We sailed out of Rock Sound this morning, for the deeper water just south of Eleuthera. Once you get to the ocean, deep water is not far offshore. I mean water is 2000 feet deep less than a half mile from shore.
We set our trolling lines about 10:30 or so. We shared this part of the ocean with two other big sportfishing boats. The targets for the boats fishing here are Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, and–if you are really lucky–marlin.
We saw one fish caught from one of the other boats, and then we spotted some frigate birds circling. Around here, frigate birds follow the mahi. The birds rely on the large predatory fish to chase the flying fish until they take to the air, where the frigate birds can pick they off on the wing. (For some amazing video of this happening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk7McNUjWgw)
Sure enough, as we came by the area the birds were cruising, we hooked and landed a pair of mahi. They are always welcome to come for dinner! (I have pictures… but our internet connection here is not quite up to the upload…)
We traveled on to a delightful anchorage at the very southern tip of Eleuthera. Just as we were getting into the dinghy to explore the beach, a large official looking boat hove to offshore, and a large RIB detaches itself and heads in our direction. As it comes closer, we see the RBDF (Royal Bahamas Defense Force) logo prominently display on the side, and a crew of half a dozen smartly uniformed, and armed, young men.
They have a few questions, and politely ask if they can have a look around our boat. A brief check of our cruising permit and passports, a cursory look around the interior of the boat, and they are off. They were friendly, professional, and polite.