Long Island Fishing Forecast – May 2013

Josh Yarrington with a Long Island bonefish. Photo CREDIT: Capt. Nevin Knowles, Long Island Bonefishing Lodge.
Josh Yarrington with a Long Island bonefish. Photo CREDIT: Capt. Nevin Knowles, Long Island Bonefishing Lodge.

Now that the cold weather is mostly gone, the inland flats are very productive with all the species that feed on the shallows, even an occasional permit has been spotted. Fish can be found in nearly every little flat around the island. So gentlemen (and ladies), do not be reluctant to take you rod along with you to the beach. Also, the flats are getting a little less pressure now. We are still seeing larger fish on the inside flats. It is getting closer to mutton snapper spawning season, so be sure to check out all manners of structure on the shallow banks for some bottom fishing action.

When fishing on the fly, I use a lot of minnows (Bob Veverka has a few anchovy and sardine patterns that will work also). For bonefishing, the small blue crabs along the shoreline are attracting some large bonefish closer to the island shoreline. Fish these areas with the last four hours of the flood tide and first three hours of the ebb. Use tippets of 14 to 18 pounds. For these, I am using flies in size 2 and 4 with the usual fly patterns.

Long Island is a truly undiscovered angler’s paradise. For more information about Long Island, visit www.bahamas.com.

FORECAST BY: Capt. Nevin Knowles
Long Island Bonefishing Lodge
Long Island, Bahamas
Phone: (242) 472-2609
Email: info@longislandbonefishinglodge.com  | Website: www.longislandbonefishinglodge.com