Pelican Bay Resort


Vaughn's Fly Box Picks:
Grand Bahama is diverse and so are the possibilities when it comes to the fish and the flies. You'll need some bigger and heavier flies for the deeper water but 4's and 6's will have to be in your fly box. Bring Clousers in tan and pink sizes 2 through 4, Gotcha Clousers in pink, Some Charlies with a bunny wing for flavor. Don't forget to have flies for the beautiful Mutton snappers that you'll find there, clousers in chartreuse and white and tan and white. Add a barracuda fly and some small to medium baitfish patterns for the big jacks and you'll have it covered.

Top flies recommended for this lodge.

Sea Habit Bucktail

Clouser Minnow

Gotcha Clouser



About the Fishing

Pelican Bay The island of Grand Bahama stretches 90 miles east to west, and the north shores vast area of creeks, cays, and flats create hundreds of miles of shallow, fishable shoreline. Bottom structure varies from hard sand and grass flats to harder, light coral and marl flats, all of which provide excellent feeding areas for bonefish and permit. The experienced, seasoned guides of Pelican Bay are dedicated to making your fishing adventure both productive and enjoyable, and will tailor each fishing day to your schedule and individual preferences. All of Pelican Bay’s guides have chosen guiding as their year-round profession and not just a seasonal job. Anglers can take advantage of the thousands of hours these guys have spent on the flats and feel comfortable in asking for all types of direction and instruction. For anglers new to saltwater flats fishing, Pelican Bay is not only a wonderful place to learn, but a destination that guarantees action your very first time out!

Pelican Bay While at Pelican Bay, a large part of each fishing day is spent casting from Maverick Mirage flats boats. Anglers are also encouraged to wade during times where large concentrations of fish are found tailing in ‘skinny’ water. The bonefish vary greatly in size, from small, two to three-pound fish found in large, easy schools, to “average” Grand Bahamas bonefish in the four to six-pound range. Fish of seven and eight pounds are almost a daily encounter, and trophy-sized bones over ten pounds are not uncommon. Pelican Bay's record bonefish to date is a remarkable fish of 14 ½ pounds! Although Pelican Bay is primarily a world-class bonefishing destination, there are several other types of game fish that frequent area waters. Permit and tarpon arrive during the spring, and are encountered on a regular basis throughout the fall months. Large barracuda can be found almost daily, and there is always the possibility of running into roaming schools of hard-fighting horse-eye jacks that average 10 to 15 pounds.

Since there are no roads available to access this area of Grand Bahamas, the result is a bonefishing habitat that sees little angling pressure aside from the few professional guides who fish these waters with clients. The entire area is pristine!

Pelican Bay In 2005, Pelican Bay introduced an all new offshore fly fishing program - one of the first of its kind anywhere in the Bahamas. The most productive time of day is in the evening, so you may bonefish all day then head out to the blue water. This program targets a variety of deep sea and bluewater gamefish, including Dolphin (Mahi Mahi, Dorado), Blackfin, Skipjack Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna. To date the largest Yellowfin taken on a fly is 62 pounds. The largest Dolphin on a fly is 35 pounds, the largest Blackfin is 17 pounds, and the largest Skipjack is 11 pounds! This program is available as either a dedicated offshore day or as a combination Bonefishing/Offshore day. The tuna come to the surface and feed late afternoon and evening making this an ideal combination option, as well as a great arrival day fly fishing option. All specialty fly fishing gear (10, 12 and 14 wt. outfits) are included. The offshore season at Pelican Bay Resort is May through September.

About the Lodging

Pelican Bay Lodge Each of Pelican Bays 97 rooms feature private balconies that overlook the resorts courtyard area, the marina, and the Port Lucaya Marketplace. These spacious accommodations include king-sized or double beds, satellite TV, direct-dial phones, Italian tiled floors, and a refrigerator. Pelican Bays newly-opened single bedroom suites are also available for couples looking for an extra-luxurious “Stay at the Bay.” Newspapers and freshly baked croissants and breads are available in the suites each morning, and personal espresso machines and a variety of coffees enable guests to enjoy a private breakfast on the balcony while overlooking the beautiful Bell Channel Bay. Other guest amenities include two tropical freshwater pools, a hot tub, and a great poolside bar. The Ferry House restaurant, adjacent to the hotel, has established a new standard for excellence in fine dining on Grand Bahama. Having worked in some of the worlds finest restaurants, the chefs of the Ferry House have created what they describe as "a blend of contemporary cuisine fused with unique flavors of the Caribbean." Menus change daily depending on the availability of fresh, local seafood, fruit, and foreign-quality foods, brought in by air on a regular basis.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from 16’ Maverick flats boat with new Yamaha 90HP outboards, poling platforms, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable.


For travel details and booking information please contact our Travel Partner, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures.
Please tell them that Blackfly Outfitter sent you and don't forget about our custom fly kits.