Is the fall season really the new spring in the Bahamas? For anglers who have been fishing the autumn season here for years, they hope the secret remains so. Or, at least they might hope a few hurricanes pass through and keep the exciting options for fall fly fishing in the Bahamas still off the radar. However, hurricanes are rare in the Bahamas and at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures we like to share our worldly knowledge of fly-fishing travel.
Spring is a popular time in the Bahamas—in the U.S. people are excited to get away after a long winter, the winds can be relatively calm and tides are consistently favorable for fishing. Like spring, fall in the Bahamas features consistent tides and winds. For anglers this is a good thing, plus since the summer season is the least busy season of the year, the flats have been relatively absent of anglers, kayakers and beach-goers. If this sounds intriguing, contact Yellow Dog’s Bahamas Program Director Doug McKnight and he can fill you in on a secure line.
Or, if you need more information, here are some reasons to contact Doug to plan a Bahamas fall fly fishing trip.
As the temperatures cool by late September, an increase in larger bonefish can occur throughout the islands. These big fish move onto the flats to inhabit the shallower waters—their larger body mass allows them to acclimate better to cooler water more quickly than smaller bones. Longtime big bonefish hunters in the Bahamas eagerly await autumn.
Tarpon and Permit Opportunities Can Occur
The consistency of finding these fish in the fall is debatable—guides in the Bahamas remain relatively tight-lipped regarding days with plentiful shots at these two gamefish. But if you make a visit in the fall months, proving that you are willing to be adventuresome, if the tarpon and permit are around, be prepared for to see some of these fish and have a few shots.
Guides and Staff are Laid-Back, yet You Can Get More Personalized Service
Because the masses of tourists have been absent for months, visitors to the Bahamas in autumn experience this friendly country in a fresh light. Known for friendly service and a welcoming attitude year-round, Bahamanians tend to be even more laid-back in the fall season—lodges and guides are not running at full capacity, so your fall fly fishing trip is even that much more relaxing.
Weather is Comfortable
Success in saltwater fly fishing is often entirely dependent on localized weather patterns. But the Bahamas in the fall serves up relatively consistent weather compared to the heat of summer or the potential for a cold front in winter. Autumn weather here is some of the most enjoyable of the year.
There is no doubt the most overlooked dates on the Bahamas angling calendar are September through November. This isn’t because of poor conditions or lousy weather patterns, it is simply because general trends for travel lean on the lighter side.
In fact, conditions can be ideal in autumn. If anglers are willing to give up the lights on Friday nights or tailgating on Saturdays and Sundays and looking to combine fly fishing for large bonefish with shots at trophy permit or resident tarpon, they could not pick a better season.
If a fall fly fishing trip sounds up your alley, contact Doug McKnight today to learn more.