H2O BONEFISHING - GRAND BAHAMA

 

H2O BONEFISHING - GRAND BAHAMA

We appreciate how tough it can be for many anglers to balance a quality fishing trip with the vacation demands of family. It is for this reason that we work with H2O Bonefishing and Pelican Bay Resort, an offering that couples an outstanding fishing program with all the amenities of a high-end beach resort. Situated at the entrance to Grand Bahama’s Bell Channel, Pelican Bay Resort sits adjacent to the white sands of Lucaya Beach and bustling Count Bassie Square. This area of the island offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars, shopping, casinos, golf, and evening entertainment. Couple these offerings with the island’s world-class bonefishing and you have a complete Caribbean beach vacation. You (and the others in your group or family) can enjoy all of this without compromising in any way the quality of your fishing. Whether you’re a die-hard angler seeking serious fishing opportunities or someone who needs a legitimate vacation that also works for non-angling companions and family, then H2O Bonefishing and Pelican Bay Resort is a great choice.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of traveling to Grand Bahama makes staying at Pelican Bay Resort and fishing with H2O Bonefishing the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape. This is also a great add-on for business and family trips to Nassau and New Providence. Flights to Freeport arrive and depart on all days of the week from numerous cities throughout the Eastern and Southern U.S.

Accommodations and Lodging

Pelican Bay AccommodationEach of Pelican Bay Resort’s 97 guest rooms feature private balconies that overlook the resort’s courtyard area, the marina, and the Port Lucaya Marketplace. These spacious accommodations include king-sized or double beds, satellite TV, direct-dial phones, Italian tiled floors, coffee service and a refrigerator. Pelican Bay’s newly-opened single bedroom suites are also available for couples looking for an extra-luxurious “Stay at the Bay.” Newspapers and freshly baked croissants and breads are available in the suites each morning, and personal espresso machines and a variety of coffees enable guests to enjoy a private breakfast on the balcony while overlooking the beautiful Bell Channel Bay. Other guest amenities include two tropical freshwater pools, a hot tub, a great poolside bar, a business center, Wi-Fi, and direct access to all of the activities that Freeport has to offer.

Food and Beverages

Being centrally located and directly adjacent to the Lucayan Marketplace and Count Bassie Square, guests have access to numerous restaurants, meaning that you can enjoy dinner each night at a different establishment and enjoy different menus and offerings. Breakfast each morning is served buffet-style in Pelican Bay's new conference center. Open early, you can load up on all of the standard breakfast offerings, pastries, coffees and eggs cooked to order before meeting your guides for the day. A packed cooler lunch with all beverages is loaded into the boat each day as well.

Fishing Information

Pelican Bay BonefishThe island of Grand Bahama stretches 90 miles east to west, and the north shore’s vast area of creeks, cays, and flats create hundreds of miles of shallow, fishable shoreline. Bottom structure varies from hard sand and grass flats to harder, light coral and marl flats, all of which provide excellent feeding areas for bonefish and permit. The experienced, seasoned guides of H2O Bonefishing are dedicated to making your fishing adventure both productive and enjoyable, and will tailor each fishing day to your schedule and individual preferences. All of these guides have chosen guiding as their year-round profession (not just a seasonal job) and rank among the finest guides on the island. Anglers can take advantage of the thousands of hours these guys have spent on the area flats and feel comfortable in asking for all types of direction and instruction. For anglers new to saltwater flats fishing, this is not only a wonderful place to learn, but a destination that guarantees action your very first time out!

While fishing with H2O Bonefishing, a large part of each fishing day is spent casting from Maverick Mirage flats boats. Anglers are also encouraged to wade during times where large concentrations of fish are found tailing in skinny waters. The bonefish vary greatly in size, from small, two to three-pound fish found in large, easy schools, to larger Grand Bahamas bonefish in the four to six-pound range. Fish of seven and eight pounds are almost a daily encounter, and trophy-sized bones over ten pounds are not uncommon. H2O's record bonefish to date is a remarkable fish of 14 ½ pounds! Although this area is primarily a world-class bonefishing destination, there are several other types of gamefish that frequent these waters. Permit and tarpon arrive during the spring and are encountered on a regular basis throughout the fall months. Large barracuda can be found almost daily, and there is always the possibility of running into roaming schools of hard-fighting horse-eyed jacks that average 10 to 15 pounds.

Since there are no roads available to access this area of Grand Bahamas, the result is a bonefishing habitat that sees little angling pressure aside from the few professional guides who fish these waters with clients. The entire area is pristine! The No Boundaries program offered by H2O Bonefishing was born out of our passion as guides and fisherman to continue to explore and develop the world class fly fishing opportunities Grand Bahama has to offer. This program utilizes a larger 21 foot custom flats boat designed not only to travel further and faster in more comfort but also to target a wider verity of species on fly. Unique in the Bahamas, the program offers clients the possibilities to fish the more remote areas of little Bahama bank and to allow anglers to experience several known as well as not so well known fisheries from one location. The program is available during the months of June and July to take advantage of the great summer fishing and encompasses a two day experience of our excellent local program coupled with two days of No Boundaries. However the program is easily customized to individual client requests. Call Yellow Dog for details.

H2O Bonefishing also offers an offshore fly fishing program, one of the first of its kind anywhere in the Bahamas. The most productive time of day to fish offshore is in the evening, which means that you can bonefish all day and then head out to the bluewater. This program targets a variety of deep sea and bluewater gamefish, including dolphin (mahi mahi,) blackfin, skipjack tuna and yellowfin tuna. To date the largest yellowfin taken on a fly is 62 pounds. The largest dolphin on a fly is 35 pounds, the largest blackfin is 17 pounds, and the largest skipjack is 11 pounds! This program is available as either a dedicated offshore day or as a combination bonefishing / offshore day. The tuna come to the surface and feed late afternoon and evening making this an ideal combination option, as well as a great arrival day fly fishing option. All specialty fly fishing gear (10, 12 and 14 wt. outfits) are included in the bluewater packages. The offshore season at H2O Bonefishing is May through September.

