Eleuthera

White Rat wins inaugural Cape Eleuthera Wahoo Tournament

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

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White Rat has won the inaugural Cape Eleuthera Wahoo Tournament, narrowly beating the second place finisher, Rake N Scrape, by just 7.5 pounds. Based out of Nassau and comprised of Scott Kelly, Travis Kelly, Rosevalt Rahming, Mark Kooskalis and Curtis Diaz, Team White Rat’s five largest wahoo totaled 262.6 pounds. The team’s score was aided by an  81.5 pound wahoo, the heaviest caught during the tournament, weighed on day two of the three day event hosted by the Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club.

For the win, White Rat received a specially designed Randy Rich trophy.  Team White Rat’s Scott Kelly was also presented a certificate good for $1,000 in Shell oil products. Sun Oil Bahamas regional manager, Arthur Ternquest, presented the certificate .

Nassau-based Team Rake N Scrape, comprised of  Jeff Waugh, Robert Darville, Brian Waugh and Trevor Fox, weighed a 71.5 pound wahoo on day one and a 68.8 pounder on day two, finishing with 255.1 pounds to place second.

Ramblin Man, comprised of Neil McKinney, Nick Winters and David Fingland,  took the third place slot. Team Ramblin Man, which also hailed from Nassau, was hampered by a temperamental depth sounder but according to tournament organizers the malfunction did not diminish the team’s enthusiasm, nor did the two 45 pounders on day one.

Tournament sponsors included Sands Beer, Bacardi and Bristol Wine & Spirits.

Dates for the second annual Cape Eleuthera Wahoo Tournament are January 16 – 19, 2013. For more information regarding the tournament or Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club, visit www.capeeleuthera.com or email: info@capeeleuthera.com.

Bahamas Surf Forecast – October 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Pre-paddle out during Hurricane Katia in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Photo credit: Surfer’s Haven Guesthouse.

October brings a mixed bag of goodies to surfers in the Bahamas chain. The weather cools down and we begin to watch for north swell from frontal systems moving off the eastern United States seaboard. But hurricane season isn’t over quite yet so keep an eye peeled to the east for late arriving storms. And yes, all that weather means wind aplenty.

It’s definitely a month – to use the cliché – plagued by onshore winds. But stay waxed, loose and limber because onshore winds always yield to at least a couple days of offshore perfection. Size-wise expect some bigger stuff to push through. We’re talking 6 foot plus days with an emphasis on the ‘plus’. Water temp-wise, well, if you feel the cold bring a spring suit, water temperatures, which have been cooler than average, could drop below 80 degrees! Brrrrr!

FORECAST BY: Tom Glucksmann, Manager
Bahamas Out Island Adventures & Surfer’s Haven Guesthouse
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 335-0349 or (242) 551-9635
www.bahamasadventures.com
Email: tom@bahamasadventures.com

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve—the First of its Kind in the Caribbean—Opens in the Bahamas

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, a 25-acre sanctuary created jointly by the Bahamas National Trust and the Leon Levy Foundation, opened on March 24.

Located in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, the preserve is the first National Park on Eleuthera and the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

Designed by world renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles and subtropical plant expert, Dr. Ethan Freid, the Bahamas National Trust envisions the preserve as a living, outdoor classroom and community center, where residents, visitors and students have an opportunity to learn about native flora and fauna, as well as how native plants were used medicinally throughout the island’s history and evolution.

The preserve entry features a tropical sanctuary, continuing to a mile-long trail, which crosses over a waterfall, through a mangrove swamp and groves of medicinal plants, to finally a lookout tower offering breathtaking views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Over 171 species of indigenous plants and more than 34 species of birds, including the Antillean Bullfinch, are found in the preserve. Additionally, over 100 varieties of medicinal plants are among the 2,000 native trees, shrubs and herbs recently added to the site. In addition to the flora and fauna, the preserve also showcases Eleuthera’s rich history and prehistory.

Leon Levy, a Wall Street financier, who founded the Oppenheimer Mutual Funds and gives the preserve its name, fell in love with Eleuthera and was intrigued by the medicinal value of the plants growing on the island, which had been used by generations of Bahamians for “bush medicine.” He was deeply concerned this generational medicinal plant knowledge would be lost.

After Levy’s death, Levy’s widow Shelby White, approached the Bahamas National Trust about creating an appropriate memorial to her husband on Eleuthera where the couple had a home for many years.

