Abaco Lodge – Report on bonefishing Great Abaco Island

Abaco Lodge has top quality accommodations, incredible food, a perfect, unspoiled location on the Marls of Great Abaco Island and world class fly-fishing for bonefish, all combined in an ideal tropical setting. If you are interested in bonefishing at Abaco Bonefish Lodge – read on!

Abaco Lodge : Great Abaco Island : Bahamas
We quickly ascended eastward from Orlando. Our pilot leveled out the jet-prop at cruising altitude and pulled the prop rpm back for a nice ride. Soon we are on the Florida coastline just north of West Palm Beach. The vastness of the deep blue Atlantic was before us.  Seemingly tiny looking ocean going freighters are plying the high sea between their ports leaving white foam trails in their wake.

Fifteen minutes later we are above the west end of Grand Bahama Island. The little Bahama Bank and miles of expansive flats, creeks and mangroves cays are clearly discernible. I have been there many times, searching for that elusive grey ghost, but not on this trip.

I had not finished the drink the stewardess provided when we start descending over the east end of Grand Bahama Island. Mores Island is visible in the distance and the coast of Abaco is perceptible on the horizon. We come in low over the vast Marls of Abaco, props are at max and the gear is down on our way into Marsh Harbour International. A short screech of the tires and a fine smooth landing; we are at our bonefishing destination.

Abaco Island Bahamas : AbacoLodge

I make several trips to the Bahamas each year to visit the various fishing lodges as it is just so simple to travel to many of the Bahamian Islands from my home near Homosassa Florida.

Traveling to the northern Bahamian island of Great Abaco is no exception. There are many commercial airlines that fly daily from Florida, starting in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami, directly to Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco. And fortunate for some anglers, I included, Orlando Florida currently has a direct flight to Marsh Harbor as well

I have mentioned the ease of traveling to the northern Bahamas in previous post: It just isn’t necessary to go to the other side of the world to have great fishing. You can take a direct flight from the east coast to Florida, then a quick jump over to Marsh Harbor.  That’s it right there.  There is no need for a charter flight, no need to spend the night in Nassau, Miami or anywhere.

Nice bonefish : Abaco Lodge : Great Abaco Island

Oliver White is patiently waiting just outside the exit door at Marsh Harbour International Airport. After a quick greeting we are on our way in Oliver’s pick-up truck. His constant companion, Bono, a rather large German shepherd is in the back.

Oliver White, a pleasant young man, is a talented entrepreneur, well-traveled angler and a gracious host. Right now he is running one of the nicest small luxury bonefishing lodges in the Bahamas.

Abaco Lodge opened in 2009 has been nearly full during the October to June time of year ever since and there is a good reason why. The accommodations, cuisine and fishing operation create quite honestly, an all-inclusive bonefishing vacation spot at its finest.

Abaco Lodge : Great Abaco Island BahamasThe lodge is only ten-minute drive from the airport and is situated on a picturesque site overlooking the “Marls of Abaco” on the western side of Great Abaco Island.  The Marls have long been known by well-traveled bone fisherman as one of the most exceptional and productive fisheries in the Bahamas.  The vast area encompasses literally hundreds of square miles of prolific bonefish flats, creeks and mangroves cays negotiable only by shallow draft skiffs. The angling pressure is light and spread across a great expanse and as result; the bonefish are not as wary as those found where the fishing pressure is much higher.

Oliver pulls his truck off the pavement and right up the rocky driveway to the lodge. Bono jumps out of the back and ambles away to a nice shady spot with a good vantage point of the property.

The understated elegance of the place is obvious. You enter the main lodge through a large open-air well-appointed lanai which radiates simple elegance. The central gathering area has window walls taking in the full view of the Marls, exposed wood ceilings, and a unique reclaimed wood floor with a pickled sanded finish which together set the theme for this unique fishing lodge.

After a quick orientation, Oliver grabbed my gear and showed me my room which is only a few steps from the main lodge.

Main Lodge at Abaco Lodge : Great Abaco Island

Each angler has their own private single-occupancy room. The ten top quality rooms are stylish and simply decorated in a minimalist fashion with a Queen Anne bed frame with comfortable mattresses covered in fine linens, end tables with lamps, sitting bench, and writing table. All the rooms have ceiling fans, mini-split air-conditioners, and private baths with plenty of hot water. Eight of the quest rooms have balconies overlooking the water.

