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Videos: Bonefishing in Abaco

October 13th, 2010

Bonefishing in Abaco is a favorable pastime for locals and visitors alike. So much so, that several bonefish guides from the islands of Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence have initiated a proposal to start a Bahamian Flyfishing Federation (BFF) to promote the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations as well as the habitats on which they depend.

The Bahamas, Abaco in particular, is the best fly-fishing destination in the world. If you haven’t tried it, this angling experience is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding. Many claim that once you start, you’ll never stop.

As part of his father’s special 60th birthday celebration, “Hook Shots” host Joe Cermele took his dad on a bonefishing trip in the Bahamas.

What else could commemorate such a milestone birthday better than tuna, dolphin, bonefish and lots of island rum? Their videos on Field & Stream show what a great time that had.

Mike Mazur from Fly Fishing in Saltwaters also enjoyed the outstanding bonefishing here.

Jack Pittard, master bonefisherman, also enjoyed catching the big bonefish in Abaco.

(More big bonefishing videos from Abaco.)

For those of you in the area, the Abaco Bonefish Roundup is being held October 17th-23rd. Anglers will have the opportunity to catch and tag bonefish alongside Bonefish and Tarpon Trust scientist, who are conducting a first of its kind tagging program on Abaco. The goal is to have guides and anglers catch, measure, weigh and tag hundreds of bonefish.

As these fish are re-caught in the future, guides and anglers can enter the size and location changes into a database so we will begin to learn more about the bonefish. There will also be dozens of fish implanted with sonic tags so scientists can better understand bonefish movement in relation to their spawning habits. For more information, visit affga.com.

And, if you’re new to bonefishing or need a great guide, Serenity Point’s neighbours at the Black Fly Bone Fish Club and The Delphi Club are top notch.

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What’s New in Abaco

December 21st, 2009

The opening of the new runway at the Marsh Harbour International Airport was announced on November 16. According to The Abaconian (Dec. 15, 2009), pilots and visitors to the island have expressed contentment over the smooth landing and are looking forward to the addition of the new airport terminal.


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In other amenities news, Bahamas Electricity Corporation officials expect to have their $105 million power plant at Wilson City, Abaco, up and running by April next year.

As The Abaconian reports (Dec. 1, 2009), “South Abaco is receiving much attention these days with several new upscale developments in the works.”

Delphi Club, a new upscale bonefish lodge, recently opened in South Abaco. It has eight rooms and overlooks Rolling Harbour, a gorgeous beach south of Bahama Palm Shores. The luxury bonefishing lodge stands 50 feet above sea level and commands panoramic views of the beautiful Atlantic coastline.

Exterior Delphi Club by delphi.bahamas on Picasa http://picasaweb.google.com/delphi.bahamas/TheDelphiClubAbacoBahamas#

Other notable features of Delphi Club:

  • The elegant lodge is built in the style of an 18th century plantation house with wrap around porches.
  • The great room features an enormous dining table where all guests dine together.
  • Dinner will be at 7 pm preceded by canapes at 6 pm for a flat rate of $75 with reservations required by noon.
  • An “honest bar” and piano complete the homey atmosphere of the great room.
  • Peter Mantle, owner of the Delphi Lodge, is also owner of the Delphi Lodge in Connemara, Ireland, which he established in 1995.
  • Guests are expected from the United States and Europe.

And, of course, Serenity Point development is well underway. National Post home section (Dec. 11, 2009) called Serenity Point a “Boomer heaven.” And noted, among its many appeals, that “the project’s Builder’s Program offers up architects and interior designers from Florida-based Chancey Design Partnership to create a buyer’s dream home. Alternatively, buyers can choose from a range of schematic designs that can be tailored to their needs but must adhere to a set of building guidelines to complement the Bahamian aesthetic.”

Stay tuned for more Abaco development news.

