Bahamas’ tourism industry is up and open for business. Most of the member marinas of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) are reporting no damage from hurricane Irma and are open and ready for business.

“This hurricane caused great damage throughout the region and the southern Bahamas,” says ABM President, Stephen Kappeler, “and we sympathise with the citizens of the islands that were so badly affected. We are also deeply concerned about the welfare of citizens of the state of Florida, whose lives have been so disrupted by hurricane Irma,” he said.

“However, we are greatly relieved that hurricane Irma by-passed so many of the islands in The Bahamas and spared most of our members from damage or dislocation,” said Kappeler.

“Only two marinas have reported damage that prevents them from opening for business,” said Basil Smith executive director of the association. “Of 27 members, we’re still awaiting word from seven, but the overall picture right now is very positive indeed”.

Hurricane Irma, as it approached The Bahamas, veered to the west after impacting the southernmost islands in the archipelago, inflicting serious damage on Ragged Island, in particular. It then steered clear of most of the islands, delivering tropical force wind and minimal rain in most areas, before inflicting somewhat more severe impact on West End, Grand Bahama and Bimini as it left the archipelago for Florida.

Disruption to utility services in those areas has impacted operations at marinas on Bimini and at West End. “We hope that in subsequent reports we will be able to give a positive account of the marinas in those locations,” said Smith.

For more information on each marina, visit https://bahamasmarinas.com/

 

Wahoo Smackdown IX at Bimini Big Game Club

Wahoo Smackdown IX at Bimini Big Game Club

Bimini’s most popular Wahoo event takes place at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. Wahoo fishing at it’s best! Sign up early since spots are limited and fill up quickly.

9 November – 12 November
9 November at 12:00 to 12 November at 15:00 UTC-05

Association Of Bahamas Marinas
c/o Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association, East Bay St
PO Box N4855 Nassau, New Providence

 

For more information on this event, visit

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ABMMarinas/events

Why Catch-and-Release

Why Catch-and-Release

The Bahamas is a wonderful place to fish. The abundant game species, clear waters, and warm weather makes it ideal place for sport fishing. Because it is a rare and valuable tourism resource, the Government of the Bahamas encourages sustainable fishing practices. They require catch-and-release for billfish (including Swordfish, sailfish, and Marlin). They also encourage catch-and-release for Bonefish and use fishing rules to conserve the fish resources. Worldwide giant billfish have been depleted; the commercial and sports fishing mortality rate is not sustainable. Commercial fishing causes most of the losses; the global decline is a compelling reason for catch-and-release policies in the Bahamas, as well as the rest of the world. Large game fish require special protection because of the time it takes them to reach these great sizes.

Protecting Valuable Fishing Resource
The Bahamas offers unique species and an amazing range of fishing environments. One can fish and encounter several rare species in a single excursion. The catch-and-release policies (and customs) play an important role in sustaining this vital industry. The Bahamas offers blue water fishing of medium to extreme depths. Fishing rules limit catch amounts for all species per boat per day. Effective conservation protects the food chain. In the Bahamas, anglers must release all Billfish unless part of an approved event, such as a licensed tournament.

It’s a remarkable event to fish for Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon in the same area. In the Bahamas, one can do it on the same day. Bonefishing in the flats is a very popular fishing activity. The shallow clear waters permit sight fishing with fly rods and light tackle. The long-enduring tradition among Bonefishing enthusiasts is to release the fish after a spirited fight.

A gradual decline in large billfish since the mid-1950’s increased sharply in the late 1980’s. Both the size and quantity of Blue Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish declined according to fishing experts and enthusiasts. The U.S. Government and the Bahamas initiated efforts to promote stronger and larger populations, which included broader use of catch-and-release. The U.S. banned commercial fishing for Marlin, but the situation of these giant fish is also dependent on the stocks on which they feed. Blue Marlin, for example, have been found with large tuna in their bellies. They feed on a wide range of prey, and the supply of their food stocks affects them directly.

Statistics Show Sharp Decline
Massive studies by the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) have defined the scale of species’ loss for Billfish and Tuna. Their estimates range from about sixty to sixty-four percent loss of species for Blue Marlin in the Atlantic. Other species have lost as much as 85 percent. The study ranges covered periods of 14 and 18 years respectively; from 1990 through 2006, and from an earlier period of 1956-1989. From this and other studies, the primary source of loss was commercial fishing, with a lesser contribution from sports anglers. The data presents a lengthy period of decline covering more than fifty years, and a trend towards extinction. There is no current global study that shows a rise in fish populations, but evidence does continue to mount. The impact of Bahamas Catch and Release policies has been demonstrated as favorable to resource management in that actively controlled zone. Amid a worldwide, steep decline in these species, recent tournaments in the Bahamas have yielded record catches for volume and exceptional specimens of several species.

Conservation Policies Have Improved Billfish Populations

BSFN Expert Chris Rees catches a big marlin, which he subsequently released.
BSFN Expert Chris Rees catches a big marlin, which he subsequently released.

The Sustainable Fisheries Act, the 2012 Billfish Conservation law, and government fishery conservation policies have helped restore greater balance for billfish, tuna and shark populations. These species migrate and the proximity to the Bahamas has clearly been felt in greater fish survival rates in the Atlantic. Many species remain vulnerable and commercial fishing continues to drive the decline of species and numbers in the Pacific. Long lines, purse seines, and gill nets continue to take inadvertent collateral catches, and commercial exploitation of Marlin has a large Asian market. U.S. and Bahamian efforts have another dimension—they protect spawning grounds in their territories too.

