The Lure of Fishing in the Bahamas

Nothing compares with the feeling you’ll get aboard a slowly trolling boat on a calm sea under a hot summer sun, a heavy rod between your knees, and a can of something cold in your hand. And then it happens. There’s a jerk on your line; something’s taken the bait, and in seconds you’re involved in the fight of your life. But wait, the line goes slack, it’s gone. No, it’s still there, and suddenly the water a hundred yards from the boat explodes and the great fish is in the air. Your first sailfish hurls itself out of the water in a breathtaking arc. The sight leaves you speechless, awed and, for a moment, not knowing what to do next. And then it hits again and the fight is on. Slowly you reel in, the clutch slipping under the strain, three winds on the crank for every inch of line you gain.

As suddenly as it began, it’s over. Your opponent, exhausted at the side of the boat, is gaffed and hauled aboard. It’s more than five feet long and weighs perhaps as much as 90 pounds – you won’t know until you get it back to the scale on the dock, but it’s a good one; you know it is. You go home at day’s end satisfied and tired, but still excited, ready to do it all again tomorrow, the next day, next year.

There are many ways to fish in the Bahamas. Off-shore fishing is the premier choice, but there really is something for everyone and you don’t need to charter an expensive deep-sea boat. You can do it from a small rental boat all by yourself, or even wade to your waist in the crystal waters of one of a hundred or more bonefish flats for a day of sport.

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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