Bahamas bonefish adventures can be surprisingly affordable. Here are 7 things Canadian anglers should know



Along with Grand Bahama, the Out Islands are generally considered home to the world’s best bonefishing. In particular, North and South Andros, the Abacos, Long Island and Crooked Island boast extraordinary numbers of bonefish with an average size of four to six pounds. There are also many fine lodges and generations of highly skilled guides, boasting a strong conservation mindset. As the icing on the cake, the peak bonefish season runs from October to April, neatly corresponding with the northern Hemisphere’s colder months.


Still, why would you take a big plane, a small plane and a crowded passenger van to catch a four-pound fish? Let me put it this way: My best 8-weight fly reel has a numbered dial to control the drag system, where one is the lowest power and 10 is the maximum. When I’m fly fishing for 20-pound pike in northern Canada, I set the drag at four. When I’m casting for Bahamas bonefish, I set the drag at six. Yes, six.

Bonefish possess this disproportionate power because they’re found on shallow tropical flats, where they’re exposed to constant danger from sharks, barracudas and birds. With no deep spots or cover to hide in, their only escape is speed. To support this high-anxiety, high-energy lifestyle, bonefish are constantly on the move, searching for food. And since they’re so active, the only realistic way to catch them is by sight-fishing, which is always thrilling. Fly anglers especially love bonefish because silently landing flies are often the most effective presentation for these easily spooked creatures (although skilled spin anglers can also do well). This whole package makes for tense, exciting and rewarding angling.