H2O Grand Bahama Bonefish



Overview


Grand Bahama Bonefishing – H2O

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish club

When I tell people there is world class bonefishing around Grand Bahama, they don’t believe me. This is a great destination for large bonefish and family members who don’t care about fishing! The casinos, golf, beaches and shopping can keep most everyone entertained while you stalk 10 pound bonefish!

Grand Bahama boasts some of the most expansive flats in the Northern Bahamas with shallow flats extendinig 25 miles to the west and more than sixty miles to the east of the island. Our fishery is just a part of the 2500 square mile Little Bahama Bank. Not only do we have a large area for backcountry fishing but our anglers can enjoy the islands oceanside flats which are well protected and offer miles of white sand, marl and turtle grass flats. In just 10 minutes you can leave the civilized part of the island and be on a deserted flat sight fishing for bones, permit and seasonal tarpon.

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Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish clubThe bonefishing is exceptional with opportunities to cast at larger schools of bones with an average size of 4 to 6 pounds. Smaller groups of cruising bonefish can give an angler shots at trophy sized bones. Our club record bonefish on fly tipped the scales at 14 1/2 pounds! The island flats also hold a seasonal population of Permit and Tarpon. These fish arrive in the spring and stay on the flats until the fall. The clubs record for permit on the fly is 38- pounds. Our largest tarpon to date was estimated at 130- pounds.

Pelican Bay Bonefish Club’s fly fishing guides work hard to find fish. We offer bonefishing on the pristine Bahama flats or venture offshore for some yellow fin tuna, wahoo or mahi-mahi action. Either way we know you will enjoy your stay with us at Pelican Bay. Luxury accommodations at the Pelican Bay Resort are included in our bonefishing packages. Choose to fish just a few days or a week. If you plan to bring along a non-fishing companion, don’t worry, there is plenty of shopping, a beautiful white sand beach, or three pools on the premisis.

Testimonials

We wanted to let you know how delightful our stay was when we visited Pelican Bay. We loved the intimacy of the hotel and its proximity to the beach and golf courses. We were pleased with the attention to details in our beautifully-appointed suite. Your staff was friendly and I had no concerns whatsoever. We had a wonderful meal at the Ferry House on Sunday night and the food and restaurant staff were superb. See you next year.”
— Paul and Amri Joyner

“This was a wonderful experience – I will repeat this visit. I would recommend The Pelican Bay Suites to friends, family and associates. My mission is to promote Pelican Bay.”
— Edwin Ali, Miramar, Florida

“The only thing to say is excellent.”
— Diane Walsl, Blaine Wa.

“Wonderful, creative rooms!
— Laura Myers


Lodging


Grand Bahama Bonefishing – Lodging

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish club

Although our anglers will experience the fishery as a very remote and undisturbed one, this cannot be said for their lodging which is perfectly located allowing all our anglers immediate access to the Islands top restaurants and myriad activities and amenities found within a short walk of their room. Should non angling activities for wives and/or family be a consideration then you will find it very hard to even match this programs ability to cater to them while knowing there will be zero compromise to the quality of your flats fishing. Awarded the prestigious “Small Treasures of the Bahamas” designation by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Pelican Bay Hotel at Lucaya is both charming and intimate. The hotel, designed by Danish architects, incorporates Caribbean warmth and ambiance with sophisticated European design.

This charming boutique hotel is tucked away on a peninsula, where guests can escape the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to enjoy the shops and restaurants of the Port Lucaya Marketplace, or simply stroll along the waterfront.

Accommodations

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish club

Guests are provided a beautiful waterfront room with their Bonefishing package. Two separate packages are available to include either a one bedroom suite or deluxe room. Each room can be furnished with a choice of 2 beds for sharing fishing partners or a very spacious King option for couples or single anglers. Cot beds are also available for families as well as pull out sofa bed options for the suites. Satellite TV, direct dial phone, refrigerator and in-room coffee maker. Also available is a business center and wireless internet access for all our guests.

The new one-bedroom suites offer an upscale rooming option with lush tropical gardens and varying color-scheme. Mahogany wood and beautifully appointed custom decor highlight each of the spacious one bedroom suites.

Amenities

* All rooms are 640 square feet with Italian-tiled floors, shower and tub and private balconies.
* Rooms are equipped with two double beds or one king sized bed.
* All rooms are fully air conditioned.
* Tour desk on site to accommodate guest requests.
* Use of Lucaya beach, or Ritz beach which may be reached via a short ferry boat ride.
* Each Pelican Bay room is equipped with a coffee maker. Prepackaged coffee is provided each day in both regular and decaffeinated varieties.
* Each room has a hair dryer, ironing board with iron, and in-room safe.
* In-room baby sitting can be arranged through the front desk. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required.
* Complimentary al fresco continental breakfast is served daily from 7:00 am until 10:30 am.
* Business Services – We offer complimentary 24-hour wireless internet access, a printer and copier in our business office. High speed wireless internet access is offered resort wide; a fee applies.