At the opening ceremony of the preserve, Ms White shared, “Working with the Bahamas National Trust as our partners, I believe we have created the finest nature preserve in the Bahamas, a place that will make Eleuthera a must-visit tourist destination and of which we will all be proud.”

Bahamas National Trust Executive Director Eric Carey added, “I’m extremely proud as an Eleutheran to see this happen. This is a dream realized after much hard work and its focus on bush medicine will stand as fitting memorial to Leon Levy who wanted to see this important Bahamian tradition celebrated.”

President of the New York Botanical Garden, Gregory Long said “We are greatly impressed with what the Leon Levy Foundation and the Bahamas National Trust have accomplished on this beautiful site. The preserve’s three-pronged mission of conservation, preservation, and research resonates very strongly with the Garden’s own goals, which we have pursued in the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region generally, for more than a century. We are pleased to count the preserve as the Garden’s newest institutional partner in the Caribbean.”

Grand opening attendees included Mrs. Robin Symonette , wife of the Deputy Prime Minister and members of the Bahamas National Trust Council; Eric Carey, Executive Director of the Trust; Shelby White, founding Trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation; Gregory Long, President of the New York Botanical Garden, local government officials, community members and others.

Closing note: The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve has already injected more than $2 million into the local economy.

About the Leon Levy Foundation:  The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, an investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to support scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.

About the Bahamas National Trust: The Bahamas National Trust is a non-profit membership organization with statutory responsibility for management of over 25 national parks and protected. The BNT is a unique collaboration of the private, scientific and government sectors, with notable conservation accomplishments over the past 50 years. For more information, call (242) 367-6310, email bnt@bnt.bs, or visit www.bnt.bs.

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Eleuthera Surf Forecast – April 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Surfer's Beadh. Photo credit: Tom Glucksmann

Surfers in Eleuthera are hoping for a swell-filled, less blustery month in April. March, unfortunately, was plagued by lots of wind and just a few clean days. April should offer something for every surfer as the winter swell pattern transitions into the summer pattern. Most swells will come from the east, versus the northeast, averaging in the 3-to-6 foot range with occassional bigger days. Big wave enthusiasts may encounter some giant days when the jet stream shifts over the southern U.S. bringing swell producing systems closer to the Bahamas.

Typical winter spots like Hatchet Bay, and Holiday Beach will still break on a number of days during April. Where the “transition” comes in is that it is time to break out the longboard, funboard or fish and have real fun in the sun. Air temperatures will begin to have a summer feel and water temperature is warming up quickly as well. Expect water temperatures hovering around 80 degrees, so leave those wetsuits home.

Bahamas Out Island Adventure’s 6th Annual Surf Camp begins June 20th. Camp is open to youth ages 6-to-17, and scholarships are available to native Eleutheran children. For more information visit www.bahamasadventures.com or give us call.

Forecast by: Tom Glucksmann, Manager
Bahamas Out Island Adventures & Surfer’s Haven Guesthouse
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 335-0349 or (242) 551-9635
www.bahamasadventures.com
Email: tom@bahamasadventures.com

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South Eleuthera Inshore Fishing Forecast – April 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Photo credit: Luyen Chou@Flickr.com

Permit are slamming in the shallows of south Eleuthera this month. The fly fishing purists might not want to hear this, but the fish just can’t say “no” to live pilchards. Even on light tackle spinning gear it is a fun fight. The bonefishing is so hot right now it is hard to find a guide who is not completely booked, so if you are considering a trip in April, book as far in advance as you can. Bonefish schools numbering over a 1000 have been observed and many have been tagged by the Island School’s Flats Ecology Program. For the bigger fish, I suggest the massive flats behind Schooner Cays. It will be tougher finding the fish, so make sure your guide is not shy about burning some fuel. The results will be fish in the double-digit range rather than the typical 4 to 5 pounders.

FORECAST BY: Leon Gibson, Dockmaster
Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club
Powell Point, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 470-8242
www.capeeleuthera.com

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North Eleuthera Offshore Fishing Forecast – April 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Long Island mahi-mahi

My first offshore fishing trip as a charter captain was in April and I have been hooked ever since. April is an offshore fisherman’s dream date because there is so much going on. In April you will find increasing numbers of tuna, and large Dorado cruising the weedline, rips and color changes. With the winter/spring transition completed, the winds are calmer and conditions are much less sporty, making for an extremely pleasant day at sea. With the lengthening day light hours, it is much easier to time the fishing with the tides. If you are planning to visit North Eleuthera this month, it is getting busier so please book your trip as much in advance as possible. I look forward to your visit and sharing the wonders of North Eleuthera with you and your guests.

