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Fishing gear for the Bahamas

I've been a northern canada freshwater fisherman my whole life. I have no idea where to start with my fishing gear for the Bahamas.

Heres my plan and I'd love some suggestions, especially lures:
-2x hand lines, 300lbs test, corkscrew swivels, shock cord absorber, for sailing between islands
-2x rod and reel combos, medium grade stuff with 20 to 40lbs line for casting around the anchorage
-2x 3pc hand spears with slip tips for spear fishing

We HOPE to supplement alot of our meat by fishing. Not only is it fun but it sounds doable from what we heard. We did the same living very rural back home for our food.

Like I said any ideas are welcome. Amazon links would be great, next week we will be visiting friends in Orlando and we will hit some fish and dive shops.
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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas

Unless you are in a rush, you will not be open ocean pelagic fishing that often
True spear guns are not allowed but the hawaii type is ok
Think dinghying to bountiful areas
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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas

Hand lines are the way to go trolling unless you plan to stop every time you hook up underway (we normally troll at 7 to 10 knots). We use an 18' outrigger on one side.
Spear guns are pretty much illegal to the point of possible confiscation of your boat some places, so don't waste the money. Some islands (countries) charge for a fishing license and the fines for not having one can be quite steep, so check with the authorities when you check in.
If you plan on sport fishing (fishing for fun) when you are at anchor or in the dink, then go for light tackle rigs, under 10#, 6# is even better. I have one 6# graphite pole with a Shimano Bait Runner which does just fine up to 40# jacks. I use a 3# spinning rig when in a school of schoolie dolphin, after we have all the food we want and if we stop the boat; it's a gas. If it's food you want, 20-40# wire leader stinger rigs on lever drag reels on conventional poles are the best from the boat at anchor or the dink, with live bait.
We're pretty successful trolling, with plenty of Dolphin, Cuda, a couple of nice tuna, a small Blue Marlin and a 40# Wahoo (27 steaks, enough for everybody, including the folks @ customs and immigration in St Lucia). Now that's how to win friends and influence people!
Every year it is getting harder to catch fish in the EC and there are more longliners fishing around the islands. Coincidence? Grouper have almost completely disappeared and snapper get smaller each year.
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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas

300 pound line?

How sportsman like! Lol

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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas

When you're hunting to actually feed your family, you're a predator in the food chain, not a sportsman.

I like the braided fishing lines, which I'm guessing are just small dyneema and amazingly strong. Wire leaders so the fish can't bite through.


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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas

I have never fished from the boat. But crew who have come along have in the ocean and have caught fish which we did eat. I was actually turned off when they were clubbing it to death with a winch handle.

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I suppose a thread about fishing from sailboats is a good idea. It probably would need to be very basic how to stuff... right on up to advanced level of gear and technique and contain where and what one can expect to catch... and the required permits.

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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas

If you are going to troll under sail, listen to capta. We've done it with heavy hand lines 200#+ and wire leaders. Caught Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo in Capta's neighborhood. The thing is, unlike sports fishing from a power boat, you aren't maneuvering to reel in the fish, in fact just the opposite. If you need to stop quickly, or back on a fish, it ain't happening unless you are a much better sailor than I am. So the heavy gear gives you time to reduce sail, slow down, get the fish close to the boat and get a gaff in it. I know some do standup gear from a sailboat, but I'd advise you to try it from the deck of a powerboat where there's room to stand up and move around, before you buy that stuff for a sailboat. A reasonable sized school tuna can be like being hooked to a Volkswagen with a mad man at the wheel.

In my neighborhood we chase pelagic fish from a power boat, and use more "sporting" gear. But landing those fish involves a lot of boat handling.

If I was headed to the Bahama's, and liked to fly fish, I'd be bringing appropriate flats gear for bone fish, etc. 9 weight. This would be from the dingy or wading, and mostly for sport not so much for dinner.
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When you're hunting to actually feed your family, you're a predator in the food chain, not a sportsman.

He's only just left the Welfare State of Canada and already he's already reduced to running bare breasted and sharpening spears?


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Re: Fishing gear for the Bahamas

We have a handline with 300lb line like you suggest, an offshore rod/reel with 80lb line, a small spinning rod that I never use, and two good pole spears that provide pretty much all the fish we eat in the Bahamas (and we eat a lot of fish).

You can easily catch mahi and wahoo, depending on the season, trolling just outside the islands in Exuma Sound. Spear fishing is everywhere, but some areas are much better than others, and your skill at fishing in currents, cuts, and deeper structure will determine how much and what type of fish you spear.

Many of our friends use spinning rods to catch triggers, porgies, grunts, snapper, and the odd grouper. Mostly they are bottom fishing with cut bait (conch is excellent, as is lobster bits).

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