It’s our bread- and butter fish, found on almost every flat in the area and fished for from a boat or simply wading the hard-bottomed flats and lagoons. The average size will be in the 3- to 4-pound range, yet bigger specimen of 5- to 7- lbs are caught regularly. Double-digit fish are a possibility, the island record being a 17,6 lbs whopper!!
Permit reign supreme among anglers here and we just know where to look for them and find them regularly, sometimes in smaller schools of 2 to 5 fish or single fishing that are following rays. Their average size, about 20 pounds, is pretty impressive and there are quite a few fish ranging from 25 to 40 pounds swimming around! It’s probably one of the best places in the Bahamas to fish for permit.
While we are not a tarpon destination per se, we do have a population of resident fish, in baby sizes of 10 to 30 lbs, all year long, while some areas will have migratory fish in larger sizes from 40 to 100 pounds, notably in the Turtle Sound lagoon from May to October.
Sometimes called the “poor man’s permit”, they remains a very interesting species to fish for with fly tackle: the triggerfish are wary yet will readily eat a bonefish shrimp or a small crab fly while tailing on the flats. They are a great catch and definitely great practice for permit fishing!