Fishing in the Bahamas
Within these pages you will learn about terrific Bahamian bonefishing vacations. If you are interested in bonefishing, flats fishing and fly fishing, you’ll find a bonefishing lodge to satisfy your yearning in the Out Islands of The Bahamas.
Anglers enjoy the Bahamas year round due to the pleasant climate. The numerous opportunities for world class bonefishing make it even better. The native Bahamians like to say “It’s better in the Bahamas”.
We will tell you the Bahamas is the number one bonefishing destination in the Caribbean!
Photo below of Ted Williams rendezvousing with Edward Johnston on the flats of Andros Island (1988)
Fishing in the Bahamas
With approximately 700 islands, the Bahamas have the largest area of Bonefish flats in the world. The Bonefish has won its reputation based on its finicky eating habits and ability to empty a fly reel with blinding speed. The Bahamas offers uncharted spaces where you will seldom see another angler all day. In addition to Bonefish, you will find an assortment of other fish species available including Barracuda, Sharks, Tarpon, Permit, Grouper, Snapper and an assortment of reef species.
We keep looking for good Bahamian bonefishing destinations and revisiting the other lodges we represent in the Bahamas. For 2013 we have shortened our list of good quality lodges in order to maintain the high standards our customers have come to expect from Leisure Time Travel. All of the lodges we have listed are in the middle or northern Bahamas which are usually easy to get to. Unless you take a charter flight or have the use of an aircraft, the southern Bahama Islands can be a challenge to get to due to unreliable local air service.
Several of the lodges offer non-fishing activities for you, your spouse, and other non-fishing guest. We will help you compare each lodge to select the one that best meet your goals. And, don’t forget to check out our
Edward R. Johnston, and the seasoned saltwater staff of Leisure Time Travel, have visited the Bahamas several dozen times. There is no substitute for experience!
Abaco Lodge: Located on the Marls side of Great Abaco Island, in the Bahamas. The Abacos are a string of Bahamian islands located approximately 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. The “mainland” is Great Abaco, third largest island in the Bahamas. You will fish the Marls of Abaco” which are a vast expanse of prime, wilderness bonefish habitat, situated along the western shore of Great Abaco Island. Abaco Lodge accommodates a maximum of 8 anglers, each in a single room with private bath. Great Bahamian bonefishing!
Read about our latest onsite report on Abaco Lodge here.
Bair’s Lodge: Located at Little Creek between Kemps Bay and Mars Bay, on South Andros Island. Andros Island has been the name synonymous with the biggest bonefish, and South Andros has built a reputation over the years as being the location for “Giant” bonefish. Anglers fly into Congo Town in South Andros Island. The transfer from the airport to the lodge takes twenty minutes.
Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge: A small lodge situated on the southeastern tip of Andros that affords anglers a short and easy skiff ride to pristine flats teeming with unpressured bonefish. The lodge itself is located on a flat large enough for a dozen fishermen. Mars Bay is the end of the road; you can’t drive any further south. That puts you ten miles closer to the best fishing grounds on Andros than the nearest lodge.
With some of the least fished flats of South Andros and access to the fabled West Side, Bair’s Lodge and Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge represent the ultimate for sight fishing for big bonefish.
Andros Island Bonefish Club: Located at Cargill Creek on Andros Island. There are miles of gorgeous, hard sand wadeable flats less than a mile from the “Tongue of the Ocean”. Bonefish average 5-7 pounds with at least one 12 pound fish caught most days. When fly fishing great “Lefty Kreh” was asked if he had just one last day to fish for bonefish – where would he do it. Lefty said he would go to Andros Island Bonefish Club (FFSW Jan97). Outstanding Bahamian bonefishing!
Grand Bahama Bonefishing: Your guides, 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.
Read about our latest onsite report on Grand Bahama Bonefishing here.
H2O Bonefishing: This extraordinary Bonefish Club is located at Port Lucaya in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The northern side of Grand Bahama Island is virtually uninhabited, and this is where you will be fishing. And big fish? “Lord have children”, you will be in double digit bonefish heaven!
Deep Water Cay: Located in the middle of over 200 square miles of the most fertile bonefish flats imaginable, many of which are ideal for the wading angler. Average bonefish weigh in at 4-6 pounds with many 7-9 pound fish. The lodge record is 13 1/2 pounds! Permit are there as well. Incredible saltwater flats fishing matched with luxurious accommodations and gracious hospitality make Deep Water Cay one of the premier lodges in the Caribbean. Throw in white sand beaches, colorful coral and marine life, and a sunny tropical climate and you have a vacation destination that can’t be beat. Luxury Lodging & Excellent Bonefishing at Deep Water Cay Club!
Read about our latest onsite report for Deep Water Cay here.
BlackFly Lodge: The Blackfly Lodge, previously known as Black Fly Bonefish Club, is located at the south eastern end of Great Abaco Island halfway between Marsh Harbor and Sandy Point. This unique Lodge is perfectly located to fish some of Abaco’s finest flats. The “Brand New” Lodge is now open in Schooner Bay.
Read about our latest onsite report for Blackfly Lodge here.
Small Hope Bay Lodge: Andros Island, Bahamas, “the bone fishing capital of the world” The lodge has 20 cottages with no phones, no TV and no distractions for the “laid back” lifestyle. Sumptuous island cuisine is provided three times a day. Children are easily accommodated and provided with entertainment and separate evening dining and activities.
These lodges are a little further south in the Bahamas. Good bonefishing and beautiful beaches!
Stella Maris Resort: Located on Long Island in the Southern Out Islands of the Bahamas, described by Christopher Columbus as “the world’s most beautiful island”. Superb bonefishing and big game fishing. The resort is located in a plantation style hotel with ocean views on one of the highest elevations in the Bahamas.
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort: Located on Long Island, this unspoiled jewel in the sun is the Bahama’s best kept secret. Flats and deep sea fishing is one of the resort’s specialties. First class accomodations and beautiful beaches!
Last Minute Fishing Specials: When the lodges have a week that has not been booked as of a certain date, they will run “special fishing deals” to try and get the particular weeks booked. We research our lodges and post all the current specials on this site! Better act quick before the deals are all gone! Quick and easy last minute fishing trips.
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