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Ringing In The New Year: 2015 Is Going To Be Awesome

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:19 AM Comments comments (0)
 
As 2014 came to a close, I reflected on this past year.  I am extremely overwhelmed by all the blessings that came my way.  Errol Thurston Bahamas had so much success during 2014 and I am certain that 2015 will bring even more.  In fact, over the holiday season, I was so busy that I, unfortunately, was unable to accommodate all the requests for bookings that were coming my way for fishing and island hopping trips.  And, friends, let me tell you, I sure do know that this is one excellent dilemma for any small business to have.  Errol Thurston Bahamas is growing and the success of my business is because of you.  Your support and encouragement is something I cannot even begin to properly thank you for.
 
As we venture into 2015, you will witness Errol Thurston Bahamas become even more productive and more successful than it already is.  If you haven’t already, be sure to “like” us on Facebook at Errol Thurston Bahamas, LLC. And, please continue visiting www.errolthurstonbahamas.com often.  You will see that we have already begun to make improvements to our website.  And, there are many more updates still to come. Be on the lookout for some unbelievable photos and videos being posted very soon!
 
One thing I know for sure, I will always stay true to myself and I will always be proud of my home, the Bahamas.  I love what I do and I love sharing my home with all of you.  For all the explorations and adventures that I’ve already had, I still wake up every morning looking forward to each new experience headed my way.  I am eager to learn new things, meet new people, and continue to share this all with you!  I feel very fortunate to have spent the holidays fishing, island hopping, and beaching it with so many remarkable individuals.  It is always great to catch up with my friends who have become more like family to me and I love meeting new people who are bound to be life-long friends.  What a great year it’s been!
 
I hope that 2015 brings you much love, happiness, and joy in your life.  And, I hope that the New Year offers you as many amazing adventures to the Bahamas as your heart desires.  Let’s go fishing, friends.  I hear those Wahoo calling our names now!
 
 
 
 

2014 Bahamian Icon Award - Tourism

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM Comments comments (0)
 
By now many of you know I have been nominated for the 2014 Bahamian Icon Award in the category of tourism.  I just want to say thank you for your kind words and encouragement.  I am so deeply honored to even be considered for something as incredible as this.  My name is listed among some of the most gifted and distinguished Bahamians.  What an incredible honor!  I love what I do and I have a true passion for it.  I love sharing the Bahamas, my home, with people from all over the world. Each time I pick up a family from the airport and I share my beautiful home with them, it fills me with such pride. When someone hooks a fish on the line for the first time, whether it’s a grunt or blue marlin, I share that moment with them.  The excitement is as real as if I’m catching a fish for the first time all over again. There is no greater place to be than the Bahamas.  It’s beyond beautiful, rich with culture, filled with welcoming people, and let’s face it, the weather is perfect!  If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out.  It’s true what they say … It’s Better In The Bahamas!
 
 
 

What A Tripp This Has Been!

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (0)
 
Two full years have passed since www.errrolthurstonbahamas.com launched and its success is mindboggling.  We have web hits from around the world and I’ve made contact with some wonderful people.  It’s amazing how quickly the Errol Thurston Bahamas family has grown in this short amount of time.  It is because of you, my friends, that I amtruly blessed and have maintained a successful business.  Thank you for your continued support and for sharing Errol Thurston Bahamas with your friends and family. 
 
This summer certainly was a whirlwind. Starting in May, I was booked solid and barely had time to get pictures up on the website for you all to see. When my last group left Marsh Harbour the first week of August, after we took full advantage of the opening of lobster season of course, I hopped on a plane to make my way over to the states to take part in one of my newest and most rewarding chapters in my life.  I was sure to take a breather and spent a couple of weeks relaxing and catching up on sleep.  Boy was that heaven on earth!  Then on August 15, 2013 my newest first mate was born.  Errol “Tripp”Thurston III came into this world in true Bahamian fashion … with no rush and no worries.  Tripp has quite the personality and is an absolut testament to his name.  He’s already at home in the water, loves a good nap, and is a huge fan of boobs! (He might take after his daddy just a little bit!)  He really has brightened our world and we are absolutely in love with this little guy. I see a lot of awesome fishing in this boy’s future; can’t wait to post his first big catch on www.errolthurstonbahamas.com.   
 
After several weeks at home helping Tripp and his momma adjust to this new life, I headed back to Marsh Harbour to hang with some of my favorite friends – David and Tracie Cason, Katherine Gonos, and Steve Adkins.  We had one heck of a good time.  Our fishing trips reeled in a few Wahoo … one topping out at 94lbs.  Ain’t nothing wrong with that!  This is one of my favorite groups to hang with because they are so easy going and truly enjoy every moment of island life.  It’s always sad to see them go.
 
