Bahamas Regs… where things stand now at the end of 2017

I’ve been traveling, so haven’t posted more about this, but I’m sneaking a few minutes here at work to get some more news out.

The Bahamas regs put into place earlier in the year are still on the books, but won’t be enforced until a thorough review can take place. 

I’ve seen this from two sources and am trying to get an official confirmation.

So, you can go to the Bahamas and fish however you are used to fishing. For the short/intermediate term, things revert to how they’ve always been.

This makes me want to put the Bahamas back on my travel list for 2018. The uncertainty caused by the regulations have hit the Bahamas hard. Business is down, for most lodges, between 25-50%. That’s a big hit for some places that eek by to begin with. What the govt. of the Bahamas wants to do now is encourage their anglers to come back. So… consider it. I know for me a cold Kalik would go down pretty well.


Here is Beau Beasly’s recent article from MidCurrent.

It is almost certain a license will remain part of what happens down the road, but not until you can get that license on-line, easily, and without having to go to a govt. office that isn’t even open on weekends.

I think most everything else is up for review and I hope it is a thoughtful, inclusive process and produces an end product that puts the Bahamas at the top of resource management. One can hope.

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  1. All of the regulations are indeed being looked at and we are comfortable with the review process. I am not sure how long it will take but one thing that we insisted on was that the regs be suspended during the process because these things can take longer than they should. I hope you do come back and enjoy spending time in The Bahamas in 2018!

  2. I’m starting to think about it… where I might head. The big decision is head somewhere new or head back to places I’ve known. Unsure yet… need it to fit with family and work, but, I’d like to get back.

  3. I would say to go somewhere new! If you have not been to Crooked & Aklins, that would be a real adventure and they could certainly use the visitors since they are still recovering down there. Or even Long Island.

  4. Crooked and Acklins have been on the list for a while. I’ve been to Long. One thing that factors in is how easy it is to get in and out. If I can only get away for 4-5 days, I can’t have 2 of those days burned up on layovers and I need flights to be on the days I want to fly. That limits the choices a bit, making Grand Bahama and Abaco a bit higher on the list. We’ll see. I need to look at the calendar, get spousal approval, sort out work, etc.

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