Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.