 
One of the other (and best) perks about being back in Marsh Harbour is that I got to spend time with my oldest daughter, Sierra. We headed out on the water on a mission to get as many conch, lobster,and fish as we could.  Take a look at the pictures posted in our photo section and let me know how you think we did.  I’d say she’s got a little of her old man’s fishing skills.  I’m so proud of Sierra.  She started school in Marsh Harbour this year and is doing well.  I can’t believe she just celebrated her 12th birthday.  Where does the time go?!  I tell you, friends, it goes by too fast.  Be sure to remember how blessed we all are and take the time to say thank you for all the greatness that surrounds each of us.  I tell you what, I’m one grateful guy!
 
Stay posted to www.errolthurstonbahamas.com and to our Facebook Page, Errol Thurston Bahamas, LLC for all the latest and greatest fishing pictures and stories.  There’s lots more to come and it’s gonna be awesome!
 

This Week Was Cray Cray

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (3)
Good Friday was a great day!  The Call and Sanderlin families flew into Marsh Harbour Friday afternoon and the party started almost immediately.  Everyone got settled in at the house and we headed out on the water for a gorgeous sunset cruise.  We made our way to Hopetown Inn and Marina where we enjoyed a delicious dinner and wonderful conversation.  Everyone got tucked into bed fairly early so we could be sure to be up early the next day to make the most of every moment during this spring break trip.
 
We were up and at it before the sun even peeked out above the horizon Saturday morning.  We fished all morning long and hooked up on some Wahoo, but they cut free. When we needed to refuel our bodies we headed to Hopetown for a fantastic lunch, and a few cold beers, at Abaco Inn. Later that day, we headed back offshore where we hooked up on a ton of Tuna.  Thirteen Tuna later we headed back to the dock with some awesome memories, some great fishing pictures, and way too many fish to clean.  That’s what I call an awesome day.
 
Easter morning we had a late start with a full day ahead of us.  Our first stop was Baker’s Bay on the northern end of Great Guana Cay to grab a bite to eat and enjoy all the amenities they have to offer.  We wanted to do a little snorkeling so we went over to the beach on the north side.  Snorkeling in the Abacos is always fun and I’m always amazed by the beauty that greets us as we dive under the crisp, crystal blue water.  After our adventures at Baker’s Bay we cruised over to Nippers for a little Sunday fun.  Unfortunately, we didn’t stay too long because Nippers was a little too R rated for our taste that afternoon!  No worries, we headed back to Marsh Harbour where we rested up a bit before trying our hand at a little more Tuna fishing.  It ended up being worth it because when we got back to the dock that evening we had a couple of good looking Tuna resting on ice in the cooler.
 
The next few days were filled with a ton of fishing and a lot more fun.  Early in the week we started off Dolphin fishing in the morning and didn’t hook up right away.  We pulled a hook on one and had a White Marlin in the spread, but weren’t able to get him in the boat.  We headed out in the evening that day and were able to hook up some Tuna and even saw another White Marlin.  The next morning we headed back out hoping to hook some Dolphin.  We had some great luck and ended up with four in the box before we headed to lunch at Pete’s Pub.  After lunch we decided to venture over to Sandy Cay where we did some more snorkeling and took the time to enjoy the ocean life in the Abacos.  The kids were thrilled to see a stingray and sea turtle so close to them.  It’s enough to take your breath away when you realize you can reach out and touch them. It never gets old to see these creatures gliding through the water.  After snorkeling, we didn’t want the ocean fun to stop.  Tilloo was calling our names so made our way there.  Everyone was so glad we did because we saw tons of starfish, seabiscuits, and sanddollars.  Amazing!
 
Even though we had fun the day before snorkeling and beachcombing, fishing was still at the top of our list.  Chip and I were bound and determined to hook up his first Wahoo.  The two of us headed out early one morning to make this happen.  Two nice Wahoo cooperated with us and we were able to reel them right into the boat.  Chip did an awesome job and can put that notch in his belt now!  The Dolphin were tearing up the surface with my favorite frigate birds buzzing around overhead.  Nothing like see those birds leading you right to the grand prize. After our lines had been in the water for a while we decided to head into get the rest of the crew.
Harbour’s Edge was our lunch spot for the day where some people might have had one too many Curly Tail drinks.  They sure did enjoy them!  Everyone wanted to try Nippers again since Sunday’s trip was a bust.  We made our way back to Guana Cay to see if we could enjoy that amazing view at Nippers one more time.  I’m so glad we did.  The kids swam in the pool, went down to the ocean, played volleyball, and did a little souvenir shopping in the Nippers store.  I don’t think we could have asked for a better time.
 
