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Bonafide Bonefishing

The Bonefishing on Long Island, Bahamas is world-class and we'd love to show you why. Our rural island is comprised of diverse bonefish habitat including expansive sand flats, muddy bays and thick mangroves. Outside the inner waters we have prolific coral reefs and endless blue water opportunities for various reef fish and pelagic species. Bonafide Bonefishing is your number one source for fly fishing and spin casting to Bonefish, reef fishing, offshore fishing and various eco trips on Long Island. We even offer lodging options and Docky's Flats Bar for after-fishing drinks and food.

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Meet Docky

James "Docky" Smith is an independent, certified Bahamas Fly Fishing Guide, and native of north Long Island, with twenty years of professional guiding experience of both Fly and Spin Casting for ‘flats fish’, including Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit.

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Rent the Cottage

If you prefer a more airbnb type stay over a Resort option, our Bonafide Cottage is the perfect choice for you!

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Docky's Flats Bar

End the day with local drinks, fresh authentic Bahamian cuisine and the occasional impromptu dance party as the sun sets over the flats.

Eat, Drink & Dance
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A World-Class Guide

I've fished with Docky a few times now and have come to realize that he is among the top bonefishing guides in the Bahamas. He's a patient instructor that has an incredible knowledge of Long Island. His ability to track down fish and put the boat in the perfect position shows just how much experience he has.

Parker Redmond

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Among the Legends

Having fly fished for over 50 years for countless species in many different countries I have had the good fortune to have been guided by the legends of the sport. I can honestly say that Docky Smith is without peer..quite simply the best. Patient,good natured with an impish sense of humor, Docky could find fish on the moon. And spot them from planet earth with his bare eyes. A day spent with Docky will not be forgotten.

Alasdair Ritchie

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A Great Teacher

Everyone’s first bonefishing experience should be with Docky. As a guide he is eternally upbeat and joyful. When it comes to fishing, he embodies the spirit of the ocean and understands it like no other… Docky lives, breathes and in his own words “smells ” the bonefish far beyond what the eyes can see. When Docky says, “I smell them” you can bet that you’ll be hooked up in minutes.”

Janice Ritchie

We offer fun day trips for all ages and abilities to Sandy Cay, Columbus Harbor and "Da Farm" for reef fishing, snorkeling, swimming with pigs and land tours.

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