The Island of Grand Bahama stretches 90 miles east to west as the crow flies and it’s north shore features a vast amount of fishable shoreline. Bottom structure varies from both hard and soft sand or grass flats to harder light coral or marl flats, creeks or cays, all of which provide excellent feeding areas for bonefish and permit. Fishing is primarily from Pelican Bay Bonefishings’ fleet of Maverick Mirage flats boats but anglers are encouraged to wade during times where large concentrations of fish are found tailing in ‘skinny’ water.
The bonefish can vary greatly in size from small 2 to 3 pound fish that can be found in schools to solitary or pairs and small groups that will weigh into double figures. The average size bonefish is a healthy 4 to 6 pounds and fish of 7 and 8 pounds are almost a daily encounter. The trophy sized specimens of 10 + pounds can be located at any time and anglers should be alert and ready to cast their offerings accurately. Pelican Bay’s fly caught record bonefish, so far, is a remarkable fish of 14 1/2 pounds.
Although Pelican Bay can be considered a world-class bonefishing destination there are several other great gamefish that frequent our vast north shore flats. Permit and tarpon arrive during the spring and can be encountered until December. Barracuda can be found almost daily. There is also the possibility of running into packs of the hard fighting horse eye jacks that average 10 to 15 pounds. Pelican Bay Bonefishing therefore encourages all our anglers to bring at least one heavier fly rod rated
for either a 9, 10 or 11 wt. line.
Pelican Bay Accommodations:
Pelican Bay at Lucaya is Grand Bahamas newest boutique hotel where visitors find Caribbean charm mixed together with Western European service.
Danish architects incorporated sophisticated European design to create magical, timeless Caribbean architecture and luxurious accommodations. Each of the 69 rooms has a private balcony that overlooks the courtyard area and the marina, shops and restaurants of Port Lucaya Marketplace. The spacious accommodations include your choice of King-size bed or twin double beds and boasts Satellite TV, direct dial phone, refrigerator and in-room coffee maker. Rooms are decorated with colorful island spreads and drapery and white washed furniture. Floors are Italian tiled. Other guest amenities include a tropical fresh water pool, hot tub and pool bar.
The Ferry House Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel, has established a new standard for excellence in fine dining on Grand Bahama. Menus change daily depending on availability of fresh, local seafood and fruit as well as the availability of foreign quality foods which are brought in by air on a regular basis.
Pelican Bay Travel:
Upon your arrival at Freeport International airport all bonefishing clients must take a taxi from the airport to Pelican Bay resort. This is part of your fishing package and the driver should be sent to the reception counter for payment. Please ensurethat you contact the bonefishing manager or your agent with the details of your arrival before you depart. Print two copies of the page in your passport which includes your picture, passport number, issue and expiration date. Keep one copy in your wallet or pocket and one in your luggage. This can be very helpful entering and leaving the country if your passport is lost.
Pelican Bay Climate:
Temperatures typically range from the mid 70’s to the mid 90’s. Isolated afternoon thundershowers are a possibility year round. Wind can be factor while fishing and the sun is very strong.
Pelican Bay Non-Angling Activities:
The uniqueness of Pelican Bay Bonefishing is the program’s ability to provide world-class bonefishing with luxury living and ease of access to myriad non-angling activities. All of which are provided at absolutely no compromise to the quality of bonefishing. Keen anglers can easily ensure a wonderful Caribbean vacation for their families while at the same time enjoying some of the best bonfishing in the Bahamas.
Golfing: 5 Golf courses to chose from including 2 USGA certified 18 hole championship courses at the Lucaya and Reef courses. Both are within a mile of the resort.
Watersports: Our neighbors are The Underwater Explorer Society and Dolphin Experience that both provide professional attention to incredible underwater experiences. 2 tank and 1 tank dives depart from within yards of your hotel room every day to the great wall and reef diving on our south shore. Equally our guests have only yards between themselves and access to the world famous Dolphin Experience where several times a day boats leave to enable guests to swim and interact with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins.
Eco Tours: See parts of the beautiful island by horseback and ride on the world famous Gold Rock beach in Grand Bahamas largest national park with miles upon miles of brilliant white sand. Look for turtles or Ospreys and other marine and land animals that frequent the untouched areas of the park. See it from the ocean and book a trip on the daily Sea kayaking tours. Native tours to the settlements of East or West End to experience the more traditional Bahamian Way of life.
Other activities include: Deep sea fishing, reef fishing, snorkeling trips, Glass bottom boat tours, Picnic and booze cruises, parasailing, jet skiing, shell collecting tours, sea kayaking tours and a host of other water related options for all age groups. Gambling at a choice of 2 casinos, Duty Free Shopping, fine restaurants, bars, nightclubs, crazy golf, Day trips, shell collecting, barbecues, nightly dancing and again a host of other activities that seem to spring up every few weeks.
Pelican Bay Documentation:
You will be required to provide proof of citizenship to enter the Bahamas. If you are a US citizen then a valid passport or an original birth certificate accompanied by a valid driver’s license will be accepted.
Air-Conditioned waterfront room w/King or 2 double beds, satellite TV, direct dial phone, mini-refrigerator, in-room coffee maker, full private balcony, tropical pool, hot tub, daily Breakfast, daily deluxe picnic lunch including non-alcoholic beverages (for anglers), 16′ Maverick flats boat w/new Yamaha 90, professional guide, transportation to and from the airport, 6% Hotel Guest Tax, 6% Resort Tax.
International flights, transportation to and from the airport (unless noted on your invoice), dinner (over 20 restaurants from pizza to gourmet located within walking distance of hotel.), alcoholic beverages, equipment rentals, gratuities for fishing guides.