Photos and Story: Getting Schooled on Grand Bahama

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy

The bonefish were skittish and tough to fool, but the effort was worth it.
Photo by Chuck Levi, Jr.

Sight fishing bonefish from a kayak is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years. In April, some buddies called and invited me on a kayak fishing trip to The Bahamas. I was super excited but knew my wife would be more like, “I dare you to go to the Bahamas without me!” She either really loves me or really hates me because I spent last week fishing the flats of Grand Bahama.

When bad weather kept the kayaks off the water, land transportation was vital.
Photo by Drew Ross

The winds blew over 30 mph for the first three days, but that didn’t stop us from fishing. We were thankful for the variety of targets that were willing to eat a fly and for the bicycles that we used to explore the island. Barracuda, triggers, jacks, and small snappers kept us busy while we waited out the weather.

Bonefish aren’t the only flats species that will eat a fly.
Photo by Drew Ross

When the conditions improved, we shuttled the kayaks to nearby flats and spent the afternoons polling the incoming tide. There’s something magical about being on the water with three other kayaks but alone at the same time. Sometimes we stayed close and sighted fish for each other. Other times we split up and fished in solitude.

Finally, the flotilla was flats-bound for adventure.
Photo by Drew Ross

The bones lived up to their reputation of being both elusive and difficult to catch. But the chase was what most of us came for. The game of hide-n-seek was what we talked about over dinner each night, and the small victories gave us hope for better days. Bones are easy to love and hate, and you curse the many refusals and celebrate like it’s your 21st birthday when they eat.

The arsenal of fly rods was impressive.
Photo by Drew Ross

Each evening we’d gather for dinner at Old Bahama Bay and drink our struggles away. After an hour, we’d convince ourselves that tomorrow would be the day we’d figure these flats ghosts out. All I can say now is that I need to visit Grand Bahama again to further my research.

When the fishing is tough, time at the bar can be soothing for bruised egos.
Photo by Drew Ross

Drew Ross writes the Looknfishy blog. Check out his Facebook page for more great photos.

When the fish is finally on, the action can be intense.
Photo by Drew Ross

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