Because of its easy access — step off the plane at Chub Cay airport (CCZ) and charter any of the local guides — Chub is a great choice for those looking to maximize their fishing time with shots at big bonefish and, occasionally, permit. Chub also happens to be conveniently located by a famous finger of water known as the Pocket. On a southeast breeze, it can be an all-out blitz of big dolphin, wahoo and tuna. Relax in Chub Cay Club’s infinity pool and watch the sun go down. With the third-largest barrier reef in the world, don’t scratch snapper or grouper off the list of targeted species. Big black grouper patrol the patch reefs, in addition to mutton, yellowtail and gray snapper.
Old Bahama Bay, located in West End on Grand Bahama, is an ideal spot to call headquarters.
Sand beaches, kayak rentals and life-size checkers — it’s got something for the entire family. Make certain not to miss Shebo’s conch stand on the way in — sure to be some of the most unique, delicious conch salad you’ll have.
If you prefer a more private locale, San Salvador’s population is roughly 1,000. Riding Rock resort has an intimate 25-slip marina. Coming by air? San Salvador international airport is less than a mile from the laid-back Club Med Columbus Isle resort. The island is home to countless near record-breaking wahoo. The best of it occurs in the winter months, where fish average — yes, average — 40 to 50 pounds, with a reasonable chance at seeing a triple-digit fish.
If something a little closer is in the cards, Bimini is the westernmost island in the Bahamas, located only 50 miles from the United States. And while the Bahamas isn’t a renowned permit venue, Bimini happens to be a spot whose flats are known to hold the fish. Ansil Saunders, among others in a long list of esteemed guides, will find one for you.
One of the greatest things about Bimini is Radio Beach. Tough as it might be, take (at least) a half-day to explore the island because local color and flavor abounds in Bimini. The Big Game Club or Bimini Sands are two centrally located four-star resorts that keep you close to all the island’s happenings.
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