EST. 2010

A Quick Guide to Spearfishing in The Bahamas

The minute you see them, you’re tempted to jump in ’em – the clear, cool, and absolutely alluring waters in and around The Bahamas.

If you’re the sporting type (or just plain hungry), your plunge might also serve a purpose – fishing. Specifically, spearfishing.

The Bahamas, after all, boasts some of the finest fishing grounds anywhere in the world, its waters even more inviting to fish and other tasty sea creatures than they are to you and me.

Before you can get on with turning sea life into seafood, though, it’s best to know the rules.

I know, I know – The Bahamas is so laid back that it often seems like there are no rules, especially in the Out Islands.

Not true.

The undersea environs of The Bahamas haven’t remained a pristine home to sea creatures over the years by accident. The Government takes safeguarding its seas seriously(for the most part), setting out some pretty strict regulations for anyone keen spearing the catch of the day. Here’s what you need to know…

  1. Spear guns and spearfishing with scuba equipment is prohibited.
    Sea creatures have more of a sporting chance in The Bahamas, which makes for added fun for the fisherman too.
  2. Freediving with a Hawaiian sling is allowed.
    Here’s a nice one you can order today on
  3. Spearfishing is not allowed within one mile of New Providence and/or the south coast of Grand Bahama Island.
    Go deep, or go home.
  4. Spearfishing is not allowed within 200 yards of any of The Out Islands.
    Whether you’re in Acklins & Crooked Island, Andros, The Abacos, Bimini, Eleuthera, The Exumas, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana,Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, or The Berry Islands, stay 200+ yards offshore, or else!
  5. National Marine Parks are strictly off limits for any kind of fishing.
    Pretty sure this goes without saying, right?

In addition to these easy to follow rules, the Bahamian Government sets limits on the amount of fish, lobster, conch, etc. that you can legally catch while pursuing fishing of any kind in The Bahamas.

There are also set seasons for lobsters and conch that you really need to be wary of.

For complete details on all the rules and regulations for all types of fishing in The Bahamas, click here.


*Photo credit: Colin Ruggiero.

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