Grand Bahama Island: An Angler’s Paradise

Imagine this: crystal-clear waters teeming with bonefish, the thrill of battling a giant marlin offshore, or reeling in a delicious snapper from the beach. Grand Bahama Island isn’t just a dream destination for anglers; it’s a reality waiting to be explored.

Whether you’re a seasoned fly-fisherman or a casual line caster, the island offers unforgettable experiences year-round. This guide will provide you with everything you need to plan your perfect fishing adventure in Grand Bahama. 

Grand Bahama Fishing: Seasons and Species to Target

Cast your line for adventure in Grand Bahama, where crystal-clear waters teem with diverse marine life waiting to be discovered.


  • Prime Season: November – May
  • Where to Find Them: West End, Northshore, East End
  • Expect: Calm waters, abundant bonefish in their natural habitat (clear, shallow flats)

Bonus: Grand Bahama boasts some of the world’s finest bonefish flats!

Deep-Sea Fishing

  • Prime Season: May – September
  • Target Species: Marlin, wahoo, sailfish, tuna, dorado
  • Where to Go: Freeport, West End

The Thrill: Witness the migration of these giants through Grand Bahama’s offshore waters

Year-Round Options

  • Snapper
  • Grouper
  • Barracuda
  • Tarpon (Spring & Summer)

Tip: These species offer diverse fishing experiences throughout the year!

Types of Fishing in The Bahamas 

  • Fly fishing: The calm, shallow flats are ideal for fly-fishing for bonefish and permit. Guided trips are highly recommended, as experienced guides know the best spots and techniques.
  • Deep-sea fishing: Charter boats equipped for offshore fishing will take you to prime locations for battling big game fish.
  • Beach fishing: Cast a line from the shore or piers for snapper, grouper, and other smaller species. This is a relaxing option for casual anglers and families.

Fishing Regulations of The Bahamas

Grand Bahama boasts a treasure trove of marine life. Let’s keep it that way! Remember catch-and-release for billfish and respect protected species. Visit BREEF Fisheries Regulations for detailed information. 

Additional Tips 

  • Book your charter or guide well in advance, especially during peak season.
  • Pack sun protection, comfortable clothing, and appropriate footwear.
  • Consider bringing your own fishing gear, or rent it locally.
  • Be mindful of the fragile marine environment and practice responsible fishing techniques.

Fishing Charters & Bonefishing Guides on Grand Bahama Island

Whether you’re a seasoned bonefishing veteran or seeking an unforgettable family fishing trip, Grand Bahama has the perfect guide and charter to match your desires. Here are some highly-rated options to get you started:

Captain Chris Mackey | Lucaya 

Climb aboard Captain Chris’s impressive 50-foot Hatteras or Ocean Sportfish for half- or full-day fishing adventures. With his extensive experience and spacious vessel, he caters to groups of 4-8, ensuring a comfortable and thrilling trip. You can reach him on WhatsApp at (242) 375-2482.

Captain Shawn | Freeport 

Captain Shawn invites you to explore Grand Bahama’s vibrant inshore waters on his smaller boat. Target diverse fish species or snorkel at breathtaking locations like Peterson’s Cay. Contact him at (242) 823-1564 to plan your personalized adventure.  

Joe Thomas, FireFly Bonefishing | McClean’s Town   

Nicknamed “JOE-T,” this highly respected guide boasts over 20 years of experience navigating the island’s famed flats. Hone your bonefishing skills, chase elusive tarpon, or relax on pristine beaches and snorkel in hidden coves. Reach him at (242) 357-5219 to craft your dream bonefishing adventure.

Bonefish Folley & Sons | West End 

Immerse yourself in bonefishing royalty with Folley & Sons, immortalized in the beloved Bahamian song “Bonefish Folley.” Expect unparalleled expertise and genuine Bahamian charm as you stalk these prized silver ghosts. Call (242) 346-6060 to book your legendary bonefishing experience.

Plan Your Fishing Escape! 

With its diverse offerings and stunning beauty, Grand Bahama Island is sure to reel in even the most seasoned angler. So, grab your rod, book your stay at The Bahamas Hideaway, and get ready to experience the magic of fishing in paradise!