Grand Bahama is home to one of the best bonefish fisheries in the world.  Bonefish are typically 2 to 10 pounds in size, but are known for stamina and speed and are challenging to land.   After bonefishing in the Florida Keys, Yucatan, the Caymans, and Nassau area, Grand Bahama has large bonefish and they incredibly plentiful.  I wanted to give you a few tips if you decide to go bonefishing when you are here.

If you are flyfishing, its recommended that you hire a local guide early in the trip for several reasons (1) show you the presentation and strip that works on the island (a 24 inch medium speed retrieve is what most guides recommend (2) get your eyes trained on how to spot bonefish in the water (3) you will get more opportunities to cast at bonefish with a guide from a boat so you get practice before you go do it yourself.

If you want to venture out on your own, you can have some success wading but you have to time it where its about an hour after low tide. Remember that when you read the tide charts, you can only get Freeport off the Internet.  If you fish the north shore of the island, its about two hours later than that Freeport tide estimate. If you go at high tide, all of the area beaches/flats are flooded and you will only see very small juvenile fish occasionally within 10 feet of shore.  The recommended places to try and wadefish that are fairly close to Lucaya/Freeport are on Fortune beach and just west of Paradise Cove snorkeling area and off High Rock beach (past the Lucayan National Park).   Optimal wading depth is just under knee high water.  You need to wade with the sun at your back to be able to spot fish and remember to walk slow. You can wade barefooted, but there are occasional rocks and coral, so inexpensive wading boots are recommended.  If you are fly fishing and doing blind casting, a 2 inch white with tan bonefish clouser is the go to fly.  It will catch jacks as well.

Those same beaches are good to have your kids throw out a shrimp on a small-medium hook on a spinning reel and let it free line (no weight) -- but for that type of fishing its actually better two or three hours before high tide. You will have the best luck walking down the beach and finding patches of grass and rocks, as the bonefish seem to be concentrated in the grass.

Hope this helps and tightlines.