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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.

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Friendly Fox At Deer Camp

Ok, so I passed on the first 4 deer I saw in my stand opening weekend.  They all showed up in the first couple hours, so of course I thought I was on a highway, and then as luck would have it, I didn’t see another deer all weekend.  That said, we did have some fun guests come in to camp each night.  The second night we set the game camera up and ended up with some fun pictures.  It was fun watching the two foxes out there, they didn’t seem to mind we were only 10 feet away (and of course behind glass and walls).  Enjoy the slideshow.

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Red River of the North – What a Beautiful River

With the exception of a 5 year stint away from the Fargo-Moorhead area, I’ve lived right next to the Red River all my life.  Like most people in the area, it is simply a thing you have to drive over on a bridge.  I’ve been a die hard fisherman for over 30 years, and until 2 years ago, I’ve really never fished the river.  Sure, I sat on shore a couple times and caught a few fish, but like most people, I didn’t really see it as a place to fish.  It was just a muddy river that marked the border between Minnesota and North Dakota.

Here is a short video I took while driving to our next fishing spot.

My last post about Catfishing on the Red River talked all about the fishing, but the beauty of the river is something that I never really saw until I started running my boat up the river last year.  It is an absolutely beautiful place.  Especially this time of year when the leaves are changing color, it was a magical place to be.  Besides the beauty of the landscape, wildlife is all around you.   Deer, turkeys, beavers, otters, eagles, ducks and geese to name a few.  Yea, I’d be lying if I said my real prize isn’t under the water, but when you combine the two, it is absolutely awesome!

With that, I wanted to share a few photos I took last weekend on the Red River.

I’m not sure how I drove over the Red River of the North thousands of times without realizing what a beautiful place it is, but I wanted to share with all of you.  Have you been out on the river?  If not, what are you waiting for?

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