Game Fish Bimini Bahamas
When is the BEST time to Fish Bimini Bahamas?
Big Game Fishing in Bimini Bahamas
Big game fish .... Many times called the birthplace of
Atlantic big-game fishing, Bimini Bahamas is among the world’s most famous sport fishing
If you are looking to catch boatloads of fish while
visiting The Bahamas … then Bimini Bahamas is the place you want to cast your line! Bimini is very accessible to the US, thanks to its proximity to Florida, a
mere 50 miles offshore.
Bimini Bahamas has terrific fishing all year long, but
there are certain times of the year where the migratory fish make their appearance in the waters around
Bimini. The seasonal runs of giant Bluefin and yellow fin tuna,
monstrous wahoo, king mackerel, blue and white marlin and sailfish will excite any
The Bahamas’ only 1,000-pound blue marlin was
taken off Bimini. Although blue marlin are caught here year-round, the peak run is from late March through early
May—when the fish are migrating north from their spawning grounds in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico through
the Florida Current … Gulf Stream, which brushes against the western edge of the Bahama Banks. This is the
eastern edge of the Gulf Stream, an area where depths go from 60 to 600 feet in a matter of yards. This
100-fathom curve runs 2 miles offshore of Bimini, between nearby Ocean Cay and Great Isaac Lighthouse, then
turns sharply north into the Northwest Providence Channel.
Looking to hook into a big wahoo? Bimini enjoys an excellent run of large wahoo from September
through December. The action centers west of Bimini in 10 to 25 fathoms, just inside the 100- fathom line, from
Great Isaac to North Pines Beach. Early in the season wahoo average 30 to 40 pounds. It often takes little
effort to catch 8 to 10 a day. The fish get bigger as the season peaks in late November and December. Wahoo
fishing is best on the outgoing tide, when bait delivery runs from the grass flats and inshore reefs to deeper
water. A north or northwest wind is most favorable for wahoo here.
At one time Bimini enjoyed a tremendous influx of giant
Bluefin tuna migrating along the offshore edge of the Bahama Banks between mid-April and May. Those are still
there, but in far fewer numbers and over a much less dependable period of time ... you might only see a dozen
fish in a matter of weeks. The best tuna fishing at Bimini these days is not for Bluefin’s as in the past, but
for yellow fin tuna, which migrate by here between late February and April. Be sure to troll at a medium speed to catch these “bad”
Spring delivers the best dolphin action. Bigger 50 to 70
pounders are caught in April and May, but as summer wears on, 10 to 20 pounders are predominant. “Schoolies” are
thick in August. Fall and winter are the seasons for mackerel on
spoons and white feather jigs. Grouper and snapper are consistent year round, with hogfish, lane and gray
snapper, and good-eating margates plentiful everywhere along the drop-off of the continental shelf and among the
numerous shipwrecks along the reef between Bimini and Great Isaac. Larger fish are found in 90 or more feet of water and at 30 to 80 feet, 8 to 15
pounders are consistently available in the fall and winter months.
When it comes to fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and permit,
Bimini has produced its share of records, also. A 15 pound bonefish
was snagged by golfing legend Sam Snead in February 1953, but that was beaten a few years later by a 16 pounder
that also came off the flats at Bimini.
Bonefish are caught year around off Bimini’s shallow east
shore line and in the harbor in the fall, late spring, and early summer. Spring brings the biggest schools. Fall
is when 8 to 12 pounders attract serious fly anglers. Bonefish are bottom feeders that hunt shrimp and crabs on
the marl flats around Bimini. The fish bite best on the morning and evening incoming tides. You can also find
them on the grass flats lying directly opposite the harbor and along the offshore edge of the islands dotting
The top areas for permit are along the tip and elbow of
North Bimini in 12 feet of water. They are also caught on the bonefish flats. Live shrimp is the best bait for bonefish, followed by small live crabs (which
are best for permit) and fresh cut conch. Fly anglers do best on shrimplike flies in pink, brown, and
So, if you are visiting the Bahamas, Bimini is the most
famous fishing spot of all those throughout the world ... the fish are bountiful and make for an awesome fishing
Marine Conservation in Bimini Bahamas
Unlike many nations, The Bahamas has become a strong
advocate of marine conservation. In the mid-1980s, the government established daily bag limits for recreational
anglers and commercial fishermen. In an effort to conserve and preserve breeding stocks, it passed laws limiting
overly effective commercial gear, including long lines. Pressure also was brought on tournament organizers to
promote tag-and-release. Bimini Bahamas is a popular site for many “big game” tournaments, and most of
these now employ a combination of tag-and-release and limited killing of fish.