H2O Bonefishing (G. Bahama)

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

    H2o Bonefishing Overview

    With H2O Bonefishing, you can experience saltwater flats fishing at its very best on the extensive remote flats of the North shore of Grand Bahama Island... and enjoy all of the comforts and amenities not normally associated with a typical bonefishing lodge or camp. Whether you are an avid angler seeking some of the best fishing available in the Bahamas, or you wish to provide a quality vacation for non-angling companions or family at absolutely no compromise to the quality of your fishing, then H2O Bonefishing is the ideal destination. Alternatively this fishery also caters extremely well to the more dedicated flats angler that wants nothing more than to fish remote and productive flats for larger than average bonefish.

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    Most Convenient Bahamian Bonefishing Destination

    Numerous commercial airlines service Freeport daily from multiple portals on the east coast. Nearly all bonefishing destinations in the Bahamas require the hassle of connections in Nassau or cost prohibitive charter flights. Not so with Grand Bahama. Round trip fares from almost anywhere in the lower forty-eight are consistently affordable.

    Resort style Accommodations, Restaurants, Nightlife, Stunning Beaches & Non-Angling Activity

    The Pelican Bay Hotel is one of the newest hotel properties in the resort zone of Lucaya. It is located adjacent to a gorgeous white sandy beach with access to a more remote beach with its complimentary 5 minute ferry boat ride, and is within a two minute walk of a wide variety of restaurants from pizza to gourmet as well as a new casino and golf courses.

    Cutting Edge Fishing Program

    The coolest part of the H2O BONEFISHING program is their never ending desire to develop their fishing program and offerings. Outfitters, Greg Vincent and Jason Franklin are interesting and passionate anglers who have fished, guided and explored all over the world from Tierra del Fuego to Cuba and many spots in between. Greg and Jason have pioneered a very unique program targeting big bonefish and a number of other flats species not normally associated with the traditional Bahamas “bonefishing trip”. They are constantly investing in new vehicles and boats, training their guides, targeting new species, and exploring their incredible fishery.

    Not Just Bonefish

    The Bahamas are normally booked as an exclusively bonefish fishery. However, the north shore of Grand Bahama Island and accessed only by flats boat offers remote wading opportunities as well as seasonal shots for permit, tarpon (summer), jack crevalle, barracuda, sharks, mutton snapper, and even the occasional tailing triggerfish. H2O has also designed a very unique afternoon offshore fly fishing program chiefly targeting yellowfin tuna and dorado as a combination flats offshore day. With so many more inbound flight options many anglers can include this option on the afternoon and evening of their arrival day. Make sure to also check out their “No Boundaries” program, which utilizes their new 21’ Maverick designed for running further and faster than your traditional flats skiff. The new Maverick has opened up doors for exploring areas of the Little Bahama Bank not normally fished.

    Grand Bahama & H2o Bonefishing

    With H2O Bonefishing, you can experience saltwater flats fishing at its very best on the extensive remote flats of the northwest shore of Grand Bahama Island... and enjoy all of the comforts and amenities of resort living at the same time. Whether you are an avid angler seeking some of the best fishing available in the Bahamas, or you wish to provide a quality vacation for non-angling companions or family at absolutely no compromise to the quality of your fishing, then H2O Bonefishing and the Pelican Bay Hotel is the ideal destination.

    While most out island bonefish destinations require multiple connections through Nassau, or expensive charter flights, Freeport is serviced daily by multiple commercial carriers with inexpensive fares from numerous portals on the east coast. There is no easier to get to or more affordable destination in the Bahamas.

    H20 Bonefishing is a professional saltwater outfitter with modern equipment and highly trained guides that are on the water every month of the year. Grand Bahama’s extensive flats do not receive nearly the fishing pressure of the more high profile fisheries in the Bahamas such as Andros Island. It is also a fishery with much more species diversity than your average Bahamian angling destination.

    Located at the entrance to Grand Bahamas Bell Channel, this private waterfront resort sits adjacent to both the white sands of Lucaya beach and Count Bassie Square. This area of Freeport is the center of the islands' entertainment with a wide selection of restaurants, bars, duty free shopping, water sports and evening entertainment. Guests can access the entire area with only a two-minute stroll, or remain poolside within the privacy of the resort and its gourmet restaurant.

    H20 Bonefishing’s uniqueness is its ability to provide world-class saltwater fly fishing along with ease of access to a myriad of alternative options for both anglers and their non-angling companions. H2O Bonefishing should never be overlooked by the most “hard-core” anglers who are also considering the more traditional “lodge” type of trip. This fishing is simply incredible, and H2O delivers the complete flats fishing experience. And while avid angler can be rest assured that while providing his or her spouse or family with a wonderful tropical vacation, they are also enjoying perhaps the most impressive, convenient and unique fishery in the Bahamas.

