The bite in Abaco is definitely on! Dolphin are running thick with many boats streaming out of Seaspray Marina on Elbow Cay, cleaning half a dozen or more a day. Pole Bender of Stuart, Florida landed five yellow fin tuna and two dolphin just off Man-O-War Cay. Truman Major, and his two sons, on his charter boat Lucky Strike brought home eight dolphin and jumped off two small blue marlin.
For the bottom fishers, my friend Harry has perfected his deep drop jigging technique, down 100-to-200 feet on the offshore shelf of Hope Town Lighthouse. The results: a freezer filled with yellow fin grouper.
The big billfish tournaments are underway and seem to be raising blues, whites and the occasional sailfish. And, the bonefish action continues to excite people with several being sighted and caught not only in the Marls, but also in White Sound Bay.
June without question is the best time for fishing here in the Abaco: predictably light winds and warm temperatures, lots of bait in the water, plenty of birds to do the scouting for you, and plenty of fish. Dolphin will continue to be plentiful, with yellowfin tuna and billfish as a possible bonus for the offshore trolling. Skirted ballyhoo, plastics and the ever present cedar plug way back seem to work the best. One should always have a spinning rod rigged with a jig, large feather or almost anything to cast to the trailing dolphin that often come to the boat with a hooked fish. The light winds afford the opportunity for deep dropping for snapper and grouper. The locals often use the calms to chunk for tuna. Many claim this is the best method to attract yellowfin.
FORECAST BY: John Fortenberry
Abaco Inn, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 366-0133 or (800) 468-8799