Trip Overview 

We appreciate how tough it can be for many anglers to balance a quality fishing trip with the vacation demands of family. It is for this reason that we work with H2O Bonefishing and Pelican Bay Resort, a great Bahamian offering that couples an outstanding fishing program with all the amenities of a high-end beach resort. Situated at the entrance to Grand Bahama’s Bell Channel, Pelican Bay Resort sits adjacent to the white sands of Lucaya Beach and bustling Count Bassie Square. This part of the island offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars, shopping, casinos, golf, and evening entertainment. Combine these offerings with the island’s world-class bonefishing, and you have a complete Caribbean beach vacation. You (and the others in your group or family) can enjoy all of this without compromising in any way the quality of your fishing. Whether you’re a die-hard angler seeking serious Bahamas bonefishing opportunities or someone who needs a legitimate vacation that also works for non-angling companions and family, then H2O Bonefishing and Pelican Bay Resort is a great choice. 

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation FoundationLOCATION:  Lucaya, Bahamas

SEASON:  Year-round (Peak season is October through mid-July.)

CAPACITY:  Pelican Bay is a large resort, with 97 rooms on the property. H2O Bonefishing can typically handle up to 12 anglers at a time.

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO)

TARGET SPECIES:  Bonefish, with some possibilities for tarpon, permit, barracuda, jacks, snapper and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Each of Pelican Bay Resort’s 97 guest rooms features private balconies overlooking a courtyard, the marina, and the Port Lucaya Marketplace. These spacious accommodations include king-sized or double beds, satellite TV, direct-dial phones, Italian tiled floors, coffee service and a refrigerator. Pelican Bay’s single bedroom suites are also available for couples looking for an extra-luxurious “Stay at the Bay.” Newspapers and freshly baked croissants and breads are delivered to the suites each morning, and personal espresso machines and a variety of coffees enable guests to enjoy a private breakfast on the balcony while taking in the beautiful Bell Channel Bay. Other guest amenities include two tropical freshwater pools, a hot tub, a great poolside bar, a business center, Wi-Fi, and direct access to all of the activities that Freeport has to offer.

Food and Beverages
Being centrally located and directly adjacent to the Lucayan Marketplace and Count Bassie Square, guests have access to numerous restaurants, meaning that you can enjoy dinner each night at a different establishment and enjoy different menus and offerings. Breakfast each morning is served buffet-style in Pelican Bay's new conference center. Open early; you can satiate your appetite with standard breakfast offerings, such as pastries, coffees and eggs cooked-to-order before meeting your guides for the day. A packed cooler lunch with all beverages is loaded into the boat each day for your day on the water.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of traveling to Grand Bahama makes staying at Pelican Bay Resort and fishing with H2O Bonefishing the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape. This is also a great add-on for business and family trips to Nassau and New Providence. Flights to Freeport's Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) arrive and depart on all days of the week from numerous cities throughout the U.S.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Non-angling activities at Pelican Bay Resort include golfing at two USGA certified 18-hole championship golf courses, diving, snorkel trips, glass-bottomed boat tours, eco-tours, parasailing, sea kayaking, and a host of other water-related options for all age groups. For those interested in island nightlife, there is gambling at the island’s casino, numerous fine restaurants, bars, and nightly dancing. There is also plenty of shopping throughout the area.

Internet / Communications
The Lodge does offer Wi-Fi for guests. Most U.S. cell phones will work on Grand Bahama depending on your service plan.

FISHING

General Information
The island of Grand Bahama stretches 90 miles east to west, and the north shore’s vast area of creeks, cays, and flats create hundreds of miles of shallow, untouched, fishable shoreline. Bottom structure varies from hard sand and grass flats to harder, light coral and marl flats, all of which provide excellent feeding habitat for bonefish and permit.

The experienced, seasoned guides of H2O Bonefishing are dedicated to making your fishing adventure both productive and enjoyable and will tailor each fishing day to your schedule and individual preferences. All of these guides have chosen to guide as their year-round profession (not just a seasonal job) and rank among the finest on the island. Anglers can take advantage of the thousands of hours these guys have spent on the area's flats and may request all kinds of directions and instruction. For anglers new to saltwater flats fishing, this is not only a wonderful place to learn but is a destination that guarantees action your very first time out!

