Hello Fellow Anglers!
I’m “Docky”, an independent, certified Bahamas Fly Fishing Guide, a native of north Long Island, with 30 years of professional guiding experience of both Fly and Spin Casting for ‘flats fish’, including Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit.
I am equally knowledgeable of Reef and Deep Sea Fishing, based on 25 years of bigger/open-ocean Game Fishing boat operating. However, my main passion is that for BONEFISHING! I have been quoted in many professional fishing magazines of American and international origins, as well as in “The Bahamas Fly-Fishing Guide”, as “one of the best Bonefish Guides in the Bahamas”!
I am dedicated to providing the best possible fishing experience, and am committed to ensuring total client satisfaction. I am a skilled angler, know the flats, the tides, have deep understanding of the pursued prey and its behavior … ensuring a very high level of success potential. I gently and knowledgeably share my experience levels and my own fishing preferences with my clients. I do not act out any “star guide” attitudes at all, I serve my customers. In all client-fishing and other circumstances I maintain a respectful relationship, and always do my best to let my fishing visitors share in my angler’s appreciation of the pristine beauty of Bahamian fishing grounds.
I offer on-the-water-instructions during a fishing day’s guiding as well as organized pre-trip evening fly fishing lessons on demand! We fish out of very well maintained 16’ Maverick Mirage, and this season a brand new 2023 Hells Bay professional with 70 4 stroke Yamaha … flat boats boasting the highest of standards desired for fly fishing. Bahamas Flats Fishing is known around the world for occupying a top spot of fly fishing destinations. I always aim at keeping my boats and equipment to a correspondingly high standard, to enhance the overall fishing enjoyment.
I welcome anglers of any skill level … whether expert casters or newcomers …whether female or male, whether adult or in teens or less.
When it comes to Bahamas Bonefishing, I will make a day out on the flats a fabulous experience, truly remembered for life! I love Bonefishing, I love the Long Island flats, and I would love to take you out fishing!
~James "Docky" Smith
I am very excited to start the 2023 Bonefishing season with "Be Bonafide", my brand new 2023 Hells Bay Professional flats boat, with 70 Yamaha 4 stroke, that can zip from flat to flat and tracks like a dream as we stalk the bonefish on our Long Island flats. Come aboard!See Trip Rates