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Bahama bonefishing

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29 mins ago, MitchellNJ said:

^^^exactly

 

Shame your resort is of no help. They should be able to assist with getting your license in order if you don't do it ahead of time. Rent a car.

I love the Bahamas. But this is my favorite Bahamas joke:

 

What did Jesus say to the Bahamians before he rose into heaven?

 

Don't do anything until I get back. 

:)

 

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eastern side of grand bahama has huge bonefish... so does the north.

 

buy do it yourself bonefishing book ASAP.

 

Can you afford to hire a guide for a day??? 

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I was at the Sandals resort in Great Exuma and hired a guide for 1/2 day through the resort. Turns out it was real windy and not easy to see the bonefish. Plus there were two of us. Guide provided fly fishing tackle although the flies looked rather ragged. I was somewhat better at the fly fishing attempt than my "partner" but neither of us caught anything on the fly, until the guide baited him up with some squid and he caught 2 smaller ones. I toughed it out with the fly. No real instruction other than get outta the boat wander around and cast. Minimally, I would do some reading and watch some videos, so you know what to expect, and to do, and get a few flies of your own. Might have tried some shrimp scent as well, as I think this is what they eat. But I did it on the spur of the moment, and I think a half day was like 250 American. Good luck! 

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I was lucky to get some intel from a local on a spot when I was on Exuma back in 2015. Stupid easy catching. :Last year on Long Island, the fishing was a bit more challenging. Got to see a ton of fish but they were very spooky and my technique was lacking significantly.

 

Ask the guys working at the resort. Not the desk people in their resort polos who want to sell you excursion packages but the guys actually working. Like the landscapers.

 

If I could afford it, I would be in the Bahamas every year.

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5 hours ago, mightyrime said:

eastern side of grand bahama has huge bonefish... so does the north.

 

So does the west end. And the south. 

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On 2/13/2018 at 7:54 PM, MitchellNJ said:

I was lucky to get some intel from a local on a spot when I was on Exuma back in 2015. Stupid easy catching. :Last year on Long Island, the fishing was a bit more challenging. Got to see a ton of fish but they were very spooky and my technique was lacking significantly.

 

Ask the guys working at the resort. Not the desk people in their resort polos who want to sell you excursion packages but the guys actually working. Like the landscapers.

 

If I could afford it, I would be in the Bahamas every year.

Where did you fish on Long Island?

I'm going next month and have the same question about a licence. The information on line is confusing so I'm just checking with the guy we are booking with.

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18 mins ago, Kml said:

Where did you fish on Long Island?

I'm going next month and have the same question about a licence. The information on line is confusing so I'm just checking with the guy we are booking with.

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The lodge I’m going to next month says no license necessary, but, this is the Bahamas.

JC

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The guy that runs the lodge where we are going said he would take care of it when we arrive. 

 

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I was on Long Island, Bahamas in January.  You do need a license.  $20 for a week.  Not saying any one will ask to see it once you have it, but legally you need one.

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I spent the week around Christmas on Long Island - rented a house on the East coast near Clarence Town.  I never bought a license, as I couldn't figure out how to. My son and I kayaked out to an uninhabited island every day and caught bonefish, baracuda, nassau grouper and a half dozen other species.  Bones were caught on shrimp flies and actual bits of frozen shrimp from the grocery store (my boy doesn't fly fish, and I'm not very good - so it was more spin fishing than anything).  Best week of fishing I've ever had - with sea turtles, big rays and sharks seen all week as well. Spent the first night in Grand Bahama and was told that there was no fishing from the beach at the resort, and the resort was big - so it would have meant walking a half mile to find non-resort water, and no one could tell me if it was ok to fish anywhere, so I just waited until I got to Long Island. 

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