This operator is our most Revisited / Re-booked in the Bahamas. They have 6 Skiffs on trailers that allow them to move around the island and get access to the best fishing … at the right time. Wind and Tides are critical conditions to get right, and eliminating long boat rides finding the best fishing conditions is a great strategy and customers love it.
The H2O Bonefishing experience combines top-notch fly fishing with luxury accommodations and many leisure activities to make your trip unforgettable. Part of the 2500-square mile Little Bahama Bank fishery, this destination offers miles of flats and voracious bonefish. Looking to combine your fishing with family vacationing at a luxury resort? Do that and more here at Pelican Bay.
Grand Bahama Island boasts some of the most expansive flats in the Northern Bahamas with shallow flats extending 25 miles to the west and more than sixty miles to the east of the island. Not only does the island offer a large area for backcountry fishing but anglers can enjoy Grand Bahamas’ ocean side flats which are well protected and offer miles of white sand, marl and turtle grass flats.
The vast northern shore of Grand Bahama is completely encompassed with mangrove shoreline. Over 100 miles east to west as the crow flies. With the countless twists and turns on the mainland itself, and including the many small keys, it creates literally hundreds of miles of fishable shoreline and flats.
On the edge of the mangrove shoreline lie the inner flats. Always covered in water from a few inches to 3 feet, these inner flats can make for spectacular fishing. The bottom structure varies from soft sand and grass flats to harder sand and marl flats which are ideal for those anglers wanting to wade.
The bonefishing is exceptional with opportunities to cast at larger schools of bones with an average size of 4 to 6 pounds. Smaller groups of cruising bonefish can give an angler shots at trophy-sized bones. The club record bonefish on a fly tipped the scales at 14-1/2 pounds.
The island flats also hold a seasonal population of Permit and Tarpon. These fish arrive in the spring and stay on the flats until Fall. The club record for permit on the fly is 38 lbs and the largest tarpon to date was estimated at 130 lbs.
A short ride to the many outer keys provides access to a different fishing environment. Bonefish are found in good numbers, but due to their location adjacent to deeper water, anglers may find not only Permit and seasonal Tarpon, but also large Barracuda and packs of marauding Horse Eye Jacks that average 10 – 15 pounds.
H2O’s team of professional fly fishing guides have a combined experience of over 50 years on the flats of Grand Bahama. They are year-round true professionals who are on the water every month of the year. Instruction on the water during a days’ guiding as well as organized pre-trip evening fly fishing instruction is made available to any angler wanting to get the most from their time spent here at Pelican Bay.
Also available for groups is a professionally organized and executed “Saltwater Fly Fishing School” for beginners or those anglers looking for a more advanced level of instruction. Each guide fishes from our well maintained fleet of 17-foot maverick flats skiffs which are outfitted with 85 hp Yamaha outboards, VHF radios, cell phone, trim tabs, poling platforms and lean posts.
A unique new program at Pelican Bay provides deep sea fly fishing excursions for Yellowfin tuna, Skip Jack Tuna and Dorado (Mahi-Mahi).
Schools of Yellowfin tuna move into the local waters in April and can be found offshore of Grand Bahama until September. Yellowfin tuna average 15 to 25 pounds and have been landed to 60 pounds. Most of the offshore fishing is done with floating fly lines. An appealing part of fishing offshore is that the bite turns on in the early morning, late afternoon and early evening. This allows anglers to fish a full day on the flats and also have the option to experience the action offshore. Alternatively, this type of trip is a great option for arrival and departure days.
Boats used by the offshore program include a 33-foot Grady White and a 26-foot Pursuit. All fly fishing equipment is included in the offshore program.
One of the Grand Bahama Island’s newest facilities, The Pelican Bay at Lucaya is where anglers find the finest combination of Caribbean and European architecture and service. Awarded the prestigious “Small Treasures of the Bahamas” designation by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Pelican Bay and suites are both charming and intimate.
The spacious accomodations include your choice of King-size bed or twin queen beds, and boasts satellite TV, direct dial phone, refrigerator and in-room coffee maker. Also available is a business center and wireless internet access.
The new one-bedroom suites offer unsurpassed luxury, lush tropical gardens and varying color schemes. Mahogany wood and beautifully appointed custom decor highlight each of the spacious, 750 square foot suites. Freshly baked croissants, breads, and newspapers are available at the suites every morning.
While all visiting anglers will experience the fishery as a remote and undisturbed one, this cannot be said of their lodging. Pelican Bay is perfectly located and allows anglers and non-angling companions immediate access to the myriad activities and amenities found withing a short walk.
NEW – BONES BAR
H2O Bonefishing is proud to introduce to you, our valued travel partner to the latest addition of our fly fishing program here on Grand Bahama.
Welcome to our clubhouse and bar ‘ Bones ‘. Images attached. This is located on the property within a few yards of all our customers rooms and is open daily as it would at any fishing lodge worldwide.
Bones will be our meeting place for all our guests for orientation on arrival with all H2O Bonefishing clients receiving reserved seating. It will serve daily as an ‘ Apres Fish ‘ clubhouse for all our anglers to relax, swap stories and the usual shenanigans. Please note that Bones provides all our anglers bringing their no angling wives a quality place to enjoy a few sundowner cocktails overlooking the bay. Also for Kids to enjoy the pool while parents can ‘ supervise ‘ from the bar. A swim up bar is also part of the clubhouse.
Also available is an already expanding retail area selling a selection of fly rods, reels, fly lines, flies, leader, tippet, sun protection items ie Buffs, lip balm and sunscreen and of course clothing, mostly Shirts and hats.
Access to so many non-angling activities without compromising the excellent fishing experience is what makes Pelican Bay so unique. For those off days or for the non-anglers in the group, Grand Bahama offers these great opportunities for fun and relaxation: Golf (five courses including two USGA certified), diving, snorkeling, Eco-Tours, boat tours, picnic cruises, sea kayaking, para-sailing, and more.
Example Rates – subject to change by operator – Standard Package
Standard Room w/King or Two Double Beds
|Lodging/Days Fishing (rates are per person)||Double Occ. Room & Boat||Single Occ.|
|3 Nights, 2 Days||$1,441||$2,470|
|4 Nights, 3 Days||$2,299||$3,630|
|5 Nights, 4 Days||$2,845||$4,615|
|6 Nights, 5 Days||$3,435||$5,585|
|7 Nights, 6 Days||$3,995||$6,445|
Room charge for non-anglers (12 and older) is $14.00 per night. Accompanying person on boat (not fishing) is $50.00 per day.
Included: roundtrip transfers between airport and lodge, breakfast, bag lunch (for anglers), taxes.
Not included: international flights, evening meals, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, or equipment rentals.