Dining

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish clubLocated within steps of our resort is the Lucayan Marketplace, where you will find over 30 restaurants, bars, shops, and nightly live entertainment to suit all styles and tastes, ranging from fresh island fare to Italian, Chinese and even an Irish Pub! Whatever your palate or your budget, you have multiple convenient choices to select from when you stay with us.

The new Sabor Restaurant and Bar at Pelican Bay offers water front dining in a relaxed outdoor setting overlooking Bell Channel Bay and Port Lucaya Marina. The restaurant is open for drinks each day from 10:00 a.m. till midnight. Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sabor’s new menu feature a wide range of options, including favorites such as burgers and chicken wraps, complemented by a wok bar, and a new Sunday brunch menu offering a variety of eggs benedict items and traditional Bahamian boiled fish.

Our Bar – Bones

Bones Bar

Grand Bahama bonefishing resort - Bones BarWelcome to our clubhouse and bar ‘ Bones ‘. This is located on the property within a few yards of all our guest rooms and is open daily. Bones will be our meeting place for all our guests for orientation on arrival with all H2O Bonefishing clients receiving reserved seating. It will serve daily as an ‘ Apres Fish ‘ clubhouse for all our anglers to relax, swap stories and the usual shenanigans. Please note that Bones provides all our anglers bringing their no angling wives a quality place to enjoy a few sundowner cocktails overlooking the bay.  Also for Kids to enjoy the pool while parents can ‘ supervise ‘ from the bar. A swim up bar is also part of the clubhouse.

Also available is an already expanding  retail area selling a selection of fly rods, reels, fly lines, flies, leader, tippet, sun protection items ie Buffs, lip balm and sunscreen and of course clothing, mostly Shirts and hats.

Lodge Photos


Fishing


Grand Bahama Bonefishing – The Fishing

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish club

A satellite view of Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama Island is overlooked as a fly fishing destination mostly because it is well known for golf , diving and other recreational activites. This secret has benn a big advantage for those who do fish here as there is ver little pressure. The entire northern shore is virtually unihabited with mangrove, laggond and flats everywhere. The bonefishing is exceptional with opportunities to cast at larger schools of bones with an average size of 4 to 6 pounds. Smaller groups of cruising bonefish can give an angler shots at trophy sized bones. Our club record bonefish on fly tipped the scales at 14 1/2 pounds!

The island flats also hold a seasonal population of Permit and Tarpon. These fish arrive in the spring and stay on the flats until the fall. The clubs record for permit on the fly is 38- pounds. Our largest tarpon to date was estimated at 130- pounds.

The Fishing Terrain

The Mangroves

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish club

The vast northern shore of Grand Bahama is completely encompassed with mangrove shoreline. Over 100 miles East to West as the crow flies. With the countless twists and turns on the mainland itself and including the many small keys it creates literally hundreds of miles of fishable shoreline and flats.

The Flats

On the edges of the mangrove shoreline lie the inner flats. Always covered in water from a few inches to 3 feet these inner flats can make for spectacular fishing.

The bottom structure varies from soft sand and grass flats to harder sand and marl flats which are ideal for those anglers wanting to wade.

The Many Keys

A short ride to the many outer keys rovides access to a different fishing environment. Bonefish are found in good numbers but due to their location adjacent to deeper water anglers may find Permit and Tarpon (in season) and barracuda. There are also packs of marauding horse eye jacks that average 10- to 15- pounds.

Grand Bahamas Beaches & Reefs

When northerly winds become brisk the southern lee side of the island becomes a great option for bonefishing. A short ride by boat opens up miles of white sand flats and reef fringe flats accessed by boat and more almost all wade friendly as the shore becomes glass clam and crystal clear. During the spring and summer permit also move onto these flats.

The Guides, Boats and Offshore Program

The Guides & Boats

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish club

Pelican Bay’s team of professional fly fishing guides have a combined experience of over 50 years on the flats of Grand Bahama. They are year round true professionals who are on the water every month of the year.

Instruction on the water during a days guiding as well as organized pre-trip evening fly fishing instruction is made available to any of our anglers wanting to get the most from their time spent here at Pelican Bay. Also available for groups is a professionally organized and executed ‘Saltwater Fly Fishing School’ for beginners or those anglers looking for a more advanced level of instruction. Each guide fishes from a well maintained 17- foot Maverick flats skiff outfitted with a 85 HP Yamaha outboard. The boats also have VHF radios, cell phone, trim tabs, poling platform and leaning post.