While fishing with H2O Bonefishing, a large part of each fishing day is spent casting from Maverick Mirage flats boats. Anglers are also encouraged to wade during times where large concentrations of fish are found tailing in skinny waters. The bonefish vary greatly in size, from small, two to three-pound fish found in large, easy schools, to larger Grand Bahamas bonefish in the four to six-pound range. Fish of seven and eight pounds are almost a daily encounter, and trophy-sized bones over ten pounds are not uncommon. H2O's record bonefish to-date is a remarkable fish of 14.5 pounds.

Although this area is primarily a world-class bonefishing destination, there are several other types of gamefish that frequent these waters. Permit and tarpon arrive during the spring and are encountered on a regular basis throughout the fall months. Large barracuda can be found almost daily, and there is always the possibility of running into roaming schools of hard-fighting horse-eyed jacks that average 10 to 15 pounds.

Boats and Equipment Required
H2O Bonefishing uses 16-foot Maverick flats boat with new Yamaha 90HP outboards, poling platforms, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. As with all of our Bahamian operations, it is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
Grand Bahama is the easiest flats fishing destination to reach in the Bahamas, due to the numerous direct daily flights from Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, and several other U.S. cities to Freeport's Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO). You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
There are several car rental companies in Freeport and taxi service is readily available at the airport. There are also plenty of taxis in the area. Upon arrival, you can take a cab the short distance to Pelican Bay Resort. Once at the Resort, you can pretty much walk everywhere in the Freeport area.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.

January 1 - June 30, 2018 & October 1 - December 31, 2018
STANDARD ROOMS RATES
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $1,441.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $2,140.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,845.00                                        
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,435.00                
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,995.00                            

Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $2,470.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $3,630.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,615.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $5,585.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,445.00


SUITE PACKAGE RATES
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $1,570.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $2,310.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,058.00                                        
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,695.00                            
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,290.00                           

Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $2,715.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $3,920.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,940.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $5,907.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,875.00

Bluewater Rates (Price is per day trip. Boat is good for up to 4 anglers.)
31-foot Contender = $1,345.00 (4 anglers max.)
No Boundaries Program (Late Spring/Summer) = $2.885 (per person, double occ.)

* As a stand-alone resort (i.e., via Kayak or Hotels.com), Pelican Bay Resort does not offer a "Fishing Package." The above rates are custom-built packages created by Yellow Dog for fishing specifically with H2O Bonefishing while staying at Pelican Bay Resort.

July 1 - September 30, 2018
STANDARD ROOMS RATES
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $1,098.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $1,632.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,169.00                                        
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,620.00                
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,171.00                            

Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $1,882.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $2,765.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,522.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,256.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,916.00

 

SUITE PACKAGE RATES
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $1,197.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $1,765.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,333.00                                        
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,825.00                
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,370.00                            

Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $2,071.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $2,989.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,768.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,506.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,247.00

Bluewater Rates (Price is per day trip. Boat is good for up to 4 anglers.)
31-foot Contender = $1,250.00 (4 anglers max.)
No Boundaries Program (Late Spring/Summer 5/4) = $2,685 (per person, double occ.)

* As a stand-alone resort (i.e., via Kayak or Hotels.com), Pelican Bay Resort does not offer a "Fishing Package." The above rates are custom-built packages created by Yellow Dog for fishing specifically with H2O Bonefishing while staying at Pelican Bay Resort.

