You might have thought that kind of scenery was
all in the West, but if you like
fishing, go north my southern friends, go north!
We sailed at the crack of noon aboard the Moondancer,
a 65 ft. Viking sportfisherman owned by friend, Lud Bohler. Our
destination, the Hudson Canyon, a huge fissure at the edge of the
Continental Shelf off the Jersey coast that rivals the famous canyons
of the Colorado River, except the only way to actually see the Hudson
Canyon is in a deep-water submersible.
Even though I have always felt that the Abacos offer a rainbow of fishing venues, my recent experience at Green Turtle Cay delivered the proverbial light tackle pot of gold. In retrospect, I cannot recall such large numbers of trophy-sized Bahamian bonefish per square mile in addition to so many strong, hungry reef gamesters tucked into such shallow water.
In this issue’s featured destination we’ve pushed the envelope of our
South Florida region all the way up to our Space Coast were my family
and I explored the tourist attractions and fishing opportunities of the
area. We lodged at the Kennedy Space Center Holiday Inn Riverfront in
Titusville—commonly known as the redfish capital of the world.
Titusville is not a typical “tourist town” as it was developed to
accommodate the personnel and supporting companies of NASA.
If you’re angling taste buds are yearning for a dish of big bonefish with a few spicy permit and tarpon to bring out the full flavor, then Great Inagua Island should be at the top of your tropical menu.
For years the island of Bimini has been a poorly kept secret in south
Florida boating circles. Fishermen, divers and weekend revelers have
long frequented the tiny island for its obvious charms – clear waters,
good fishing and a truly laid back atmosphere. These regulars formed a
sort of loose cadre known around the docks as the “Bimini crowd.”
You love your Florida fishing, yet you yearn for something different, a change of pace. Everybody gets the itch. You dream past the borders of our coastline into newer waters. It's time to get away. It’s time to get far away.
You start to focus on the possibilities. Perhaps someplace easy and economical to reach yet a destination that is really tropical. You want to make it a family vacation. No doubt, the stay will be longer and more enjoyable if there is plenty to do for everyone: shopping, beaches, swimming with porpoises, maybe even a couple of nightclubs and casinos. Above all though, you want great fishing, pristine waters and plenty of rod-bending action.