I visited the Bahamas for the first time for years ago. This country, which is recognized as the bonefishing capital of the world, was probably the last authentic “flats” destination missing on my bucket list.
I have fished flats all over the world from the Caribbean, Seychelles and the Maldives to the Christmas Island, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and even unlikely exploratory trips to the Solomon Islands and the Cocos Islands! Bahamas, however, is something else!
By: Herle Hamon
My unwillingness to discover the Bahamas came mostly from the fact that here, in Europe, most fly fishermen think that there are more anglers than there are bones on the Bahamian flats and that a 7 meter leader and a 6x tippet with a size-14 Crazy Charlie is the only thing that will catch any of the anorexic fish there!
My first trip allowed me to discover the North archipelago all the way to the South and to cast flies in many different places. I began in Grand Bahama and Abacco, then made my way to the middle part of Andros, only to continue to Long Island, and then finally decided to end my road/fishing trip in Acklins and Crooked Island.
I was thrilled with the Bahamas. Apart from Nassau, located on New Providence Island, which holds more than 70% of the population, most of the other islands are preserved and not overfished. It was love at first sight when I landed on the huge atoll of Acklins and Crooked Island. The place is nearly 230 km in diameter with miles after miles of white sand flats, surrounded by coral reefs and the clearest water in the world.
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