In addition to fishing the shallow flats, Long Island also offers spectacular offshore fishing given its proximity to fish-rich blue water. Within a short boat ride, you can fish for Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, and Tuna. Winter Haven's owners have extensive experience outfitting and are more than willing to take you on a full day or half-day seafaring excursion.
With more than 80 miles of coastline on each side of Long Island, there are endless opportunities for excellent flats fishing. Four miles wide, the western side of the island consists of many protected bays, flats, and channels that provide the perfect habitat for great bonefishing. Though the island’s eastern side borders deeper Atlantic waters, there are still many flats accessible to the wandering angler. Bonefishing is excellent year round because Long Island is located far enough south to avoid the cold winter storms from the north.
The flats out of Deadman’s Cay are crystal clear and chock full of bonefish. The flats near Galloway have a varied history, having been used as a salt production facility, redfish hatchery and shrimp farm. Now, baby tarpon and large numbers of sizeable bonefish cruise the flats and channels. If you like exploring on your own, there are miles of flats and lagoons at your rod tip.
Long Island is a paradise for the do-it-yourself bonefish anglers. However, if you wish to shorten your learning curve, Winter Haven works with great, knowledgeable local guides who know just about everything there is to know about Long Island’s bonefishing heaven. We arrange your pick up at the hotel and then you’re off for what will surely be a memorable day on the flats. For offshore anglers, local fishing guides will take you out to chase sailfish, tuna, wahoo, dorado, and many other species depending on the time of the year.