Fish The Bahamas

Whether you’re a first-timer casting a line from a pier or a deep-sea fanatic eager to beat one of the 50 world fishing records set in The Bahamas, you’ll find all types of fishing here. Wade through the many saltwater flats or 'marls' for some bonefish, one of the prolific species to be found in our waters. Or, charter a boat and troll the deep seas for a prized marlin. Our islands play host to so many exotic fish that there’s sure to be fewer stories about the one that got away. Local guides have been trained to provide a safe and customer friendly angling experience, based on globally accepted sustainable principles. To download our Fishing Map & Angler's Guide please click here.

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Types of Fishing

Big Game

The ocean is home to some big predators, including Marlin, Tuna and Sharks. For anglers, there’s no greater challenge than putting yourself against one of these fish that can outweigh you by five times or more. The Bahamas is known for its big game fishing. Record catches are set each year as fishermen from around the world cast their reels for the ultimate prize.

Fly Fishing

The Bahamas has the most renowned fishing flats or 'marls' in the world, miles and miles of shallows just off the shoreline or amongst the mangroves. Hop on a boat with an experienced and internationally licensed fly fishing guide in The Abacos, Andros or The Exumas. Moments away, find the best game fish sought after by anglers: Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit. At some locations, fly fishing flats are within sight of your hotel room. Step on the beach and walk as far as 200 meters into the shallows to try your hand.

Reef Fishing

Reef fishing, also known as bottom fishing in The Bahamas, is the perfect way for the family to enjoy a day on the water and it is the freshest way to eat fish in The Bahamas. String up a rod and cast a line amongst the thousands of fish schooling beneath the blue, and reel in trigger fish, snappers, yellow fins, grouper: fresh from the reef, to the pot to the dinner plate.

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Fishing

Acklins & Crooked Island

For the avid or novice fisherman, the undisturbed inland creeks and vast tidal flats of Crooked Island, Long Cay and Acklins Island are a fisherman's dream, teeming with bonefish, tarpon, pompano and barracuda year-round. The western and northern sides of these islands provide the deep-sea experience of a lifetime.

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Andros

Andros has an expansive area of mangroves and flats which have contributed to its reputation among international anglers as "The Bonefishing Capital of The World." Those flats are renowned for both size and abundance of the species.

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Bimini

The Gulf Stream rushes north, washing past Bimini, feeding and warming its coral reefs and serving as a watery highway for everything from marlins to mantas, dolphins to sea turtles. Bimini's location on the edge of the Gulf Stream has helped earn its title as “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.”

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Cat Island

Cat Island's renowned fishing grounds attract sports fishermen from around the world. You can bonefish in the creeks using skiffs or the wading method, or deep-sea fish in 600-800 feet of water. Certified independent fishing guides like Nathaniel "Top Cat" Gilbert, a bonefishing champion, can take you to all of the good fishing spots. Hawk's Nest Resort and Marina caters to anglers on a quest for a big-game catch and offers half-day and full-day crewed charters.

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Eleuthera & Harbour Island

All fishing sites in Eleuthera & Harbour Island are natural ecosystems that not only offer great bonefishing opportunities but are also renowned for their other attributes. Bottom fishing, an easy break from the demands of bonefishing, is ideal in the mangrove thickets and unique small bays throughout the area.

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Grand Bahama Island

Whether you're a first-timer casting from a pier or a deep-sea fanatic hoping to beat one of the 50 world records of The Bahamas, you’ll find all types of fishing here. The Little Bahama Bank makes up the northern and eastern coasts of Grand Bahama Island, and provides a vast expanse of flats for fly fishing, which is very popular on the island.

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Inagua

The bonefish is king here and you can cast out on some of the world’s best bonefishing flats. But, the deep seas around Inagua also offer phenomenal sport fishing and a multitude of fish can be found: amberjack, barracuda, blue marlin, broad-bill swordfish, grouper, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna, wahoo and white marlin. You can choose to go out in search of a specific type of fish or just to have a day on the water and see what grabs your line. For beginners and longtime fly-fishing enthusiasts, expert guides offer fishing excursions that take you to large schools of fish on the flats that surround the island. The guide, boat, lunch and refreshments are provided.

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Long Island

Fishing is great on Long Island year-round. Both novice and experienced anglers can engage in fly and spin-casting bonefishing on the flats, or charter a boat to go for half- or full-day reef and deep-sea sports fishing. Knowledgeable guides practice marine conservation and offer a quality, stress-free time on the water.

