Guide Services

Welcome to Captain Phil and Mel’s Bonefishing Guide Service!

We are based out of Mclean’s Town, Grand Bahamas Island, where we run half-day and full-day bonefish charters. To swiftly get on and off the flats, and to follow those bones in the shallowest of waters, our guide service is outfitted with 5, 17 ft. Mavericks flat skiffs powered by 85 horse power Yamaha engines. Whether you want to go after them with a fly-rod or light tackle, our guides will ensure that you are safe, happy, and ultimately receive the perfect saltwater fishing experience. To book a charter click here or call +1 (252) 353-3086.



Fly Fishing:

Rods: For hunting and catching the Bahamas’ most sought after game fish, The Silver Ghost, you use an 8 or 9 weight rod. They’ll work for normal to windy weather. For the delicate presentation use an 8 weight rod with a long leader and an un-weighted fly. A 9 to 10 weight rod is recommended for Sharks, Tarpon, Barra- cudas, & Permits.

Reels/Line: Use Saltwater reel which carries at least 150 yd. of 20 lb. back- ing. Use Weight Forward floating line and 7 – 14 ft. leader with an 8 – 12 lb. test tippet.

Flies: Gotchas, Mini puffs, Omeko Specials, Crab Patterns, Clouser Deep Minnow-tan & white , Mantis Pattern, etc.


Light Tackle:

Rods: To catch bonefish using spinning gear, use a 6 1/2 to 7ft. light rod.

Reels/Line: The reel should be open faced with a 200 yd. capacity. Line should be 8 -10 lb. test.

Hook: # 1/0-03 bare/claw.

Bait: Shrimp is recommended as bait, but lures such as the 1/8-1/4 oz. Up- riding Flat Willie Jigs, Bills jig worms or Millies jigs#155 can be used.