I read in your 2005 keys guide about the phantom rock on the east side (hawks Channel) side of angel creek
I will verify that the rock is there as I bent a prop on it a year ago. I still can not tell you exactly where it is because when I hit it I wasn’t looking for it… so it happened so fast that I wasn’t cognizant of just where it was. However I can say that I think it is just to the north of the last westerly buoy that marks the channel on that side
I draw 5-1/2 feet so I only go through there now at mid to high tide. I have been through there three times since and always hold my breath when I go through
If you have any additional information on this rock, please let me know
We are members at the Ocean Reef Club and keep our boat in Lauderdale so when the wind is up we take the ICW down past Miami and then across Biscayne Bay through Angelfish Creek to the Hawk Channel side to Ocean Reef
Please e-mail me if you ever get a bead on this rock
I plan to try and take the tender out form ocean reef and snorkel the area and see if I can find it. If I do find it I will get the GPS coordinates and send it to you
Subject: Angel Fish Creek "ROCK"
Cruising News: We came to the Bahamas on March 17th and used Angel Fish Creek Cut to get to Bimini. We had spent the night at Pumpkin Key and at 7 AM went to sea via that cut. We were concerned with the west side depth since all charts show very little water just at the west entrance which turn out to be no problem and soon after that we had depths of 7 feet and more.
The problem we had was the same rock stated by Capt Steve. We were in the middle of the channel which is well marked and as we approached between the two last sets of red and green markers on the east side of Angel Fish Creek cut we "FOUND" the rock or something very solid. There were two hits, telling me that there are at least two obstructions next to each other closer to the north side of the channel. We draw only 3 feet and it was low tide at that momentn(7am March 17th, 2009) , but just before we hit we had at least 5/6 feet of water!
We are never again using this cut!!! until some government body fixes or remove this obstructions.
Please be aware. We were lucky. we just had a scrape on the keel of out power cat and were able to proceed to the Bahamas. Had our boat been a little deeper, we could have sunk right there!
Last year (Nov 07) we used angel fish creek as a crossover to Hawk Channel from Bayside—never again. We are in a 48 Krogen whaleback (5’ draft) and maybe we were carrying 5’6”—Anyway, coming out right at high water, we were outbound just before the red and green (last ones before Hawk) and in the middle and struck hard rock bottom. You don’t get stuck unless you stop and with our full keel and protected wheel (single engine) we plowed on scraping the paint off the bottom of our keel but getting to deeper water. The swell either helped or hurt depending on your point of view but we made it to deeper water and will not go that way again.
Steve and Teresa Hutchins
Cruising News: I wrote to you 2 years about the presence of the rock. It is actually more of an area of rocks. I paid for my initial knowledge like many. Also a member of Ocean Reef Club and Anglers Club we are there a lot. I have sounded the channel with our tender and have snorkled the Creek. It is tough spot. The normal tide at that point is 2.7 ft but varies. I will pass there with my 5.5 draft at high tide only! This is not like grounding in GA or SC, this is ROCK. I have been it the dock masters office one holiday weekend when the Miami crowed arrives Friday afternoon at low tide. 3 boats + 6 props ruined. What proof do you need? The worst spot is between the second 2 markers inside on the east end. Just abeam 3/3A. There is a little snake creek that spurs off to the north but shoals at the east end. As it has been said many times before "Local Knowledge Required". Use the Stiltsville channel 20 miles north. The folks in the know do.
I just returned form the Keys and made four passages through angelfish creek without incident
The winds were high, in excess of 25 knots all week, so I was not able to snorkel and look for the infamous rock
However, the channel has been remarked with pole markers. The mouth of the channel is now very narrow so I think that since the markers have been moved together and my original thought was that the rock was just north of the mouth of the channel that the rock issue may be eliminated if you approach from the southeast stay within the narrow entrance markers