    The Fishing

    The coolest part of the H2O Bahamas program is their never ending desire to develop their fishing program and offerings. They are constantly investing in new vehicles and boats, training their guides, targeting new species, and exploring their incredible fishery.

    The Island of Grand Bahama stretches ninety miles east to west, and its north shore's vast area of creeks, cays and flats create hundreds of miles of fishable shoreline. H2O Bonefishing accesses this expansive fishery by SUV trailered skiffs which allow for convenience and flexibility with many of the north shore’s launching points. They employ four full time guides and run beautiful Maverick Mirage flats boats equipped with quick 85 horsepower Yahama outboards and modern electronics.

    Bottom structure varies from both hard and soft sand or grass flats to harder light coral or marl flats, creeks or cays…all of which provide excellent feeding areas for bonefish, permit, and numerous other species. Whereas most fisheries in the Bahamas are nearly exclusively fished from the skiff, the north shore of Grand Bahama does have hard, wadeable, sandy flats that anglers frequently fish productively.

    Grand Bahama bonefish can vary greatly in size from smaller 2 to 3 pound fish that can be found in schools, to solitary pairs and small groups that will weigh into double figures. The average size of Grand Bahama bonefish is a healthy 4 to 5 pounds and fish of 7 and 8 pounds are almost a daily encounter. The trophy sized specimens of 10 + pounds can be located at any time and anglers with proper conditions. H2O’s fly caught record bonefish, so far, is a remarkable fish of 14 1/2 pounds!

    Other Species

    The Bahamas are normally booked as an exclusively bonefish fishery. However, the north shore of Grand Bahama Island and accessed only by flats boat offers remote wading opportunities as well as seasonal shots for permit, tarpon (summer), jack crevalle, barracuda, sharks, mutton snapper, and even the occasional tailing triggerfish.

    Tarpon are also often encountered during late spring through summer with May-September better months and when conditions are right you would consider targeting the mighty Silver King. Barracuda and sharks can be found almost daily, and there is also the possibility of running into packs of the hard fighting horse eye jacks or jack crevalle that average 10 to 15 pounds. Greg and Jason have even dialed in a few flats that offer encounters with tailing triggerfish or hard fighting mutton snapper.

    No Boundaries Program (May, June, July)

    Greg and Jason have recently invested in a speedy, brand new, 21 foot custom Maverick skiff designed to go further and faster than your traditional flats boat. Totally unique to the Bahamas, their “No Boundaries” program allows anglers to comfortably venture to the most remote locations on the Little Bahama Bank targeting more diverse species with little competition. The No Boundaries program is usually a combination 5 night / 4 fishing day package split between their productive ‘ local ‘ program and this new venture however custom itineraries can easily be arranged. Inquire for details.

    Offshore Fishing Option (May-September)

    During the months of May – September, H2O offers an offshore fly fishing program for yellowfin tuna, dorado (mahi-mahi), skipjack and blackfin tuna. All are found feeding on or near the surface on calm afternoons during these summer months. What really makes it special is that die-hard anglers can enjoy a full day on the flats and head out for the evening offshore bite. Following a full day of bonefishing, anglers venture into the bluewater in a 33 foot cruiser around 3:00PM and fish until dark. This is also a great option to consider for the afternoon of your arrival day on Grand Bahama. All offshore fly fishing equipment and flies are included in the offshore trips. Due to the nature of the program and ever changing fuel prices please inquire for an exact price. Inquire for details.

    Accommodations

    We feel that the Pelican Bay Hotel offers perfect accommodations for the family and the “hard-core” angler alike. The hotel is in an ideal location - close to all the beach and town activities of Our Lucaya. Anglers who are not interested in non-angling activity can retreat to the quieter confines of the hotel, while non-anglers can send the family across the street to the Lucaya Beach, or take a swim in the hotel pool.

    Pelican Bay at Lucaya is Grand Bahamas’ newest boutique hotel where visitors find Caribbean charm mixed together with Western European service. Danish architects incorporated sophisticated European design to create timeless Caribbean architecture and luxurious accommodations. Each of the 69 rooms has a private balcony that overlooks the courtyard area and the marina, shops and restaurants of Port Lucaya Marketplace. There is also High speed wireless internet access throughout the resort. A fee applies or use the complimentary business center that provides hardwire hook up.

