Whether you enjoy competitive or leisurely fishing, Abaco has it all. Put up a fight at Bonefish Flats or venture out to Hole in the Wall for some scenic fishing. The Abacos offer plenty of charters and excursions that feature many world-renowned fishing spots. Spend the day wade fishing at the southern reaches of the Marls, located just off the coast. Billfish, jacks, tuna and more are abundant all throughout Abaco. Moore’s Island, one of the largest cays in the area, is home to plenty of schools of bonefish and over the summer is rich with a run of tarpon. Around to the NW, the fishing village of Sandy Point offers a far more protected experience. Bottom fishing is great here, as is bonefishing on the flats. Abaco is the ultimate fishing destination.
Bonefish Flats is the ideal location for fast paced fly-fishing. The area is abundant with small but mighty bonefish, the silver king tarpon, and the devil with the ironic name, permit. The agile bonefish thrill fishermen with a chase but after the fight they let them go for your next catch and release fish. This area is not overpopulated with tarpon however, a decent population of resident fish in the 30 to 80 lb. range makes the grand slam a true possibility. But of the three, a trophy sized permit may be the holy grail of fly-fishing.
A renowned point for sailors to steer by for hundreds of years, this historical physical phenomenon creates a popular fishing spot for many. Some of the toughest fighters in the world converge here, as do the Northeast and Northwest Providence Channels, which can make the water...interesting. For a different kind of adventure, find a guide who will take you on the overland route. The road is notorious but you’ll find the views and the lighthouse well worth it.
There are many important things to remember while fishing in the Bahamas. For instance, no vessel may use more than six rods or reels unless the operator is in possession of a permit authorizing the use of more rods or reels. With a valid fishing permit, each vessel is allowed 20 pounds of scale fish per person, at any time. Unless being used immediately, all migratory fish shall be returned to the sea alive. Fisherman must also remember that no grouper or rockfish weighing less than 3 pounds may be taken from the sea. It is illegal to take coral, tropical fish or sea fans and no vessel shall have on board any fish unless its head and tail are intact.
Rules for spearfishing state that it is illegal to use any type of underwater air supply for spearfishing and/or collection of any marine life. This includes scuba gear as well as air compressors. Absolutely no spearfishing is permitted within 200 yards of any island in the Bahamas. Spearfishing is also restricted to free divers only and only with the use of a Hawaiian sling.
It is illegal for any non-Bahamian to sell marine products of any type and they are also prohibited from using any type of fishing net or fish trap, except a cast net. Absolutely nothing may be taken from Bahamas National Under Parks. Any person, unless otherwise authorized by the respective permit, shall not use a spear, a fish trap or a net other than a landing net.
Any migratory fishery resource that is caught shall not in total consist of more than six kingfish, dolphin, tuna or wahoo per vessel and any resource not intended to be used shall not be injured unnecessarily but be returned to the sea alive. No vessel shall have on board any conch, turtle or more than twenty pounds of any demersal fishery resources (groupers, snappers, etc.) per vessel at any time, excluding no more than six crawfish per vessel.
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