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11-24-2008, 03:01 PM
Looking for advice on a Bahamas trip for feb school vaca. I am interested in the bonefishing, my wife needs good restaurants and my 5 year old daughter needs a beach and pool is good too.

I did a search on existing threads but I thought I would seek out some fresh info.

Thanks in advance.


11-24-2008, 03:53 PM
It's tough to meet all those criteria - you could do it by staying in a hotel in Lucaya and fishing with the Pinder brothers on Grand Bahama. There is a nice (if small beach) - lots of stuff for kids to do and good food... fishing on the north side can be very good for big bones if a cold front doesn't blow through..

I can't think of another Bahamian locale that would be both kid friendly and have nice restaurants...

11-24-2008, 07:45 PM
Agree with SW...GBI and look at Lucaya...check the Sheraton about the half price of the Westin but access to all facilities of the two...but it's problematic with winter fronts...and are your Feb dates just before spring break...don't want to be in GBI college spring break time

Wayne Walts
11-24-2008, 08:30 PM
Not many good days in feb,you are too far north. The Pinders ,I think are over rated.They know their trade, but are getting lazy.

Gadabout Guinea
11-24-2008, 10:24 PM

This is a shameless plug for an upcoming meeting of the New England Saltwater Fly Rodders this coming December 9. Dick Brown is going to give a presentation on bonefishing.


Dick is a member, and an author of several great books on fly fishing for bonefish. Dick has made many trips to the Bahamas and I'm sure he wouldn't mind giving you some advice. The meeting is up on the North Shore, and I don't know where you would be coming from, but this might be a perfect opportunity for you to get some sagely recommendations on technique and destination, and probably well worth the ride.


11-25-2008, 07:20 AM
i fish gbi every year. lucaya is loaded with cheap timeshare resorts that specialise in family friendly vacations. they are close to lucaya restaurants and shopping. guides will travel the distance to pick you up and drop you off.

i fish the east end out of mcclains town-about an hour from freeport. the fishing is great and the guides are generally the best i have ever run across for any type of fishing as there is an upscale private resort that runs a guide school, the completion of which is amandatory for getting hired, and it's one of the only such employers in the area. it seems that all the independants have trained and worked there.

i fish with perry demeritte. first class and highly professional. the best of the best in our view. he has a web site.
good luck

11-25-2008, 09:08 AM
Try Cape Santa Maria on Long Island. they have a good restaurant, one of the best beaches in the country and the fishing is pretty good. Use Docky Smith as a guide.

There is also a pretty good DIY flat next to the hotel grounds.

11-25-2008, 10:30 AM
I highly reccomend a trip to Hopetown...The Hoptown Harbour Lodge offers excellent amenites....pool, dining, beaches. The Abaco Inn & the Seaspray resort are both very, very good too.

Maitland "Bonefish Dundee" Lowe is a salty local bonefish guide...he usually runs trips down to Snake Cay bight....which has some great bonefishing. Capt. Robert Lowe & Capt. Ira Key offer bluewater trips. Great DIY fishing off the south end near Tahiti Beach...
Froggies offers scuba/snorkeling trips to some beautiful live reefs

Hopetown itself is a beautiful little town located on Elbow Cay just a short ferry ride from Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco.

11-25-2008, 12:19 PM
My family stayed at Cape Santa Maria a long time ago. You can't find a better beach in the Bahamas, and precious few nicer ones across the Globe. The bonefishing was ok but not great. I believe it's a pretty pricey resort these days.
I agree w/ above comments on GBI/Port Lucaya. Do NOT go there during college spring break unless you love watching college kids barf and pass out and wreck your sleep during normal sleeping hours. Also, the aforementioned cold fronts are an issue for 2 reasons. First, they can disrupt the fish/fishing and create a lot of wind. Second, if the wind is out of a certain direction (I think it was out of the N or NW), the fishing is very limited (at least w/ the guide service I used), since the flats boats can't get to any decent, sheltered flats. In other words, there are limited launching and sheltered fishing areas when the wind is out of that direction. I think I got out in the boat on 2 out of 6 scheduled days. And GBI is far enough north so that you're more exposed to cold fronts hitting Florida than some other places in the Bahamas.
Exuma might be worth investigating.

11-25-2008, 01:55 PM
Thanks for all the great responses.

The reason that I was thinking the Bahamas is that the Bonefish are big. Should I be heading further south given that the trip is in Feb? I am open to other tropical locales

I have fished Boca Paila in Jan and it was pretty good but the fish were small.



11-25-2008, 08:02 PM

IMHO You have two issues that need serious consideration before you go to any place other than GBI or Paradise Island New Prov...one is your 5 year old issue the other is your issue's mother...the out islands are good for one thing...fishing and bad for one thing for sure noseeums...they are minimal at Lucaya...if you are determined for an out island experience with your young family...then try those places where Gulfstream Airlines services from Fort Lauderdale...so you and your family do not have the pleasure of NAS and inter-island bahamasair...with your stated criteria...I'd bag the Islands go to Sanibel/Capt... or places south in Collier County...if the weathers ok book a guide from Sani to Everglades City...have your wife drop you off at the guide..then she and your daughter are shopping eating Sani to Naples and in Naples or Sani/Capti at the beach then pick you up at guide's ramp...if you wince at the lodging prices in season at FLA...crunch the total numbers for the respective venues... for FLA vs Bahamas....airfare....lodging...taxis...car rental...Food and Drink...don't know what the guide rates are in all the out islands but top five on Andros are 475 with essentially BYO everything...whereas best of the Keys are 550-575. with everything on board and same perhaps 500-575 on the southwest coast of FLA.
My ex-wife's scream was Phsyco re-visited when seeing the FLA roach in the shower but it was nothing compared to "you can stay but the girls and I are leaving"(out island) after seeing a Citrus Rats munching on Mangoes in the cottage...the fact that we could not get off the island for two days no bahamasair flight and I said my visa was maxed:) so I could not take a $1,500.00 charter hit back to Nassau...made those last days in paradise memorable.

11-25-2008, 08:34 PM
You know, Wayne's right about the Pinders - I wasn't impressed with their guiding either - but there is good fishing to be had - I'd follow the other rec. for guides.

11-26-2008, 11:08 AM
I have no 1st hand experience, but I would expect the fishing in Feb. in FL north of the Keys to be less than stellar (maybe even in the Keys). And in FL, the fishing will definitely be vulnerable to cold fronts. The comments re. the out islands bring up a good point. You want to have some good intel/recommendations re. any place you might stay. And make sure the place has a comfortable screened area for the girls to relax in in case the bugs get bad.

11-26-2008, 12:28 PM
I heard that they might be closed for renovations or some such but I went with my wife early this year to Tiamo. Great beach side private bungalo, great food, good activities, and both do-it-yourself and guided bonefishing in the heart of the South Bight. Not cheap by any stretch, but great. Check out my post from the trip. I got a 12lb bonefish plus a lot of other great ones.