Know doubt, if you’ve been fishing for any length of time, a Bahamas fishing vacation has been calling to you.
The reason is simple-virtually every fisherman wants to test out their skills in the open waters of the ocean, and the Bahamas offers some of the bets deep sea fishing in the world. It is a fisherman’s paradise, and one of the places I recommend you have to visit before you die.
The Bahamas has quite a few various spots you can go fishing, so it’s hard to just give you one that is a cant miss, because there are many that will offer you plentiful fishing opportunities.
Virtually any Bahamas fishing vacation resort you go to, you can find guides willing to show to the best fishing spots, and therefore don’t have to fret over spending your whole trip without catching one fish. You certainly don’t want to go to one of the best fishing areas in the world and come home empty handed.
One thing to keep in mind, as with most deep sea fishing locations, if you aren’t prepared to go after the tough fish, then don’t bother booking a Bahamas fishing vacation. If you are used to your local fishing spot, where all you have to worry about all the dinky salmon, you are in for quite a surprise.
The ocean around the Bahamas is home to many kinds of fish, notably the marlin, sailfish, tuna, kingfish, etc. You are in for quite a challenge by reeling these bad boys in, because they weigh a ton, and really put up a fight when reeling them in.
The bonefish deserve their own mention, because they are the most plentiful fish in the Bahamas, and are closely related to the Tarpon you find in Florida and other southern areas. However, these are usually slightly smaller, as the biggest one ever caught was actually slightly less than sixteen pounds.
Most of them weight around three to five pounds, but even despite their minuscule size, they put up a heck of a fight, so don’t plan on them being easy to catch. If you catch them in the ocean, regardless of size, you can be sure you are in for a fight, so be prepared.
Another one of the most popular kinds of fish in the Bahamas is the bonefish. These fish are of relatively close proximity to the tarpon, but they usually do not get that back. In fact, the largest ever recorded bonefish weighed in at just under 16 pounds.
Most bonefish average about three to 5 pounds. However, don’t let the size fool you; the bonefish can be a very hard fish to bring in because it is a fighter. You have to struggle long hard to get this fish out of the water.
Just about every place in the Bahamas has this large variety of fish, but obviously some vary in quantity compared to others, and I’d recommend you check with any fishing friends you have who’ve taken a Bahamas fishing vacation in the past, and see which lodges they’d recommend.
You really can’t go wrong with any of them, but there are some hidden gems you might not know about that your friends can advise you on, so keep this in mind.
How much can you expect to pay to rent out your own boat? Depending on the length of time you will be out on the water, anywhere from several hundred to six hundred dollars and up. Also, this vary will depending on the kind of boat you will be getting.
As I usually advocate with new locations and fishing spots you’ve never been to, I’d recommend you get a guide for your fist day at least, to show you the hot spots. If you want to go solo after that, fine, but at least get a feel for the best places to fish so that you have the best chance of success on your trip.
To book your Bahamas fishing vacation, I’d recommend going to Orbitz, and don’t buy your plane ticket until a day or two before you leave, because it’s at this time that airlines are most desperate to fill their seats, and will usually give discounts.