Bonefish in Exuma are one of the main attractions why anglers who want to test their skills in warm waters head for The Bahamas. If this is your sport then look for accommodation close to the flats where these elusive, strong, silver fish hang out.
That usually means seeking a rental either on the southside of Exuma, where the juvenile fish can be found in shoals. Or a base in Hartswell on the northshore where the adult fish and therefore larger bonefish are to be found.
The bonefish weighs up to 19 lb (8.6 kg) and measures up to 90 cm (35 in) long. The color of bonefish can range from very silver sides and slight darker backs to olive green backs that blend to the silver side. Slight shading on the scales often lead to very soft subtle lines that run the flank of the fish from the gills to the tail. Bonefish in Exuma are caught for sport, not for food, so its catch and release.
Bonefish in Exuma, live in inshore tropical waters and moves onto shallow flats to feed with the incoming tide. Adults and juveniles may shoal together, and they may be found singly or in pairs.
The bonefish feeds on worms, fry, crustaceans, and molluscs. These are found on edges, drop-offs, and clean, healthy seagrass beds yield abundant small prey such as crabs and shrimp. Bonefish in Exuma have been observed may following stingrays to catch the small animals they root from the substrate.
You are permitted to fish alone, either from a small boat or kayak or simply wading the shallow flats on a rising tide. However you do need a permit which can simply be obtained upon arrival on island for a modest fee.
Alternatively you can rent a guide for a day or half day from one of the qualified guides in the Bonefish guides association. These experts can teach a novice or navigate an experienced angler to the location where the best fishing is found.
Enjoy the following video made by guests who stayed with us at Harbour View. Most of the video is using our kayaks in the waters directly in front of our home.