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Great Abaco

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One of the best places on Earth to catch bonefish. The expansive flats will leave you mesmerized as a bonefish melts away your reel.

The fishing on Abaco is of top quality and far less crowded than on the better-known island of Andros. The famous Marls on the west side of the island offer over 200 square miles of first-class bonefishing flats, which also give anglers an occasional shot at permit and tarpon in the summer. On the east side the sandy flats at Cherokee Sound provide more great bonefishing options, including some gorgeous white-sand wading flats.

Whether wading alone on the flats, paddling a kayak or poling gently through the mangroves in a guided skiff, fishermen will enjoy many opportunities to cast to these most powerful but stealthy of fish.

The excitement and anticipation of bonefishing has no equal in the fly-fishing world. Stalking these spooky fish in beautiful shallow waters, casting delicately to a cruising shadow and then trembling with tension as the reel screams out line to a fantastically powerful five-pounder is one of the most complete fishing experiences.

And visually bonefishing is a glorious enterprise, with diverse wildlife on the flats, stunning colors and frequently exquisite weather. Even if the fish are moody and disinclined to play, the whole experience of being out on the water, far away from civilization, is deeply rewarding.

Bonefishing is a year-round activity, although it is generally best in good sunny weather, with not too much wind, when visibility is optimal. The Bahamas has a very benign climate throughout the year, with average monthly low/high temperatures ranging between 65 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

Basic Info
  • 77° 65° Dec-Feb
  • 82° 70° Mar-May
  • 88° 76° Jun-Aug
  • 84° 74° Sep-Nov
Cherokee Sound, Abaco Marls, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Great Abaco


Skittish, preferring the shallowest water, and with great eyesight, Bonefish are a challenging but rewarding pursuit.


Elusive and unforgiving, the permit is almond shaped with a unique tinge of yellow.


Tarpon have swimming since prehistoric time. They can reach sizes up to 8 feet and weigh up to 280 pounds. As fierce a fight as any fish.

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