When visiting a nation made up of more than 700 islands, one can expect to see plenty of ocean. The Bahamas offers visitors ample opportunities to fish and plenty of ways to get out to sea. From reef and bonefish to deep sea varieties, there's something for any type of fisherman here.
Three major varieties of fishing are found throughout the Bahamas, enough for any kind of angler. Those who are thinking of fly or spin casting may want to consider bonefishing, while those with plenty of patience can take on the reefs. Those looking for the biggest fish in the sea can try the deep sea for their catch.
Fly fishermen particularly enjoy bonefishing. However, these fish can he hard to find and do require a bit of patience. Known as the "grey ghost," bonefish are often elusive and can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour once hooked. If you do manage to hook a bonefish, you may find yourself hooked on the sport.
Bonefishing is growing as a local favorite and takes place in the flats. Guides may pole a flat-bottomed boat for the fishermen, or the anglers themselves may wade in knee-deep water to catch these fish, which weigh no more than 15 pounds. Bonefish are often found in schools of 100 and more, so when one swims by there are usually more to follow.
A word to the wise: The name "bonefish" is particularly descriptive of these smaller fish. Though you may be tempted to eat your catch, they don't make an enjoyable meal, as they do have plenty of bones.
Reef fishing is not the most popular type of fishing among vacationers, but anglers with a bit of patience and a love of challenges may wish to try their hand out on the reefs.
While reefs are filled with fish, catching one require a bit of skill. Bait is sunk with weights, so it's particularly suited to coarse anglers. Remember that reefs are usually quite large.
Travel a little further offshore in the Bahamas and you'll find everything from tuna to sharks. Deep sea fishermen can enjoy hooking plenty of fish. A deep drop-off from the reefs surrounding the cays makes it easy to reach the deep sea. Fishing boats can trawl for marlin, sailfish, tuna, mahi mahi, or mackerel, and deep sea fishermen should remember to use heavy gauge lines.
Those who enjoy a bit of competition can also take part in tournaments scheduled year round. The Annual Bahamas White Marlin Open is one such tournament, located just off Treasure Cay. Bimini has been host to the Annual Native Fishing Tournament for more than half a century.
The Bahamas hold numerous fishing records, and attract anglers from around the world who hope to one day hold one such record. Records are constantly being challenged on the island of Bimini, which is known as the "Big Game Capital of the World," and even has a Fishing Hall of Fame.
The Bahamas is home to plenty of fishing, but fishermen must follow a few rules to catch fish legally. These limits and requirements are designed to help maintain certain numbers of fish. Fishermen need permits, which can be obtained from Customs at the ports of entry. Anglers are limited to six rods at a time and may only use hook and line. There are also limits on what can be caught.
Year-round limits on lobster and crawfish are six tails per person. The season is closed from April 1 through July 31. Egg-bearing female crawfish are also protected. Minimum size lengths are 6-inch tail length or 3 and 3/8-inch carapace length.
Conch may not be harvested without a well-formed lip. Possession of such conch is also prohibited. There is a bag limit of 10 per person at any time.
Wahoo, kingfish, and dolphin are limited to six fish per person in any combination.
Ships are limited to 20 pounds of scalefish, 10 conch, and six crawfish per person for export.
The season is closed for stone crabs between June 1 and October 15, and the minimum size for a harvestable claw is 4 inches. Females may not be harvested.
Eating turtle in the Bahamas is legal, but importing turtle is illegal.
The Hawaiian sling is the only legal device for spearfishing. Using scuba gear or an air compressor to harvest fish, conch, crawfish, and other marine animals is illegal.
Spearfishing is prohibited within a mile of the coast of New Providence, a mile off the south coast of Freeport, and 200 yards off of any of the Out Islands. Removing any animal or spearfish from national sea parks is prohibited.
From December 16 to February 16 it is prohibited to take, land, process, or sell fresh Nassau Grouper to help promote the commercial fishery of Nassau Grouper.
Certain times of year are better for catching certain kinds of fish. In some cases, just a few months out of the year offer fishing opportunities. Typically May, June, and July are the best months to fish in the Bahamas. However, fish like the wahoo are far more prevalent from November through March. Similarly, other fish, like barracuda and snapper, are easy to find year round.
If you are thinking about going deep sea fishing during your vacation, you may be pleased to learn there are 43 different charter operators that can help make it happen.
If you're ready to get in contact with a fishing charter, you should consider Paradise Watersports. With their deep sea fishing excursion, you can explore the Bahamian waters in search of the perfect catch. With fish like tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, blue marlin and other in the water, you're sure to catch a good one. They are located in William's Town Beach, in western the Bahamas.
A second option is Justin Sands Bonefishing. Justin goes the extra mile to pick up his clients from any hotel or ferry dock in Marsh Harbour. You can reach them at (242) 367-3526.
A third option is Bonefish Bradley. Nearly every trip is successful with Bonefish Bradley, where they specialize in tarpon, permit, mahi mahi, barracuda, yellow fin tuna and of course, bonefish. They guarantee catches in the double digits on the West side of Andros, but they fish at the northern end as well. They're located on Andros Town, the Bahamas.
