Bone Fishing Guides & Rates
The Bimini Big Game Club, is all about creating top-of-class sporting experiences. Bimini Big Game Club offers traditional bone fishing packages tailored to backcountry anglers of all skill levels and interest.
We have some of the best guides in the Bahamas, with legendary experience and world records to prove it. For such a small collection of islands, there’s plenty of bonefishing history, beautiful unspoiled flats and most importantly, an abundance of big fish in the waters around our three little islands called “Bimini” – and that includes Permit too!
We have kept our angling pressure low to insure a quality experience ….and don’t forget, Bimini holds four World Record bonefish catches, and none is less than 12 pounds!
Bone Fishing Rate
7.5% Bahamas Tax will be added on all excursions
Bone Fish Package Rates
7.5% Bahamas Tax will be added on all packages
At Bimini Big Game Club, we’re proud to be working with the legends of Bimini bonefishing – top of class guides bringing you the best that backcountry fly fishing and spin casting has to offer. Backcountry guides are a rare breed – committed to long days on the water, quietly and patiently stalking elusive fish.
The bonefish guides of Bimini have put their clients into the record books, and tomorrow it may just be you, too! Without a doubt, their passion makes for rewarding experiences that you will remember fondly for a lifetime – and certainly until your next trip! Our gallery of guides includes:
The elder statesman of Bimini’s celebrated fraternity of bonefishing guides, by his own description he’s been a guide “since Columbus arrived in the Bahamas! No matter, he’s one of the most famous bonefish guides in the Bahamas, and a founding member of the prestigious Bonefish Tarpon Trust. Dateline 1971. Ansil is hired to guide Jeffery Lavenstein on his quest to catch a World Record Bonefish, as part of a marketing campaign to launch a new spinning reel his company was introducing to the public. Ever the showman, Jerry even predicted to Ansil they would indeed catch a new record. Well they did! And it’s a record that still stands today – a 16 pound monster on 12# Test. As with a world record, nothing’s typical in Ansil’s life. A fifth generation boat builder of Scottish heritage, Ansil worked as a carpenter during World War II, only taking to fishing as the war wound down. Still today, with a legendary guiding career under his belt, when he’s not on the water, he and his brother Tommy still build handmade boats like their forbearers. “The Legend” as it’s known locally is part bonefish skiff and part fine furniture. It most surely is a work of art – taking over six months to build, refined with precision from years of experience running skiffs across the flats of Bimini. For the dedicated angler, a visit to Bimini is incomplete without making a pilgrimage to his workshop in Alice Town to see firsthand how these legendary boats are built. You won’t be the first; there are volumes of guest books signed by fans from around the world, including the Queen of England herself. And stories he can tell! He and his brothers are the local historians of Bimini. He’ll fascinate you with the fishing antics of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell when he resided on island. He’ll move you with stories of quiet days spent on the flats talking with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But at all times, when he catches you looking out at the flats, he’ll remind you that it’s all about the big bonefish of Bimini.
When asked if he was born in Bimini, Tommy responds, “Same house – different room.” A statement like that tells you three things about this man. Tommy Sewell has deep roots in Bimini, he can say a lot with few words and he has a very dry sense of humor. Well, he may have a sense of humor, but he takes his fishing real seriously. Tommy has always loved fishing. During his school lunch breaks you’d find him on the docks, fishing. Equipment wasn’t much of a problem. Generally he used a hand line, and sometimes he’d trade up to a six-foot long pine tree limb! In his day you would jig for jacks with a feather tied strait to the tree limb. Not very high tech, but it worked for Tommy! A professional backcountry guide since 1980, today Tommy excels in stalking the Big Bones with fly rod in hand. He’s spent enough of his life on the water to appreciate every day on the water is different, just like his fishing guests. His style of fishing is to help an angler improve his casting ability, learning how to read the water and work with the elements to cast longer distances more accurately. For those new to the sport, his nature is to put you right at ease. Like all fly-fishing anglers, Tommy knows firsthand the frustration and skepticism of beginners. As a pro, he never ceases to be amazed how easy it becomes to shoot a long distance cast with pinpoint accuracy. He gets paid to put customers on the fish, but his real payday comes from his customers who return year after year in search of the perfect cast, and of course that elusive record bonefish!
Eagle Eyes Fred Rolle
The first thing that strikes you about Fred is his gentle nature. There is a modesty about him that belies his skills as a waterman and as a bonefish guide. Fred’s dad, Reynold Rolle, was a Bimini bonefish guide, and he got “hooked” on bonefishing at eleven. He fished every day after school. The other kids “made sport” of his passion for bonefishing. As a kid, he never thought he had the discipline to be a guide, because he just loved being the angler too much. But through the years he’s had time to mature and mellow, and today he’s glad to report “My joy in life is getting a guest their first bonefish”. Fred’s been a professional guide since the early 1970s. After starting his career in Bimini, he moved to Grand Bahama, only to later return to Bimini to work under Ansil Saunders, the dean of Bimini guides, and himself a master fly fisherman. Today, Eagle Eyes Fred is among the top fly casters in the Bahamas. For 2010, he reports there are lots of bonefish around…big bonefish. He reminds us that for those who want a tougher fight, come during the cooler months when the fish fight even harder. His personal bests include a #14 pounder on spinning gear and an #11-pounder on fly. We put Fred together with our very first guest here at Bonefish Bimini, an extremely experienced traveling angler. The verdict: “Fred is the best guide I have ever had!” Yep, that pretty much describes Eagle Eyes Fred. From the Oceans, Comes Life, Enjoy the Journey!
Unlike the ebbing tide suggested by his name, Ebbie is a big man with a big smile and an even bigger personality that comes on to you like a storm surge. And does he ever like to catch big fish! Like all our guides, he was born on Bimini into a bonefishing family. Passionate like his father Bonefish George and older brother before him, he’s spent his entire life growing up in the fishing business, and started guiding at the age of 17. Now a youthful 52, Ebbie has amassed 35 years of guiding anglers across the flats of Bimini and beyond. So when he tells you that “Bonefishing is in my blood,” you have to believe him. “There is nothing greater than bonefishing in life”, he smiles. With an appreciation for history and good fortune, Ebbie lists the legendary Bonefish Cordell as his idol and cites the legends of Bimini guides – Bonefish Jackson Ellis, Bonefish Sam and Bonefish Rudy – among his teachers and friends. Ebbie loves to be on the water. He keeps pretty busy bonefishing, but you’ll also find him running his boat out to the deep water for off-shore action, or taking guests out for a dolphin encounter. Not one to stand still , Ebbie loves being around kids and along with Bonefish Bimini , is working to entice some of the local school children into the guiding ranks. In the meantime he is working on his 9 year old son.