Monday, April 19, 2010

3rd Annual Bahamas Orvis Pro-Am Bonefish Classic Attracts Anglers to Grand Bahama Island

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GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - April 16, 2010 - As part of the ongoing partnership with The Orvis Company, The Islands Of The Bahamas will host the third annual Bahamas Orvis Pro-Am Bonefish Classic from Oct. 10-16, 2010, on Grand Bahama Island. Anglers of all skill levels are invited to participate in bonefish research, educational seminars, guided flats fishing and special events with some of the world’s most knowledgeable professional fly anglers.

Amateur participants will be paired with a diverse group of professionals including Aaron Adams of The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust; professional photographer and fishing personality R. Valentine “Val” Atkinson; Orvis Fly Fishing School instructor Truel Meyers; and additional experts from The Orvis Company. While enjoying a day of fly fishing is always the top priority, Pro-Am participants will also collect fin clippings for genetic analysis and tag fish to learn more about life cycles and migration patterns in the region.
“The flats of Grand Bahama Island offer top-notch bonefishing all year round,” said Jason Elkins, fly fishing travel manager, The Orvis Company. “It’s The Bahamas’ mix of teeming fisheries, dedication to preservation and varied activities for traveling companions that make it unique.”

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Proceeds from the event will support Bonefish and Tarpon Trust’s research and educational programs, ensuring that bonefish will be plentiful throughout The Bahamas flats for years to come. To participate in the event, visit or call 800.547.4322.

“Since the days of Ernest Hemingway, fishermen have flocked to The Bahamas for the biggest, most plentiful catches and of course, the best fish stories,” said Vernice Walkine, director-general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “Pro-Am participants will find that The Bahamas’ dedication to preserving its fishing resources is just as important today as it was in Hemingway’s time.”

Life in the 700 Islands Of The Bahamas just keeps getting better. And it’s easy to see why. With world-class diving and fishing, miles of picture perfect beaches, and gorgeous turquoise water, visitors have the opportunity to do everything or nothing at all. From Exuma, Eleuthera and Abaco to exciting Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island, this tropical paradise is as culturally diverse as it is vibrantly beautiful. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit Join us at or To purchase one-of-a-kind items and mementos from The Bahamas, visit read the original article HERE

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