Bone fishing in Harbour Island in the Bahamas is one of the most exciting past times you will experience. The fish can grow to around 3-4 feet in length and can fight as well as a Tarpon; which is also a popular sports game fish to catch.
Bone fish and most salt flats fish (fish that live in the shallows and sandbars) are not edible, but they do put up a great fight for sports fishing enthusiasts. You could battle one of these guys for half an hour to two depending on how quickly they tire out.
You can fish by boat out on the flats, or from land directly off the beach. Harbour Islands vast creek systems allows for the perfect hiding spots for elusive bone fish. All local area guides are independent and they mostly fish flats that are a 10 to 20 minute boat ride from Harbour Islands dock and harbor. There are also some areas you can wade fish on your own off the northwestern side of the island.
It is highly recommended to hire a local guide for one reason; they know where the fish are! If you want to be out on the water and enjoy a full or half day of boating, then renting a guide to show you around would be advisable. Even if you have your own boat, it may still be a good idea to hire a guide to show you the more local spots for future fishing trips. Be sure to have a Harbour Islands Bahamas map, chart, or GPS in your phone to remember what locations you fish at.
Bone fishing is one of the more popular sports fishing charters available on the island for flat fishing. If you want to give your fishing skills a try, Harbour Island and Eleuthera are the top spots to try your angling.