Fishing Cape Santa Maria

Ambler Isle
V and S
Sat 16 Apr 2011 13:21
April 15, 2011
We awoke to another fine Bahama day.  We slept well and looked forward to the new day.  We scrapped our plan of dinghy exploration and weighed the boat's anchor right after coffee.  Tiptoeing the Amber Isle thru the thick reefs shielding the anchorage we were soon in deep "mahi" water.  It was so calm we came across a sailboat anchored right out in the open, off the point at Cape Santa Maria.  The SE waves were 3-4' as we rounded the top side of Long Island.  Very pleasant as we dragged 3 fishing lines behind. The waves hit our bow quarter, our best direction.   At the top the waves increased to 4-5', not as pleasant, but okay.  We decided to get thru the Cape to the ocean side, then go either due east to Rum Cay, or follow the eastern coastline down Long Island.  But as the seas grew to 6' with a few rogue waves of 8' it became obvious we would be able to do neither.  Just as we were getting ready to turn around, the waves subsided a bit, maybe down to 4-5' again.  Could we continue?  About that time a big rogue wave struck us and that was it.  Captain Valt started the second engine and began counting waves to turn after the next big rogue wave.  As soon as we turned, a blessed calm overtook the Amber Isle.  She seemed to sigh a sigh of relief.  But the following sea is very difficult for the auto pilot to guide, so Valt set it to manual and steered the boat himself.  I was sent to the cockpit to keep an eye on the rods.  What a big job!  I donned my floppy hat and sat on the lounge chair.  I watched the rods, but also kept a sharp lookout for whales.  Many had reported seeing them in this area.  But I got no fish, I saw no whales.  We did see some flying fish, and a couple white tropicbirds scolded as we went by.   We went back to Calabash Bay closer to shore this time and dropped anchor.  I watched the anchor hit the sea floor and the flukes began to sink into the white sand.  It set before we even backed down on it.  We cleaned the fishing equipment and put it away.  Next we launched the dinghy.  After cleaning up and changing clothes we rode over to the Cape Santa Maria Resort for happy hour.  The small resort has about 10 duplex bungalows and 5 larger two story multiple condo units. There is also a pool, clubhouse, bar and restaurant.  It would be one of the few resorts we would recommend to friends looking for a nice week or two in the Bahamas.  The bartender, Rashad, was a black Bahamian with his hair dyed red.  Very congenial, he served me the drink of the day, a frozen margarita.  Not my usual drink, it was one we don't serve on Amber Isle.  Not too sweet, it was very good.  Valt opted for his half and half.  We chatted with resort guests who had just arrived that day from Toronto, Canada.  They sat at the bar with their I-phone and I-pads.  What were they searching for?  Would they find it here in the Bahamas?