Where to Fish
Catch giant blue marlin in the morning, stalk bonefish in the afternoon.
This northernmost island is synonymous with big game fishing. It's a prime gathering area for marlin, wahoo and tuna in late winter and spring. The marina facilities are as good as any in this island nation, partly due to the many Floridians who keep their sportfishermen here and fly over on weekends. Good bonefishing flats adjoin the island. ESPN's Walker Cay Chronicles is based on the fishing around here.
Treasure & Green Turtle Cays
In the Abacos chain, Treasure Cay has come into real prominence in recent years as another top-notch billfishing center. Bonefishing can be good but it's better at nearby Green Turtle Cay, where the fish are larger.
Just 50 miles from Florida and situated where the Gulf Stream meets the Bahamas Banks, Bimini is the revered big-game fishing capital of the Bahamas. It's held both the blue marlin record (over 1,000 pounds) and the bonefish record (16 pounds). Bonefish and blue marlin have no real season but are taken anytime while white marlin run strongest from Jan. to May. Wahoo and giant tuna are most plentiful in winter months, with dolphin peaking in spring.
Grand Bahama Island
Fishing is popular here, from tip to tip. At West End, the Old Bahama Bay marina offers charters for offshore, bonefishing and reef fishing. Port Lucaya closer to the center of the island also has excellent charter facilities.
At the tip of Grand Bahama 's East End is the Deep Water Cay Club, one of the best bonefish lodges anywhere. Located on its own island, the Club offers miles of winding channels and flats for bonefish and barracuda.
In May, bonefish stack up like cordwood in some sections apparently as part of the breeding ritual. Trips for truly mammoth permit between 30 to 50 pounds can be undertaken in calm weather.