Oliver’s good friend, Captain Clint Kemp, likes to say “You can’t control the fishing, but you certainly can control the food”. Oliver makes sure of that; simply, the food is incredible here.

A fully stocked bar featuring premium selections of liquor, red and white wine, domestic beer, juices, sodas and other appropriate mixers and garnishes is open for your pleasure.

After an exceptional diner washed down with fine Argentinean wine, Oliver, the other lodge guests and I gathered around a fire pit overlooking the Marls and watched a beautiful sunset on the endless Bahamian horizon.
Typical Bedroom at Abaco Lodge : Great Abaco Island

The next morning I woke from a very comfortable bed eager to explore a day on the flats. And I say explore as it would take you months just to be acquainted with this place. The smell of coffee made from freshly ground beans permeates the main lodge. After a made to order breakfast I grab my gear and head for the boat dock, which is less than twenty-five steps from the main lodge.

Fishing

Oliver is at the dockside with his companion Bono surveying the scene.

Neatly tied to the floating dock are a fleet of “hard core” Hells Bay Waterman skiffs with 50 HP outboard engines. And before you wonder about the horsepower, I can assure you it is more than sufficient.  These light boats run shallow, pole with little hull slap and will get you into the skinniest places possible. The boats are equipped with padded seats with backrests, bow mounted leaning bars and coolers to ensure your time on the flats is as comfy as it is enjoyable.

I asked Oliver about the tides: “The tides in the marls are tricky. As you get further in the tide is almost negligible. All that really matters for us on this side is the wind as it literally overpowers the tide. If it’s blowing from the west we get incoming water all day”.

Marty Sawyer-  one of Great Abaco's legendary guides I was surprised to learn, Marty Sawyer, one of Abaco’s legendary guides and I would share a fine sunny day together.  I first  became acquainted with Marty back in 1993 while he was a guide for Nettie Symonette at the “Great Abaco Bonefishing Club”, then renamed the “Nettie’s Heritage Club” and now disbanded. Back in those days, all of Nettie’s guides came from the English Loyalist town of Cherokee Sound which is about twenty-two miles south of Marsh harbor.

The Bahama Islands are primarily known for their bonefishing, and Abaco is no different. There are the occasional shots at permit, tarpon, barracuda, jacks, and sharks. Most of the fishing in the Marls, with its soft, muddy flats is by boat.

Marty is extremely familiar these waters; he grew up commercial fishing for lobster and conch, knows the area like the back of his hand.

Marty shut down just a few minutes from the lodge and within a short time we were in bonefish. The fishing was steady all day and I’m not sure how many bonefish we caught as I just didn’t keep track, but there were a lot of them in the 4-6 pound range.

There were a couple of remarkable incidents for which I shall mention:

We were probably a good 30 minutes west of the lodge and poling along a mangrove island, with several adjacent islands semi-enclosing a large pool of water of maybe 40 acres. There were two deeper main green-blue channels entering and exiting the lagoon. We noticed a massive push of water across the deeper part of the flats. I said to Marty I thought they were dolphin, not the fish, the mammal. Marty said “no, those fish are huge permit”. Now, I know a thing or two about permit as I have caught more than a hundred on a fly, but I never saw anything like that.Abaco Lodge : Edward Johnston with a fine Abaco bonefish

Marty, quickly pushed us into the path of the stampeding permit. I always have a permit rod rigged ready and my first cast was right on the money, but it didn’t draw a strike. One more casts and another refusal. The permit were on a mission and would not be enticed by a crustacean imitations, however, as always I was thankful to have had genuine shot. That’s permit fishing.

A couple of hours later, Marty dropped an anchor in a small cove by an interesting rock abutment covered with indigenous small trees and shrubs. While enjoying our picnic lunch in this beautiful spot I noticed a small tarpon causally swim by and proceed to a small mangrove nook at the end of the little bay where we were located. You just never know what you will see out there. I can tell you, on a previous trip, just north of where we were that day; I hooked several small tarpon in the 20-30 pound range and landed one.

Oliver is waiting for us at the dock. “Well, how did you do” Oliver asked. I replied “It was an OK day, we caught a few”, however, the Cheshire grins on Marty’s and my face gave it away. Oliver knows better, it is a rare day when you stalked the beautiful flats of the Marls of Great Abaco without catching plenty of bonefish.

