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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2016, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Gentlemen, heading to Freeport this coming weekend and know very little about flats access on the island despite searching forums and blogs . I will not be able to hire a guide (buying too much gear on here!) and plan on DIY for bones, so if you could help a guy out with some tips to start I would greatly appreciate it. Feel free to DM me. Thank You
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Have you checked out or grabbed the book "DIY Bonefishing" by Rod Hamilton? Some good info there. I've not fished the Bahamas, but his info has been very useful to me in other locations so I'll assume it holds true for the Bahamas as well. Hope you enjoy yourself.

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you should also check latest regs down there. I have read a lot about parts of bahamas that require you to pay a local guide regardless of whether or not you are DIY.
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I don't know how to access bonefish flats on Grand Bahama without a guide, and his boat, specifically. My wife and I fished with Bonefish Sam, Sam Taylor. You can DIY from the beaches you can get to. And fish some clousers in the marina areas - watch out your back casts for people on the docks. There are all kinds of fish lurking around in the marina areas. We had severe wind and only got to fish with Sam one day. Some guys stayed at an Orvis lodge on the east end of the island and said they got out to fish every day, but it was pretty windy there too. On the north side where we were, Sam wouldn't even launch his boat. It would have been risky, so he said save our money for a calmer day. I did catch an 8# bone and two smaller ones the day we did get out however.

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Have fished there good deal over several decades. Guide is pretty critical for any kind of serious shots at better fish. Unlike smaller out islands in the Bahamas GB is a more urbanized area. Not palace to walk down the street with a rod over your shoulder unless you go to far east end at mcleanstown Which would invoke 100$ cab ride each way or a car rental and even then you would have to get a boat to access likely water. North side of island is pretty much inaccessible due to Marsh and private lands, south side is all white sand beach and for the most part private access. Extreme west end has some keys but boat rental is a need.
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