Abaco Offshore Fishing Forecast – May 2011

John Fortenberry and Dan Sullivan hold a 60-pound wahoo Dan hooked off of Elbow Cay on 50-pound test line aboard the ‘Jimmy B.’

As spring in the northern Bahamas progresses, water temperatures are now reaching 80-degrees, and the migration of the offshore fish begins. Dolphin, yellow fin tuna and blue marlin are now appearing, as are the ever present black fin tuna, and the typical assortment of reef fish, such as snapper and grouper.

For the migratory fish, trolling skirted ballyhoo and artificial baits behind with 30-to-50 pound gear is most common. The most popular trolling grounds are the offshore ledges from 200-to-600 feet within one to three miles of the coast. For bottom fishing near-shore reefs, 50-to-80 pound gear is recommended, with dead bait or jigs. Offshore current rips are often productive.

Of particular note, it appears this may be a banner year for bonefish with everyone reporting large schools and large fish. These of course are taken with fly rods and spinning gear with artificial or dead bait. Abaco is famous for its bonefishing grounds and there is an excellent guide in Hope Town who would love to show you. Just give me a call and I’ll hook you up!

Rental boats are available for inshore fishing and there are many experienced charter captains with boats that are fully equipped for those who do not have their own boat and wish to learn something about local fishing.

Steve Dodge’s Guide to the Abaco’s will give you excellent charts and guidance to the local fishing grounds.

Bait is also available locally in Marsh Harbour, with our local ballyhoo being a favorite choice.

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