Abaco

Variety best describes the fishing on Abaco Island, which rests about 175 miles east of Miami at the northern tip of the Bahamas. When fishing this 130 mile long island you can either choose to go for numbers or quality on any given day. If you’re looking for a laid-back pace and larger numbers of smaller fish, you can’t beat the Marls — this 250-square mile area offers a soft bottom that attracts thousands of bones in the two-to three-pound range.

Sometimes called the “nursery grounds,” the Marls is a great option for beginners who will not need to worry if an errant cast spooks a school of bones; they can rest assured the next big school is on its way. Due to the Marls’ soft, muddy bottom, anglers typically fish this area from a boat.

Anglers who choose to target larger bonefish, which commonly range between five and eight pounds on Abaco, can do so on the outer Marls flats as well as Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point. These areas have a hard bottom and are conducive to wade fishing. However, no matter where you fish on Abaco, anglers will also get shots at some sizable barracuda, sharks, and some snapper.

There are numerous lodge options on Abaco and guides here are some of the best in the business. All you have to do is decide what type of fish you want to cast at, and they’ll place you where you need to be.

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Marls is a great option for beginners who will not need to worry if an errant cast spooks a school of bones;

they can rest assured the next big school is on its way.

Anglers who choose to target larger bonefish, which commonly range between five and eight pounds on Abaco,

can do so on the outer Marls flats as well as Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point.

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