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Rod Hamilton

April 16, 2012

DIY Eleuthera


Eleuthera, Bahamas has become known as a DIY bonefishing location and can be an ideal “combo” destination if you are traveling with your family.  Accommodation varies from high end resorts on Harbour Island (North Eleuthera) to meeting any budget you have around Governor’s Harbour and North Palmetto (Central Eleuthera). Exploring the island is easy, the people are great and there are some wonderful beaches throughout the island.

Over the last ten years Eleuthera has become one of the “go to” DIY destinations so be prepared to find the fish at the well known flats to be very spooky.  Vince Tobia of Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters has been going to Eleuthera for years and puts together hosted trips if your looking for some help your first time on the island.  One of the main guides out of Governor’s Harbour, Paul Petty has maps and information on various flats throughout the island. I recommend that you hire him for a day or two to understand the tides and the fish of Eleuthera.

On my website Do It Yourself Flats Fishing  you will find over 20 flats listed on Eleuthera where you can walk and wade.  Just to be clear every flat listed on my website is well known and can be found on the internet.  You have to do some exploring on your own to  find those spots that are not as heavily fished.  Another source of information is the Bahamas Fly-Fishing Guide by Stephen & Kim Vletas and their web information on Eleuthera.

Make no mistake, DIY fishing on Eleuthera can be tough.  Over the years the fish have become smarter and the schools on the heavily fished flats have seen every bonefish fly ever invented.  If you fish the well known spots like Savannah Sound or Governor’s Harbour you will see fish, but they are not easily caught.

Like most DIY locations the key is to find flats and creek systems that are off the beaten track so you are casting to “happy” fish.  That means lots of time spent on Google Earth before you leave.  I have had more 0-2 fish days on Eleuthera than any other DIY destination, but I have also caught 20 fish in 2 1/2 hours.

Good luck on Eleuthera, it is a beautiful island and remember……….Life is a DIY adventure………so enjoy it!

3 thoughts on “DIY Eleuthera

  • on October 18, 2012

    I haven’t tried “serious” fishing, albeit this could be interesting to try! Keep these inspiring articles coming!

  • Clark
    on February 6, 2013

    On eleuthera april 12-21 but most days working What am I looking for in google earth? Is any remote private access beach worth a try for bones? If you had only two days to fish-where? Guide? Stand up paddle board?

  • Tony Woodland
    on October 25, 2013

    Hi Rod.

    First time in Bahamas was indeed on Eleuthera, so it remains a very fond memory indeed and one that I cherish.

    That was over 15 years ago now and in that time the fish have indeed become a LOT more skittish and shy but in my opinion it is still the most viable source for the true DIY’er.

    Lovely people, charm and to me anyway the real Bahamas, but maybe that’s just my old memory.

    But when all is said and done it’s like that first kiss, always remember the first don’t we.

    Shhh, the wife is approaching. 🙂

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