The islands of the Bahamas comprise a 100,000 square mile archipelago that covers more than 500 miles of the clearest, most pristine water in the world. This is an area that is home to some of the finest bonefish habitat on the planet, and the gigantic network of unspoiled flats found throughout the Bahamian islands are the country’s main angling attraction. The species that inhabit the flats include the “Caribbean Big Three” — bonefish, tarpon and permit — as well as barracuda, sharks, mutton snapper, mangrove snapper and jack crevalle. The flats and prime fishing areas of the Bahamas are so numerous that it would be almost impossible visit and fish every area – even in a lifetime of fishing! The majority of the flats in the Bahamas have hard, white sand bottoms, which is why they rank among the best flats in the world for wade fishing. As far as water quality and clarity, the flats throughout the Bahamas are almost always gin-clear, and the sightfishing opportunities are endless.
The fact that the Bahamas are so close to the U.S. make this a fast and easy destination for anglers looking to maximize their fishing time and minimize travel time. With regular, direct access to such islands as Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros and Nassau, the Bahamas are the perfect option for a quick weekend escape or an extended, week-long trip. Here at Riversage Outfitters, we love the Bahamas for anglers who are new to saltwater flats fishing and looking to have a great first experience with bonefish. It is also our preferred destination for anglers looking for seriously large bonefish and sizeable permit in the spring, summer and fall timeframes. And finally, it is a great option for anglers that live in the Eastern U.S. and the Southwest, where access is quick and easy.