Offshore program

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish clubA unique new fishing program here at Pelican Bay is our deep sea fly fishing excursions for yellowfin tuna, skip jack tuna, blackfin tuna and dorado (mahi-mahi). Schools of yellowfin tuna move into local waters in April and can be found offshore from Grand Bahama until September. Yellowfin tuna average 15- to 25- pounds and have been landed up to 60- pounds. Most of our offshore fishing is done with floating fly lines.

An appealing part of the fishing offshore is the the bite. It turns on early morning, late afternoon and early evening. This allows our anglers to fish a full day on the flats and also have the option to experience the action offshore.

Alternatively this type of trip is a great option for arrival and departure days.

All fly fishing equipment is included in our offshore program. This means we provide all the specialty fly rods, reels, leaders and flies for these trips included in this package.

Fishing Photo Gallery

Tackle & Gear

Buy your gear at Pro guide direct and help your local guide - Me!!Here is a list of the basics you will need for your trip. I have organized this list on Pro Guide Direct where you can actually purchase the brands and items that I have found to be the best of the best. Any Items that you purchase from Pro Guide Direct will help us earn a living and help you by being ensuring that you have the right gear for the trip. Many of our destinations are pretty remote with no chance to buy things on site.

Caribbean Gear List

SpeciesRodsReelsLineLeaders
Bonefish9 foot 8 or 9 wt. (maybe a 10 wt. on a windy day) Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 200 yards of 20 lb. backing.Floating tropical line9 ft-12 ft leaders with 10-12 lb. tippet.
Permit9 foot 9 or 10 wt.Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 200 yards of 25 lb. backing.Floating tropical line9-14 ft leaders with 12-15 lb. tippet.
JuvenileTarpon9 foot 10 wt.Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 300 yards of 30-40 pound backing.#1 Floating tropical line
#2 Floating with clear sink tip
9-12 ft leaders with 25-30 lb. class tippet and 60 lb shock tippet.
Large Tarpon9 foot 12 wt.Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 300 yards of 40-50 pound backing.#1 Floating tropical line
#2 Floating with clear sink tip
#3 Full intermediate sink line
9-12 ft leaders with 25-30 lb. class tippet and 80 lb shock tippet.
Barracudas,
Sharks
9 foot 9-12 wt.Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 300 yards of 40-50 pound backing.#1 Floating tropical line
#2 Floating with clear sink tip
6-9 ft leaders with 20-30 lb. steel bite tippets.

Fly List

Tie a few patterns with just the weight of the eyes as a variable 1 with lead eyes, 1 with chain, 1 with small chain, and 1 with no weight or mono eyes just to make sure you have flies for very skinny water all the way to waist deep water. Presentation seems to be much more important than fly selection. Weed guards will be a plus on the grass flats.

Bahamas Fly List

Fly NameColorsSizesQty for a 1
Week Trip
Toad Flychatreuse, olive, tan, purple/black1, 1/04
Cockroachstandard 1/0, 2/02
Black Deathwhite, tan1/0, 2/02
Layup tarpon fly brown, chatreuse ,yellow1, 1/06
Enrico's Tarpon StreamerPurple & Black2/04
Turneffe CrabCream, olive2, 4, 64
Del's Merkin tan/brown 1/0, 2, 46
Bonefish slidersstandard tan2, 4, 64
Bonefish Bittersamber, olive6, 8 6
Bonefish Clouserassorted4-612
Crazy Charlie
bead eye
pink,white,tan,brw 4, 6, 812
Moe bonefish amber, pink 46
Christmas Island Specialspink, orange6, 818
Gotchastandard4, 6, 812

Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)


Rates


High Season Is between October – and June 30 (some of the best fishing is in the summer)
Low Season is between July 1 and September 30 (remember low season is the less traveled in the Bahamas, but I assure you the fishing actually peaks in the summer!

H2O Bonefish Fishing Prices - Standard Room

Number of nightsNumber of days fishingFishing
2 to a boat, 2 to a room
Peak/Normal Season
Fishing
1 to a boat, 1 to a room
Peak/Normal Season
76$3745 / $2850$5995 / $4795
65$3195 / $2395$5190 / $3995
54$2645 / $1995$4295 / $3350
43$1990 / $1499$3375 / $2550
32$1340 / $1050$2295 / $1775

H2O Bonefish Fishing Prices - Luxury Suite

Number of nightsNumber of days fishingFishing
2 to a boat, 2 to a room
High/Low Season
Fishing
1 to a boat, 1 to a room
High/Low Season
76$3999 / $3060$6199 / $5225
65$3435 / $2575$5325 / $4355
54$2875 / $2295$4395 / $3650
43$2150 / $1625$3495 / $2790
32$1460 / $1150$2590 / $1955

Prices Include: Standard or Suite accommodations ( king or 2 double beds), breakfast and lunch daily, guided fishing each day, It includes soft drinks for breakfast and lunch, It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are in US dollars and are per person.

