Fly Fishing for Bonefish in the Bahamas
BIG bonefish live in the Bahamas, and lots of them.
Comfortable. Casual. Awesome Fly Fishing.
- Whether you are a novice fisherman, or an expert, you will have a blast bonefishing on the saltwater flats of South Andros Island.
- There are a lot of opportunities for either wading or poling, depending on your preferences and the conditions.
- In addition to bonefish, you can fish for barracuda, sharks, and the occasional permit or tarpon.
- The location is epic, and the food is great. The overall feel is relaxing, but not formal.
- Fishing season in the Bahamas runs from October through the beginning of June.
An incredible fishery, superb guides and the service is excellent. The environment… well, it’s the Bahamas…
The Bahamas are known for big bonefish, and this outfitter is known to produce. I feel confident that if you want to go fly fishing for bones, this is the trip for you. They’ll get you plenty of shots. Fish in the tidal creeks on the East side of the island, hundreds of small keys off the southern tip of the island, the West side of South Andros Island is known for big fish, and inland ponds and creeks in the middle of the island. Some parts of the island hold larger groups of fish while others are home to larger fish, but smaller schools.
Stalk your prey on “the flats”
Bonefishing is an awesome melding of hunting and fishing, so you need to stay alert for fish coming in. Your guide will probably use the ‘clock’ system to guide your casting to the fish – i.e. “There’s a fish at 1 o’clock, thirty feet out”, cast there… quickly!
If it is possible, you should try to spot the fish before you cast, and don’t forget to lead it because bonefish can be pretty spooky if you ‘line’ them or plop a fly right on their heads. Learning to spot fish, even with your guide’s assistance, will help your success rate tremendously.
I am going back again this year with my wife and hoping to get into some Tarpon! They begin to migrate late summer and can be great in September and October. These tarpon are much larger than the resident tarpon available all year.
If you’re looking for a classic fly fishing trip where you can catch a number of species and get away from winter back home…. and that won’t break the bank, this is it. There’s nothing quite like flats fishing!
Oh Nelly! It was awesome! Missed the grand slam because we couldn’t get on the tarpon but naild a 15lb permit with so many bones my arms are sore and I’ve got blisters all over my hands. Hurts so good!
Photos: Cameron Miller, Andros South Staff, Ric Fogel/Sportfolio