ELEUTHERA - HARBOUR ISLAND

Location

Eleuthera is an island in The Bahamas, lying 50 miles East of Nassau. It is very long and thin - 110 miles long and in places little more than a mile wide.

The Fishing

Harbour Island sports some of the finest fishing anywhere! In fact, some people refer to Harbour Island as the "Sportfishing Center of the Bahamas." Record catches of tuna, wahoo and marlin have been caught, and prestigious fishing tournaments annually, such as the Bahama Billfish Championship leg on Harbour Island.

The deep waters around Harbour Island host fish such as blue marlin, dolphin, or mahi-mahi, wahoo, white marlin, and sailfish. To read about these types of fish, go to this webpage. Incidentally, Harbour Island has hosted the Bahamas Billfish Tournament for 12 years in a row.

A number of great fishing sites surround Harbour island. These include Dutch Bar (12 miles from Harbour Island, north of Spanish Wells), Wide Opening (five miles north), Shallow Ground (six miles northeast, off Pierre Island), the Pinnacle (five miles due east), and James Point (18 miles southeast). All of these locations exhibit drop-offs and lots of bottom contour, but the most consistent marlin-producer is James Point, featuring a ledge plunging over 1,000 feet deep where currents swirl over a point of land extending from Eleuthera. Clear, blue water and a wind pushing against the current that creates a rip over the ledge offer prime conditions at James Point.

There are many flats close to Harbour Island, and on the mainland in North Eleuthera. Eleuthera, along with Andros, Long Island, and the Abacos are known as great bonefishing areas, and are world known.

Over 100 miles long, Eleuthera, one of the Bahamas' Out Islands, barely exceeds two miles in width. Firm white-sand flats and shallow water ring the island, perfect for hooking the elusive bonefish. On a clear day, you can wade knee-deep in the water and spot the shimmering scales of the darting bone. The challenge is getting one of these suckers to take your bait. A little patience, a graceful cast just beyond the reach of the school, and a bonefish just might take that fly and run off some 75 yards of line in a couple of seconds. You'll get the feverish feel of what it's like to be connected to a remarkably fast and furious fish.


Trip Information

Documents Required

For American, Canadian and EU members, a valid passport good for 6 months after the trip has been completed is required. Please note that the Bahamian Government is very strict about the 6 month stipulation and they've been known to turn anglers away who don't have sufficient time left on their passport.

Boats and Equipment

The fleet of skiffs on Eleuthera have all the best features such as poling platforms and large casting decks.

Fly and spin casting welcome

Species

bonefish, snappers, jack crevelle, barracuda, permit

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

6 anglers

Accommodations

Accommodations at Eleuthra - Harbour Island will be made available at a later date.

Please contact Flytreks for further details.

Flytreks is a full service travel company that can handle international airfare, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 800-370-5331 if you'd like assistance with international and domestic flights to and within the Bahamas.

Getting There

Traveling to Harbour Island is usually done by flying either commercial airlines or air charter flights into North Eleuthera Airport (code "ELH") from Miama, Fort Lauderdale or Nassau. Ferry service from Nassua is also available. Once on Eleuthera, is it quick and easy to get to Harbour Island. Once you clear customs, a 10 minute cab ride from the airport to the boat dock followed by a 10 minute water taxi will do the trick.

What's included

  • Round trip ground transportation from North Eleuthera Airport to Harbour Island
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner each day
  • Gratuities for hotel staff
  • WiFi
  • Use of recreational gear

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Eleuthera
  • Alcohol
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Fishing gear

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