Mayaguana Bonefish Stalkers – “MBS” – has been taking groups to these areas for almost twenty years. They are the only experienced guides on Mayaguana and have developed their own series of “MayGwana” stalking flies. They use 16-1/2 foot fiberglass canoes at Curtis Creek to move around the channels and cays. When the tides work in their favor, they have started “First Light Fishing” when they arrive to Curtis Creek one hour before sunrise and before the wind comes up. They paddle the canoes to specific areas, the flats are like oil slicks and they spot tailing fish from over 300 yards away. This is very delicate, quiet and challenging fishing where light tippets and small, eyeless flies are used. Catching a tailing fish up to 11-pounds is not uncommon fishing in this manner.
All other Bahamian islands are low-tide fisheries and when the high tide arrives, the fish move into the mangroves and are unreachable. A long day on other islands might be just five hours of optimum fishing. Curtis Creek is unique in that the water fills this creek system from the west while the prevailing winds blow from the northeast. These two forces of nature fight each other. The wind holds the tide back and at “dead” high tide, Curtis Creek has low tide conditions. Bonefish are tailing at high tide in Curtis Creek. With this phenomenon working in your favor, they fish Curtis Curtis sometime during each day. There is always a place to fish on Mayaguana that has the proper tide so MBS does not run a “9 to 5” fishing operation. Depending on the tides, you can be out before sunrise and often stay past sunset if the fish are actively feeding.
Anglers should be in reasonably good physical condition as there is much wading involved.