Fishing in West End, Bahamas
If fishing is your game, you won't be disappointed when you try your luck off Old Bahama Bay’s coast. Once fished by Earnest Hemingway, historic West End continues to provide fishing enthusiasts with some of the finest sport fishing anywhere in the world.
The shallows of the Little Bahama Bank to the north and east of West End, provide over 80 square miles of flats that will test any angler's fly-fishing skills.
The Little Bahama Bank is excellent for snook, permit and bonefish - one of the most challenging game fish. Reef fishing abounds just minutes from the Old Bahama Bay marina with numerous varieties of snapper, grouper and a multitude of other reef dwelling species.
When it comes to deep-sea fishing, Old Bahama Bay offers some of the world's finest marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo fishing with its close proximity to the warm and nutrient waters of the Gulf Stream. Rates and arrangements for boats, guides and equipment are available from the Old Bahama Bay Activities Department, or call to arrange prior to your visit on 1.888.983.6188.
After a full day of catching your catch, let the professionals at Dockside Bar & Grill or Teaser's cook your catch!
Half-Day: $400 (up to 2 persons in one boat)
Full-Day: $700 (up to 2 persons in one boat, includes packed lunch)
Half-Day: $500 up to 4 persons
Full-Day: $800 up to 4 persons (includes packed lunch)
Native Fishing Adventure – includes diving for conch and lobster plus cleaning and cooking the catch
Price: $175 per person, minimum 3 persons for a trip to go out.
Old Bahama Bay is an Official IGFA Weigh Station. World record fish can now be weighed and recorded at Old Bahama Bay.
Catch Limits and SPORTFISHING REGULATIONS *
Several amendments to the Regulations governing sportfishing in The Islands of The Bahamas have been made by The Department of Marine Resources of The Government of The Bahamas:
Bahamas Fishing Limits are:
- 6 crawfish or lobster per vessel
- 20 pounds of demersal fish, such as groupers and snappers, per vessel
- 6 pelagic fish (dolphins, kingfish, wahoo, tuna) per vessel
- 10 Conch
- No Marine Turtles
- All fish retained must be kept with head and tail intact while aboard the vessel or transported by air to facilitate identification during inspection
- Billfishing species (Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish) caught shall be released unharmed except where landed under the terms of an approved sportfishing event or tournament.
*Exceptions would be made for persons participating in authorized fishing tournaments, where approved rules set other catch limits.
Always check http://www.myoutislands.com/bahamas-fishing/regulations.cfm to ensure you have the most up to date regulations.