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Fishing in Abaco

December 16th, 2009

by Jennifer Hudson

Whatever your fishing preference, whether you enjoy just relaxing and throwing a hand line from the rocks or whether you prefer the excitement of doing battle for hours with a giant marlin offshore, Abaco is sure to provide the experiences you are looking for. Abaco is known to have some of the best fishing in the Bahamas and has a large variety of fish to satisfy every angler’s taste.

Tahiti Beach

A number of seasoned fishermen arrive here in their own personal boats which they have sailed over from the United States’ Atlantic Seaboard. Some dock their boats in marinas while others prefer the experience of anchoring out at sea. Many come by air to pick up their boat, which they leave here all year, or else to charter or rent a boat from the many rental companies on Abaco. Some people like to hire a guide, especially for their first few times out, and there are many professional fishing guides in Marsh Harbour and the cays who are happy to offer their services.

The reefs which surround Abaco are home to many species of fish which include grouper, grunts, porgies, hogfish, hind, jacks, goggle-eyes and many different types of snapper. These reefs are very fragile and require being treated with care. Further out beyond the cays the Atlantic Ocean offers dolphin, Wahoo, tuna (mahi mahi), bonita, mackerel and barracuda. These deeper waters are also home to the huge bill fish which keep the sport fishermen very happy. The Blue Marlin which appears on the Bahamian Coat of Arms and the $100 bill is prized by many. Each year many Billfish Tournaments are held on Abaco, drawing fisherman from far and wide.

According to a seasoned fisherman, bait can be difficult to find and he suggests using a small hook or tiny jigs to catch small fish as bait. Conch makes great bait as it is tasty and durable.

conch with fishing line

Trolling is a popular way of fishing, mostly done by using a rod and reel over the back of the boat while it is moving. This may be done anywhere but trolling for yellow tail and grouper is especially popular inside the reef at Spanish and Powell Cays.

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Spear fishing is a sport enjoyed by many but it must be borne in mind that it is restricted to the use of Hawaiian sling only and is not allowed within 200 yards of the coast of Abaco. For all other fishing, gear is restricted to hook and line and the maximum number of rods that can be used at any one time is six.

There are a few other fishing restrictions of which the visiting fisherman needs to be aware. There is a closed season for both grouper and crawfish during which time they may not be caught. Closed season for Grouper is sometime in December to February, depending on when they are spawning, and the closed season for lobster/crawfish is April 1 to July 31.

The bag limit for lobster is six tails per person at any time and the minimum size limits are three-and-three-eighths-inches carapace length or six-inch tail length. Egg bearing females are protected. For wahoo, dolphin and kingfish, the bag limit is six of any combination per person.

The harvesting and possession of conch without a well-formed lip is prohibited and the bag limit is ten per person at any one time. The taking of any marine animals from the National Sea Parks is prohibited.

Access to the miles and miles of world class bonefishing flats of the Marls and Cherokee Sound makes Abaco a prime location for bonefishing and it has become one of the most popular bonefishing destinations in the world. Professional guides with years of experience who know the flats and tides and have a profound understanding of the bonefish and its behavior can be hired and they will provide a shallow draft ‘flats’ boat and top class fishing gear. After motoring you to the flats they will then silently pole you through the quiet waters. Fishing on the marls is a unique experience as the flats are also a habitat for many types of bird such as the heron and egret. Bonefish is in abundance not only in the Marls but also in Cherokee, Green Turtle Cay and Sandy Point. There are many large bonefish to be caught but all must be released. A great advantage is that there is no closed season for bonefish. Several bonefish lodges spread throughout Abaco provide comfortable accommodation, the most recently opened being the luxury Delphi Club in South Abaco next to Serenity Point with very easy access to the Marls.

Exterior Delphi Club by delphi.bahamas on Picasa http://picasaweb.google.com/delphi.bahamas/TheDelphiClubAbacoBahamas#

Abaco’s excellent climate, which provides good weather for fishing almost all year round, and its pristine, clear waters free of pollution make it an ideal place to enjoy whatever type of fishing takes your fancy.

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