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June 25, 2011

Bahamas: Fishing Report at Abaco Lodge

May fishing space is always the most desired of the year and this past May was no exception.   We had phenomenal fishing throughout Abaco –from the backyard playground of the Marls to the ocean flats on the east.  The fishing was consistent despite some abnormal wind for this time of year.   The bonefish remain anchored to the 2-5 pound range with weekly fish in the 6-8 pound range.  No monsters to speak of in the month.  We continue to find more and more tarpon holes and we hook juvenile fish on a weekly basis.  There were even a few permit hooked, our rarest prize in the Marls. 
May is also the peak of the dolphin run and we got for a few days of offshore fishing for the dorado.   We managed a few days of offshore fishing and all were successful on conventional tackle, but remained elusive on the fly.  The fish didn’t seem as thick as last season and that hampered the fly efforts.  A couple of adventurous anglers pulled double duty, a full day of bonefish and then evening offshore adventures after snapper and tuna with great success.
The toothy creatures still attract our attention as well.  Sharks on the flats remains one our favorites and we had a couple of big ones this month.   Out largest spinner shark on fly to date was landed and broken off at the boat –a 6 ½ foot oceanic shark that is built for speed and loves to jump.   Exciting stuff!  The smaller lemons and black tips remain incredibly underrated but we continue to try to turn anglers on to them.
You will not find a better fishery for shots at tailing fish than the Marls –the calm weather of June and July should make for some excellent mornings of tailing fish.  The permit and tarpon fishing generally improves this time of year as well.

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