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Bahamas Fishing Holidays The Best Fly Fishing Lodges

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World Class Saltwater Flats Fishing

The Bahamas is an archipelago of the West Indies in the Atlantic. It’s a collection of more than 700 islands and Cays, spread over 100,000 square miles. A picturesque tropical paradise of mangroves and turquoise waters teeming with marine life, it’s a fly anglers paradise.

The vast network of wadeable white sand flats and hidden, unspoiled mangrove creeks are a haven for Bonefish and the Bahamas is often referred to as ‘the Bonefish capital of the world’. Many other species such as Permit, Tarpon and Snook are also present and ready to test your angling skills. Through the years, dozens of record-breaking fish have been landed from this stunning island chain.

One thing that makes fishing in the Bahamas so popular is how prolific saltwater fly fishing can be. A day on the flats can provide you with multiple angling opportunities, unlike some other destinations where you may only get a handful of chances each day.

Abaco Lodge, located on the Marls side of Great Abaco Island and known as the ‘Marls Of Abaco’, is a vast expanse of wilderness and prime Bonefish habitat. It’s an area well known amongst the well-travelled fly fisherman, offering some of the best bonefishing in the Bahamas.

Below we have listed the best Bahamas fishing trip packages for you to choose from.

Crooked & Acklins Trophy Lodge Bahamas

Offering quick and easy access to miles and miles of firm, light bottom flats, Crooked & Acklins Trophy Lodge is perfect for classic wade fishing in skinny water. The flats stretch to the horizon, and travelling anglers can wade and fish as far as their legs will take them, for uncountable Bonefish and large Permit.

Bairs Lodge Bahamas

Bair’s Lodge has come to represent the benchmark in terms of quality guiding, ideal accommodations and courteous hospitality. Bair’s Lodge has easy access to some of the under-fished flats in South Andros. With its location ideally located to access Deep Creek, Little Creek, the West side and the Southern.

Andros South Lodge Bahamas

The sheer amount of Bonefish makes the Bahamas the go to place for any diehard Saltwater fly angler and with virtually un-fished waters right on your doorstep plus some of the biggest Bonefish on the planet. Some of the best and well known flats are located just a stone throw away from your accommodation.

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The Bonefish Capital Of The World

With over 100,000 square miles of crystal clear, rich waters, the fishing opportunities are endless. Large Snook, Tarpon and Permit all inhabit the saltwater flats; however, it’s the Bonefish that attracts thousands of anglers each year.

The Bonefish, considered to be one of the premier fly and light tackle game fish, are abundant, and after a day on the flats, you’ll soon realise why the Bahamas is known as the Bonefish capital of the world.

Fishing on Long Island, Andros, Acklins & Crooked Island is popular, and these feature some world-famous lodges, including The Delphi Club, Abaco lodge and of course Bairs lodge.

Fishing Lodges In Bahamas

Bairs Lodge has come to represent the benchmark in terms of delicious food, ideal accommodations, courteous hospitality and, of course, quality guiding and fishing. It’s in the perfect location to access and fish Deep Creek, Little Creek, Westside and Southern Flats. It offers the angler easy access to some of the most under-fished flats in South Andros.

Andros Island, the home of Bairs lodge, is a 2,300-square-mile island that boasts the second-largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere. The diverse topography, which rises from these tropical waters, is full of life, some of which only found on Andros.

Saltwater Fly Fishing

The Bahamas has more than 70,000 square miles of prime skiff- and wade-friendly features and is home to some of the world’s healthiest Bonefish populations, making it the ideal destination for anglers with all different levels of experience. 

Bonefish are often referred to as the saltwater flats’ ghost due to their colouration, making them difficult to spot and, therefore, harder to catch. However, the Bonefish population in the Bahamas is very healthy and fly anglers will get many chances per day.  

Fly rods usually are 9ft single-handed rods in 7/8#. Reels need to hold large amounts of braid backing along with a matching warm water floating line. This set up is then completed with a leader that ranges from 8lb to 15lb. Seeing the fish, making an accurate cast and watching the fish react and eat the fly makes it very exciting. If you’ve never fished in the Bahamas before, then why not read our blog on everything you need to know about catching Bonefish. 

 

The Best Time To Fish?

The seasons for the Bonefish run from March to July and October to November. The peak months to fish are April and May, which coincides with the Bahamian Spring. The flats are teeming with fish of all sizes, with an average stamp of 3lb and a trophy fish of 10lb+ not being uncommon.

During the cooler spring weather, the middle of a sunny day presents the best time to fish and catch the Bonefish, while in the heat of summer, fishing early morning and late evening can provide better sport.

Tides are critical, but our first-class team of guides will help you with this and provide you with an exceptional fishing experience.

What Else Can You Catch?

Bonefish aside, the Bahamas’ rich waters offer some fantastic sport with Snook, Tarpon and Permit easily catchable. Many anglers every year complete the ‘grand slam’ throughout a day.

Getting To The Bahamas

The Bahamas is easily accessible, and direct flights from the UK with British Airways to Nassau leave nearly every day. The fishing trip packages we offer can easily be adapted to suit the anglers needs. Whether you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days in Nassau, it’s possible.

Nassau, the Bahamas capital, isn’t just a beautiful Caribbean spot: it’s a fascinating city rich with history that still resonates today.

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