I dropped my gear, grabbed a beer from the bar and found a nice spot to relax by the pool overlooking the vast expanse of the Marls. What a great place and what a great experience we had today.

Tomorrow I will fish with Captain David Tate. Abaco Lodge rotates its guides every day so you enjoy a variety of different fishing experiences. Every guide has his favorite spots. It will be hard to match today encounters, but hey, we’re fishing the Marls and you just never know how the day will unfold.

Hells Bay Waterman skiffs at Abaco Lodge : Great Abaco Island

Activities and Things to Do

Taking a non-angler on a fishing trip may seem to be a fairly reckless move. However, fear not, you are safe here.

Some people are under the impression that Abaco Island is out of the way and there is nothing other than fishing and boating to do there. Quite to the contrary, if you are looking for genuine natural outdoor experiences there are a lot of things to do.

Tourists can embrace the relaxed culture and feel like locals. Abaco Lodge is only 10 minutes away from Marsh Harbour, which has many shops, restaurants and marinas.

So here are some easy things to do: Relax, read a book and recharge at Abaco Lodge’s refreshing pool with the convenience of being close to your room. Go shopping and have lunch in Marsh Harbour. Rent a bicycle, a scooter or a car and explore Abaco, but whatever mean of transportation you choose, don’t forget that Bahamians maintain the British custom of driving on the left hand side of the road!

Deconstructed Tiramisu : : Enticing Flavor Combinations : Abaco Lodge

Bird Watching – Bring your binoculars and enjoy the outstanding variety of birds to be found on Great Abaco and the surrounding islands. The Abaco Islands are rich with bird life and several areas have been set aside as preserves. The interior of the island is lush with Bahamian pine trees and here you will find the habitat of the Abaco parrot

Day trips for the more adventuresome:  My family and I have vacationed in the Abaco Islands for more than thirty years and have enjoyed all the activities listed below.

Beaches – The Abaco’s have some of the finest beaches in the world, most of them completely deserted. Go to one of the rental boat companies in Marsh Harbour and captain yourself across. While you’re there, grab your snorkel gear and explore the pristine world class elkhorn and staghorn reefs just off the Beaches or scuba and discover the many offshore wrecks and caverns.

Take the ferry from Marsh Harbour and spend the day Nippers Beach Bar & Grill on Great Guana Cay.   Nipper’s is open 364 days a year. Stop by for the music and fun, mix with the locals, tourists and cruisers. Everyone’s here but there’s plenty of space to chill at Nipper’s, too.

Ride a 20 minute ferry from Marsh Harbour and spend the day at Hope on beautiful Elbow Cay. Rent a cart and explore the island. There are lots of things to do to keep you busy. Be sure to visit the famous red and white striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse; probably the most recognizable landmark in Abaco.

Abaco Lodge : Great Abaco Island BahamasTake the ferry from Marsh Harbour and spend the day at Man-O-War Cay. Watch how the English Loyalist descendants still build boats by hand, walk around town, take a stroll on the beach or rent a golf cart and explore. Man-O-War is less touristy than the other islands. Do you enjoy snorkeling? Visit Fowl Cay underwater park – A national underwater sea park.

Take the ferry from Treasure Cay and spend the day at the Green Turtle Club on Green Turtle Cay. Visit the historic settlement of New Plymouth, a quiet 18th century village by the sea, with its museums, garden, shops, restaurants and pastel-painted clapboard homes that remind one of a turn-of-the-century village of the New England coast.

Location and Getting There: The Abacos are a 130 mile crescent shaped string of Bahamian islands located approximately 200 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and 75 miles northeast of Nassau Bahamas. With nearly 50 square miles of landmass, Abaco is the second largest island in the Bahamas.

Abaco Island has direct flights from Florida to Marsh Harbour. It is also possible to fly via Nassau; however a direct flight from Florida is by far the easiest. For current flight information click here.

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Great Abaco Island : Bahamas : Sunset at Abaco Bonefish Lodge

Deep Water Cay – Luxury Lodging & Excellent Bonefishing at Deep Water Cay Club

Deep Water Cay Club – Fly Fishing Paradise Found!

