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June 10, 2013

Offshore Fishing Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

A Bahamas offshore adventure to the Abacos pays off big.

Abacos Planner

OFFSHORE

Rods: 50- to 100-pound-class stand-up 

Reels: 50- and 70-class reels

Lines: 50- and 80-pound mono

Leaders: 15 feet of 300-pound fluorocarbon

Terminal Gear: 100-pound-test wind-on leaders, 320-pound ball-bearing snap swivels; 9/0 to 11/0 VMC Dynacut Offshore hooks

Baits: Large ballyhoo (skirted and unskirted), mullet, mackerel and trolling lures

REEF

Rods: Spin and conventional for jigging

Reels: 4500- to 9500-class reels

Lines: 20- to 50-pound braid

Leaders: 20- to 80-pound ­fluorocarbon

Terminal Gear: 50- to 80-pound barrel swivels, 1- to 4-ounce egg sinkers, sizes 1 to 6/0 in-line circle hooks 

Baits: 1- to 4-ounce deep jigs tipped with small and medium ballyhoo and live pinfish 

Other: Dehooker and SeaQualizer for releasing bottomfish

About the Abacos

What: Offshore and reef fishing

When: Spring through summer for offshore; ­year-round for the reefs

Where: The Green Turtle Club Resort and Marina offers finely furnished air-conditioned rooms and villas, world-class dining, a freshwater pool, and beach access. When you’re up for some exploring, or just plain solitude, numerous uninhabited islands await nearby. It’s a short golf-cart drive to New Plymouth, a New England-style village settled by Loyalists some 200 years ago.

The full-service ­marina offers dockage, fuel, ­electricity, water, ice, showers and laundry ­facilities. The Green Turtle Club also hosts fishing tournaments, and can arrange for ­snorkeling, ­diving, cay exploring and, of course, fishing charters. For more info go to greenturtleclub.com or call  ­800-370-4468. For information on fishing in the Bahamas, including current rules and regulations, visit bahamas​.com/fishing.