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Seldom fished by visiting anglers, the deep waters of the Bahamas’ Tongue of the Ocean can produce fast action with tuna, wahoo, dolphin and more.
As we approached the huge, yellow buoy we could see busting fish, and judging by the amount of white water that was being kicked up, we knew they had to be big. We also knew they had to be tunas of some sort, so we rushed to put out an appropriate spread of baits. As we got closer, the splashes appeared larger and larger, and then we could see individual fish crashing the surface, sometimes jumping completely out of the water. Yellowfin — exactly what were hoping for!
Charlie Von Deck quickly deployed a spread of large ballyhoo, two of them rigged behind tuna feathers on the flat lines and two rigged with Ilander Hawaiian Eyes and run long on the outriggers. We’ve found that purple-and-black lures in front of large ballyhoo seem to entice wary tunas to strike, so there was a lot of purple and black in the water that morning. A large, unpainted cedar plug was run way back on a shotgun line from the bridge rod. One hundred yards east of us, David Glenn and Jay Check from Pursuit Boats were approaching the buoy on a parallel course. I could see them scurrying around the cockpit of their brand-new 30-footer, setting out a similar spread of baits.
When everything was in place, I swung the boat around to a course that would put the buoy between us and the Pursuit, which was now passing about 75 feet off our starboard side. However, as we got closer, the tuna suddenly sounded, leaving the surface as calm as a mirror. It was hard to believe that only moments before the area had been a frenzy of activity, but that’s what tuna do, so we began working the water all around the buoy, hoping for a strike.
Suddenly I saw a large splash out of the corner of my eye, but it took a moment to realize that it had erupted in the Pursuit’s wake. “Hooked up!” came the cry over the radio as David grabbed the rod and the fish made a searing initial run of almost 100 yards.
“Was it a tuna?” I asked.
“Not sure yet’ came the terse reply, but when the fish went deep after its initial run, we all knew it had to be a yellowfin.
We turned to watch the fight, but as the boat was coming around, our short outrigger went off. I looked back in time to see a huge boil where the bait had just been, but when the line came tight, nothing was on the end.
“Missed him!” Charlie shouted in disappointment. As he began to reel in the mangled ballyhoo, the other ‘rigger pin snapped, and this time the fish was hooked solid.
My son, Ben, settled into the fighting chair as the rest of the crew cleared the remaining rods. Both boats were now hooked up, although the Pursuit boys were getting their fish close to the gaff. We were not even close, and when the fish sounded it kept taking line until it was very deep. Backing down won’t help you with a deep tuna, so Ben went to work trying to pump the fish up.
It was slow going, but Ben began to gain line, a foot or two at a time. Suddenly, the Fish was gone. We thought perhaps a shark had taken it. but the leader returned intact. The hook had simply pulled out. We were obviously disappointed, but quickly pulled over next to the Pursuit just in time to photograph the fish being gaffed and brought aboard. Fresh sashimi and grilled tuna was guaranteed!
Both boats resumed trolling, but never got another tuna bite the rest of the day. We did pick up one large dolphin after another. scaling back our tackle to 30- and 20-pound outfits to make the fights more interesting. It was an action-packed afternoon with dolphin, but we were disappointed that the tuna had become so skittish.
We had traveled the day before from Palm Beach. Florida, to Fresh Creek on Andros Island in the Bahamas to sample the incredible offshore fishing in the Tongue of the Ocean. The Tongue is a pocket of very deep water that runs south from the Berry Islands. It’s bordered to the west by Andros and to the east by the shallow waters of the Exuma Bank. Fresh Creek is the home of the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) base, a military research outfit that performs underwater sonar tests and maintains several buoys of different sizes throughout the Tongue.
The particular buoy we were fishing. known as the “TMB,” is roughly 13 nautical miles northeast of Fresh Creek. between Andros and New Providence Island (24[degrees]57.65 N, 77[degrees]43.8l W). On a clear day you can actually see the western tip of New Providence from the buoy. But even though its quite close to both Nassau and Chub Cay, surprisingly few boats fish the TMB.
The waters of the Tongue drop off precipitously. and that’s why AUTEC is there. When you head out of the Fresh Creek channel, you pass over a vertical wall that drops from about 75 feet to around 6,000 feet. AUTEC maintains a tower structure just south of Fresh Creek called the Ocean Haul Down facility. The tower has a large cable strung to the bottom in 6,000 feet, which the AUTEC staff uses to send down acoustical equipment for testing.
