Grand Bahama Bonefishing

Grand Bahama Bone Fishing with the Pinder Brothers will be a Grand experience of your lifetime. Catching a bonefish is always thrilling. The excitement of the hunt and of watching the fish recognize, gobble up your fly and tear across a slick surface is about as good as it gets. If you are interested in world class bone fishing with the Pinder Brothers on Grand Bahama Island– read on!

Edward Johnston with a fine bonefish at Grand Bahama Bone Fishing

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The Bahamas have a well-earned reputation for the finest bonefishing in the world, and Grand Bahama is one of the best in the Bahamas. Grand Bahama Island is more than 90 miles long and greater than 12 miles at the widest point. If you have fished the upper Bahamas before, this area is reminiscent of the middle bights of Andros, the east end of Grand Bahama Island, and the marls of Great Abaco Island.

When you arrive in Grand Bahama Island, you will be greeted by the wonderful and spirited people of the area. The charms of Grand Bahama Island attract visitors from around the world. The deep blue waters, sprinkled with reefs and tropical fish, on the south side of the islands and the vast Bonefish flats on the north side of the island are an irresistible magnet that keeps anglers coming back year after year.

For anglers living in the eastern US, there is no reason to go half way around the world when there is incredible fishing in the Bahamas, many islands within a single day’s flight.

It’s so uncomplicated to get to. You take a direct flight from many cities in the United States to Ft. Lauderdale, then a 40 minute jump over to Freeport.  From the airport, it is a short taxi ride to the Hotel. That’s it right there.  There is no need for a charter flight, no need to spend the night anywhere. Also, there are not any specific transfer days at the lodge, so you can arrive on any day of the week and visit for as many days you wish.

View from the oceanside balcony at the Radisson Resort : Grand Bahama Bonefishing

Grand Bahama Bonefishing combines a first-class bone fishing experience with beachfront lodging at a picturesque resort.  You’re ocean-side accommodation at Grand Bahama Bonefishing centers on Port Lucaya in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island with attractive and comfortable air-conditioned room at the Radisson Resort Grand Lucayan situated on a mile stretch of beautiful white-sand beach.

The hotel staff will welcome you and treat you with courtesy and as fishing guests, you are your package may include oceanfront poolside rooms with a choice of two doubles or a king-sized bed. If you desire, we can arrange alternate lodging.

This full service resort features tropically decorated rooms. Each air-conditioned room has a spacious private balcony which is adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and the nearby marina at Port Lucaya. You will be within easy walking distance to the Port Lucaya Marketplace, Lucayan Beach, and the Lucayan Beach Casino.

Entrance to the market at Port Lucaya : Grand Bahama Bone FishingGrand Bahama Bonefishing has a slightly different meal plan than most lodges. You will start your day with full breakfast buffet and omelet bar at theWilly Broadleaf Restaurant which is conveniently located onsite at the Radisson Resort. For lunch you will be provided with a delicious homemade picnic lunch with cold drinks and/or purified water for your day of fishing.

Owing to the unique nature of your fishing vacation, dinners are not included in the package price, enabling party members to enjoy the town and numerous restaurants dining options each evening. You can dine at the several restaurants located on the hotel property, or take a short walk across the street to the Port Lucaya Marketplace with many fine restaurants and shops. This is perfect for the evening meal and convenient for the non-fishing spouse. The friendly hotel staff will be pleased to assist you with reservations.

The Fishing:

From your hotel you will be provided with transportation to the Grand Bahama Bonefishing dock, which is located at Hawksbill Creek on the islands north side. The resort is a 15 minute ride to the launch site.

The boats are 16″ fiberglass Dolphin super skiffs. These state of the art flats boats have no option overlooked. They are equipped to comply with U.S. Coast Guard standards and are powered by 70-90 horsepower outboards, which mean you can cover a lot of territory fast and in comfort. The Dolphins offer the angler an opportunity to fish in extremely shallow water and provide the stability required for excellent and accurate casting. The boats have, stationary lean bars, built in rod holders, comfortable seats, carpeted walls and polling platforms. Cell phones are on board for event of an unlikely emergency.

Dolphin Skiff at Grand Bahama Bone Fishing

The Pinder Brothers:

The Pinder brothers, have been fishing for two generations, with over 60 years of combined experience. These guides literally grew up in the guiding business at the famed Deep Water Cay Club on the island’s East End. Their unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of bonefishing, jovial nature, and excellent communication skills make for a very exciting day on the water for anglers of all casting abilities. Many consider the Pinder brothers to be the best in the Bahamas.

