The Bahamas Fishing Guide

Plan a trip now and find out why these islands have been world-famous for decades as an angling paradise.


From the bustling Bimini Big Game Club on its namesake of Bimini, less than 60 miles across the indigo waters of the Gulf Stream from the United States, to Andros—the largest of the Bahamian islands in terms of land mass, situated near the billfish hot spot known as the Pocket—to Long Island in the south, a favorite of traveling sport-fishers bound for the Caribbean, these islands are home to some of the finest fishing in the world. Blue marlin. Sailfish. Tuna and wahoo. Bonefish on the flats. There’s nearly always something to catch here, so plan a trip now and find out why fishing in The Bahamas is a must-visit destination for anglers.

Anglers pole fishing the Bahamas near Andros.

Uncrowded, Unspoiled Andros

Andros Island in The Bahamas is an angling nirvana which offers both offshore fishing delights and what many consider to be the finest shallow-water fishing for bonefish and permit to be found anywhere in the world. The islands’ unique location, with its eastern shoreline bordering a massive submarine canyon known as the Tongue of the Ocean, and its western boundaries abutting the limitless shallows of the Great Bahama Bank, provides the perfect habitat for chasing pelagic speedsters like marlin and wahoo one day and stalking the silver ghosts of the flats the next. 

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A mahi mahi fish on a gaffing hook.

Bimini: The Original 'Island in the Stream'

In the 1930s, Bimini was home to many of the pioneering anglers of offshore big-game fishing, with legends like Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway and Michael Lerner catching marlin and tuna in the Gulf Stream little more than a mile offshore of the tiny island’s beautiful sand beaches. Their exploits were heralded in the media of the era and continue to lure anglers here to this day to experience the excellent fishing and the ambiance of this magical place that inspired many of Hemingway’s later writing.

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A sport fishing boat off the coast of Long Island, Bahamas.

Long Island, Bahamas: Well Off the Beaten Path

Long Island, Bahamas is a narrow spit of land which sits astride the eastern edge of the Bahama Bank, a few miles from Crooked Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay, where blue and white marlin, big dolphin and giant wahoo roam. It is on the road much less traveled, but for those who have stumbled across this island gem, that is one of its most alluring charms: strikingly beautiful and situated within easy reach of some of the best billfishing in The Bahamas.

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