Re: Long Island, Bahamas bonefishing

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Posted by Ross B on 2014-01-10 19:26:11 in reply to Re: Long Island, Bahamas bonefishing posted by Jonny King on 2014-01-10 15:41:08

I agree, Long Island is a great place, and has a lot of DIY fishing opportunities. I have also been there 3 times. Two books that I found helpful were the Explorer Chartbooks - - and the Bahamas Fly Fishing Guide - - Between the two you can sleuth out a lot of potential flats on the island.

Stella Maris is on the North end of the island and you can easily fish the flats up there on foot. If you have a car, venture south and there are a lot of flats around Deadman's Cay, and a stop at Max's Conch Shack for a Kalik and Conch Salad is worth the drive just for the local flavor. Down at the South end of the island there are a couple of inlets that fan out into large shallow bays that you can drive to. We found the bottom to be soft in these areas, but there were quite a few bonefish.

We split time between DIY and guided days when we were there. Hiring a guide is definitely worth it. Not only will they help you have a great day when you fish with them, but most of them are happy to share intel for DIY access too.

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