Abaco Flats Fishing Forecast – August 2012

One of the youngest fly fisherman we’ve worked with, Ben Selkirk, age 8, with his first bone caught on a fly rod. PHOTO CREDIT: Bonefish Heaven

August waters are a little too warm in the creeks to fish for bonefish. They’re still here, but they’re hanging out on flats that are near deeper waters. They do this because the tidal flow rotates often keeping the water temperature cooler than the water further back in the creeks. Out on the bigger flats, you will find big schools of bonefish ranging in all sizes. Here you will have a chance to catch some fish that are tailing, mudding and some that are merely passing by.

For bonefish, we recommend an 8-weight fly rod with a 10-foot 10-pound leader. No. 6 flies in light pink and medium to light tan colors work best, or try a light spin rod 6-foot outfitted with 10-to-12 pound test line. Live or artificial bait will work.

At this time of year, we carry a heavier rod and reel, allowing a better shot at catching a shark, barracuda, or even a mutton snapper. Permit and tarpon can also be found and caught out on the flats.

If headed our way, remember whatever tackle you don’t have, we will supply. We also do reef fishing and snorkeling trips so mix up your day with a little bit of fun above and below the water.

FORECAST BY: Donnie & Dana Lowe
Bonefish Heaven
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
(242) 366-2275