Gregory Town, Eleuthera

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Bonefishing at Gregory Town, Eleuthera

Most of the true bonefish ‘flats’ are situated on the Caribbean or ‘Sea-side.’ Best fished when wind is from the North or East.

Aim to start fishing at, or soon after, low tide.

Waters around Eleuthera are usually crystal clear, but you shouldn’t need to use ultra-light tackle as the fish are generally not under much pressure from other anglers (yet!).

You’ll probably be fishing in depths of around two feet or less, so a leader of 10 to 12 feet should be enough to present the fly nicely on the bottom

Tippets of about 8 pound test are OK for sandy bottoms, and 10 or 12 pound test for rocks or mangrove.

Bonefish have exceptionally good eyesight and hearing so there is no need for large or flashy flies, except perhaps in low light conditions. Flashy flies can also attract small barracuda which will bite your fly off.

Once hooked, bonefish do not leap or run for cover but rely instead on their amazing speed and strength to evade capture. They will make several very fast (25 mph) runs, each of up to 50 or even 100 yards! Therefore, you’ll need to recover as much line as possible between each run or you’ll soon be holding an empty reel! But, unless you’re fishing near mangrove or other hazards, the odds are that you’ll win in the end.

Often while casting for bonefish you will get strikes from other species such as needle-fish and small barracuda which have razor-sharp teeth. Sometimes they will slash at the fly line or leader knot. If this happens, check the leader for abrasion, even if the fly wasn’t bitten off.

Contact

Rainbow Inn, P.O. Box EL25053, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Phone: 242-335-0294




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