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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May

Originally Posted by campuscab View Post
I was watching some video on youtube of middle.of.the road weather. On the stream an it did not.look fun and that was.on a.32
But there have been a ton on wwp19

Middle of the road weather (SE 10-15) makes for a Gulfstream that has these long rollers with an occasional steep wave. Unfortunately, the winds are usually coming in the direction you want to go, unless you are leaving from Key Largo!

Winter Passages to Bahamas (November - April)
Winds are usually a bit stronger...mostly from Southeast, with regular cold fronts moving through about 1x a week. Most people wait for a slow moving front to approach SE Florida. In advance of the front, the winds clock around to the SE to S/SW, then NW...then start HONKING out of the NE. Most people will ride that S/SW into Bimini/West End then get to a Marina to ride out the full brunt of the NE. Dont even *THINK* about being caught in the Gulfstream in a strong NE wind. We race along the coast of Fort Lauderdale, and the lip of the Gulfstream in winds above 15 knots from the NE is steep, BIG seas.

Spring/Summer Passages to Bahamas (May - October)
Winds moderate...but are generally from the Southeast at 7-15. The thing to do is to make sure the daily, afternoon showers dont extend too late into night. After these showers pass, the winds usually die to nothing. Then around 10 pm, you leave and motor or motor sail as much as you can to Bimini. You're there by sunrise...sometimes a bit faster. In which case, cast a few lines at the ledge where the waters go from thousands of feet deep to much less. You're almost guaranteed to catch a Mahi. If you hook one, remember to keep it on the line and let it thrash a bit...Mahi are dumb and canibalistic, and will come at the hooked fish...encountering your other lines, resulting in multiple catches.

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