We decided to end our last few days of fishing trying to hook up some more Wahoo.  Kelly, Chip, and I weren’t lucky enough to catch Wahoo, but we did hook up on a couple of Tuna.  We’ll take it!  The kids wanted to do a little Snapper fishing.  Talk about success!  We reeled in a ton of Yellowtails and had a few surprises along the way.  Sarah Kate caught a 25lb Barracuda and Gracyn brought an Amberjack into the boat that weighed well over 70lbs.  Amazing!  I’ve definitely got some competition with the Call and Sanderlin kids on the boat. After an awesome morning on the water, and a ton of fish on ice, we headed in for our last lunch in Hopetown for this Spring Break trip.  And, as usual, it was delicious!
 
This week flew by way too fast, as it usually does! I had such fun with everyone and was sad to see them leave.  I don’t think anyone wanted this Spring Break adventure to end.  As we parted ways at the airport, those goodbye hugs from the kiddos about broke my heart.  You see the people that come into my life through this unbelievable job it get to do every day, are not just my clients, they are family.  So we never say goodbye; we say see y’all later!  I’ll take these awesome memories from our cray cray week together and cherish them always.  All I know is the Call and Sanderlin families are welcome in the Abacos anytime and I expect to see y’all sooner rather than later!
 
 
 
 
 

We Never Said This Was Easy

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM Comments comments (1)
 
 
 
What an awesome time we just had in the Abacos. The Riesterer and Perkins families and friends joined me in Marsh Harbour for quite the memorable week!  They flew in on a Saturday and we started making plans immediately.  Sunday our adventuresome week started at Nippers. You know how that goes!  Good drinks, a great ocean view, a little souvenir shopping, and of course a lot of people watching.  The next morning we headed to Jamie’s Place to enjoy a traditional Abaco style, home cooked breakfast.  We spent the rest of the day recovering from the day before and enjoying the company of friends and family.  Tuesday we left the dock and headed out for a beautiful day on the water.  We made a stop in Hopetown and a little more souvenir shopping was done as we walked around this beautiful town.  And of course we had to stop at one of my favorite spots, Cap’n Jack’s, for lunch.  It’s always a great time there!  After lunch we headed to Sandy Cay for some snorkeling.  We saw stingrays, tropical fish, and all sorts of amazing underwater creatures.  This underwater adventure had everyone yearning for some more Abaco beauty so I took them over to Tilloo Cay.  They walked along the beach, played in the sparkling water, and found helmet conchs, starfish, and seabiscuits.  There’s just nothing better than soaking up the sun in this beautiful place.  Our fun-filled day ended with drinks and appetizers at Abaco Inn.
 
The first three days of their vacation were already packed with memories and there was so much more to come.  Wednesday the crew wanted to head back to Nippers. They had such a great time Sunday; they just had to enjoy it one more time.  Thursday was a big day for the Riesterer and Perkins families.  Adam Kellepourey got down on one knee and proposed to Angie Perkins on the beach of Regattas.  Of course she said yes!  We are just so happy for them and wish them nothing but the best as they begin this new adventure together.  All of us celebrated this wonderful occasion with a delicious dinner at Wally’s where we got smashed off of Wally’s Specials– a tropical house drink that is a tasty, tasty treat.  Surprisingly enough to me, everyone was going strong the next day and ready to go for our early morning fishing trip.  We started out catching a ton of Blue Runners with bait on 8lb test.  Let me tell you, the bite was awesome and it was a ton of fun! After that we headed to another spot to do a little Snapper fishing.  The bite was a tad slow, but Kerby was able to hook a nice one.  Soon after that, we headed in to have an delicious lunch at Cap’n Jack’s while we waited for the tide to change.  Our final Snapper spot was on fire, folks.  We were reeling them in left and right!  The day ended with 8 or 9 Mutton Snapper, a few Yellowtails, and a large variety of other fantastic fish.  It’s always a good day when the fish are biting, the cooler’s full, and you head back to the dock with precious memories that you can take with you no matter where you go.
 