Part One

Deep Water Cay has benefited  from  many recent changes, including major reconstruction and modernization of  the property, structures  and equipment . Now, more than ever, there are many more reasons to visit Deep Water Cay Club than just to experience the impressive Lodge and the outstanding bonefishing. Translation: your wife will like this place! If you are interested in Deep Water Cay  please read on! 

Luxury Lodging & Excellent Bonefishing at Deep Water Cay Club

It was the near end of summer vacation and my son Aaron would be off to college soon. Aaron and I were thinking where we could go that was really cool. We settled on a split week; half a week at Deep Water Cay Club on Grand Bahama Island and the other half at South Beach in Miami. Bonefish and bikini’s; sounded good to me, so the deal was sealed. 

I have mentioned the ease of traveling to Grand Bahama Island in previous post: It just isn’t necessary to go to the other side of the world to have great fishing. You can take a direct flight from many cities on the east coast to Ft. Lauderdale, then a 40 minute jump over to Freeport.  That’s it right there.  There is no need for a charter flight, no need to spend the night anywhere.

First discovered by Gil Drake and A.J. McClane in the 1950s, Deep Water Cay has been recognized by well-traveled anglers as one of the premier bonefishing locations in the world. Anglers who visit Deep Water Cay can add their names to the Who’s Who of shallow water angling history such as Ted Williams, Joe Brooks, Curt Gowdy, Lefty Kreh and many other contemporary celebrities.Deep Water Cay Club Directional Sign

Getting to Deep Water Cay is easy. You can take a taxi, but we preferred to rent a car at Brad’s located at the Freeport Airport .  It’s normally a one-hour car ride to McLean’s Town, however, we stopped  along the way and viewed places of our interest including North Riding Point, High Rock and Pelican Point.

We left our rental car at the McLean’s Town dock and called the Lodge. A sturdy launch was dispatched to pick us up and within minutes we were on the island.

I should mention; on the afternoon that we arrived, three private charter planes full of excited guests landed on the club’s private 4,000 foot  paved airstrip.  You clear Bahamian Customs right there on the island which saves some time. This is the way to go if you have a larger party of four to six anglers as the cost is reasonable when spilt accordingly and only a little more compared to commercial air plus a taxi.

Deep Water Cay received a new lease on life when it was acquired by a new ownership group in late 2009. A great deal of money has been spent upgrading the new Deep Water Cay Club to restore the tropical island paradise to its former glory.  Believe me, it shows!

Aaron and I had visited Deep Water Cay in the past, but the change that greeted us was impressive.Without a doubt, I am sure there was a look of amazement on both of our faces when we caught sight of the new grand entrance, the major additions and amenities that were added to the property. To a large extent, this property was not just remodeled, it was rebuilt.

The waterfront looked considerably different than it did on our previous trip. The old rickety wooden dock for the fishing skiffs was gone and replaced with a modern heavy duty floating dock secured by large stout pilings. A new Tiki Bar with a thatched roof flanked the marina to the west and a matching dock station and kayak shack bordered to the east. Right in the middle is the impressive new two-story Welcome Center.

As we marched up the walkway, Bill and Lisa Culbreath, the managers of Deep Water Cay were there to greet us. To say they are a lovely and gracious couple would be a huge understatement.  Bill and Lisa are exceptionally friendly and congenial. They immediately put you at ease and their good-natured kindness make you feel like you are home throughout your visit.

Welcome Center at the Deep Water Cay Club
We signed in at the desk in their Welcome Center which has a first-rate Gift and Pro Shop. The shop has a sizeable array of gear, larger than found in some fly shops I have visited. You will find a good selection of hats, technical outer wear and sunglasses. The Pro Shop is fully stocked with quality fly gear including Sage rods, Tibor reels, SA fly lines and a excellent selection of flies and terminal tackle. If you forget anything at home, don’t worry, you’ll find it here.  And just in case, they do have gear for rent.

The boatmen carted our luggage up to our comfortable little bungalow. During the short stroll to our room we admired the mature well-tended landscaping and caught a glimpse of curly-tailed lizards scurrying about and resident birds, some of which you will not find any place else.  The air-conditioned one-bedroom cottages are fitted with two full beds, a refrigerator, coffee maker, walk-in closet and a private bathroom. Each has a front porch has a southern exposure overlooking a shallow bonefish flat on the flipside of the island. The rooms are conveniently situated equidistant from the clubhouse, welcome center and docks.