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Mayaguana

The waters around Mayaguana offer excellent sports fishing and you can trawl for species like grouper, jacks, marlin, snapper, tuna and wahoo. Experienced local guides offer custom-made excursions and know the best spots where you can land the big one. Fly fishing for bonefish on the flats is akin to fishing a wilderness area and big catches are the norm. Guides enjoy stalking bonefish and watching the excitement of a hardcore or beginner angler catching that elusive creature. Conservation methods for fly fishing are practiced here, and catch and release is strictly enforced. The same flats are not used on consecutive days and there are strict maximums on the number of anglers per week. Eco-friendly boats are used and a lot of flats fishing is done by wading. You must bring your own gear for any of these activities.

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Nassau & Paradise Island

You’ll find all types of fishing off the shores of Nassau & Paradise Island. From bonefishing to deep-sea fishing to reef fishing, expert and amateur anglers from around the world head to our capital city to cast their lines. Fishermen are encouraged to book a professional charter and head out to sea, or explore our many shallow flats for bonefish.

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Ragged Island

The waters of Ragged Island offer a bounty of fish species that will practically jump onto your hook: snappers, Margaret fish, jacks, groupers or big game fish such as barracuda, wahoo, dolphin, tuna, mackerel and kingfish. The unparalleled flats are teeming with bonefish, making them a fly fisherman's dream. Arrangements can be made with Silver Tails Fishing Lodge or any local fisherman for half- or full-day trips to bonefish, bottom fish or trawl.

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Rum Cay

Surrounded by some of the most productive and unspoiled fishing grounds in The Bahamas, Rum Cay is truly a fisherman's paradise. It is off the beaten track, with very little boat traffic, and many experienced anglers travel long distances just to fish these waters. You can make great catches just around the reef at Sumner Point, only minutes from the marina. Depending on the time of year, you can catch big game fish such as wahoo, blue marlin, tuna and dolphin. For the fly fisherman, abundant quantities of the elusive bonefish can be found in the Salt Pond.

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The Abacos

Fishing is excellent throughout The Abacos, with Walker's Cay, Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay attracting many fishermen for summer tournaments. Record catches of marlin, sailfish and tuna are common.

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The Berry Islands

Chub Cay, the southernmost cay of The Berry Islands chain, is known as the "Billfish Capital of The Bahamas." It borders the Tongue of the Ocean and bait fish are drawn into the deep-sea gully with larger fish following. Record catches have been made of mackerel, blue and white marlin and sailfish. Bonefish, crawfish and conch are also plentiful.

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The Exumas

Whether you like deep-sea fishing, reef fishing, bottom fishing or fly-fishing, you can pursue it all here. The Exuma flats are world-renowned for challenging bone fishing, and the 6,000-foot depths of the Exuma Sound typically yield record numbers of wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, barracuda, blue marlin, king fish, sailfish and more.

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San Salvador

San Salvador's marine wilderness attracts sports fishermen from all over the world and it has been classified as one of the best fishing areas in the region. Record-breaking catches have been made for blue marlin, wahoo, dolphin, kingfish and tuna, which cruise the deep blue waters just minutes from your resort. The flats circling the island offer hours, if not days, of fly-fishing action. The bonefish here are said to be very large because they get to live peacefully since the flats are not often disturbed. You can also line fish from a number of "hot" spots frequented by locals. Guides and operators promote conservation and encourage catch-and-release sport fishing. They can show you where the best action is.

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Things To Know
Best Bonefishing Spots

Best Bonefishing Spots

From north to south you’ll find dedicated bonefish lodges (best suited for fishermen only).

Professional guides are also available to book charters out of nearly every other beach resort and hotel.

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Fishing Charters

Fishing Charters

The waters of The Bahamas are full of prize fish. And our licensed guides know exactly where to find them. Fishing charters are easy to find on our islands. Guides are friendly, knowledgeable and, most importantly, experienced. And they’re more than happy to show you and your guests the best spots in The Bahamas to catch that record fish.

Fishing Tournament Info

Fishing Tournament Info

The Bahamas holds numerous fishing tournaments throughout the year. Put yourself against some of the best anglers in the world to see if you have what it takes to reel in that prized catch.

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