Grand Cay Bahamas

Wow! October has turned out to be a very busy month with so many different places to go and people to see. I don’t mind so much, because I like to travel and it’s always nice to catch up with friends and family.
Last weekend my husband and I took a mini vacation to the Bahamas with some friends.
It’s a few hours to get from Florida to where we were staying in the Bahamas. We loaded up my friend’s boat and left bright and early Friday morning.  The morning clouds were absolutely beautiful: wispy, cottony and fluffy!
Jupiter, FL
We started our trip in Jupiter, Florida. Here is a picture of the Jupiter Lighthouse as we were heading out in the morning.
Jupiter Lighthouse
The sun sparkling on the surface of the water and fluffy clouds made a picture perfect view to enjoy on our trek over to the Bahamas.
Clouds over the ocean
Me and the hubby                                              Me and my friend Cass
Brittany and BrianBrittany and Cass
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The cottage we stayed in
The sun going down in Grand Cay
Grand Cay
The guys getting ready to jump in and spear some fish!
Our catch:
hog fish
I’m not big on fish but I do like HogFish Snapper (pictured above). It’s a mild tasting fish in the Wrasse family. My husband cooked some of the fillets we brought back on the grill the other night by wrapping them in foil along with some seasonings, pepper and onions. It was so fresh and flavorful. The Bahamians like to cook it up with Old Bay, tomato paste, butter, thyme and other seasonings which is also tasty.
We spent the rest of our afternoon’s soaking up the sun, eating late lunches and relaxing at Double Breasted Cay; a beach/island with crystal clear water and a white sandy beach.
Double BreastedDouble Breasted
One afternoon our guide made us some fresh Conch salad. I forgot to snap a picture of the salad but I did get a picture of the beautiful Conch shells.
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On our way back to Jupiter, we stopped in what we called the “glow zone”. It’s an area of water that is the prettiest aqua blue you have ever seen. This picture has not been edited, the water is really this color! We took a dip in the glow zone and enjoyed the beauty for a bit before heading back home.
The Glow Zone

Catching a Tarpon at the Bahia Honda Bridge

Tarpon Jumping
Now I understand what all the fuss is about! Once you hook up to a tarpon you are hooked! To see (and feel) something that big and powerful at the end of your line is amazing.
In fact I just caught my first Tarpon yesterday and it was awesome! We were at the Bahia Honda bridge for about 2 hours with our bait out just patiently waiting. We saw tarpon rolling a couple times around the surrounding area and a couple of guys hooked up on a boat off in the distance.
My husband and I were in a canoe so the experience is a bit different than being in a bigger boat!
So I was sitting there in our canoe thinking how cool it would be to just see how it feels to get hooked up with a tarpon and about 2 hours later I found out!
tarpon jumping
I felt the bite and then got ready to fight it… Or as ready as I could be…
I listened to my husband as he coached me and cheered me on. I reeled down and gently pulled up to make sure it was hooked. The next thing I know he started taking off and all of a sudden he jumped up out of the water. I had no idea we were going to hook up to something THAT big. I think I was in awe for a few seconds because I remember just seeing that amazing acrobatic display and sheer size of the fish and not doing anything but holding on to the rod. Then it clicked in my brain that I needed to start reeling. I reeled down the slack and off he went. I had the drag down pretty tight and my husband maneuvered the canoe to try to keep us out of the bridge and pylons. I fought the beast for awhile then handed it off to my hubby in the back of the canoe.
tarpon fishing
We were heading out towards the open water and it was getting a little much for the canoe so we handed the rod and reel off to a fellow boater hoping they would be able to land it. The man fought it for 5 minutes or so but it finally spit the hook out.
tarpon fishingI keep picturing the size of that fish as he jumped out of the water and replaying the excitement of the fight! I can’t wait to go tarpon fishing again and now I can say I understand why people are all about hooking up with a tarpon. There’s nothing quite like it!

Bahia Honda Bridge Webcam

Bahia Honda Bridge Web Cam

Bahia Honda Bridge

My mind is still on vacation.

We just returned from our pretty much yearly trip to Marathon, Florida where we spent 6 days fishing on our canoe and soaking up the sun. I was starting to get used to waking up everyday and preparing for an afternoon of fishing and relaxing on the water and now I’m trying to get back into the routine of  everyday real life. I have to say this year’s trip was probably one of my favorites. Why is that, you ask? Because I hooked up with a 190lb Tarpon at the Bahia Honda Bridge…in a canoe! It was nothing short of awesome! I wrote another post all about that little adventure.

Anyways, I wanted to share a link to this webcam that is located underwater at the Bahia Honda Bridge. It has a live stream so you can watch all the fish and sea life swim by and wish you were there.

Bahia Honda Streaming Underwater Web Camera