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3 of the Top Saltwater Destinations that should be on your bucket list: No. 1 - The Bahamas

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Destination Number 1: The Bahamas – Everything you need to know about Fly Fishing in The Bahamas

About Saltwater Fishing in the Bahamas:

The Bahamas consists of over 3,000km of Coast line which provides the perfect habitat for bonefish, and there is plenty of them! Whether you are looking to catch your first bonefish or looking for that trophy bone you will find it in the Bahamas. Bonefish over the magic 10lb mark are definitely a possibility although they don’t give themselves up easily. The large areas of un-spoilt flats throughout the Bahamas offer the angler endless opportunities. Although famous for its bonefish fishing, they are not the only species to target. Permit, Tarpon, Barracuda, Jacks and more can all be found on the flat and caught on the fly.

Most of the Bahamas flats are hard white sand meaning they are ideal for the angler who prefers to wade. The crystal clear water means that sight fishing opportunities are endless. All of these factors result in the Bahamas being one of the best destination for the saltwater fishing enthusiast.

With so many lodging options as well as each Island offering different kinds of fishing it is best to seek advice on where to go before booking. There are also a range of activities for those non-fishers traveling. For more information on booking a fishing holidays to the Bahamas please email

The Bahamas is easily reached from the UK with regular flights out of London airports. Internal flights link the islands. Bonefish can be targeted all year. 

A Sample Itinerary for Saltwater Fly Fishing in the Bahamas created for you by Frontiers Travel

(scroll to the bottom of this page to see some amazing pictures of fishing in the Bahamas) 

Day 1 Home City to Abaco Lodge
  • Arrive in Nassau
  • Clear Immigration
  • Depart Nassau for Marsh Harbour. Flight time 30 minutes.
  • Arrive Marsh Harbour.
  • Upon collecting your bags you will be met by the lodge's transfer driver who will transfer you to the lodge. Travel time 10 minutes.
  • Arrive Abaco Lodge where the team will meet you and show you around the lodge. Rest of the day at your leisure. This time is best spent setting up your tackle and relaxing.
Days 2-7 Fish at Abaco Lodge
  • Enjoy six days fishing the Marls. Your fishing days will start at 6.30 am when coffee will be served at the buffet table. Breakfast is served at 7 am. Guests will depart from the lodge at 8 pm and won't return until 4 pm. The boat runs from the lodge to the fishing typically take between 5 and 20 minutes. Once you get to your fishing destination you will enjoy a full day on the Marls where you most likely won't see another skiff and you will enjoy some excellent bone fishing. The fish in the Marls typically range from 2 to 8 lbs. If you are lucky you might also encounter a permit or Tarpon which are also resident in the Marls. Once you return to the lodge you will have time to freshen up for appetisers which are served from 5.30 pm. Supper is served at 6 pm and the bar stays open till late.
Day 8 Abaco Lodge to Nassau
  • Depart the lodge for Marsh Harbour Airport in time to catch your return flight to Nassau.
  • Depart Marsh Harbour for Nassau.
  • Arrive Nassau and transfer to the international terminal.

Essential Tackle for fly fishing in the Bahamas:

Costa Del Mar Green Mirror Sunglasses

Not only are polarized sunglasses a must for protecting your eyes from wayward flies. They also give you the edge when spotting fish. By blocking out certain wavelengths of light, they allow you to see through the glare and into the water. The Green Mirror lenses are the way to go when sight fishing in sunny conditions. It is no coincidence that guides everywhere use Costa Del Mar glasses. They are unrivaled when it comes to quality and clarity. 

RIO Bonefish Tapered Leaders

A tapered leader will help you turn over the fly and present the fly correctly to your targeted fish. The RIO Bonefish tapered leaders have been designed specifically for Bonefish. They are easy to knot and retain high knot strength. 

Simms SunGaitor

The sun can be intense in these destinations. Especially when you factor in the reflection off the water as well. The Simms SunGaitors is a quick and easy solution to protecting your face, neck and ears from the sun. These buffs are inbuilt UPF protection and mean you don’t have to worry about re-applying sun cream.

Hardy SDSL Fly Reel

A smooth, reliable reel with a good drag is a must for any saltwater trip. Saltwater specific reels are designed to withstand the harshness of the saltwater environment. Where a fresh water reel will break a saltwater reel will keep on working. The Hardy SDSL has been designed to withstand harsh conditions and the fact that it looks really cool is an added bonus!

Scott Meridian Fly Rod

Scott isn’t the most well know rod manufacture in the UK but it certainly shouldn’t be over looked. Every Scott rod is hand built in their factory in the USA. Every saltwater rod test will have the Scott Meridian fighting it out for the top spot! These rods are remarkably light, and generate exceptional line speed and power. Designed to withstand the harsh saltwater conditions these rods will help you accurately present your fly to the fish at any distance.

Thinking about a Fly Fishing holiday to the Bahamas? Contact for more information. 

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