Bahamas

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Local Experts: Bahamas, Noelle Khalila Nicolls

By Local Expert Noelle Khalila Nicolls

Best Fishing in the Bahamas

The Bahamas has prime ground for every type of sports fishing, and you can fish your way across the archipelago to experience all of the habitats. While fishing is technically a year round sport, you may be frustrated in the late fall and winter months, because the windy weather makes boating unreliable and the majority of the big game fish are on hiatus. The months of April, May and June will give you the greatest variety when it comes to prized catches: Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna, Amberjack, Grouper, White Marlin, and Mahi Mahi are reliably available at various times during this Spring/Summer transition. Fortunately, when the open ocean is not spitting up the goods, the vast shallows that surround the Islands of the Bahamas are always ready to welcome fly-fishing enthusiast. Andros Island is the go to choice for fly fishing, but Long Island, Grand Bahama and the Abacos are also popular choices, not to mention the more remote southern islands of Crooked Island and Acklins, where the fishing flats are practically undisturbed.  

Andros

The island of Andros doesn't just stand out because it is the largest in the Bahamian archipelago. It's also renowned for its world-class, salt-water sport fishing—bonefishing in particular. The sheer number of fishable flats surrounding the island teem with schools of bonefish. The trained guides at the Mangrove Cay Club will help you find that trophy-size catch.  

Bimini

The big game fish (marlin, wahoo, bluefin tuna) that drift through the warm waters of the Gulf Stream along the outskirts of Bimini fatten themselves to record sizes by feasting on a steady flow of smaller migrating fish. Bimini likes to boast of its 50-plus record-setting catches, and fishermen come from all over the world in hopes of adding to the list. The guides at Bimini Big Game Club are the island's go-to experts.

Berry Islands

If you want to catch a billfish, you head to the Berry Islands; it's as simple as that. Known more commonly in the Bahamas as the blue marlin—our national fish—these majestic creatures are particularly plentiful in the waters around this small group of islands. For fishing charters and guidance, the longtime pros at Chub Cay Marina have you covered.

Exuma Sound

In the depths of the Exuma Sound, where baited lines troll above 6,000-foot, deep blue chasms, Exuma’s massive groupers, red snappers, dolphin and tuna roam. The Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a launching pad for deep-sea fishing enthusiasts, but it is also provides access to free-diving sites, where lobsters congregate in underwater hotels, and to lively shallow reefs, where children can use lightweight tackle to reel in bottom fish.

Rum Cay

Rum Cay is a deep-water island with the shortest travel times to reach big game fish out of all the Bahamian islands. This remote southern landmass with its rolling hills and sandy shorelines lacks most destination amenities has few other attractions—but for sport-fishing enthusiasts, it truly is paradise. 

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