The Abaco islands of the Bahamas offer great fishing close to home. With the proliferation of bigger, faster sportfishing boats, once-distant waters now feel much closer to home. For example, in the 1970s, most offshore fishermen considered a 50-footer to be a big boat. And if a boat that size cruised at 23 knots, that seemed pretty quick. Those numbers seem like a distant memory these days as 70- and 80-footers have become commonplace and cruise between 30 and 40 knots.