Fishing off Harbour Island is always a fun adventure. However, fishing on the reef offers a few more things that deep sea fishing does not. For one, you can go for a casual swim on the reef without the concern of a large shark coming up from the deep blue sea below you. Unlike deep sea fishing, where the ocean can drop to over 1,000 feet deep; the reef is relatively shallow.
Reef fishing generally goes down to a depth of 20-120 feet. In waters at a depth of even 80 feet, you can usually see the bottom clearly; as the water around Harbour Island in the Bahamas is warm and crystal clear year round.
All kinds of fish can be caught when reef fishing, but the primary fish caught off Harbour Island and Eleuthera in the Bahamas is as follows:
- Snapper (Yellowtail, Grey, Mahogany)
It is pivotal when going reef fishing to always chum behind your boat. This will bring more fish to your boat, possibly sharks; but will attract many edible fish to catch for dinner. If you don’t have your own boat, Harbour Island rental charters can be found on the island to take you and your friends out for a day. Even the most inexperienced of anglers can enjoy a day out on the water.