It’s our bread- and butter fish, found on almost every flat in the area and fished for from a boat or simply wading the hard-bottomed flats and lagoons. The average size will be in the 3- to 4-pound range, yet bigger specimen of 5- to 7- lbs are caught regularly. Double-digit fish are a possibility, the island record being a 17,6 lbs whopper!!
Permit reign supreme among anglers here and we just know where to look for them and find them regularly, sometimes in smaller schools of 2 to 5 fish or single fishing that are following rays. Their average size, about 20 pounds, is pretty impressive and there are quite a few fish ranging from 25 to 40 pounds swimming around! It’s probably one of the best places in the Bahamas to fish for permit.
While we are not a tarpon destination per se, we do have a population of resident fish, in baby sizes of 10 to 30 lbs, all year long, while some areas will have migratory fish in larger sizes from 40 to 100 pounds, notably in the Turtle Sound lagoon from May to October.
Sometimes called the "poor man's permit", they remains a very interesting species to fish for with fly tackle: the triggerfish are wary yet will readily eat a bonefish shrimp or a small crab fly while tailing on the flats. They are a great catch and definitely great practice for permit fishing!
Barracuda are numerous on the flats and often big. We advise our customers to always keep a 10-weight rod rigged up and ready in the boat. ‘Cudas can also be caught with spin gear on stick baits or poppers.
Upon request, we can also organize a trip to the tide channels to fish for snapper: mutton snapper, gray snapper, yellowtail snapper as well as cubera snapper are present in our waters.
Sharks might not be on everyone’s list yet they are superb fighters on fly and spin tackle. We have a very health shark population, ranging from smaller species (20 lbs) to huge monsters (several hundred pounds) in and around the lagoon and we will organize specialized shark-fishing trips upon request. Tigers, lemons, silkies, hammerheads, gray reef sharks… everything is possible!
We have several interesting, hard-fighting jack subspecies at hand to keep fly and spin anglers happy; horse eye jacks, yellow jacks, bar jacks as well as pompano will keep light tackle anglers amused.
You will be able to take advantage of the exceptional fishing in these pristine Bahamian waters. It is definitely a flats angler’s paradise and rightfully called the “Bonefishing capital of the World”!
Crooked Island and Acklins have a perfect shallow-water biotope, home to uncountable bonefish but also home to permit. These two species roam the huge sand flats and mangroves that can be waded all day! The average size of the bonefish is about 4 pounds, yet there are many big ones, too. The record bonefish caught on the island went 17,6 lbs! Permit are also present, on the flats, along the channels or following mudding rays, and opposed to other fishing destinations, they have rarely seen a fly, ever. Triggerfish are also numerous, mainly on coral flats and will readily eat a well presented fly, barracuda will hold closer to the deeper water of the tide channels, some of them are really big, 45 lbs and better. Sharks, snapper, snook and jacks complete the smorgasbord of fish species present all year long. Tarpon are mainly found in spring and summer, even though there is a population of resident fish. Offshore, wahoo, tuna and dolphinfish are also present and can be fished for.