Plan a trip now and find out why these islands have been world-famous for decades as an angling paradise.
For anglers of any persuasion, there is nothing like fishing in The Bahamas. For some, The Bahamas is a regular pilgrimage; for others, a wish-list trip. Just 60 miles from the US, Bimini beckons with a bluewater legacy and angling history that reverberates today, in the productive waters of the Gulf Stream that washes its shores. Inshore anglers find a shallow water paradise on Andros, with its miles upon miles of clean, windswept flats, teeming with bonefish, permit and tarpon. Like it remote? Far to the south, Long Island offers access to the bluewater frontiers of the southern Bahamas, and a history of flats fishing that spans decades. Whichever your chosen destination, whether it’s billfish, bonefish, bottomfish or tuna in your sights, there’s no better place to follow your fishing dreams than the islands of The Bahamas.
Andros, comprised of North Andros, Mangrove Cay and South Andros, is the largest landmass in The Bahamas, and an angler’s paradise inshore and off. Preeminent is the flats fishing; for bonefish, it’s among the best in the world while also offering abundant opportunities for permit and tarpon.
In the 1930s, Bimini was home to the pioneers of big-game fishing. Legends like Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway and Michael Lerner learned their craft on marlin and tuna in the Gulf Stream, little more than a mile offshore the island. Their exploits were heralded in the newspapers and magazines of the era, and continue to lure anglers to experience the excellent fishing and the ambience of this magical place that inspired many of Hemingway’s later writing.
Long Island is The Bahamas’ road less traveled. For those who have stumbled across this island gem, that is its allure. Strikingly picturesque, off the beaten path, uncluttered, and within easy reach of some of the best billfishing in The Bahamas, its miles of virtually untouched bonefish flats see almost no fishing pressure, putting Long Island on any angler’s bucket list.