AUTEC uses the buoys in these tests, and the exact nature of the tests is classified. It is therefore essential that you monitor VHF channel 16 to find out if a buoy is being used for testing. If it is. AUTEC broadcasts a warning, advising boats not to come within five miles of the buoy in use. If no testing is taking place, you are welcome to fish around it. AUTEC personnel are also a great source of fishing information, and can give you buoy updates. Contact “Snapper Base” on VHF channel 18A for the latest buoy information.
AUTEC is Listening
What happens if the AUTEC warnings aren’t heeded? We found out from the crew of a 48-foot Ocean Yacht who decided one morning to run south and fish a smaller buoy off Mangrove Cay. They arrived at the buoy, put out a bait spread, and hooked a quadruple-header of large wahoo while passing by!
Ecstatic, the crew was preparing to make another pass when they noticed several black dots on the horizon, heading their way. In a few seconds, a couple of imposing-looking helicopters were hovering overhead. When the crew finally switched the VHF to channel 16, they heard the message that the buoy was in use, and that they should clear out. They did, quickly!
Work the Drop-Off
The buoys aren’t the only spots that provide good fishing off Andros, of course. The dramatic drop-off along the reef offers outstanding action, especially on a falling tide. Another boat staying at the Fresh Creek marina during our visit took several nice wahoo while working this deep edge. We also saw many flocks of tuna birds out in the middle of the Tongue, and were able to catch quite a few smaller tunas from under them, including blackfin and skipjacks.
But the buoys are the real magnets that draw both fish and fishermen, and we worked the TMB buoy every day for at least a while. The tunas became increasingly shy, though, and would only surface when we moved far away from them. We finally resorted to drifting with live shad that we netted in Fresh Creek, and hooked a couple of tuna on lighter tackle, although they proved too tough for us in that incredibly deep water. I fought one fish of around 80 pounds on 20-pound tackle for 45 minutes, only to break it off 60 feet beneath the boat. The live bait was deadly on dolphin, though, and we took quite a few on spinning tackle.
Tackle for this area is a matter of personal choice, but any standard offshore setup should work. We chose to pull natural baits most of the time because we were fishing a specific area near the buoy, but it might pay to experiment with artificial lures, trolling at high speed to cover more ground and perhaps discover a new hot spot.
We didn’t see any billfish, but they ought to be available, seeing as how the Fresh Creek area is relatively close to the famed “Pocket” near Chub Cay. We also didn’t get a chance to try the bottom fishing, which is rumored to be superb. The area is lightly fished, and offshore opportunities abound. There’s even a buoy at the very southern tip of the Tongue called the “Cul-de-Sac” that few people ever fish. It’s a remote spot, but the handful of anglers who have been there say the fishing is extraordinary.
Andros is a real frontier that happens to be close to the U.S. It’s easy to get to and has outstanding onshore accommodations (see sidebar). And if you get tired of offshore fishing, you can take a break and sample some of the world-class bonefishing for which Andros is famous. There’s something for everyone, the island’s pace is slow and easy, and the people are friendly and helpful. For a lot of us it’s the ideal Bahamian destination.
Andros Travel Info
Traveling to Andros is unlike traveling to more populated areas of the Bahamas. There are no large marinas with charter fleets for offshore fishing, so if you want to fish the Tongue from the island, you need to bring your own boat.
Most boats cross the Great Bahama Bank from Bimini or Great Isaac’s to Northwest Channel, as if going to Chub Cay, then turn south along the eastern shore of Andros while giving the barrier reef a wide berth. The entrance to Fresh Creek is about one-third of the way down the Andros coast, at 24[degrees] 44.15 N, 77[degrees]45.94 W. The channel entrance is pretty much straightforward.
The Andros Lighthouse Yacht Club and Marina at Fresh Creek is a first-class hotel on the southern shore of the creek. It also boasts an excellent restaurant, and the marina has 20 slips with both gas and diesel fuel, water and electricity, and a minimum six-foot depth at low tide. It makes an excellent base of operations, and the staff even allowed us to store our fish fillets in their freezer until we left.
You can call the resort directly for reservations, or call the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board. – John Brownlee
Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board (800) 688-4752
Andros Lighthouse Yacht Club and Marina Fresh Creek, Andros, Bahamas (242) 368-2305 Phone, (242) 368-2300 Fax
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