Abaco Offshore Fishing Forecast – July 2011

Robert Fortenberry with a nice 60-pound wahoo, caught with 50-pound tackle and skirted ballyhoo, just off Elbo Cay on the “Jimmy B”.

So far the results from the fishing tournaments have been spectacular, with blue and white marlin and sailfish in decent numbers. One friend reported that the boat that he was mating on caught a 600-pound blue marlin on 30-pound test during the Bahamas Billfish Championship leg at Guana Cay.

The onset of summer brings the lobster season, which begins on August 1st in the Bahamas.

During the summer months, most of the attention will be towards bottom fishing, with grouper and snapper high on the list of favorites. We have seen several grouper caught slow trolling with deep diving plugs. Dropping along the shelf for red snapper primarily with electric reels as the water is 600 feet deep. We are experimenting with the new braided lines on the market, which look like they are going to be a big boom to bottom fishing, especially for pulling the big grouper out of their lairs.

Inshore fishing during the summer is always exciting for bonefish, with calm waters and clear bright sunlight. Yellowtail snapper and porgies make great family fishing fun on light spinning gear, a great time for your children to learn how to fish and enjoy a good meal. And, most of the local restaurants will cook your fish for you. This can all be combined with snorkeling and diving in Abaco’s clear warm waters.

FORECAST BY: John Fortenberry
Abaco Inn, Elbow Cay
Abaco, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 366-0133 or (800) 468-8799
Email: theabacoinn@yahoo.com