Boats and Equipment

H2O Bonefishing uses 16’ Maverick flats boat with new Yamaha 90HP outboards, poling platforms, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. As with all of our Bahamian operations, it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Pelican Bay ShoppingNon-angling activities at Pelican Bay Resort include golfing at two USGA certified 18-hole championship golf courses, diving, snorkel trips, glass-bottomed boat tours, eco-tours, parasailing, sea kayaking, and a host of other water-related options for all age groups.

For those interested in island nightlife, there is gambling at the island’s casino, fine restaurants, bars, and nightly dancing. There is also plenty of shopping all throughout the area.

How To Get There

Grand Bahamas is the easiest flats fishing destination to get to in the Bahamas, due to the numerous direct daily flights from Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, and several other U.S. cities. to Freeport, Grand Bahama.You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

There are several car rental companies in Freeport, and taxi service is available through two or three major companies at the airport. There are also plenty of taxis in the area. Upon arrival you can take a cab the short distance to Pelican Bay Resort. Once at the Resort, you can pretty much walk everywhere in the area.

2013 Fishing Package Rates


All Prices are per person. Please Call Yellow Dog for more details, availability, and custom package pricing. The H2O Season runs from January 1st - June 30th and October 1st - December 31st.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
Standard Room Rates
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,795 $5,995
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $3,195 $5,150
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,675 $4,295
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,990 $3,375
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,340 $2,350
Suite Package Rates
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,999 $6,199
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $3,435 $5,325
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,875 $4,395
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,150 $3,495
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,460 $2,590

* Above packages DO NOT include evening meals. Prices above are for a standard room or suite with king bed or two double beds. Also, Pelican Bay Resort does not offer a "Fishing Package". The reflected rates are a custom package created by Yellow Dog for fishing with H2O Bonefishing and staying at Pelican Bay Resort.

BLUWATER RATES - Price is per day trip. Boat is good for up to three anglers.
31 foot Contender ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $1,250 (4 angler max)
 

Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned waterfront room at Pelican Bay Resort with king or two double beds and a full private balcony
  • Fully guided fishing provided by H2O Bonefishing
  • Use of tropical pool and hot tub
  • Satellite TV, direct dial phone, mini-refrigerator, and in-room coffee maker
  • Breakfast and daily deluxe picnic lunch including non-alcoholic beverages
  • 6% hotel guest tax, and 6% resort tax.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Grand Bahama
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
  • Dinner (there are over 20 restaurants within walking distance of the hotel – from pizza to gourmet meals)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Transportation to and from the airport on Grand Bahama to Pelican Bay Resort
  • Gift shop purchases, equipment rentals, and other items of a personal nature

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

H2O Bonefishing also offers a unique bonefishing school designed to combine a high level of instruction with full days of guided flats fishing. The school is based on a five night, four fishing-day stay, and is completely customized for individuals and groups. For more information on this program, please call Yellow Dog.

NOTES ON WINTER SEASON BONEFISHING
Thoughts on Winter Fishing
By Greg Vincent, Manager of H2O Bonefishing

Very few people know of the great winter bonefishing that is available here on Grand Bahama from mid-November to mid-February. While Grand Bahama is really is a trophy fishery at any time of year, the fishing for trophy bones during these months is especially good! The fluctuation in water temps push the smaller school fish off the flats for longer periods, leaving the more acclimated, "wintered fish" on their own or in small groups. The one problem we have in the winter can be the periodic cold fronts which in December to the mid-February period are at their strongest. That said, however, their strength at this time is often a bonus for us here in the northern Bahamas because the cloud line moves to the south of us quicker and does not always stall out here in the northern parts but rather more south when it hits the more tropical southern Bahamas. The back edge of the cloud is often as defined as if you drew a line across the sky. Behind the front is the dry air and the sunny conditions we are looking for! Sunlight as we all know is generally the main ingredient for productive bonefishing. (Remember - It is not necessarily the wind but rather the combination of wind and clouds that we want to avoid!) The months of December through March offer more sunlight than any other time of year. We need to take advantage of that. We also get winter high-pressure systems which - if centered over us - can create spectacular bonefishing weather for days or weeks at a time. When we do see a cold front, the wind is generally from the North. We have access to 45 miles of south side flats that are always accessible and easily fishable. These flats are utilized when winds are too strong on the north side, meaning that we do have a 'back up' option.

Most people believe that you have to fish the Bahamas in March, April, May June, and October. That is the safest option weather-wise – No doubt.

The winter period, however, is a time of year that nobody really considers for fishing, yet this in fact is an incredible trophy bonefishing time that can easily be utilized - especially by more experienced anglers. It is not only the fact that the fish are big, but that these winter fish will literally 'crawl' into skinny, skinny water, which only adds to the experience. This fishing is usually not about throwing at large shadows in deeper water, as is typical for trophy bones. It’s often a far more intimate experience between angler and fish. Once an angler has experienced stalking and then hooking a 10+ pound bone that had its back arched completely out of the water while feeding in only a few inches of water .... that immediately screams out over 150 yards of backing ... then a 20-fish day of catching 2-pound bonefish will never seem quite as appealing! Our winter fishing season is really about quality rather than quantity. This said, however, numbers are always a possibility no matter what time of year it is. This past January we had a client that landed 18 fish in three days, including three double-digit fish.

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