Best Bahamas Fishing
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Best Bahamas Fishing
Another world famous billfishing area, the Chub Cay Club owes its productivity to the "Pocket" or Northwest Channel that funnels deep into the shallow Bahamas Bank. Blue marlin are plentiful but it's their smaller cousin, the white marlin, that really makes reels sing in spring. The numbers of dolphin can be incredible, enough reason to pack a couple of light spinning rods for the schoolies that surround a boat once a single fish is hooked.
Boats headquartered here also have several other deep water regions to choose throughout the Berry Islands, of which Chub is a part. Bonefishing often gets short shrift because of the concentration on offshore species, but the fish can be found patiently waiting close by. Another unique feature here is the chance for small tarpon, unusual for the Bahamas .
The largest of the Bahamas islands, has superb bonefishing near the northern end. The well-stocked Tongue of the Ocean on the eastern shore is little fished despite the potential for marlin and other top game species. Most of the charter operations are at Nicholls' Town on the northern end.
The playground of the Bahamas is the ideal location for a non-fishing spouse. Good charter facilities, though, that seek out sails in the fall, Wahoo in the winter and marlin year-round. Bonefishing and reef fishing is below par compared to many other locations
Another prime bonefish and permit location. Bonefish average 3 to 5 pounds and occasionally even trophies over 10 are hooked. Best weather conditions are from late April to November. During the same period, permit in the 5- to 20-pound category prowl the deeper flats.
Migratory species including billfish favor the submerged ridge that juts from the ocean floor to within a hundred feet of the surface. This ridge runs from the north end of Cat Island to the southern tip of Eleuthera. Eleuthera enjoys a second 17-mile long ridge formation extending from its northern tip, where depths drop sharply from 14 to 403 fathoms. Bonefishing and reef fishing on Eleuthera are also quite good.