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Sea Angel Captures Boat Harbour Round Up Series

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Overall winner Team Sea Angel.

Sea Angel has claimed the first place overall victory in the inaugural Boat Harbour Round Up Series. Divided into two legs (May 18-21 and June 15-18)  and hosted at Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour, organizers designed the event to honor the Penny Turtle Tournaments started in Abaco more than 20 years ago.

As the overall winner, the Sea Angel crew was awarded the Penny Turtle Memorial Trophy. The Baytown, Texas based team, aboard a 59′ Weaver, was led by Capt. Newt Cagle, with crew members Tony Aliota, Coby Williams, James Ewing, Jason Doublas and Slate Angel. The Sea Angel also took home honors for Top Captain–Newt Cagle and Top Mate–Tony Aliota.

Fort Pierce based Zues, led by Capt. Glenn Cameron with owner Sandy Smith, Anthony Guettler and Top Angler winner, Timmy Lanahan, took second place overall. Third place overall was awarded to Predator, a 65′ Hatteras, out of Jupiter, Florida. The crew was led by Capt. Eric Swenson with John Wagner, Troy Philips and J.P. White.

Tournament proceeds benefit Every Child Counts, an Abaco non-for-profit organization.

1st Place – Sea Angel: Baytown, TX
2nd Place – Zeus:  Fort Pierce, FL
3rd Place – Predator:  Jupiter, FL
Top Captain – Newt Cagle, Sea Angel
Top Mate – Tony Aliota, Sea Angel

1st Place – Zeus:  Fort Pierce, FL
2nd Place – Sea Angel:  Baytown, TX
3rd Place – Bamboo: Coral Gables, FL
Biggest Fun Fish – Monster Energy Fishing Team:  47 lb Wahoo
Top Angler – Timmy Lanahan, Zeus


Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Looking for the perfect gift to give your father, husband or favorite guy in your life this Father’s Day? We have a few suggestions that range from traditional or adventurous, right down to those he’ll use, as well as “just had to do it” gifts.  Take a look and feel free to submit any others you think Coastal Angler Magazine readers might like to know about.


Fishing enthusiasts love to look good off the water, as well as on the water, so what could be more appropriate than a fish-themed necktie? Wildties offers a variety of choices ranging from tropical, go green awareness, and wild to designer ties adorned with rhinestones. Eagle Neckwear carries a few sport fishing motif prints, and if you’re a designer wannabe, checkout Zaffle.com where your special guy’s favorite photo can be imprinted on a necktie, giving him a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable gift.


Here’s a gift he’ll remember for years to come—an Out Islands getaway combining cruising, fishing and island hopping! Check out the Bahama Papa Package available at Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour. This guy’s getaway includes a welcome bottle of rum, four nights accommodations, one day in a center console boat, two round-trip ferry excursions, one guided snorkeling trip, and complimentary use of the resort’s fitness center, tennis facilities and non-motorized water sports. Prices begin at $809 based upon double occupancy.

Gifts He’ll Actually Use

When fishing, boating tackling those “honey do’s” around the house or even grilling, having enough light can be a time saver, as well as a life-saver. Meet the GorillaTorch light, which sheds light on hard-to-reach spots. Three flexible, wrappable legs with magnetic feet, weatherproof, and shockproof, make this a requirement for any adventure on the water or shore. Priced online for $29.95. This is one gift that won’t sit in a drawer.

Just Had to Do It!

In the spirit of the Wild West, check out the Beer Holster, which keeps dad’s beer ready for a quick draw whenever the need arises.. the holster snaps onto any standard belt and an adjustable nylon strap wraps around the thigh for additional support. A convenient accessory for when dad needs his hands free for fishin’, grillin’ or DIY projects. Priced at $29.95 on http://www.redenvelop.com.

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Chunky Lobster Salad

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Chunky Lobster Salad by Chef Smith, Angler's Restaurant, Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour

 Recipe courtesy of
Chef Charles Smith
Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas

All eyes were on the Caribbean as the final episodes of Top Chef, filmed this season in the Bahamas, came to a close.

Abaco Beach Resort Chef Charles Smith was inspired by the season’s closer that highlighted the destination’s authentic flavors and decided to put together his own take on a dish that definitely needs some air time on the Bravo network.

Of course the spiny Bahamian lobster makes this dish authentic Bahamian, but any type of lobster will result in a delicious salad.


Chunky Lobster Salad

  • 10 Ibs. of lobster
  • 1 cup tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1 cup sweet green peppers, finely diced
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of mustard
  •  Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  •  Salt and white pepper to taste

1.  Boil lobster meat until cooked throughout. Allow to cool, then cut into 1/2 inch squares

2.  Dice vegetables and add to lobster. Combine with mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce.

3.  Season to taste and serve cold.

Savor a true taste of the Out Islands at Angler’s, located on the water’s edge at Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour, one of the best restaurants in Abaco.


“Peggy” takes on Abaco

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Story submitted by Robert Wilson

The last Friday in February was a good day for the captain and crew of the custom sports fishing boat Peggy, despite the engine and steering problems that had plagued her for days. It would become a record-setting day for Capt. Mike Guthrie of Harker Island, N.C., as he and his daughter Sara, along with Debra Roney of Morehead City and Kendall Showfety of Greensboro, N.C., set out on an overcast day to fish the deep waters along the Little Abaco Canyon.

The day began as most other fishing days on the water, not knowing what to expect. Then came the strike that would result in a three-and-a-half-hour struggle to haul in the largest blue fin tuna Capt. Guthrie had recorded.

“We fought it for what seemed like a lifetime,” Guthrie said, “and the crew never gave up.”

The 128-pound Roney hooked the catch and added, “It was a record day for everyone.”

The Peggy is a 60-foot custom boat designed by the North Carolina-based Briglia Boatworks and is owned by Doug and Peggy Abrams of Raleigh, N.C. She arrived in Abaco two weeks earlier on a spur of the moment trip from North Carolina with Jean Smith, the owner’s 80-year-old mother-in-law, her twin sister and in company with Tom and Nancy Obrien, who over the years have been frequent visitors to Marsh Harbour.

“We were sitting around the table one night and said let’s go to Abaco,” recalled Tom Obrien, “and that’s how this all got started.”

The fish was caught on a Mold Craft high-speed artificial plug some seven miles northeast of the Man-O-War Channel in waters estimated at over 4000 feet. Due to its weight, it was towed nine miles back to the Man-O-War Channel entrance, where four crew members of the nearby Ryans Joy of Morehead City, N.C., swam over to help get the gargantuan tuna aboard Peggy.

After arriving at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour, Capt. Guthrie added, “It’s the biggest tuna I’ve ever landed, and we think it should be shared with everyone that appreciates the effort it has taken to bring her here.”

The fish was subsequently weighed in at 678 pounds and was 104 inches in length. The fish was distributed amongst the staff at Abaco Beach Resort, local residents and area boaters.

Despite all the celebrity following the impromptu fishing expedition, the crew of Peggy cast her lines and headed back to North Carolina—but not before they took a lot of pictures to document a remarkable story to share with their friends back home.

Robert Wilson is a Cruising Editor for the Waterway Guide. To follow his Bahamian adventures, visit http://cruisingwilson.blogspot.com.

NOTE:  Coastal Angler Magazine-FLAHAMA’s Abaco representative Captain Perry Thomas was captaining the 61 foot Hatteras Ryans Joy of Morehead City, N.C., which assisted Peggy’s crew in securing this giant tuna to the boat for the trip back to Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour.  Great teamwork Capt. Perry! We’re glad to have you aboard the Coastal Angler Magazine-FLAHAMA team.