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Coach Duff’s Hawaiian Bonefishing – Kailua, Oahu

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Head guide Terry Duffield (Coach Duff), alongside captains Rob Arita and Chris Asaro Duffield, run what is arguably Hawaii’s best-known guiding service, specialise in sight-fishing for monster-sized bonefish in the waters off Oahu. Coach Duff can also organise accommodation if needed. Read more…

Fishing in Hawaii

This cluster of eight main islands (and hundreds of smaller ones), spread out over 1,500 square miles in the Pacific Ocean is one of those places that almost everyone feels they can visualize. More often than not, it’s a visualization that combines some of the following: dramatic, rainforested mountains leading down to wide open beaches, surfers bobbing offshore and Jack Johnson strumming a guitar beneath a palm tree. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that – the fishing, for example, is pretty special.
Hawaii has always been known as a superb offshore fishery, but in recent years its reputation as an inshore fly-fishing destination has grown in leaps and bounds. Hawaii’s bonefishing in particular has taken on near-mythical status – not because of the numbers of fish (it can’t compete with the likes of Mexico or the Bahamas on that front), but for the size of them. In short, the bonefish in Hawaii are monstrous. They’re hard to find, hard to catch, but they average 5-9lbs, and you can expect shots at double-digit fish most days. See below for Fishipedia’s recommended Hawaii fishing guides.

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Nathan’s Lodge – Kemp’s Bay, South Andros, Bahamas

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With single rooms available from $95 per night, and doubles from $115, Nathan’s Lodge in South Andros is a great option for anyone on the lookout for budget bonefishing. With by-the-night rates and fishing packages to choose from, plus DIY bonefishing from right outside the lodge, this is a great place to mix and match your ideal package.

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Alvin Greene – Mangrove Cay, Andros, Bahamas

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Professional independent fishing guide based on Mangrove Cay, Andros Island, Bahamas, specialising in fly-fishing for bonefish. Alvin offers trips to the North, Middle and South Bights, as well as the West Side.

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East End Lodge – Grand Bahama Island

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Small waterfront lodge in the East End of Grand Bahama Island, with a selection of cottages built in 2011, superb bonefishing on its doorstep and a commitment to what the lodge calls premier quality at an affordable rate. Skiffs are moored right outside the lodge, ready to go as soon as you step outside in the morning…

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Paradise Lodge – Yucatan, Mexico

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A small lodge on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with Chetumal Bay to the south and Espiritu Santo to the north. Completely rebuilt following Hurricane Dean in 2007, the lodge offers first-class sport for bonefish, tarpon, snook and permit – a great place to seek out that super slam. Non-fishermen are welcome.

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Club Grand Slam – Punta Allen, Ascension Bay, Mexico

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Family-run fishing lodge in Punta Allen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Catering to eight anglers at a time, this place prides itself on top-notch service, comfy accommodation, gourmet food (thanks to chef and co-owner Lupita) and a fishing program headed up by local guides, the Camaal brothers, who bring 60 years’ combined experience to the operation.

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Captain Bob Branham, Biscayne Bay & beyond

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Captain Bob Branham has been guiding on the flats from Key Biscayne to Key West for over 30 years. If you’re looking for a flats guide in the South Florida/Miami area, they don’t come much more highly recommended. Permit, bonefish and tarpon are all on the menu.

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Long Island Bonefishing Lodge – Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, Bahamas

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A genuinely unique proposition. Long Island Bonefishing Lodge specialises in what it calls “assisted DIY” bonefishing. That essentially means you get all the comforts of a regular lodge (three meals a day, appetizers on return from fishing etc) but guides drop fishermen off at the flats, leave them to it and pick them up at a designated point later on. Rates are consequently more affordable than those of many other lodges in the Bahamas.

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Bonefish Paradise – Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, Bahamas

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The clue’s in the title here. Overlooking Lowe’s Beach on Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, Bonefish Paradise lodge has five bedrooms, some of the area’s top guides and 200 square miles of bonefish flats on its doorstep. Some of the most competitive rates around make this an appealing destination for the budget-conscious bonefisherman.

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