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    Bonefish the Bahamas at Mayaguana

    Fly Fishing Destinations Mayaguana Island in the Bahamas, offers a prime destination for bonefishing in a pristine and undisturbed habitat. Unlike their pressured and educated northern Bahamas cousins, these Mayaguana bonefish will literally run to the fly.

    Bonefishing Mayaguana - The Bahamas

    Mayaguana Island in the Bahamas, offers a prime destination for bonefishing in a pristine and undisturbed habitat. Unlinke their pressured and educated northern Bahamas cousins, these bonefish will literally run to the fly.

    An experienced fly angler from Michigan once stated, ?I know three things to be true. The best way to fish is to fly fish. The best fish to fly fish for is the bonefish. And the best place to fish for bonefish is the Bahamas!? He was correct!

    The Bahamas represent perhaps the finest expanse of bonefish habitat on the planet. Mangroves, where bonefish come in on the tides to feed twice a day, surround the low-lying landmasses. Every island in the Bahamas archipelago has a population of bonefish and certain degrees of accommodations and guiding services.

    The larger islands in the north and central Bahamas are more developed and bonefishing has been a primary activity in these places for several years. Here is where you will find the deluxe lodges offering super-fast flats boats, uniformed fishing guides and fine red wines on the dinner menu.

    Bonefish in this popular region have been worked over and in many locales the bonefish are now less inclined to take a fly. Only long, fine leaders and hi-tech bonefish patterns can save one's fishing day.

    The southern Bahamas have become the last stronghold of wild Bahamian bonefishing. While the accommodations are more Spartan, the flats boats a bit older and the guides a little less polished, the bonefish are big and naive. And they behave the way bonefish used to behave. And Mayaguana Island is such a place.

    Located at the southeastern outer edge of the Bahamas, Mayaguana is just west of the Turks & Caicos and north of Great Inagua. Mayaguana, only twenty-seven miles long and six miles wide, has one-hundred eighty inhabitants spread over three settlements and connected by one road. The bonefish habitat here is pristine and undisturbed and the fish run larger than the Bahamian average. And they literally run to the fly!

    Mayaguana Bonefishing, owned by world-renowned fly angler Gary Borger and John Pinto, operates the only guiding service on the island. John has fished every island in the Bahamas, starting in the northern Bahamas in 1982 and gradually working his way southward as the fishing pressure increased. When John first arrived on Mayaguana in 1997 he knew that he had found a bonefishing treasure - one to be preserved and managed properly.

    To John's urging, Mayaguana Bonefishing has discarded the ?traditional? flats boat and has instituted the usage of 16-ft fiberglass canoes. Unlike the noisy, clumsy flats boats of the other islands, the canoes used at Mayaguana glide swiftly and silently over undisturbed schools of bonefish. The angler can then get out of the canoe and quietly stalk the fish. All casting is done by wading. Shorter casts with very basic bonefish flies are the rule at Mayaguana.

    Anglers stay at the Baycaner Beach Resort in Pirate's Well. The hotel has 16 air-conditioned rooms, a large dining room, well stocked bar, satellite television and laundry service. The meals consist of delicious Bahamian cuisine including some interesting breakfasts such as boil fish and stewed conch. And always served with warm, homemade bread. Anglers are taken each day to low and high tide fishing areas in the hotel's comfortable nine-passenger air-conditioned van.

    To further protect this fine fishery, Mayaguana Bonefishing accepts only six anglers per week, two weeks per month, nine months per year - a maximum yearly total of only one-hundred eight anglers.

    Flymart is now offering the following dates.

    • November 12th-19th
    • December 5th-12th

    All for a price of $2,095.00 - Price includes 6 1/2 days of guided fishing, 7 nights of lodging, all meals and transportation to fishing areas.

    Or join us for the Flymart hosted bonefishing trip to Mayaguana on April 2nd to 9th.

    If you have never bonefished before, we can help you get started in this venue. Space available is limited so don't wait to sign up.

    Contact John Vincent at 248-584-2848 or email for more information and to book your reservations for your Bahamas bonefish adventure.

       Mayaguana Bonefishing

    Miles of undisturbed flats and willing bonefish await you.

    These fish are casted to by only 108 anglers per year. You could be one of the lucky few.

    You won't see throngs of vacationers on Mayaguana. Just miles of prime bonefish habitat.

    Lodging is at the Baycaner Beach Resort in Pirates Well. Comfortable with air conditioned rooms and Bahamian Cuisine.

    This fertile bonefish paradise is the perfect destination for both the novice and expert alike and is available now at a very affordable price.

    Six to eight weight saltwater fly rods, reels with good drags, and a selection of custom flies designed specifically for Mayaguana bonefish is all that is needed to get into the action. The fly above, an Araqwak Orange Gotcha, size #4 is a hot bonefish producer.

    Beginning bonefish anglers welcome. Book your reservations today.

    Posted on Sunday, October 19 @ 09:02:40 UTC by admin

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