Grand Bahama Offshore Fishing Forecast – March 2011

Grand Bahama, among the most northerly islands of the archipelago, really bears the brunt of the deep digging cold fronts that travel over to the Bahamas off the southern U.S. While the Gulf Stream water temperature generally stays about the same, the surrounding water tends to reflect the impact of the fronts. However, different species of fish prefer different water temperature, so there is always fishing fun to be found. March is no exception. Anglers trolling offshore in March can expect to find wahoo, increasing numbers of sailfish and king mackerel. On the reefs, grouper will be abundant.  Whether you like it or not, barracuda will keep you busy until you get that sailfish or wahoo hook-up.  Bring plenty of bait (the barracuda and other fish will thank you). Off the south side of the island, the ledge or drop-off is a mile from shore and you can quickly be in 1,000 feet of water. Using 60-to-80-pound Penn reels will cover the bases if you hit something big. Rigged ballyhoo, trolled quickly (15-to-19 knots) to simulate flying fish, are getting lots of attention. As the water warms toward the mid-to-latter part of March, the spring invasion of dolphin will commence providing great fishing and table fare.  As always, when on island, check with a local captain for the best advice as conditions can change quickly.  Whether you are a novice or a pro, fishing Grand Bahama is a great adventure.

FORECAST BY: Captain George Douglas
Reef Tours, Ltd.
Port Lucaya Market Place
Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 373-5880