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Pelican Bay Bonefishing

Since flats fishing gained popularity in the mid-1980s, bonefishers have become increasingly demanding not only in terms of higher fishing expectations but also with regard to accommodations and the availability of activities for nonfishing companions. Introduced a short while ago this program at the Pelican Bay Hotel has, for many, eliminated the need to choose between great fishing on the one hand and comfort and nonfishing appeal on the other.

The Fishing

Lying dormant until now, the expanse of flats that unfurls to the north and west of Freeport has been discovered, and Pelican Bay is the only operation with a license to fish this water. As with most virgin flats regions, the bonefish here eat eagerly, almost to the point of being reckless. Careful presentations are nearly always met with a voracious take, but even fish that are "lined," though they may initially dart a short distance away, usually wheel around to see what caused the disturbance and search frantically until they locate the fly. In addition to being particularly unwary, the fish here are also abundant. Most notable, however, is the average size of these bones which, we can say with confidence, is 5 pounds. Since January of 1997, numerous fish in the 5- to 8-pound range have been boated and released. Moreover, we have never seen so many fish from 9 to12 pounds taken in such a short time. And, as if trophy bonefishing like this weren’t enough, this region has also shown itself as a developing permit fishery with multiple permit releases. Permit are the typical large Bahamas variety, averaging over 20 pounds.

Accommodations

The colorful new Pelican Bay Hotel is a tasteful three-story, 90-room property featuring large, air-conditioned rooms with all the modern conveniences you would expect: in-room phone, satellite TV, private bathroom, refrigerator and coffee maker, and private balcony. Guests can also enjoy the hotel pool, hot tub and adjacent bar. The Lucaya beach is an easy five-minute stroll away. The hotel’s Ferry House restaurant, where fishing guests take breakfast each morning, is one of the finer restaurants on the island and, with meal preparation overseen by their executive chef, is also an excellent choice for dinner.

Location
Located in the Lucaya district of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, Pelican Bay is delivering perhaps the most complete bonefishing experience available anywhere.

Season
September-July

How To Get There
Scheduled commercial flights from Miami.

Other Activities
A few dozen yards down the boardwalk from the hotel lies the Lucaya shopping and restaurant center. Here, there await no fewer than twenty restaurants, ranging from informal pizza shops to gourmet dining, as well as numerous stores and boutiques offering wonderful shopping for nonfishing companions. In the sporting department, there is a full-service scuba diving and snorkeling operation (UNEXSO) beside the hotel. For the golfer, the Lucaya Golf and Country Club (a short cab ride away) boasts the finest of the six courses on the island. Pelican Bay affords the opportunity to plan a serious bonefish and golf combination trip. If you are still looking for things to do, there is a casino in nearby Freeport.

Length of Stay
There are no set arrival and departure days at Pelican Bay.

Capacity
Pelican Bay will accommodate 8 anglers.

Inclusions
Accommodations, breakfast and packed lunch for the boat, bonefishing with shared guide, taxi transfer to/from the airport.

 

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Montana Fly Goods - Big Sky Expeditions
Garry W. Stocker Montana License Outfitter # 5177
3180 Dredge Dr. Suite A
Helena, MT 59602

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