Tight lines!

Forecast By: Captain Jermaine Kemp
Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Phone: (242)-359-7394
Email: fisheleuthera@yahoo.com

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North Eleuthera Inshore Fishing Forecast – April 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Jermaine Kemp releasing a bonefish.

April is awesome for inshore fishing in Eleuthera. With large single and double bones roaming the flats, this is a fisherman’s paradise. In North Eleuthera, we are still seeing large schools of fish. The water temperature is still a bit cool so these fish are hunting right along the shore line. We are catching the majority of fish on spawning shrimp or a mantis shrimp patterns. As a professional guide wanting to make the trip as rewarding as possible, my advice to all anglers is to pay close attention to your guide’s instructions and let him walk you through the experience from the cast to the hookup. Professional guides want to help you improve your flats fishing skills and are more than willing to share their knowledge.

Forecast By: Captain Jermaine Kemp
Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Phone: (242)-359-7394
Email: fisheleuthera@yahoo.com

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North Eleuthera Dive Forecast – April 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Jermaine Kemp

April is the Goldilocks and the Three Bears of North Eleuthera diving. Why? Because the water temperature is not too cold, not too warm…it’s just right! The warming water temperatures bring the reefs to life, especially the shallow water reefs, with nurse sharks, dolphins, black grouper and snappers of all varieties. If there are novice divers in your group, April is great because of near perfect conditions and because dive shops have increased staffing to ensure personal attention. North Eleuthera reefs are in pristine condition. Please pay close attention to the briefing provided by the captain or dive master before the dive. Although very tempting, do not touch the reef with your hands or equipment. Remember, it’s our jobs to be the stewards of our undersea environment for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Forecast By:

Captain Jermaine Kemp #240600 PADI AI
Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 359-7394
Email: fisheleuthera@yahoo.com

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North Eleuthera Dive Forecast – March 2011

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Bermuda chubs at the grotto off of Harbour Island. Photo credit: Jermaine Kemp.

If there had to be two or three months that would be classified as perfect for an Eleutheran dive adventure, March would be one of those months. The water is so clear, due to the lack of algae growth all winter that it seems to almost disappear. The water as it deepens is the purest shades of turquoise imaginable. The reefs (shallow or deep) are breathtaking and there are endless schools of fish to observe and immerse yourself in their kaleidoscope of colors. Eleuthera has many wrecks, so if that is your thing, we have your “wreck-fix.” In March, you’ll be treated to rays of various species, sea turtles, and sharks. The rays are so friendly, you may want to reach out and pet them. The turtles swim as if choreographed by the King of the Sea himself. Eleuthera is a great place to spend spring break. The dive shops are ready, the reefs and wrecks are full of marine life, we have the fun and all we need is YOU!

FORECAST BY: Jermaine Kemp
#240600 PADI AI
Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 470-3074
Email:mailto:fisheleuthera@yahoo.com

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Eleuthera Surfing Forecast – March 2011

Monday, March 7th, 2011

For surfers, March in Eleuthera can mean persistent swell, but also persistent wind. As winter fronts usually push lower into the central Bahamas, you need to be ready when the wind switches from its prevailing easterly direction to a westerly offshore direction.

As far as swell size, anything could go! Last year brought some giant, 15-foot plus days with many spots maxing out. But there are always the 2-to-4 foot and 3-to-5 foot days that are great as low-pressure systems move off the eastern seaboard and out into the Atlantic.

Water temperatures have stayed a balmy 75 degrees or higher at many spots due to January and February bringing somewhat unusually warm days and nights. As we head into March, water temperatures should begin warming up even more.

At Surfer’s Beach near Gregory Town, the winter to date has been about average with lots of days featuring nice light-wind days in the 4-to-5 foot range. You won’t be disappointed. Lobster season closes March 31, so come on down during March and include a lobster hunt with your surf adventure. And remember, conservation best practices will help ensure the sustainability of our ocean and coastal resources. So if you are in need of a break from the frigid northeast, make plans to spend a week in Eleuthera.

Forecast by: Tom Glucksmann, Manager
Bahamas Out Island Adventures & Surfer’s Haven guesthouse
Eleuthera, Bahamas
(242) 335-0349 or (242) 551-9635
www.bahamasadventures.com
tom@bahamasadventures.com