Oct 3rd, 2018
Bonefish are the fly angler’s gateway to the flats. They are one of the most entertaining species on Earth to target with a fly rod and one of the fastest fish in the sea. Presenting a fly to a large school of tailing bonefish feeding in one foot of water is truly a sight to see and even more so, an experience that we highly recommend for those who have yet to do so. Luckily for all of us, there are many places in the world to chase bonefish with a fly. However, certain destinations particularly excel in aspects such as an abundance of larger fish and fantastic opportunities to target fish while wading. Even better, a handful of operations that fulfill those criteria also feature world class guides, unforgettable cuisine and superb accommodations. From Kiribati to Cuba, the following represent our favorite destinations to target the gray ghosts of the flats.
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Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama Island
The eastern portion of Grand Bahama Island is truly a place where you can catch the largest bonefish of your life. 10lb fish are caught and landed several times a season and fish are routinely encountered in the 5 – 8 pound class. If you value fantastic food and accommodations, incredible guides and larger bonefish over lots of bonefish, than Deep Water Cay is your kind of place.
Abaco Lodge, Bahamas
Abaco Lodge accesses the 400 square mile zone of prime bonefish habitat known as “The Marls”. The Marls comprise a dizzying number of small mangrove islands and flats that will quickly leave you at a loss for which direction home is. Luckily, their skilled and highly experience guide staff always know the way home. If you’re interested in lots of encounters with bonefish and consistent action all day then consider a trip to Abaco. Most trips feature numbers of fish, rather than particularly large fish.
Andros South Lodge, Bahamas
Andros South is a laid-back Bahamian operation located in the heart of southern Andros’s prime bonefishing grounds. If a “bonefish bum” could design their ideal lodge, Andros South would be it. Guests grab their own beers out of the fridge and relax post-fishing at the beach-side tiki hut to watch the sun go down and exchange fish stories. Don’t get us wrong, they take their fishing very seriously and offer highly experienced guides, quality boats, friendly staff, complimentary loaner tackle, long days on the water, and warm Bahamian hospitality that is hard to beat. Andros South offers a high value, no frills experience with a hard core fishing vibe and all the necessities of a professional bonefishing operation.
Mangrove Cay Club, Bahamas
Mangrove Cay Club is one of the few destinations that brings all the crucial elements together with regard to location, management, amenities, guides, equipment, cuisine and spectacular flats fishing. Headed by veteran lodge manager Liz Bain, Mangrove Cay has set the bar remarkably high for Bahamian bonefishing destinations. With characteristically short runs to some of the most famous trophy bonefish flats in the world, it is easy to make the case that this is the Bahamas’ premier flats fishing lodge.
Los Roques, Venezuela
Los Roques offers the best bonefishing in the world that no one is going to. The fish are aggressive, large, unpressured and encountered in huge numbers! Yes, the country of Venezuela continues to be a mess but anglers willing to let Fly Water Travel guide them to this amazing location are finding a safe, extremely productive, and fantastic experience. Pristine white sand beaches filled with loads of sardina munching 6lb bonefish, 100’s of challenging pancake flats that each offer it’s own mystery to be solved, brilliant cuisine and a comfortable boutique hotel that satisfies to the core is what you can expect from a trip to Los Roques.
Christmas Island, Kiribati
Christmas Island is one of the most reasonably priced, biggest adventure locales in the world for an angler to chase bonefish. If fancy accommodations and meals aren’t your thing and you value, above all else, fantastic bonefishing then consider a trip to Christmas. Christmas Island arguably offers the very best wading in the world to chase bonefish. If you love to get out of the boat and hunt them from your feet, this is the place for you.
St. Brandon’s, Indian Ocean
Deep within the Indian Ocean, due east of Madagascar and 300 miles northeast of the island of Mauritius, lies an obscure and seldom visited atoll that may be the greatest bonefishing destination in the world. Scouted and eventually made accessible to fly anglers by the veteran South African saltwater outfitters at Fly Castaway, St. Brandon’s atoll is a wade fisherman’s paradise blessed with enormous hard sand flats and staggering numbers of huge bonefish.
Zapata Peninsula, Cuba
The Zapata Peninsula is located on the south-central coast of Cuba. Most of the peninsula is a national park and makes up the largest protected wildlife area in the entire Caribbean. The expansive flats that extend from this huge mangrove swamp provide an amazing saltwater fishery, particularly for bonefish. With most of the flats being hard sand or coral, plenty of wading is available or anglers can cast from skiffs while stalking bonefish that average between 3 and 5lbs.