Delphi Club’s central location could not be more ideal to fish Great Abaco. While staying at the club we fished the famous Marls on the westside of the island, Sandy Point at the southern tip, and numerous spots on the east side as well.
On day two we switched up fishing partners, loaded up in the guide trucks and took off to our allotted fishing locations. While several boats went to the Marls and Sandy Point, my fishing partner and I put in on the east side of the Island. The zone of shallows flats is much smaller with blue water just a mile or so from land. An area where you won’t find as many large schools of bones but you will see good size fish! That particular morning was calm, with a light breeze from the southeast and sunny skies. Unfortunately, we put in right at high tide which can be tough while fishing the eastside of the island. The flats are deeper with tons of mangroves for the bonefish to hide out. We poled the edge of the mangroves in search of big singles as most fish were deep in the mangroves but did not see much. By late morning a few rain squalls had moved in and we spent most of our time dodging storms and struggling to see fish.
After lunch the clouds started to part and the tide finally started to drop, pushing fish out of the mangroves and back onto the flats. Throughout the afternoon we stuck several nice bonefish both from the boat and a few by foot, but the highlight of the day was when my fishing partner, my pops, hooked a permit! A school of five or six caught us off guard and squeezed right between the bank and the boat. We were in the middle of unhooking a bonefish and needles to say we did not get a shot. A few minutes later the school popped back up, my dad threw a good shot into them and BAM… he was hooked up. We had tons of scattered mangroves around us and unfortunately the permit wrapped my dad around a root and broke him off. Even though it was quite frustrating it’s always a pleasure to even have an encounter with the mysterious permit.