    The spacious accommodations include your choice of king-size bed or twin double beds and boasts satellite TV, direct dial phone, refrigerator and in-room coffee maker. Rooms are decorated with colorful island spreads and drapery and white washed furniture. Floors are Italian tiled. Other guest amenities include a tropical fresh water pool, hot tub and pool bar. The Ferry House Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel, has established a new standard for excellence in fine dining on Grand Bahama. Having worked in some of the world's finest restaurants, chefs create what they describe as "a blend of contemporary cuisine fused with the unique flavors of the Caribbean." Menus change daily depending on availability of fresh, local seafood and fruit as well as the availability of foreign quality foods which are brought in by air on a regular basis.

    Also available are new one-bedroom suites offering unsurpassed luxury, lush tropical gardens and varying color-scheme. Mahogany wood and beautifully appointed custom décor highlight each of the 48 spacious, 750 square foot suites. Freshly baked croissants, breads, and newspapers are available at the suites every morning. In-room espresso machines with a variety of coffees enable guests to enjoy a private breakfast on their balconies overlooking the beautiful Bell Channel Bay.

    Capacity

    8 Angler Maximum (4 Boats)

    Unlimited Number of Accommodations for Non-Anglers

    Travel

    There is no easier island in the Bahamas to get to!

    Commercial Flights Daily to Freeport, Grand Bahama

    Several major airlines serve Freeport on a daily basis including American Eagle, Bahamasair, Continental and Laker International. The majority of scheduled flights arrive from Miami, with several flights from Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. After clearing customs in Freeport, guests take a cab transfer to the hotel (approx. 15 minutes drive in an air-conditioned taxi).

    Sample Itinerary

    Day 1

    Depart on a morning flight to the East Coast (usually Miami or Ft. Lauderdale as well as other direct flights from eastern US cities). Connect on to Freeport, Grand Bahama. Once through customs, guests take a cab transfer roughly 15 minutes to the hotel.

    Fishing Days

    After a free breakfast at the poolside restaurant at the Pelican Bay Hotel, anglers are met in the lobby by their guide and drive approximately 10-25 minutes pulling the skiff to one of several remote launching points on both the north or south shores of Grand Bahama Island. Spend a full day on the water with one of H2o’s four full time guides. Lunch is taken on the water and anglers are usually back to the hotel by 4:30PM in time for cocktails and a night on the town in the Lucaya resort area of Freeport. Anglers participating in the evening offshore or no boundaries programs return to the hotel a little earlier, freshen up, and head back out for four hours of fishing!

    Departure Day

    Depending upon what time your flight departs from Freeport; guests typically check out after an early lunch, and are transferred to the airport via taxicab for the flight back to the States.

    When to Go

    H20 Bonefishing is open year-round.

    One thing people often neglect when considering a trip to the Bahamas is the weather. The Bahamas are actually in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea. As a result the islands are more susceptible to northerly cold fronts than their Caribbean neighbors to the south. There are a few loose weather guidelines you must consider.

    December – February

    Cool weather and windier conditions can be a factor. The fish are of course always there, but you run the risk of getting cooler weather from the States. However, it is equally as possible to have 80-degree days and little wind. Some of the best bonefishing occurs following the passing of a cold front when water on the flats warm inviting rested bones back on to feed. This is a great time for trophy bonefish.

    March - June 15

    The prime spring months to fish the Bahamas. Consistently warm (not too hot) weather dominates the forecast. There is typically less wind as well.

    June 15- August 1

    The fish are there, however hotter conditions and little breeze often exist. If you don’t mind the heat, the fishing can be excellent and is a good time for beginners to learn because of the lack of wind.

    August 1 - October 15

    Peak Hurricane Season! There is a serious risk of lousy weather, however we have had wonderful trips during this time frame --- especially if you are flexible and able to book on short notice.

    October 15 – November

    The best time to fish in the fall. Conditions are very similar to March - April type conditions.

    2013 RATES

    H2O Bonefishing provides exclusive packages for all bonefishing to ensure that dedicated bonefishing clients have the availability for their multi day fishing trips. Customized packages to include extra nights before and/or after your fishing days can easily be arranged.

    We do not (and cannot) charter H2O Bonefishing’s boats and guides on a daily basis to non Pelican Bay Hotel guests.

    Please inquire for non-angling rates.