 

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned waterfront room at Pelican Bay Resort with king or two double beds
  • Fully guided fishing provided by H2O Bonefishing
  • Use of Resort pools and hot tub
  • Satellite TV, direct dial phone, mini-refrigerator, and in-room coffee maker
  • Breakfast and daily deluxe picnic lunch including non-alcoholic beverages
  • 6% hotel guest tax, and 6% resort tax.
  • Bahamian VAT Tax (7.5%)

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from hometown to Grand Bahama
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
  • Dinner (there are over 20 restaurants within walking distance of the hotel)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Transportation to and from the airport on Grand Bahama to Pelican Bay Resort
  • Bahamas fishing license: $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month, and $50 for the year (Yellow Dog will ensure the lodge has your license until the online system is in place)
OTHER INFO

Thoughts on Winter Fishing
By Greg Vincent, Manager of H2O Bonefishing

Very few people know of the great winter bonefishing that is available here on Grand Bahama from mid-November to mid-February. While Grand Bahama is really is a trophy fishery at any time of year, but the fishing for trophy bones during these months is especially good! The fluctuation in water temps push the smaller school fish off the flats for longer periods, leaving the more acclimated "wintered fish" on their own or in small groups.

The one problem we have in the winter can be the periodic cold fronts which from December to mid-February are at their strongest. That said, however, their strength at this time is often a bonus for us here in the northern Bahamas because the cloud line moves to the south of us quicker and does not always stall out here in the northern parts but rather more south when it hits the more tropical southern Bahamas. The back edge of the cloud is often as defined as if you drew a line across the sky. Behind the front waits the dry air and the sunny conditions we are looking for! Sunlight, as we all know, is generally the main ingredient for productive bonefishing (Remember - It is not necessarily the wind but rather the combination of wind and clouds that we want to avoid!). The months of December through March offer more sunlight than any other time of year. We need to take advantage of that. We also get winter high-pressure systems which - if centered over us - can create spectacular bonefishing weather for days or weeks at a time. When we do see a cold front, the wind is generally from the North. We have access to 45 miles of south side flats that are always accessible and easily fished. These flats are utilized when winds are too strong on the north side, meaning that we do have a 'back up' option.

Most people believe that you have to fish the Bahamas in March, April, May June, and October. That is the safest option weather-wise, no doubt. The winter period, however, is a time of year that nobody really considers for fishing, yet this, in fact, is an incredible trophy bonefishing time that can easily be utilized - especially by more experienced anglers. It is not only the fact that the fish are big, but that these winter fish will literally 'crawl' into skinny, skinny water, which only adds to the experience. This fishing is usually not about throwing at large shadows in deeper water, as is typical for trophy bones. It’s often a far more intimate experience between angler and fish. Once an angler has experienced stalking and then hooking a 10+ pound bone that had its back arched completely out of the water while feeding in only a few inches of water .... that immediately screams out over 150 yards of backing ... then a 20-fish day of catching two-pound bonefish will never seem quite as appealing! Our winter fishing season is really about quality rather than quantity. This said, numbers are always a possibility no matter the time of year. This past January we had a client that landed 18 fish in three days, including three double-digit fish.


Client Testimonials

"Pelican Bay is a wonderful destination for a family fishing trip. My guide from H2O Bonefishing was knowledgeable, never tiring, and never derogatory of my poor fly casting skills when I was dealing with the wind. We had some boat problems that were promptly addressed, and the promised free day will get me back. In addition, like a real rookie, I left my rods somewhere along the way. Greg Vincent (the fishing manager) provided me with two Sage rods and took great care of us overall. The fish are there to be caught, and they are big. We talked to a fisherman who caught a 9 lb. bonefish the day we got there. It was a great trip overall."
- John R. (Sunset, LA)

"My wife and I are trying to figure out when in the future to come back to Pelican Bay. Everything was excellent, and we really enjoyed our stay. Carl, our H2O Bonefishing guide, was fantastic and when I come back, I hope to fish with him again. Thanks!"
- Larry D.

"Greg -- Thanks for looking after us, it really was a superb trip. To land 20 bonefish on the fly my first time out was well beyond my expectations. The casting tips really helped. Thanks again and see you next fall!"
- Rob G.

"Just a quick note to say many thanks for making our stay so comfortable at Pelican Bay. It's such an easy location to get to and I, along with the rest of the group, was pleasantly surprised with the vast area of flats and the overall number of fish! I have been in touch with the guys. All are seriously missing the fishing and the company already. We're all dreaming of more bonefish and permit!"
- David, Sally, Charlotte, & Jay K.