Fly Fishing Abaco's Bonefish Flats
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|Bonefish like this are why fly fishers from the world over flock to the Bahamas to fly fish - and the remarkable waters around Abaco have some of least fished flats - you can walk to some right from the villa!|
Spectacular flats bonefishing & offshore bluewater fishing opportunities!
Abaco Island is justifiably famous for its fabulous fly fishing for bonefish. Nowhere else in the northern hemisphere or the Caribbean will you find larger bonefish or more accessible deep sea fishing than on the fertile Bahamas fishing grounds near Bahamas Backroads Villa. Other inshore species include tarpon, permit, barracuda, lemon, black tip or tiger shark, mutton snapper and a myriad of others.
Located off the beaten path in the small village of Little Harbour, the Bahama Backroads Villa offers bonefish fans excellent bonefishing options and one of the best kept secrets in the Abacos. From the shores of the Bahama Backroads Villa property the expansive flats of Robinson's Bight beckon fly fishing. It is possible to wade in the shallows when the tide is running and cast for bones that can tip the scales to as much as seven or eight pounds or heavier. This is heart-pounding bonefishing action that any bonefisher will find as challenging and rewarding as any bonefish destination on the planet.
Beyond the immediate shoreline the extensive Robinson Bight estuary spreads out into a labyrinth of small islands, creeks, mangroves and blue holes where you can find not only fish but plenty of solitude. Two sea kayaks that come with the rental villa house offer one of the most rewarding ways to venture unobtrusively into this tidal estuary, which is also a nesting ground for a variety of cranes and stork.
Another option is to hire a fly fishing guide from nearby Cherokee, who will provide a flats boat and show you around the myriad of flats and reefs where the fish are working. A third option is to hire a boat in Marsh Harbour and make the 45-minute trip down inside the barrier islands and to the dock at the house. With the rental boat an added bonus is on offer as it takes only 15 minutes to reach deep blue ocean water where schools of sailfish, wahoo, dolphin, tuna and other pelagic species roam. Five miles from the Bahama Backroads villa lies another relatively undiscovered bonefish flat in the likes of Cherokee Sound. Again, local guides from Cherokee, who have plied these water since near infancy, understand where this crystal clear sea comes alive with big bonefish.
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Then, of course, there is the bonefish Mecca known as The Marls, where the bonefish might not come in the size of Robinson's Bight but often host impressive numbers of fish.
The Bahama Backroads villa offers as many as eight anglers a range of options in accommodation. The house includes four air conditioned bedrooms, two full baths, two kitchens. There are also a living room, dining room, screened porch, screened barbecue pit and game room. In addition, for an additional fee, optional daily house cleaning and cooking services can be provided.
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Fly Fishing Tip...
- February through June are good times for bonefish and July into the beginning of August can be more difficult on the flats. The flats will warm up quickly during the day and you will find most of your fish mudding in the deeper, weedier and cooler water just off the flat. This time can be very productive. You will also find tarpon here during the warmer months and as August wanes, bonefish will come up onto the shallower flats in increasing numbers all the way through November. As waters begin to cool in late fall, bones will reverse themselves and swim out into deeper water. Into mid December, you can see the water warming for a few weeks, bringing the bones back onto the flats. Planning fishing trips around the new moon, or a few days after a full moon will generally make for more productive fishing.
Abaco, Bahamas Fishing Calendar
|SEPTEMBER||Bonefish, Tuna |
|OCTOBER||Bonefish, Wahoo, Kingfish|
|DECEMBER||Bonefish, Wahoo, Kingfish|
|JANUARY ||Kingfish & Wahoo|
|FEBRUARY||Kingfish & Wahoo|
|MARCH||Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Dolphin, Tuna|
|APRIL||Bonefish, Dolphin, White & Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna |
|MAY||Bonefish, Dolphin, White & Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna |
|JUNE||Bonefish, Dolphin, White & Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna |
|JULY||Bonefish, Dolphin, White & Blue Marlin, Tuna |
|AUGUST||Bonefish, Tuna, Blue Marlin |
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