    Peak Season Rates January 1 - June 30 & October 1 - December 31

    Deluxe Room w/King or 2 Double Beds

    3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $1340
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $2350

    4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $1990
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $3375

    5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $2675
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $4295

    6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $3195
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $5150

    7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $3795
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $5995

    Luxury Suite w/King or 2 Double Beds

    3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room Boat - $1460 
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $2590

    4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room Boat - $2150
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $3495

    5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $2875
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $4395

    6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $3435
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $5325

    7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $3999
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $6199

    Summer Season Rates July 1 - September

    Deluxe Room w/King or 2 Double Beds

    3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $1095
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $1895

    4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $1521
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $2495

    5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $1945
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $3149

    6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $2275
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $3785

    7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $2895
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $4475

    Luxury Suite w/King or 2 Double Beds

    3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room Boat - $1195
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - 2045

    4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room Boat - $1595
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $2725

    5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $1995
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $3375

    6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $2395
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $3995

    7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing

    Per Person, Double Occupancy, Room & Boat - $2895
    Per Person, Single Occupancy - $4595

    Offshore Fly Fishing Rates:

    Max 3 Anglers

    27' Boston Whaler: $1250 / DAY

    No Boundaries Rates:

    Please inquire for available packages and rates.

    Rod & Reel Daily Rental:

    Spin (10# Test) - $20.00 Per Day
    Fly Rods & Reels (Sage and Lamson) - $20.00 Per Day

    Custom Package Plans Available Upon Request

    (Including Golf, Diving, Dolphins, Kayaking, Sightseeing, Deep-Sea and Reef Fishing, etc.)

    What's Included
    Accommodations as specified; Full Days of Guided Fishing; Breakfast; Daily deluxe picnic lunch including non-alcoholic beverages; 6% Hotel Guest Tax, 6% Resort Tax

    What's Not Included
    Airfare to Freeport, Grand Bahama (FPO); Tips for fishing guide; Alcoholic beverages; Equipment rentals ($20 per day); Flies & terminal tackle; Dinner Meals; Taxi Transportation to and from the airport

    Terms & Conditions

    Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. H2O BONEFISHING’s policy follows:

    For booking dates that fall entirely within June to February as follows:
    50% deposit required with reservation. No booking is considered confirmed until receipt of deposit. Final payment must be paid 45 or more days prior to arrival date. Any bookings requested within 60 days of reservation date must be paid in full. Cancellations made 90 days or more prior to reservation date is a full refund. Cancellations made between 45 to 89 days prior to reservation date is a 50% refund of the deposit amount ie. 25% of total package. Cancellations made less than 45 days to arrival date is no refund. If a cancelled package is re-sold then a full refund will be sent minus a $ 100 fee per angler.

    For booking dates of which any part falls in the period March 1 to May 31:
    50% deposit required with Reservations. No booking is considered confirmed until receipt of deposit. Final payment must be paid 90 or more days prior to arrival date. Full refund if package is cancelled before January 1st. 50 % refund of deposit if cancelled after January 1st and 90 or more days from arrival date. 50 % refund of total package (deposit) if cancellation is made 61 to 89 days prior to arrival date. There is no refund for cancellations made on or within 60 days of arrival date. If a cancelled package is re-sold then a full refund will be sent minus a $ 100 fee per angler.

    Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.

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    Non-Angling Activities

    There is a wide variety of options as to non anglers – H2O’s location is immediately adjacent to the islands main entertainment area of Count Bassie Square (only a 60 second walk from the resort) and is the heartbeat of the islands entertainment. You will never need to arrange transport of any kind. The new casino again is only a short two minute stroll from the resort lobby.

    As well as all the normal Caribbean water sports that are available i.e. parasailing, snorkeling trips, glass bottom boat trips, scuba diving, sea kayaking, sailing, jet ski rental, deep sea fishing etc. There are organized island tours including eco tours of the many remoter areas of the island. Kayak tours, jeep tours and many other nature related activities.

    Although there are many options within yards of your door, all guests can be rest assured that they are never too far away from the more private area of this intimate resort. The choices are very varied and again all within a short stroll. In addition to the numerous restaurants and nightlife within a five minute walk of the hotel, the following is a basic list of both organized and casual activities on the island to choose from:

    Golfing:

    5 Golf courses to chose from including 2 USGA certified 18 hole championship courses at the Lucaya and Reef courses. Both are within a mile of the resort.

    Dolphin Swimming:

    A short boat ride departs from the hotel several times a day to swim and interact with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins.

    Scuba Diving:

    2 tank and 1 tank dives depart from within yards of your hotel room every day to the great wall and reef diving on the south shore.

    Eco Tours:

    See parts of the beautiful island by horseback and ride on the world famous Gold Rock beach in Grand Bahamas largest national park with miles upon miles of brilliant white sand. There are also daily sea kayaking tours and native tours to the settlements of the East or West End to experience the more traditional Bahamian way of life.

    Other Activities Include:

    Deep sea fishing, reef fishing snorkeling trips, glass bottom boat tours, picnic and booze cruises, parasailing, jet skiing, shell collecting tours, sea kayaking tours. Gambling at a choice of 2 casino two, duty free shopping, fine restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shell collecting, barbecues, nightly dancing and again a host of other activities around the island.