Bonefish Facts

Bahamas Bonefishing can be enjoyed year-around from boat or by wading! Daily variations of wind and water conditions render just about any day a good bonefishing day, as long as the individual weather is ‘OK’. While certain weather and seasonal changes may influence the outcome of any fishing day (wind, tides, water temperatures etc.), so do skill and patience levels of the fishing visitors.

The average number of bonefish schools sighted per day are between fifteen to thirty. The average numbers of ‘bones’ per school are anywhere from ten to four hundred. On a typical bonefishing day an angler can catch 3 to 10 bonefish depending on their skill level.

General Weather Conditions:

During January and February weather conditions can be beautiful, clear and crisp, with sunny days and mildly warm evenings further cooling off pleasantly, depending on occasional cold fronts traveling in from the north. These lower temperatures keep bigger ‘bones’ closer to shore, in shallower depths providing optimum spotting/catching potential! There is little rain, and for the most time mosquitoes are dormant.

In March, April and May we have our best-liked “Bahamian Spring” weather, when everything is “just perfect”, the ocean’s waters feeling like champagne! Now, lots of fish share the flats and big Bones joining schools of smaller ones. This is peak bonefishing time!

Then come June, July and August when we experience our summer days. Actually, they are rarely scorching hot …many days just ending up in the high eighties. But nineties can be experienced, of course, usually made pleasant by the ever-present windward breezes coming in from the nearby Atlantic. Colors out at the flats are stunning! Fishing is easy with generally no real winds to speak of and numbers of fish and schools being very ample!

In September most Long Island Resorts are closed giving the bonefishing flats a little break. In October the water temperatures start to cool down which is a pleasant start to the fishing season again. As the water and the air drops in temperature towards November and December, the bigger fish start moving back onto the flats making this also a favourite time for fishing.