The Pinder brothers own this business, unlike some lodges in the Bahamas that use independent guides for which they do not control whole experience and process, including the boat, equipment, food and drink, et cetera.

David Pinder casting a long line at Grand Bahama Bone FishingIf desired, fly-casting lessons are free. These guys seem like they were born with a fly rod in the hand. Your writer is a certified fly casting instructor, but I can tell you with absolute certainty, these guys can make you a better caster.

Grand Bahama Island is primarily a bone fishery however this area offers occasional opportunities for tarpon, permit, plus a host of other species, including barracuda, jacks, snapper and sharks. Your guides, the Pinder Brothers, boast the average size bonefish is 4-6 pounds and anglers often have shots at 10 pound plus fish that cruise the flats. Grand Bahama Island is one of the few destinations where you have a realistic chance to hook and a double digit fish.

In addition the bone fishery, the Pinder Brothers have targeted the permit and tarpon here and are increasing fishing opportunities for their anglers. Depending upon the time of year, you may have a chance to cast at one of these fish; however you should consider this a bonus. Our advise; be alert, have your permit or tarpon rod rigged and be ready to cast.

The fishery is unaffected by its proximity of to Freeport. The primary area you will be fishing is the undeveloped north shoreline of Grand Bahama Island for which there is very little human presence to compromise the quality of the natural environment. Your launching point at Hawksbill creek is roughly 30 miles from the west end and 60 miles from the east end of the island, so in a 30 m.p.h. skiff you can cover a lot of territory.

Mosby with a very-nice bonefish at Grand Bahama BonefishingThere are literally hundred square miles of expansive flats, creeks and mangroves cays which encompass a huge area teeming with bonefish. This area does not see much angling pressure and as result, the bonefish are not as skittish as those found where the fishing pressure is much higher. The Pinder Brothers fish both east and west of their dock, but their biggest fish have come from the north western region of the island where there really isn’t anyone else fishing.

The bottom of the flats varies in composition from firm white sand, where you will have opportunity to wade fish, to soft marl and turtle grass bottoms which you will fish from the boats. The bonefish like these areas as there is an ample food supply of minnows, shrimp, crabs, and other crustaceans.  This pristine and healthy environment contributes to the large numbers and size of fish being caught.

The guides will always try to quietly approach the flats with the wind and sun to your back. One a good day it is not uncommon to catch a dozen of more decent fish. The best spot will be chosen depending upon the weather. The number of fish you can expect to catch at any time is directly related to your skill as an angler.

Activities

Port Lucaya one of the few places that has great fishing for the angler and comfort and charm for the non-angler; there are numerous leisure activities the spouse and non-anglers can enjoy in area’s lively retail and restaurant district, casinos and of course the beautiful beaches.

Guests at Radisson Resort Grand Lucayan can enjoy a daily resort activities schedule, 18-hole championship golf course, Las Vegas-style casino, 25,000 square feet Senses Spa and Fitness Center and three swimming pools for some fun in the sun. The soft sandy Lucayan Beach is the place for the folks who want to take a swim or walk. There is a full service concierge desk that can help you select and arrange many vacation ideas.

Grand Bahama Bonefishing : Edward Johnston with a nice Grand Bahama BonefishThe Port Lucaya Marketplace offers upscale shopping in duty free shops, dining at many fine restaurants and bars, and entertainment. This six-acre waterfront entertainment complex centers on the bandstand at Count Basie Square where local events are frequently held.  The legendary jazz pianist built a home in Freeport.

There is also deep sea fishing, reef fishing, water sports, scuba diving and reef exploring, swimming with Dolphins, glass bottom boat tours, ocean kayaking, tennis, horseback riding, and eco-tour adventures, where you can walk through and explore the wilderness and a host of other activities.

Conclusion

Catching a bonefish is always thrilling. The excitement of the hunt and of watching the fish recognize, gobble up your fly and tear across a slick surface is about as good as it gets.

On Grand Bahama Island the fishing is as good as or better than ever and with the slow economy, the Bahamas fishing industry has cooled off a bit. As a result, many lodges that were always booked now have some availability, including Grand Bahama Bonefishing. Let us help you arrange your next trip!

Your stay at the Radisson Resort Grand Lucayan beachfront hotel is included in your fishing package. There are no set arrival or departure days at Grand Bahama Bo nefishing. Customized packages that include extra nights can be easily arranged.

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