If you prefer, comfortable private houses with multiple bedrooms are available if you want more room and privacy, or if you are traveling with your family or close friends. These homes are spacious and include full kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, and beach-front verandas. The folks at Leisure Time Travel  can help you choose from a variety of guests house options to suit your parties needs!

After we unpacked and freshened up a bit we ambled over to the Clubhouse which is the main gathering place at Deep Water Cay.

Happy hour was underway. An appetizer of conch fritters accompanied our drinks. We chatted with some of the folks who had been out on the water that day and cheerfully shared their adventures. One young couple had a fantastic time; in addition to catching many bonefish, the wife hooked and landed a very nice permit. They plugged their camera into a flat screen TV mounted above the bar so everyone could see their pictures onscreen. Nice touch! Dining is excellent at Deep Water Cay Club

The dining is impressive. The tables are attractively set with white linen tablecloths, beautiful bouquets of flowers decorate each table and diners are pampered with attentive service. You will enjoy favorite island dishes and an ample supply of fresh locally caught seafood, including fresh fish, conch and lobster. Everyone seems to loves the dining style and ambience in the lodge.

There are numerous other amenities to enjoy onsite including a billiard room, game room, fly tying area, gym and infinity pool. Adjoining the club house is the poolside Barracuda Grill overlooking the water. The activity list is long and includes nature walks, bicycling, tennis, boat tours, deep sea fishing, kayaking, paddle boards, diving, snorkeling or just hanging out under an umbrella at one of the small beaches. Wireless internet is available.

You will find a Deep Water Cay Club video here.

Ok, enough said; Let’s get to the fishing! If there is a heaven for fishermen, this pristine piece of Bahamian paradise is it.

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If you have been there then you know already, if you haven’t been, then go now! Just remember, Edward Johnston told you so……….Book now for the rest of this year and/or reserve your spot in 2013. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

Call us now at 800-771-2202 or 352-795-3474.

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The Welcome Center at Deep Water Cay Club

 

Deep Water Cay – Fishing at Deep Water Cay Club

Deep Water Cay Club – Fly Fishing Paradise Found!

Part Two – If you missed part one click here

Ok, enough said; Let’s get to the fishing! If there is a heaven for fishermen, this pristine piece of Bahamian paradise is it. World class bone fishing on the east end of Grand Bahama Island at Deep Water Cay. Hundreds of square miles of pristine bonefish flats.  It just doesn’t get any better than this. If you are interested in bonefishing at Deep Water Cay Club please read on!

The floating Dock at Deep Water Cay Club

There are some lodges that you may visit in the Bahamas with pleasant locations but you still have to get in the truck and trailer the boat 20-30 minutes to get to your boat ramp. One of the nice things about Deep Water Cay Club is that your room is adjacent to the dock so you can realize a lot more fishing time.

The folks at Deep Water Cay claim they have over 250 square miles of flats to fish. Actually that’s where they stopped measuring. If you have studied a map of the east end of Grand Bahama Island you will realize it would takes you weeks of fishing just to explore the area.

Most of your fishing will be from the boat over turtle grass and patchy bottom flats, but there are plenty of places to wade if that’s what you wish to do. The flats that you’ll wade are hard-packed sand with just a little turtle grass on it, and the bones are easier to spot. Deep Water Cay Club- Deep Water Cay's Hells Bay skiff

Around here, they have two tides depending on which side of the island you are on, so you will always find a good place to fish. However, Deep Water Cay’s  guides know the area thoroughly, so this really isn’t an issue. They understand the intricacies of the tides and the way fish behave depending on the water level, therefore, the guides will automatically take you to the right place for the most favorable conditions.

The Deep Water Cay’s fleet of Hell Bay flats’ skiffs is about as good as it gets. The Lodge has five of the Hell Bay Marquesa skiffs , which measure out at 17’-11” and draw about seven inches of water and five of the Hell Bay Professional skiffs which measure out at 17’-8” and draw about five inches of water (mol). Although the boats seem to be about the same size they are not the same.

The owners deliberately purchased two sets of flats skiffs for slightly different fishing situations. The Marquesa is built for a slightly larger engine and is a little wider in the beam and handles rough runs in a chop a little better. The Professional is a lighter craft and built for a shallower draft which allows you to get into skinnier water.

