Harbor View Vacation Rental in Exuma

Bonefish Guides

Large Bonefish

We often see him  from our balcony at Harbour View, as he poles his 16 foot Dolphin boat through the shallows of the southern side of Moriah Cay.  Both he and his anxious bonefish client scouring the calm waters with their polaroid sunglasses, searching for that elusive bonefish.

Bonefishing Exuma

We watch closely as Drexel points some 30 yards away, the fisherman nods and starts the rhythmic motion with his fly rod, back and forth, back and forth, each time feeding more line in an arc, then he casts.

 Silence reigns as the line descends into the water. Then suddenly there is a major disturbance as the fish bites, realizes he has a problem and shoots off at maximum speed.   The sound you hear is the reel as it feeds out the line, the fisherman tightens the clutch on the reel just slightly, and the battle begins.

For the next 45 minutes the guide advises the client as the fish continually changes directions, hoping to get into the mangroves,  to double back and get some slack, then another run. All the time the guest is working to keep tension on the line, to keep his catch away from the rocks.

Eventually the fish tires and is drawn to the boat where Drexel uses his net to bring the beautiful victim aboard. A quick high five, a photo shoot, remove the lure and gently lower the fish back  into its habitat.

Bonefish catch
Best of the day

Well that’s the result today but how did this guide know where to take his guest? How did the guide know when to take his guest to that location and how did he see that fish when most of us miss them?

Well twenty plus years ago Drexel Rolle, born and bred in Exuma, had just left school and had his first job working at the Peace and Plenty Bonefish Lodge. The lodge, now a private home, was the hotel on the Northern shore of Exuma across from Moriah Harbour Cay. If fly fishing was your thing, then this was one of the best World class locations. Aficionados from around the world made their way to Exuma and the bonefish lodge.  

Dexelle's   the best

The enthusiasm of the fishermen and the enthusiasm of the guides quickly set Drexel on a course that was to serve him for the rest of his days.  The stories he heard and the excitement they expressed made him decide that he was going to be a renown bonefish guide.

So years of training, how to cast, where the bonefish will be at different states of the tide, how and where they will be at different stages of their lives, what lures get the best results. Safety training, CPR, boat safety, captains license. All the things he needed to master before he could have certification and therefore promote confidence in his clients

bonefishing in Exuma

Move forward to the present day and Drexel Rolle is one of the leading experts and guides in the bonefish industry in Exuma.  Nowadays everybody need a license to fish and bone fishing is a catch and release sport. You can fish for bonefish without a guide, (you still need to get a license ) but you stand a good chance of a long tiring day with little results.

The guides know where, they know when, and they know how. That’s why you pay them the big bucks !

My biggest catch

Bonefish can live for 15 years and as juveniles they tend to stay in shoals, mainly on the flats on the southside of Exuma where they vary between pound and a half up to seven pounds.

As they mature they become more solitary and the larger specimens can be found off Crab Cay, or between Hartswell and Moriah Harbour Cay where they can weigh up to 16 pounds and will give you an arm wrenching two hour battle.

If you want to try this exciting sport give Drexel Rolle a call at 1 242 345 5025 or on his mobile at 357 0243, or better still e mail him. 

Drexel is also available for a fishing trip for a day,  so go search for that Wahoo or Mahi Mahi. Let an expert help you provide the meal of a lifetime.

Snorkeling close to home

coastline adventures

Just yards from our home, Harbour View, and in less than 10 foot of water lies one of the best snorkel spots in Exuma. Located just off shore between Hartswell and Moriah Harbour Cay.  While the area of the reef is not large it is well populated with all sorts of fish, from medium sized Grouper and Permit, to the dreaded Lion Fish, and even some lobsters, It’s a rewarding swim.

Bonefishing with Stevie

bonefish Stevie Exuma
bonefish Stevie
bonefish Stevie

If bonefishing is your pastime then Stevie should be your guide and Exuma your destination. Our island has a worldwide reputation as one of the premier locations to seek out the silver bullets.

Bonefish are one of the most difficult species of fish for anglers to tussle with. Their silver color blends in the sun shining on the Ocean and their skittish nature magnifies the difficulty. Once you have cast your line and got them to bite you can prepare yourself for a  battle. They are renown for their power and stamina and have been known to run out the anglers full line, or find a reed to tangle the line.

Bonefish are to be found throughout the Exuma chain of islands but locally their are two favorite areas that Stevie is likely to take you. His choice will depend on several factors, the main one being the state of the tide. This is because the fish grub for shrimps and crabs in the sand and mud as the tide comes in so you prefer to fish on a rising tide.

“Bonefish Steve” grew up in Hermitage in Exuma and has more than 20 years experience teaching and guiding clients in how to find, how to cast, and how to catch these elusive fish. Bonefish are not for eating, they are strictly catch and release. Thereby not depleting the numbers.

For 10 years Stevie was the go-to guide for the Peace and Plenty Hotel. The story goes, as a young lad he was on the dock one day when the hotels regular fishing guide was missing and Stevie got the chance to show clients where to fish.  The largest number of bonefish are to be found on the south side of the island where the flats stretch for miles and here you find the shoals, mostly juvenile and therefore small to medium size. The fish tends to stay in shoals when young then as they mature they become more solo and move. Often to the North shore of Exuma and one of their favorites is between Hartswell and the south shore of Moriah Harbour Cay, directly in front of our home Harbour View. Here are the big fish and you can fish, either alone wading through the warm water, or with the help and advise of “bonefish Steve”

Steve will take you for a half or full day trip. He picks you up from your accommodation, takes you to his boat, then off to wherever the best prospects are that day, taking into consideration the state of the tide, the wind direction and your experience level.  Good Luck !

To find Steve go online to his website