Game fish migrate from the South to the North as water temperatures begin to warm following the winter months, bringing a variety of species to Abaco.
The high season generally starts mid-May and continues through August.
Although some species are caught more frequently, such as the “Mahi Mahi,? larger fish ? Blue and White Marlin, and Yellow and Black Fin Tuna – are more prolific in the earlier summer months.
Wahoo is popular to fish in the ?winter months? of November to January.
An underwater canyon positioned northeast of Elbow Cay hooks around the island, creating a natural ?highway? for fish. It also acts as a large feeding ground, sustaining large billfish during their migration.
With the ocean very close to various points of the Abaco shore, good fishing grounds are close at hand.
And the fishing isn?t limited to deep sea and surface. From grouper in the reefs and bars, to bone fishing the shallow flats, there?s something for everyone.
Some favorite fishing grounds include:
● Green Turtle Cay. Abaco. The area around the Green Turtle Cay Club is known for large bonefish. Dolphin, Tuna and Marlin migrate offshore during spring and there?s good bottom fishing.
● Sandy Point, Abaco. Located near Hole in the Wall, this area offers superb bottom fishing. It?s also a favorite for Wahoo and Yellow fin Tuna.
● Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, Abaco. Known as ?Marlin Alley? between April and early June with Blue Marlin the big prize.
●Walker?s Cay. Boasts International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world records.
Look for game fish – tuna, dolphin, blue marlin, billfish, and kingfish. Also, good bone fishing.
The Bahamas government has in place rules and regulations
to safeguard its resources and ensure sustainable fisheries.
These rules cover a closed season for Nassau Grouper, a season for the spiny lobster, as well as size and bag limits, to name a few. So make sure you?re familiar with them and the permit procedure.
The Bahamas Department of Fisheries patrols the Abaco waters on a full time basis.
Many of the resorts and marinas in Abaco sponsor annual fishing tournaments that are great fun for all.
There are always lots of activities going on during the tournaments for family or friends who do not fish, such as Bloody Mary contests or Junkanoo ?rush outs.? Junkanoo is a popular Bahamian festival.
So what do fishing and Abaco real estate have in common?
Once sport fishermen visit Abaco to take part in the exciting billfish tournaments, they?re usually hooked ? if you forgive the pun.
That?s where the real estate angle comes in.
?They?ve been bitten. They experience the thrill of fishing the fertile grounds of Abaco, see the beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, and they love the lifestyle here in Abaco. A significant number of our visiting anglers end up buying homes or property in Abaco,? says Chris Farrington, Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty?s real estate broker based in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.