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Bahamas Island Hopping

Bahamas Island Hopping

BD Outdoors’ Scott Goodwin runs the 57′ Ocean “Miss Kary Lee” to the Bahamas for some out island hopping in the Abacos.

Miss Kary Lee Boat

I recently had the pleasure to run the 57′ Ocean Miss Kary Lee to the Bahamas for some out-island hopping in the Abacos. Owned by Dr Noah and Kary Babins of Winter Park, FL, the Miss Kary Lee makes for a comfortable fishing platform.

Capt Kyle Larson Mate

My good friend Capt. Kyle Larson of Merritt Island was my mate for the trip and was an integral part of the trip.

Kyle Battles 62lb black grouper

Kyle won an epic battle with this 62lb black grouper from 200ft of water using a Shimano jigging outfit with 80# braid. In this picture, our crew for the trip, Dr Noah Babins and the boat’s namesake Miss Kary Lee Babins, Kyle Larson and myself.

Red Grouper Jigged in Bahamas

One of our favorite methods to fish is to jig bucktails tipped with a strip of fish belly in 100 to 200ft. This red grouper seemed to like it too.

Scott Goodwin Bahamas Bonefish

Some windy days kept the big boat at the dock, but wading sheltered flats for bonefish filled the gaps. This is a nice benefit of the Bahamas.

Mutton Snapper on Bahamas Flats

There is variety on the flats too. Released to grow up, this mutton snapper is a beautiful fish and a strong fighter. I love the fluorescent purple eye markings on this fish.

Dream Bobber Tree Bahamas

The Dream Bobber Tree in Guana Cay, Bahamas. Just hang a bobber in the tree and if it finds you it will come true. How can you argue with that!?

Tiger Grouper on Pole Spear

AJ Babins with a tiger grouper he pole speared on the shallow reefs

Bahamas Beach Scene

The stunning beaches and infinite shades of blue are some of the most beautiful in the world.

Bahamas deep drop fishing

Another popular fishing method is to deep drop with electric reels into the abyss and see what comes up. Most of the snappers and groupers that you find in 800 to 2000ft of water are delicious.

Blackfin snapper in bahamas

Blackfin snapper or buttons are one of several common deep drop snapper that are incredibly tasty.

yelloweye and wench men snapper

Here yellow-eye and wenchmen snapper join the blackfin for dinner.

Sunken Bahama Boat

In spite of the beauty, there are reminders of the destructive visits from hurricanes that these tiny islands must endure.

Dockside Mangrove Snapper in Bahamas

Bahamas island hopping

It’s not the size, but the challenge of fooling a marina-wisened mangrove snapper that is so satisfying. Kary got a nice one!

Red Grouper Bahamas

Bahamas island hopping

Our last afternoon of jigging before breaking camp to head home. Another red grouper falls for the jig and meat.

Nice catch on ride home

Bahamas island hopping

Taking advantage of the calm before the blow, we made our 180 nautical mile journey back to Port Canaveral, Fl. We did get a bonus round on a swamped, homemade sailboat we found adrift in the Gulf Stream. Dolphin, wahoo and tripletail were gathered around it and put some icing on the cake!

Capt. Scott Goodwin
Capt. Scott Goodwin started fishing in the lakes of Kentucky where he grew up. A move to Florida, however, brought him into a whole new realm of fishi...