With the winter season dragging on and only showing me the occasional glimpse of spring like weather, Thu & I were really looking forward to a week in the warm & sunny Bahamas. I needed to check out Long Island as a future customer Bonefish destination, a location that has been highly recommended to me by those in the know. Long Island is located in the southern part of the Bahamas Islands chain and is about 65 miles long and just a couple miles wide. With the exception of the annual Long Island Sailing Regatta which takes place around the first week of June, the island has a very relaxed and secluded feel to it. Long Island is a great place to get away and forget about the hustle & bustle and stresses of every day life. We stayed with the Knowles family who owns the Winter Haven Inn located in Clarence Town . They provide nice clean accommodations, a great staff and a large restaurant/bar that serves some of the best food and drinks on the island. The weather was great with temperatures in the 80’s with mostly sunny skies. We had a little bit of cloud cover on a few days, which help keep the days cooler, but made it harder to spot Bonefish on the flats. The stunningly beautiful turquoise waters that surround the island ran in the high 70’s which surprises you every time you step into them, normally expecting ocean water to be cold.
Long Island has a main road that runs the length of the island and has good number of access points for anglers who have time for exploration and want to do a little fishing on their own. Good hard packed sand and mud flats can be found where you can fish all day without seeing another angler. Exploring and fishing on your own can be fun, but if you want to improve your chances to catch fish, I would recommend hiring a guide. There are a number of professional guides available that can take you to an endless number of huge, oceanside flats that aren’t accessible by car, where you can see more Bonefish in a day than you will see all week fishing on your own.
Thu and I spent the first couple of days driving around the southern end of the island checking out spots to fish, talking with very friendly locals, and figuring out the tides. The tides are the most important thing to figure out anywhere you bonefish, as they determine where and when fish move on and off the flats to feed. After a few days of exploring, dialing in the tides, and working with Thu on casting an 8wt in the constant Bahamas wind, our success rate improved and we started catching fish. We caught the spectrum of different species normally found on the flats, Bonefish, Snappers, Groupers, Jacks, Ladyfish, Tarpon, and some really big Barracuda, all took our flies and tested our reels.
You have to be prepared for every opportunity when fishing the flats, because you never really know what you might run into while chasing Bonefish. One day while wading down to a deeper end of a flat where we were having success catching Bonefish, when we were suddenly surrounded by rolling Tarpon. I quickly switched over to a Tarpon leader and fly, which I had in my pack, and hooked three of them before they moved on. Unfortunately, I failed to land any of them, with two of them coming unbuttoned and one breaking me off, but it sure was exciting while it lasted. Another trick I use to be prepared for big Barracuda that you might happen across while on the flats, is to have a Clouser Minnow or baitfish imitation with a short piece of wire tied to it with a Duncan loop on the other end in my pack or fly box ready to go. Then if you come across a big Cuda on the flats, you can quickly attach this set up to the bend of the hook on your Bonefish fly using the Duncan slip loop and you’re ready to cast in a matter of seconds. This little trick came in handy a number of times during our trip, which you can see by viewing the pictures on our web site.
We fished 7, 8, & 9 wt. fast action rods matched with floating saltwater bonefish lines. The choice of Bonefish fly was not near as important as the presentation of the fly.
We’ve only been back a couple of days and we are already talking about our next trip to the warm & beautiful fisherman’s paradise, called the Bahamas.
Western Bahamas - November 28th, 2005
supplied by: Capt. Kevin Kates FISHING: Great
Well, you can tell winter time is here, Fishing all around is actually really good. Lets start out with a look at swordfishing. For those that can make it out they have been getting a couple bites a night and a couple fish have been reported around 200 pounds. I fished two times last week and went 4 for 7 and back at the dock around 11 o'clock. Two of the fish were on the smaller side however we did catch one about 150 and another about 125. Also on one of the trips we caught 10 dolphin on the way out all about 5 to 7 pounds. Swordfishing should stay pretty good through out the winter however weather is going to play a major factor. Captain Kevin headed over to the Bahamas this weekend to film a show on wahoo fishing. Kevin reported that he landed four fish in an hour, but the rough seas sent him and his camera crew home early. However Kevin did manage to get some great footage and hopefully it will be on our website soon. Wahoo fishing in the Bahamas is one of our specialties so if your looking to get over there we do have some dates available. Sailfishing is actually the hot topic this time of the year. Up and down the coast I have been getting reports of awesome bites going on. This weekend I fished on my tournament boat and caught some great fish. Friday we went 3 for 3 on the sailfish and landed two dolphin in the twenty pound class. Saturday we had to take out some sponsor reps and managed to land 2 more sailfish. Also we caught a 25 pound kingfish and several smaller ones. Sunday seemed to be just as good as the other days. We started out the mourning with a double header on the sailfish and managed to land both of them. Then be caught a 25 pound cobia on one of the flat lines. We ended the day with a pair of dolphin in the 30 pound class. After landing those fish our guest were ready to call it a day early. Weather your looking to go swordfishing in the gulf stream or sailfishing on the reef we can make your dream come true. Plenty of dates are available to get you out there for a fish of a life time. Feel free to give us a call anytime if its to book a trip or even just to get a fishing report.
Acklins Island - August 2nd, 2005
supplied by: Grey's Point Bonefish Inn FISHING: Great
The weather and tides are excellent for fishing. Acklins Island, Bahamas and the surrounding areas continues to fish excellent for big fish and a variety of species. All fishermen have been catching bonefish and other saltwater species with some very large bonefish being caught and released. The tides and weather continue to be great. Call today for more information.