Vaughn's Fly Box Picks:
You have to take a few Gotchas in pink, 2 through 6. You will see permit during the year so a few crab patterns are handy. Bonefish will take a crab so even some crabs in size 6 are good to have. Clousers for the mutton snappers in chartreuse and white or in pink and white in size 2 or 4.
While Grand Bahama is mainly a bonefish destination, the barracuda, shark, and permit fishing can be productive throughout the year. The guides are very professional and know their home waters, due to the fact that most have many years of experience. They work hard to maximize and make the most of your time on the water each day. The standard fishing package includes a half day of guided fishing for both your arrival or departure day! We found that the average bonefish on Grand Bahama is larger then most of the other islands in the Bahamas, except for Andros Island. And while the topography of the majority of the flats makes fishing from the boat the most productive, but there are numerous wading opportunities as well. The tides, weather, and wind will dictate when the best time is to wade. The guides can typically accommodate angler’s requests in regards to quality of fish (bigger but less shots) vs. quantities of fish (smaller and more shots). They can also handle anglers of any skill levels and do so with an upbeat, enthusiastic style. It is always best to discuss your fishing day with the guide every morning to establish expectations.
The guides from NRPC trailer the skiffs each day, enabling them to fish the most productive flats in the area taking into account daily conditions. The weather will typically decide which of the five boat ramps you will fish from. The guides seek calmer waters for the flats you will be mainly fishing that day. Trailering boats in an air conditioned SUV for 20 to 40 minutes each way certainly beats getting beat up in heavy seas trying to access the most productive flats. Grand Bahama is simply too long and expansive to make those longer runs everyday. The Northern area of Grand Bahama is the main fishery for NRPC but they do fish waters all over the island. The Oceanside flats offers classic, pure white sand beach flats. These flats are rarely fished and have some impressive "ocean-surfing" bones. The Southwestern shorelines, bays, and inland flats are rocky and darker-bottomed. These typically are the most protected flats due to the varying contours of the mainland and surrounding keys. Once the boat is in the water the flats are close and you typically will not run for more then 20 minutes.
The flats of Grand Bahama hold good number s of bonefish in the three to five pound range. You can also expect quality shots at larger bones in the six to nine pound class. Double-digit fish are landed several times throughout the year. Grand Bahama Island is surrounded by deep water, making it prime habitat for larger bonefish. While the Bahamas is not known for permit fishing Grand Bahama does offer legitimate permit opportunities when the weather is right. The permit fishing is best from April through June when the weather is settled and stable. Flats adjacent to deeper water tend to be the most productive.
Accommodations are cottages spread out down the beach overlooking the ocean. NRPC has the feel of a very secluded destination because there are really no other buildings in sight. The beach to the south can be walked for miles in bear feet and is truly pristine, except for the mysterious plane in the shallows. Each cottage has a shared screened in porch, a private large bathroom, stocked fridge, walk in closet, two full sized beds with high thread count linens, and a sitting table. These rooms are very comfortable, clean, have ceiling fans and A/C, and the porch is a perfect place to store your rods and relax. All the furniture is comfortable and decorative. There is plenty of well placed storage space for all you gear and clothing. The Lounge chairs in front of every cottage on the beach are perfect for relaxing. The pool sits between the cottages and the main lodge and is surrounded by a deck with chairs and tables. The Founder’s House is a larger cottage and best suited for groups. It has very well decorated and appointed with a kitchen and large sitting area. The lodge does have wireless internet and works on most areas and can be weather dependent. There is a computer in the office for guests to use.
Anglers fish from 16-foot Dolphin Super Skiffs complete with poling platforms, 85 HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. Each boat also has a aluminum casting brace with padding on the front deck. Each day your guide will trailer the boat to the boat launch in a SUV that has A/C. This is the best and most comfortable way to access the flats of Grand Bahama. Rental fly fishing gear is available and there is a well stocked fly shop in the lodge.
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