Fresh From the Sea in Exuma Bahamas

It’s been far too long since my last post.  Ever since I got back from my vacation in Exuma, life has kept me too busy to keep up with my writing, so this post is long overdue.

My family took a vacation down to Exuma in the Bahamas late January/early February.  Most of our time was spent relaxing in the sun, but I managed to get some fishing in while I was there too.  We went with our good friends Eric, Liz and their two kids.  We had a couple great trips on the water.

Conch from ExumaEric’s birthday was on a Tuesday, and we had planned to do a full day of deep sea fishing through Robert’s Island Adventures.  We met up with Robert at about 8:00 at the docks.  The wind was whipping, and while he said we could go out, the forecast for Wednesday was much better, so we decided to postpone for a day.  Needless to say both Eric and I were pretty disappointed we couldn’t get out on Tuesday.  When we got back to our condo, we started talking with Harris (Sugar) Smith who was doing some maintenance on one of the units near by.  We knew that he also did his share of fishing and tours on the island, and also that his boat was on the calm side.  Well, the day turned around quickly.  Harris said he would take both families out for an afternoon on the water, and what a great time it was.

Spearing a GrouperAfter a short 15-20 minute boat ride the fun began.  Harris asked me if I had driven a boat before, and when I said yes, he jumped in the water with his mask and snorkel and told me to follow him.  About a minute later, he dove down and quickly surfaced with a huge conch.  This happened repeatedly for about 10 minutes and he quickly had a dozen conch in the boat.  A couple minutes later, he asked Eric to hand him his Hawaiian Sling (spear), and he did.  Harris was under water for about 30 seconds, and then he popped out of the water with a beautiful Grouper hanging from his spear.

Spearing LobsterAfter that adventure, Harris hopped back in the boat and drove for about 5 minutes, stopped and jumped back in the water with spear in hand.  What happened next was even more amazing for us Minnesota folks.  Harris snorkeled on the surface for a minute, dove down and this time came up with a beautiful Lobster on his Hawaiian Sling.  Lobster after lobster came in the boat, and one was a monster!



Giant Lobster

Giant starfish

Harris even brought up this beautiful giant starfish for the kids to hold. (It was quickly released after a few pictures)



Shore lunch on the fireWith plenty of great seafood in the boat, Harris pulled up to a beautiful beach on a small uninhabited island.  Our kids jumped out and started playing in the sand and Harris made a fire and got to work.  He shelled the Conch and made an Lobster shore lunchabsolutely fantastic Conch salad right there on the beach.  After making a fire on the beach, he cleaned the Grouper and the lobsters too and made the freshest, most fantastic shore lunch anyone could ever dream up.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a shore lunch up on Lake of the Woods or a fresh Walleye meal in the ice house as much as the next guy, but this was amazing!

I’m already dreaming of heading back to Exuma, and Harris will be the first guy I call.  He is fantastic, and I would recommend him to anyone visiting Exuma in the Bahamas.

There were too many great pictures from our day with Harris, so here are a few more.

Speared Lobster

Watching Harris spear

The Chef's Table

On the boat in Exuma

Eric and Harris in Exuma

Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to write.  I have some great photos from our deep sea fishing trip the next day (spoiler alert, I got my first Mahi Mahi ever, and it was a beauty), and we ate some great food too.  If you are thinking of heading to Exuma, let me know, I’d be happy to share more, just ask.


16 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Fishing Foodie. Sounds like you had a great trip. I attended one of your sessions in Grand Rapids and you inspired me to blog! Thanks for all your great information there and the cool posts found here!


  2. Great to hear you are blogging, and thanks for the kind words. Keep it up.


  3. […] some fish home.  He is a local that spends lots of time on the water.  We spent a day with him catching lobster, conch and grouper and had an amazing shore lunch with him as well.  Harris said that he would see what he could do, […]


  4. […] best meals we ate while on Exuma.  In addition to the Mahi Mahi, we enjoyed fresh Lobster from our adventures with Harris the day before as well as roasted potatoes, a grilled romaine salad and some freshly made guacamole […]


  5. Posted by Laura Schelling on September 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Do you have Harris’ contact info??? Someone else I sent there used him too!


    • Hey Laura,
      I’m heading back there in March as well, and I emailed him a few weeks ago and have not gotten a response, so he might have changed email addresses. If I find it, I’ll let you know.


  6. Posted by Gina Baxter on March 10, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    We leave for great Exuma Saturday and would love any other tips and Harris’s contact info. Thanks


  7. Posted by on September 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Hey. Thanks for sharing… Sounds awesome! I’m going to be in exuma end of February 2015. Would love to get in contact with Harris and know his rates please. Thank you!


  8. Posted by Bryon MCGainey on March 8, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Myself and a friend will be traveling to exuma on the 29th how do i get in touch with your guide?


  9. Posted by Liza Borches on May 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    We are going in August and would be to get Harris’s contact info! Can you send it?


  10. Posted by Liza Borches on May 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Sorry – would love to get Harris’s contact Info. Thanks!


  11. Posted by Bev Young on February 26, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Hi. We are heading to Exuma next Saturday to celebrate our friends 50th birthday. Do you still have recent contact info for Harris? And what does he charge? Thanks!


  12. Posted by Russ on December 7, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Headed to Exumas, would like to take my family lobster fishing. Any ideas on how to contact Harris, fees, etc.

    From Hill City Sd


  13. Posted by Susan on April 19, 2018 at 8:56 am

    How does one get in touch with Harris?
    We are planning a return trip to Exuma and woukd love to have some contacts.
    Also advise on where to stay and best way to get the most out of our stay in exuma.
    Thanks for any ideas


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