This week has been a blast and I am so thankful to have been able to spend it with such amazing people.  I want to give a big thank you to Matt, Cathy, Liz, Garrett, Bob, Liggie, Angie, Adam, Stefanie, John, and Kerby.  I have to say, even though I had an awesome time with everyone, it just wasn’t the same without my Emily Riesterer.  You better make it on the next trip; we have a lot of catching up to do!  And, to all of you who made this week such a memorable one, I hope you take a little piece of this beautiful island with you.  Travel back my way soon.  Adam and Angie, I think the Abacos might make a perfect honeymoon spot for you guys!  ‘Til next time friends …
 
 
 

The Perfect Catch

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM Comments comments (0)
Believe it or not the fishing in the Abacos is still on fire.  Eric Petosa made his way to this beautiful piece of paradise to see what he could reel into the boat.  Eric’s daughters, Lauren and Erica, joined their dad on this adventure as well as his buddy, Corey and his daughter,Angelic.  I had such an awesome time hanging out with all of them.  We did a little fishing and a little catching. Most of all, it was great to spend time with everyone, catch up, and make new memories.  Can’t wait for our next adventure!
 
During the same week the Petosa crew was in town, I was fortunate to spend a little time with my friends, Julie and Ron Reitz. Congratulations to the newlyweds! May you take a piece of this paradise with you as you begin the next chapter of your lives as Mr. & Mrs.!  

Christmas in Paradise

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM Comments comments (1)
Fortunately for me some of my favorite people ventured over to my neck of the woods for a winter in paradise.  The day after Christmas these families from different parts of Georgia all boarded planes to make their way to Marsh Harbour.  The whole Ragen Family hopped on a plane in Savannah headed right for Marsh Harbour while their final destination of Hopetown anxiously awaited their arrival.  And only a few miles away in Valdosta the Langdales were getting on their plane to meet their friends, The Brooks, in Marsh Harbour so they could share a little slice of heaven with them.  You see the Brooks weren’t sure what to expect on their first visit to Marsh Harbour, but I can tell you for sure they left that island a week later with a relaxed mind and a happy heart.  I was happy that the Langdales and Ragens landed at the airport at the same time and were able to meet each other on the first leg of their adventure.  My schedule was going to busy the next two weeks, but the fun I was about to have was worth any sleepless nights that were coming my way.
 
Since the Brooks were visiting for the first time, we tried to do everything they wanted to do while in paradise.  We took a couple trips to Hopetown to enjoy a dinner at Firefly and a delicious lunch at The Edge.  We enjoyed a trip to Baker’s Bay where we were able to catch the underwater beauty as we snorkeled along the reef behindBaker’s Bay.  Of course we had to visit Nippers to enjoy the amazing view and the kids spent time helping me work on a special project on the beach.  Everyone had a blast visiting all the hot spots in the Abacos.
 
Everyone spent time enjoying all the beauty surrounding us by paddle boarding and kayaking around the eastern shore.  And you better believe we went Snapper and Shark fishing the last night the Brooks Family was in town.  We headed out around sunset and fired up the grill so we could get dinner going while we tossed our lines in the water.  It was a perfect way to end their winter in paradise.
 
The Langdales still had two more days and we made sure to head out on the water to get some fish and lobsters in the boat.  William and I jumped in the water to see what we could find.  While we were under the water snagging a lobster, Lanier was in one heck of a fight on the boat with a Jack on 12lb test.  The good news is Lanier won that one.  Everyone had a great time and I know they were sad to leave Marsh Harbour when they did.  Who wouldn’t want to stay just a little bit longer?
 
Even though the Langdales were headed back to the states, I was happy that the Ragen Family was still in town.  The first day I fished with them we headed out early, snagged two Wahoos, and were back to the dock by 10AM cleaning fish.  Not too shabby at all.  It is always great to see the Ragens.  The boys and I headed out to Hole in the Wall early one morning with perfect seas less than 2 feet at 12 seconds apart.  We were able to snag a few Wahoo and a few Tuna.  It’s always fun hanging out on the boat,having a few beers, and catching up with each other.  Not to mention, we had a blast reeling in those fish!  While at Hole in the Wall,it was interesting to see how the hole in the wall fell in due to HurricaneSandy’s wicked ways back in October.
 
The Ragens were great hosts and hostesses as they treated me to dinner and drinks while in Hopetown.  We feasted on our fresh Tuna sushi and a delicious Wahoo perfectly cooked at Seaspray. The company and conversation was, of course, the best part of the evening.  It always is.  We spent the last evening of their trip waiting for the giant mystery shark to pay us a visit at the dock while the grandkids stayed back at the house with Honey and Great.  It was a great night of chum making, beer drinking, and conversation.  There is never a dull moment with this crew.  And,I love every minute of it.  The good news is a shark did show up, but the mammoth shark they were waiting for didn’t make an appearance until they all headed back to their house.  Don’t worry, friends, I’ll keep him well fed until next time!
 
