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The Bahamas is Paradise for Any Saltwater Sportsman

November 1, 2017

Chart a course for Grand Bahama and prepare to keep the rod bent for the entirety of your stay, anywhere on the island. West End’s Old Bahama Bay resort is a great spot if bluewater action is what you seek. Grab a spot in one of the marina’s 72 slips, which can accommodate vessels up to 120 feet. A short run and you’re in the fishy waters of the Gulf Stream. Expect bites from slammer dolphin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish and marlin. We recommend a mixed spread of natural baits and lures on 20- to 50-pound tackle.

One of the many great things about Grand Bahama is its ability to please offshore and inshore aficionados alike. Deep Water Cay is a piece of fishing history on the east end of the island. Watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee on the porch of your secluded cottage, and then hit one of the surrounding hard-bottom flats for mind-bending amounts of bonefish.

The Port Lucaya/Freeport area offers a variety of charters, which will put you on some of the area’s excellent bottom fishing. Do battle with an aggressive black grouper, catch a mess of yellowtail and gray snapper, and punctuate the trip with a sturdy mutton snapper.

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Bonefish rule the flats at Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island.
Bonefish rule the flats at Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island. Bill Doster

Another obvious choice for inshore fanatics is Andros. At 2,300 square miles, it’s the largest but most sparsely populated island in the Bahamas. This island is one of your best shots at an inshore slam with populations of tarpon, bonefish and permit. Andros’ fishery sees such little pressure that it oftentimes results in aggressive bites. Just get a jig out in front of them! Swain’s Cay Lodge has everything under the sun for those looking to explore. Guides run out of the lodge, as well as an offshore charter operation.

Fish for schooling dolphin off Bimini and West End, Grand Bahama Island.
Fish for schooling dolphin off Bimini and West End, Grand Bahama Island.Fish for schooling dolphin off Bimini and West End, Grand Bahama Island. Bill Doster

Whether bike riding around Mangrove Island, scuba diving or snorkeling any of Andros’ barrier reefs, or just soaking up the sun on a deserted beach — Andros has something for everyone. Four airports serve the island, so flying straight into the island couldn’t be simpler. Don’t miss the cracked conch at Shine’s Conch Shack, or for something slightly more formal, head to Brigadier’s Restaurant and watch the sun set over the fishing grounds — just order a Kalik for us while you’re there.

For more information and to plan your trip, visit bahamas.com.

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