Prices do not include: Flights to Grand Bahama, ground transport to the lodge, dinner (too many good places you will want to eat out at), alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and resort staff

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Our Pledge

We promise to work for you, not a lodge, outfitter or resort. We pledge to get you you to a destination that will live up to your expectations at the best possible price. You will never be charged more than booking directly (in fact most of our clients are paying less - *see below). We will make sure you are well prepared for your trip with specific knowledge about the gear, the flies, the rods, packing lists, travel documents, connecting information everything. Since we are not tied to a particular destination we promise honest pros and cons of any destination at the time of year you are traveling.

We do earn a small commission when we book a trip as all lodges and outfitters offer this as they depend on agencies like ours for much of their business. This fee is paid by the lodge not you, and they do not keep different prices for direct bookings vs agency bookings, it is bad business.


Payment and Cancelation Polices

A 10% deposit is required if you are booking more than 6 months in advance, 50% deposit is required when less than 6 months until departure date with the balance due 60 days prior to departure. If you are forced to cancel with more than 60 days notice, you may keep full credit towards another trip or receive a refund less a 10% service charge. Deposits on cancellations with less than 60 days notice are not refundable unless your spot can be filled. MC, Visa, and checks are accepted. We recommend travel and or medical emergency insurance for all our trips.


Seasons



H2O Grand Bahama Fishing Calendar

MonthBonefishPermitTarponOff shore
JanuaryGoodFairPoorExcellent/Good
FebruaryGoodFairPoorExcellent/Good
MarchExcellentFairPoorExcellent/Good
AprilExcellentGoodFairExcellent
MayExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
Jun ExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
JulyExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
AugustExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
SeptemberExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
OctoberClosedGoodFairExcellent/Good
NovemberClosedFairFairExcellent/Good
DecemberGoodFairFairExcellent/Good

Gallery


Please take a look at the  photo and video galleries related to Grand Bahama Bonefishing – H2O Grand Bahama.

Fishing Photo Gallery

Lodge Photo Gallery

Video Gallery

The Fishery

Gone fishing

H20BONEFISHING 2010-2011 from h2obonefishing on Vimeo.

 

The Resort at Pelican Bay

 


Activities


Grand Bahama Bonefishing – Activities

Grand Bahama bonefishing - H2O Bonefish club

This trip is the top of the list when you need to get some world class fishing for you and some world class Caribbean beach vacation for your family.

Located within steps of our resort are over 30 restaurants, including Sabor Restaurant and Bar and the Ferry House Restaurant, bars, shops, nightly live entertainment, the Dolphin Experience, scuba diving, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. Immediately across the street are two miles of Grand Bahama’s white sand beach, a full service spa, all four “Grand Slam” surface tennis courts and a casino.

Two 18-hole championship golf courses and The Jim McLean School of Golf are five minutes away. And, within a very short distance are miles of pristine powdery white sands beaches and soft adventure excursions to explore.

In addition, a number of Grand Bahama Island excursions are easily arranged through our concierge. Amongst these are:
Casinos
World class shopping
Dolphin Encounters
Golf
Beaches
Snorkeling
Deep sea fishing
Diving
Diving lessons
Kayaking
Sailing
Caving
Beach combing


Travel


Grand Bahama Bonefishing – Travel Tips

Airlines

American Eagle 1-800-433-7300
Bahamasair 1-800-222-4262
Bahamas Celebration 1-800-314-7735
Bahamas Express Ferry 1-866-699-6988
Continental Connection 1-800-231-0856
Delta Airlines 1-800-221-1212
US Airways Vacations 1-800-428-4322
US Airways Vacations (international) 1-800-622-1015

Transportation to and from the airport is in the capable hands of our local partners. Taxi fare averages $22 each way for two persons, with an extra $3 per additional passenger. (Taxi pick-up is conveniently just outside the Customs Lounge.) Limousine service also is available at about $85 per trip for a party of two.

Entry Requirements:

US visitors staying for eight months or less need a return ticket plus a passport. Green card holders require their green card and a valid passport from their place of birth. All US citizens are required to have a valid passport for entry in and out of the Bahamas. Canadian visitors not staying more than three weeks need the same identification as those do from the United States. Some visitors that are not citizens of the U.S.A. may also require a visa, check with your country’s consulate.

Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)



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