Flats fishing on Grand Bahama Island is not solely limited to hunting and catching bonefish. Many other species of fish inhabit our skinny waters. Missing out on this extra fun would be a shame, so be on the lookout for some of these highly desirable catches.
Permit are also a popular and rewarding catch when fishing the flats. Very elusive, the permit is even considered by some to be the most challenging catch of any other sport fish that inhabits this area. They usually weigh in at between 15-35 pounds, so if you’re using a 10-weight fly rod, then you’ll probably be able to get the job done. Permit may be seen in just about any season, so keep your eyes peeled if you want to enjoy a tremendous fight that just might be the highlight of your day.
Tarpon are some of the most fun fish in our saltwater flats. Migrating tarpon push along the edges of the flats and channels of our waters. Most of them weigh between 40-100 pounds, making for a challenge for even the most skilled angler. This incredibly athletic species will put on an acrobatics show like no other, and they’ll test your mettle with screaming runs. Its guaranteed that you’ll be excited in landing one during your adventure.
We see lots of bonefish here on Grand Bahama Island, so it’s no surprise that its major predator, the Barracuda, is also in abundance. Why not try and hook one while you’re out here? So have your ‘Cuda rod ready with wire leader when you sight one on the flats, you’ll see an explosive aggression found only in this species. Be prepared for an aerial battle that you won’t soon forget. You’ll need to get a good pic of these toothy predators and their menacing look for the folks back home.
Believe it or not, there’s plenty of sharks on the flats. And although some of them are too large to be reeled in with the usual fly tackle, others, such as lemon and blacktip sharks, are definitely up for grabs. These fast, aggressive predators make for a fantastic fight. Once again, to impress the landlubbers back home, you’ll definitely want to have the camera ready when you reel in a shark. And oh, when posing, do your best impression of Roy Scheider.
Our pristine and beautiful waters are home to many other species of fish. Be ready to encounter various kinds of jack, snapper and other gamefish on the flats and shallows surrounding our lodge. Sometimes, you’ll be surprised about what you’ll be able to hook.
So get OFF (Other Flats Fish) when you visit us. It’s all a part of the fun and excitement when fishing our little piece of paradise.