Modern technology offers new ways to preserve the fun and excitement of a deep-sea fishing challenge. Anglers can still catch trophy specimens of many species like Blue Marlin, Spearfish and Swordfish in well-managed areas (like the Bahamas). No longer dependent on keeping and mounting a trophy, we can use photographs and video that captures the sun and excitement of a skillful baiting, fight, and landing.

Commercial fishing techniques are too indiscriminate, killing many thousands of billfish in the pursuit of more commercial fish like tuna. in the past, Sports fishing contributed to unsustainable rates of harvest; however, most anglers now release their large catch, and many survive to breed. The policy of the Bahamas government is to encourage catch-and-release, and anglers who follow those guidelines can feel good that they’re contributing the survival and well-being of these beautiful creatures.

The Gulf Stream Effect

The Gulf Stream Effect

by Joshua Ceballos

Why do tourists visit the Bahamas? The beauty of the beaches, the turquoise ocean waters, the tropical climate? All of the above. Of course there are luxurious hotels and vacation opportunities to be had, but one of the main attractions is the fishing. Anglers flock from all over this blue planet to fish in the Bahamas because of the abundance of tropical fish that thrive in this oceanic region. It begs the question, how does the Bahamas sustain such an abundant array of fantastic fish for much of the year when climates often change and affect fish populations elsewhere in the world? Well, among many of this region’s providential qualities is its proximity to the path of the Gulf Stream.

The Gulf Stream is a northeasterly flowing current of water that begins in the Caribbean and travels along the United States’ eastern coast until it reaches Northern Europe. Despite seeming like just a simple current, The Gulf Stream is one of the most famous and intensely studied oceanic phenomenon in the world. The Stream carries warm water high in salt from the Caribbean along the coast of the United States and northward, carried by warm Atlantic winds and Caribbean trade winds. The Gulf Stream is popularly thought to be fed by the Florida current as well as the North Equatorial Current off of West Africa. All of these collective Atlantic water movements come together into a mass of gorgeous deep blue liquid procession that graces the Caribbean and the Atlantic Coast with not only its beauty, but the advantageous effects it has on wildlife and tourism.

Boat in gulf stream
A boat in the gulf stream can have its nose in cold water and its rear in warm. Such is the effect the gulf stream can have in the Bahamas.

Because the Gulf Stream owes its locational origins to equatorial regions like the Caribbean and West Africa, the water is characteristically warm. This water is carried towards Northern Europe in normally frigid polar areas and provides a source of heat for northern wildlife. This influx of warm salty water also has a significant effect on the Bahamas. The Bahamas lies exceedingly close to the path of the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida and thus reaps the benefits of this mass oceanic movement. The salt deposits and pockets of warmth provided by the North Equatorial current provide the Bahamas with optimal conditions for schools of tropical fish to thrive year round. Native fish like Dorado love the salt rich environment and collect within the Gulf Stream near its many islands. Fisherman should be wary of the Stream’s path to find the best spots for fishing, as fish will usually search out areas of most warmth. The current also effects the migration of many game fish species, and savvy anglers are aware of the migration patterns and paths for these prizes.

10 Tips for catching Mahi

10 Tips for catching Mahi

By Joshua Ceballos

Dorado, or Mahi as it is more popularly known, is one of the most widely caught and consumed fish in and around the Caribbean, and one of the many gorgeous fish that bountifully resides in the Bahamas. Fishermen from all around praise the Mahi for its extravagant coloring and the variety in size that they can have, which can lead to some exciting fights between man and Mahi. Fishermen and tourists alike often come to the Bahamas specifically for Mahi angling, but those who don’t have so much experience with this particular breed of fish find any sort of tips helpful, which is exactly what we would love to provide for you.

  1. Wear quality polarized sunglasses. With the right pair of eyewear, Mahi will stick out in the water due to their fluorescent coloring.
  2. Drive out and cast your line away from shore. Mahi are pelagic fish, meaning they reside out in the middle of the water displaced from land. Finding any near the shore is a rare occurrence.
  3. Look for floating debris. Mahi are attracted to anything that floats in the water, so schools of them will gather near buoys or other objects. Spotting debris will make finding Mahi much easier.
  4. Don’t spend too much time in one spot. Many folks looking for Mahi will make the mistake of babysitting a specific spot waiting for the fish to show up. If there are no Mahi to be found at the spot you’re at, move on to the next sign of debris. There’s a good chance of you finding a school the more spots you visit.
  5. Use medium weight tackle. This is the optimal setup if you want to catch Mahi while still retaining a challenge. It’s possible to use heavy weight tackle, but most experts agree that this detracts from the fun of the Mahi angling experience.
  6. Use chum or live bait. Any kind of live bait or chum will send Mahi into a feeding frenzy, which will make them more eager to bite and jump out of the water. Tuna is a good option, but most bait will do.
  7. Use heavy lures. Mahi are known for jumping wildly to and fro, so make sure that the lure itself is prepared to handle a lot of stress, otherwise it will snap.
  8. Fluorescent popping lures are optimal. Although Mahi are not too shy to bite most lures, the more brightly colored the lure the more obvious it will be to the fish that it has found food, and popping lures make it easier for you to know when you’ve hooked one.
  9. Utilize circle hooks. These hooks have the best chance of catching the Mahi and staying with them despite intense movement, so these are your best bet for a good catch.
  10. Use baitfeeding lines for casting. Mahi have a tendency to grab onto the bait and dash away, so a good line with a baitfeeder will give you the least resistance and give you the optimal experience when it comes time to reel in the prize.

If you have any additional tips, we’d love to hear them.