Christmas time is always fun in the Abacos.  It’s a great time for everyone.  Families meeting up to spend quality time with one another, friends meeting up for a reunion to catch up on the past year, or couples celebrating their first Christmas vacation together.  No matter your reason for heading to the Abacos, you’ll always leave a little sad to go with a heart full of memories that will make you start planning next year’s vacation almost immediately.
 

Deep Dropping

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM Comments comments (1)
I am so happy that I was able to fish and spend time with the Malone family the other day. Adam and his kids, Maddie and Rosser, joined me for a deep drop adventure like no other. Maddie and Rosser had never been before so we took them just outside so I could teach them about deep dropping. It was a lot of fun. It quickly turned into a competition between the two kids and it turned out to be quite productive! While fishing Adam and I were discussing the probability of hooking a Mahi on a deep drop line. Within minutes of having this conversation, a Mahi showed up and grabbed the deep drop rig while it was on the surface. Talk about awesome! We got a Snapper and Mahi on one rig. We ended the day with about a half dozen Yellow Eyed Snappers, an 18 lb Grouper, Mahi, and a medium and small Mutton Snapper. And, we must have had more than a dozen Yellowtails in the cooler on the way in. What a fun time I had with the Malone family! Can’t wait to see what Maddie and Rosser can teach me about deep dropping on their next trip with Capt. T! 
 
 
Also, I want to say Happy Birthday to a few of my favorite fishermen and fisherwomen ...
  • Evelyn Langdale
  • Pope Langdale
  • Adam Malone
  • Maureen Redington
 
Hope your birthdays were full of adventure!
 
 
 
 

Bum Floats, Booze, and Big Fish

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As many of us are buzzing around town trying to get the best deals this Black Friday and recovering from gorging ourselves with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, I would be remissed if I did not give some recognition to the amazing people I was fortunate to spend some time with and give thanks for the awesome time I had this week.

For the first few days, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Bum Float crew who were staying out at Snapper Point. We had a blast! And, friends, if you haven’t discovered the Bum Float yet, I’m telling you that it is a must!! Check out a link to their website at the end of this blog. Our first day out on the water was gorgeous! I’m not sure we could have asked for a better day. We headed out for some Snapper fishing with the kids. The fishing was on fire and we did a super job bringing in Yellowtails and Mutton Snappers. The kids brought in about two to three Yellowtails each - way to go!

The next day we were going to head back to the same spot where we had success with Snapper fishing yesterday, but the weather conditions wouldn’t permit this; the wind was just too strong. We anchored at another fishing spot where the tide was pulling way too strong, but we gave it a shot anyway. Unfortunately, we didn’t find much success, but since we were so close we decided to troll offshore for a a little bit to see how well we did out there. After about twenty minutes of trolling our patience paid off.  Dan the man snagged a nice 55 lb Wahoo and boy was that fun!

My last day with the Bum Float crew was a day on the water with just the guys. It was a quick trip because the seas were pretty big - six to eight feet and a few ten footers out there. No worries though, we made the best of it. During our three hours of trolling we brought in two Wahoos and Dolphin. It’s always nice to replace the beer in the cooler with some monster fish! We headed in to clean up and grab a quick bite to eat. We decided to finish our day with an evening cap at Nippers. And, the best part was our ride home because we were able to view a beautiful sunset as we headed in for the day. It was an awesome few days with the Bum Float crew and I look forward to our next adventure!

Check out the Bum Float at www.bumfloat.com.
 

From Sandy To Snappers

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (0)
Like most things that cross my path on a daily basis, the great majority require teamwork. Hurricane Sandy, which I suppose is now Superstorm Sandy, blew through Marsh Harbour leaving a mess behind her. Our island pulled together and cleaned up; it's just what we do. And, one thing I know for sure is that after a rough storm, and a few days of cleanup, the fish start to miss ya.  They get anxious for that piece of bait dangling from the end of your hook. Fishing takes teamwork too. The fish get so excited to nibble on a line that every one you cast out can start reeling at the same time. This happened to us about one week after the storm when we were out on the water hooking up Snappers left and right. There's nothing like working your tail off pulling fish after fish in the boat and the heading back in with a cooler overflowing with Snappers and an ice cold Kalik in your hand! After two half day trips inshore we pulled in over 100 Yellowtails and about 20 Mutton Snappers weighing between 10-20lbs and a few even bigger. The bottom line is this - no man works alone on land or at sea. At the end of the day we all need to be thankful for each day we wake up and for the gifts we receive during the day. My friends, be grateful for those who are there to lend a helping hand during times of struggle; teamwork, that's where it's at my friends!
 

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