Fishing News


Bahamas Aid Efforts

Hurricane Dorian made landfall at Elbow Cay in the Abacos as a Category 5 hurricane with 185-mph winds. The slow-moving storm sat over the Abacos for more than a full day, devastating the area with storm surge, flooding and unrelenting winds clocked at more than 200 mph at times.

When the storm finally moved on, images of the loss began to appear on social media. Some of sport fishing’s most beloved spots are reportedly gone. Demolished. Sea Spray Marina, Nippers, Green Turtle… these spots will never be the same. Whenever disaster strikes the fishing community, anglers of all walks come together to help out as much as they can.

Skipper Gentry, who operates Carolina Gentleman Sportfishing, with charters in the Bahamas, immediately went into action on social media. Gentry is organizing efforts and making preps to pick up supplies in Florida and run them to damaged areas. He established a GoFundMe page, which had raised $34,000 when last checked and is quickly growing. They will use the funds for fuel and supplies, including nonperishable foods, charcoal, water, tarps, saws, building materials and first-aid supplies. 

“The islands of the Bahamas have been good to me since arriving here in 2011, and it's time to give back to the people,” Gentry writes on the page.  “We sought shelter in Nassau where there are plenty of supplies ready to purchase. We have a 60-foot boat ready to go deliver supplies as soon as it's safe to do so.”

The Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue began taking donations to facilitate relief, cleanup and the rebuilding of Hope Town and Elbow Cay. According to its site, “Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be THE entity coordinating ALL relief efforts on Elbow Cay, similar to how the Red Cross would take point during an American disaster. Any donations of money or goods should be made to or coordinated with HTVFR.”  The group's GoFundMe page is more than half way to its goal of $250,000 as this went to print.

Many Florida-based fishing-related businesses are also accepting donations which will be loaded on private boats and sent over to the Bahamas. Here is a list of drop-off locations for relief supplies. These spots are subject to change so please call ahead before delivering goods to make sure donations are still being accepted.

Abaco Holdings Co. Ltd.
940 Eller Drive
Ft Lauderdale FL 33316
Contact: Ed Dwyer, 321-288-1940

High Seas/Pipewelders 
2965 West State Road 84
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Sea Hunter Boats
25545 SW 140th Ave. 
Homestead, FL, 33032
Contact: Eddy Leon, 305-984-3000

Marker One Marina
343 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL, 34698
Contact: Caitlin Jewett, 727-687-0924

Grand Slam Boats
1004 NW 1st Street Bay 1
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311

Plantation Boat Mart & Marina 
2359 PGA Blvd #101
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
954-809-5321

Allweather Patio Outdoor & Home Furniture
4940 N.W. 1st Street
Hialeah, FL 33014
Contact: Gaby Pacheco, 305-978-4129

Miami Outboard Club
1099 MacArthur Causeway 
Miami, FL 33137
Contact: Gaby Pacheco, 305-978-4129

Crook & Crook 
2795 S.W. 27th Ave. 
Miami, FL 33133
Contact: Lily Crook, 305-854-0555

American Custom Yachts
6800 SW Jack James Drive
Stuart, FL, 34997
Contact: Cody Holcomb, 772-370-2110

Sundance Marine
2051 Griffin Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Preferred Marine 
1631 South Dixie Highway, Suite D2 
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

MacGregor Yachts 
2352 PGA Blvd. 
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Evolution by MacGregor Yachts 
48 E. Blue Heron Blvd. 
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Southern Eagle Distributing
5300 Glades Cutoff Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

Bahama Boat Works said it will be calling on their local owner-based fleet of boats to transport urgent need items to the folks in Grand Bahama and Great Abaco. Let them know if you are willing and capable of helping.

Albury Brothers Boats will be collecting supplies for Man-o-War Cay and other destinations. Drop off supplies at: Albury Brothers Boats, 1401 Broadway, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Contact Jeff Lichterman at 561-863-7006.

YachtAid Global, a non-profit headed by a former captain is working with the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency. They will gather megayachts and use the water makers to help fill a major need for clean water. Visit yachtaidglobal.org.

Hope 4 Hope Town is a Facebook page open to donations. Hope 4 Hope Town has an unnamed 185-footer as well as two 300-foot barges ready to go to the Bahamas this coming weekend.  Hope 4 Hope Town has a handful of drop-off locations in South Florida.

The RedCross has volunteers and supplies headed to the Bahamas. To support their efforts, visit redcross.org, call 800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

There are many ways to help out. Please do your part to help the Bahamas in this time of need.