The chart below summarizes more details on charters operating in this area.
|A Salt Weapon Deep Sea Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(252) 473-1400||0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Anxiety Attack||Fishing Charter Service||(800) 688-5871||Nassau||New Providence|
|Back Breaker Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 365-5140||Great Guana Cay||Great Guana Cay|
|Fishing Charter Service||(242) 334-8500||Rock Sound, Central the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|Bahamas Marine Adventures||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 457-2629||Nassau||New Providence|
|Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina Offshore Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(800) 867-4764||2.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|Bonafide Bonefishing||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 338-2025||Stella Maris, Central the Bahamas||Long Island|
|Bonefish Bradley||Fishing Charter Service||(305) 677-0475||Andros Town, Western part of the Bahamas||North Andros Island|
|Fishing Charter Service||347-3234||Nassau||New Providence|
|Born Free Charter Service||Fishing Charter Service||(954) 526-2363||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Born Free Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 698-1770||Nassau||New Providence|
|Bow Leg Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 342-5080||Cat Island||Cat Island|
|Captain Mark Charters||Fishing Charter Service||--||Treasure Cay, Northwestern part of the Bahamas||Great Abaco|
|Captain Z Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||--||Gregory Town, Western part of the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|Cat Tails||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 342-7050||Central the Bahamas||Cat Island|
|Checkmate Fishing Charter||Fishing Charter Service||(800) 688-5871||Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Fishing Charter Service||324-3474||Paradise Island||New Providence|
|Chubasco Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 324-3474||Paradise Island||New Providence|
|CuddaJohnny Sportsfishing||Fishing Charter Service||--||Cat Island||Cat Island|
|Down Deep Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 366-3143||4.3 mi. South West of Central Hopetown||Lubbers Quarters Cay|
|Eleuthera Tours Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 225-4408||Central the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|Exotic Adventure||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 374-2278||Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Fish Rowe Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 357-0870||Central the Bahamas||Great Exuma|
|Go Fast Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(800) 688-5871||Grand Bahama Island||Grand Bahama Island|
|Fishing Charter Service||(242) 557-3229||Paradise Island||New Providence|
|Justin Sands Bonefishing||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 367-3526||Marsh Harbour, Northwestern part of the Bahamas||Great Abaco|
|Fishing Charter Service||(242) 451-0200||0.8 mi. South of Central Great Harbour Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
|Fishing Charter Service||(242) 351-6917||2.8 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Local Boy Deep Sea Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 366-0528||0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Lucky Strike||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 366-0101||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Martini on the Rocks||Fishing Charter Service||(800) 688-5871||Nassau||New Providence|
|Mornin Ride Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 557-3061||Nassau||New Providence|
|Fishing Charter Service||(242) 362-2186||Western part of the Bahamas||Little Harbour Cay|
|Navigator Fishing Charter||Fishing Charter Service||(800) 688-5871||Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|North Riding Point Club||Fishing Charter Service||353-4250||Grand Bahama Island||Grand Bahama Island|
|Out Island Explorers Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(265) 365-5686||Central the Bahamas||Stocking Island|
|Paradise Watersports||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 373-4001||1.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Percy's Bonefish||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 464-4149||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Great Harbour Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
|Reel Tight Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 369-2638||22.7 mi. East of Central North Andros Island||North Andros Island|
|Ronnie Sawyer's Bonefish Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 365-4070||6.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Treasure Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|The Optical Opportunity||Fishing Charter Service||(800) 688-5871||Nassau||New Providence|
|Fishing Charter Service||(242) 333-4433||3.7 mi. North of Central the Bluff Settlement||North Eleuthera|
|Yellowtail Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(242) 393-1456||Nassau, Western part of the Bahamas||New Providence|
You'll find 9 different local fishing guides listed below.
|Alvin Greene Fishing Guide||Fishing Guide Service||(242) 471-4205||32.9 mi. South of Central Andros Town||Mangrove Cay|
|Andros Island Bonefish Club||Fishing Guide Service||(242) 368-5167||Andros Town, Western part of the Bahamas||North Andros Island|
|Bonefish Paradise||Fishing Guide Service||(242) 337-0187||Deadman's Cay, Central the Bahamas||Long Island|
|Bonefish Simon Bain||Fishing Guide Service||(242) 456-2105||Nassau||New Providence|
|Deneki South Andros Fishing||Fishing Guide Service||(800) 344-3628||1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Congo Town||South Andros Island|
|Fishing Guide Service||(242) 332-6524||6.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central North Palmentton Point||Eleuthera|
|Grand Bahama Bonefishing||Fishing Guide Service||(242) 441-1692||McLean's Town, Western part of the Bahamas||Grand Bahama Island|
|Mangrove Cay Bonefishing||Fishing Guide Service||(242) 369-0731||9.8 mi. Northwest of Central Congo Town||Central Andros|
|Philip Rolle's North Andros Fly Fishing||Fishing Guide Service||(242) 329-2661||10.2 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
The Bahamas has more than 50 fishing records under its belt, making it one of the best places in the world to head out on the water and drop in a line. With so many fish to catch, there are plenty of experienced anglers to help even the most novice fisherman make a catch.
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