The Abaco Islands by Yacht: Fishing Guide

The Abaco Islands by Yacht: Fishing Guide

By Reiley Hutchinson   August 15, 2019

The Abaco Islands are any fisherman’s dream destination, from spearfishing to offshore and even Bonefishing, this is the action-packed place you want to be.

Before you start your fishing adventures in the Abaco Islands, there are some rules and regulations you must know. A fishing permit is required, and there is a limit, depending on species. You cannot fish within 200 yards of shore, and National Parks are off-limits. Also, if you plan on spearfishing, you should know that spearguns and scuba gear are strictly prohibited.

The fishing begins at the northern most outer-island, Grand Cay. Here you can spearfish the patch reefs and scattered coral heads out front of the island along with its neighboring islands, Walker’s Cay and Double-Breasted Cay. From Grand Cay, you can also make the approximately 20 mile run northwest to Matanilla Reef, where you can enjoy some deeper water diving or troll the shoal for Wahoo, Tuna, and Marlin.

Between Grand Cay and Spanish Cay, there is a chain of uninhabited islands that are lined with patch reefs and scattered coral heads that continue to offer top-notch spearfishing opportunities. Just like the ones out front of Grand, these reefs range from 12 to 25 feet deep. Note that all of these islands have protected anchorage options and make for a dreamy secluded tropical getaway if you so choose. 

Once you reach Spanish Cay, you can head toward Green Turtle Cay where you can get a little taste of everything. The Bahama flats hold some upper-class sized bonefish, fish between six and eight pounds are common. The reefs here are a bit deeper so few can dive them, but all can bottom fish them. During the spring, Dolphin, Tuna, and Marlin migrate through these waters and the bite is hot.

Speaking of the offshore bite, the waters around Treasure Cay/Marsh Harbour are also the place to be. Between April and early June, this area of the Abaco Islands is a big marlin country. Tournaments will be fished, and stories of fish in the 800-1000lb class will be told. This area is also great waters for Dolphin. During the spring some of the largest Dolphins anywhere will migrate past the Abacos. Marsh Harbour is also the perfect location to dock the boat for a day or two while you make a trip south on Great Abaco Island to The Abaco Lodge. The Abaco Lodge is the only place situated on the marsh and the place you want to be for world-class Bonefishing.

The waters from Guana Cay through to Tilloo also offer an array of offshore, reef fishing, and spearfishing. And if you travel to the Abaco’s most southwest tip, you will reach Sandy Point. Sandy Point is located on Great Abaco Island and is very close to Hole In The Wall, making it an excellent spot for bottom fishing. You will also find Wahoo stacked up in the rips in and around the mouth of the Northeast Providence Channel. This area is excellent for Yellowfin too.

In the Abaco Islands, wherever you are, the fish are too!

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