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November 08, 2011

Grand Bahamas Bones

The bonefish are plentiful for anglers fishing Grand Bahama Island.

Different Environment
The southern shore differs greatly from the northern one. To the north, you fish in miles of shallow water, the southern extreme of the Little Bahama Bank. Along the southern shore, you fish off the beach, where a narrow section of flats and shallow sand drops off relatively quickly to the deep waters of Northwest Providence Channel.

Weakley and I fished together that day, and Tate soon found us a large school of bonefish milling around in a protected cove only a few hundred yards east of the lodge. Weakley cast his fly into the school first, hooking a nice bone right off the bat. The bonefish didn’t spook as the hooked fish ran — they would spread out, then settle back into their rhythmic circular pattern.

It was an ideal situation, and we each caught a couple of fish from that school before they finally got wise to our game. They never did spook; they simply stopped eating the flies. Tate then poled us farther down the shore, where we met several cruising schools of fish and managed to land a few from each.

That’s a common occurrence at the North Riding Point Club. Its seasoned team regularly guides clients to not only large numbers of bonefish but big fish as well, including a 16-pounder caught in March of 2007. The average fish around Grand Bahama weighs 5 to 6 pounds, and 10- to 12-pound fish aren’t uncommon, though well above average for Bahamian bones. These facts make the NRPC one of the top bonefish destinations found anywhere. 

Bahamas Bonefish

Light tackle works great for these fish, whether you choose spinning rods or fly tackle.
Rods: Fast-action 7-foot spinning rods capable of casting a shrimp a long way. 8- or 9-weight fly rods.
Reels: 2500-class spinning reels spooled with 8-pound-test monofilament. 8- or 9-weight fly reels with a weight-forward floating bonefish taper line.
Flies: Crazy Charlies, Gotchas, Puffs, Bonefish Bitters or similar crab/shrimp patterns. Bonefish jigs in brown, pink or yellow for spinning rods.
Bait: The lodge provides frozen shrimp for spin casters.

The North Riding Point Club sits on six lushly landscaped acres on Grand Bahama’s southern shore. The lodge is all-inclusive and features gourmet meals and an exemplary level of customer service. Managers Tim and Mercedes Comstock and their staff have created a top-notch flats-fishing experience sure to be appreciated by expert and novice bonefish aficionados alike.

What: Bonefish and occasionally permit.
Where: Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.
When: October through June.
North Riding Point Club
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas