Fresh Catch: The Best Deep Sea and Bonefishing in the Bahamas


No matter which island you’re visiting in the Bahamas, fresh catch from world-class deep sea and reef fishing is only a short boat ride away. And, it doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time picking up a rod and reel or you’re a deep sea fishing pro with countless tales of legendary catches, you’ll find all types of fishing in the Bahamas.

Chubasco Fishing Charters

Book a half-day or full-day charter with Chubasco Fishing Charters and prepare for an unforgettable adventure. Once you’re out on the calm waters, your captain begins the search for game fish while a guide helps you set up and prepare for what might be a lengthy battle once you hook something. Reeling in a big-game fish can be strenuous so you won’t need a gym workout today. Apply lots of sunscreen, put on a hat, grab a cold beverage, and wait for your guide to yell, “Go, go, go!” Big-game fish like blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, kingfish, and dorado (also called dolphinfish or mahi mahi) are some of the prized fresh catch you reel in on your deep sea fishing charter. Treasure Cay, the Abacos, the Exumas, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence Island are some of the Bahamas’ hubs for serious deep sea fishermen. Even charters out of Nassau can have you casting a rod as soon as you’re 15 minutes out from the dock.

Deep Water Cay Club

Head out to the Out Islands to find the best bonefish habitats and a variety of dedicated bonefishing lodges throughout the Bahamas, suited for serious fishermen. One of the oldest Bahamian lodges with 200 square miles of flats located on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island is Deep Water Cay Club. Since bonefishing doesn’t require a lot of gear, you’ll be well-prepared with your rod and keen set of eyes. Fortunately for you, the Bahamas are home to some of the best bonefishing guides in the world, and they’ll help you spot the seemingly invisible bonefish below. If you’ve been fly-fishing or bonefishing before, you already know the skill and finesse required to land one of these skittish silver-colored fish—sometimes called “grey ghosts.” Maintain your balance while standing on the casting deck of a small hard-bottomed boat. These shallow-water boats are perfect for bonefishing so, even if it’s your first time, you’ll easily get the hang of it. Don’t underestimate a bonefish by its size; once you snag one, he’s bound to put up quite the fight. Grab a picture with your fresh catch once you’ve pulled him in, and then release him back into the turquoise waters below.

Reel Tight Charters

Even if you’re not a serious fisherman or don’t have time to allot a full day for deep sea fishing, consider a few hours of reef fishing. The Andros Barrier Reef is an ideal location, home to the third largest coral reef in the world. Groupers, red snappers, triggerfish, barracuda, and jacks are a few of the fish you’ll catch on a Reel Tight Charter. Also known as bottom fishing since you “drop” bait down to the sea bottom, reef fishing is a lot of fun and much more relaxing than other types of fishing. You can even drop a line right off a dock. Bring your fresh catch back to the hotel and have the restaurant prepare a special dinner for you.

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