Fly Fishing in the Bahamas

The Bahamas, a tropical paradise of azure waters and white sandy beaches, is not only a sought-after destination for relaxation but also a haven for avid anglers in pursuit of trophy bonefish and permit. These two prized game fish species, known for their elusiveness and challenging nature, make the Bahamian waters an irresistible playground for those seeking the ultimate fishing adventure.

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Fly Fishing for Bonefish

Bonefish, the “gray ghost” of the flats, is a staple of Bahamian angling. Renowned for their speed, stealth, and wariness, bonefish offer an exhilarating challenge to both novice and experienced anglers. The shallow, crystal-clear flats and mangrove-lined shorelines of the Bahamas provide the ideal habitat for these fish, making the archipelago one of the premier bonefishing destinations in the world.

Trophy bonefish, often referred to as “double-digit” bones due to their size exceeding ten pounds, are the holy grail for bonefishing enthusiasts. Pursuing these elusive giants requires a combination of skill, patience, and knowledge of their behavior. Whether wading in knee-deep water or poling a skiff across the flats, anglers must present their flies or lures with precision, mimicking the natural movements of the bonefish’s preferred prey.

The challenge lies not only in hooking these intelligent fish but also in the thrilling fight that ensues. A bonefish’s initial run, which can peel off hundreds of feet of line, tests an angler’s tackle and finesse. Successfully landing a trophy bonefish is a moment of triumph that leaves an indelible mark on any angler’s memory.

Fly Fishing for Permit

In addition to bonefish, the Bahamas is also famed for its Permit fishery. Permit, often dubbed the “holy grail” of saltwater fly fishing, are notorious for their selective feeding habits and wariness. These fish inhabit the flats and channels, primarily feeding on crustaceans and small baitfish. What sets permit fishing apart is the challenge of presenting a fly that perfectly mimics their natural prey while accounting for the fish’s acute sense of sight and caution. Surrounding Ragged Island are numerous flats where our unpressured Permit feed on the backs of Rays. We also catch them free swimming and tailing on the untouched flats.

Permit fishing is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. The angler must contend with wind, tide, and the ever-watchful eyes of the permit. Spotting the telltale shadow or subtle movement of a permit, and then accurately presenting the fly, is a skill that requires practice and patience. The adrenaline rush of seeing a permit take the fly, followed by a powerful and acrobatic fight, is an experience that leaves even seasoned anglers with a racing heart.

Both bonefish and permit fishing in the Bahamas emphasize the importance of sustainable practices and conservation. We practice strict Catch-and-release to ensure the long-term health of these fish populations and the delicate marine ecosystem they inhabit. Responsible anglers understand their role as stewards of these waters, preserving them for future generations to enjoy.

Fly Fishing for Tarpon

Tarpon also inhabit the Jumento Cays. We have caught them on the flats as well as the ocean side cuts. One of the best features of our Tarpon is they bite the fly aggressively.  There are no refusals and often if you loose the fish another Tarpon will strike immediately.

Trophy bonefish, Permit and Tarpon fishing fishing in the Bahamas offer a captivating blend of challenge, adventure, and natural beauty. The pursuit of these elusive game fish takes anglers on a journey through stunning coastal landscapes, testing their skills and determination in the process. Whether it’s the explosive run of a bonefish or the cautious take of a permit, these angling experiences in the Bahamian waters are etched into memory as moments of triumph, creating a connection between angler and nature that is nothing short of magical.

"I have fished for Bonefish at every imaginable location. Lost Key Lodge is the pinnacle of remote and unspoiled, yet so close to home. If you are looking for that one huge Bone and monster Permit this is the place.”

– Scot H, Wyoming, USA