All the comfortable boats are fitted with quiet four-stroke engines, and provide a pleasant ride and stealth in skinny water. The Lodge will make every effort to match their top of the line boats specifically to the conditions that you will experience during your day.

I understand the Lodge kept four of their Dolphin Skiffs in reserve which they have reconditioned. Hulls have been patched; glassed, buffed and new gel coat has been applied to all the decks.

Breakfast is served in the Clubhouse, and features a variety of fresh fruits, cereals, breads, coffee and tea. Some mornings, cold cereal just won’t do and something a little substantial is in order. No problem; eggs are cooked to order and served with bacon, ham, or sausage, toast and fresh pastries. You may opt for a custom made omelet with your choice of fillings.

After a hearty breakfast of omelets and toast we grabbed our gear and headed for the dock.

On this trip we fished with Joseph Pinder Jr.  His well-know brothers Jeffery and David guided here at one time, but they have their own fishing business now in Freeport. Just to fish with one of guys is just awesome.  I feel fortunate that I have fished with all of them including their distinguished Cousin Paul Pinder on Great Abaco Island.

Joseph Pinder Jr is a friendly good-natured man. The amiable and cordial attitude seems to run in the family. Joseph helped Aaron and I stow our rods and gear and within minutes we were motoring away from the berth. Just outside the dock Joseph turned a hard right and sliped the Hell’s Bay into a wide creek mouth and then east toward the place of our pursuit.

Our first stop was Mangrove Island near Bonefish Cay. Joseph quietly poled the boat alongside a mangrove shoreline and through a maze of young mangrove shoots. In a sandy opening ahead we spied a group of bones happily feeding.  Joseph held the Hell’s Bay skiff steady.Deep Water Cay Club- Aaron with the days first bonefish

My son Aaron hooked the first fish. As always it was a spectacular scene; the bonefish blazing off in the shallow water to the sound of a screaming fly reel and fly line ripping through the water. Nice!

Within an hour or so, Aaron and I land half a dozen decent bonefish alongside the mangrove edge.

A Super King Air had departed the Deep Water Cay airstrip and was on a long low pass and banked hard our way, probably on its way back to the States. The twin-turboprops were at full throttle. The high-pitched sound of all that horsepower was tremendous. The fish didn’t seem to mind the shrill. The plane swiftly went to altitude and quickly faded from sight. The awe-inspiring sight of machinery and technology never ceases to amaze me.

After hearing about the young lady catching the permit and seeing the proof by way of photo’s the evening before, our curiosity was fired up and we were eager to take a look. Aaron has caught several permit and I more than a hundred with a fly, but only two in the Bahamas. The Bahamian permit are just a lot finickier and harder to catch than those of the Yucatan or Belize.

Joseph cranked up the four-stroke and we headed out towards Burroughs and Red Shank Key to look for permit. We were running across a beautiful grass flat with an occasional deep sandy hole,  and then all of a sudden we ran across a huge swirling mass of bonefish curled up in one of the holes. The gathering of fish didn’t spook. Aaron made a cast and easily caught one. After a careful release we continued on our way as that’s not our preferred way to capture bonefish.

I’ll make a long story very short. We chased permit for several hours but could not get them to partake in our offerings. They may have fancied a real crab, but a crab fly and various other crustacean imitations they would not eat. Deep Water Cay Club- Joseph Pinder

We decided to take a break. Joseph motored over to Burroughs Key and dropped the engine’s skeg into the sand to hold the boat. The ladies in the kitchen had taken good care of us with a nice picnic lunch and cool drinks. Afterward we waded for a while. A line of several barracudas staked out the flat just beyond us waiting for an easy meal for which we did not help provide.

We didn’t venture far that afternoon as we saw bonefish at nearly every place we went. At one time in mid-afternoon we were on a huge sand flat with masses bonefish in virtually every direction with their translucent tails happily flickering in the afternoon sun. We jumped out of the boat, waded and hooked a few.

We were poling out and had a final shot at another rouge permit, but no luck. Personally I would really like to spend some more time down there and try and figure those permit out. Without exaggeration, it was a spectacular day of fishing. It just doesn’t get any better than this. 

When you visit Deep Water Cay you will have many opportunities. However, it goes without saying, the number of fish you can expect to catch at any time is directly related to your skill as an angler. The excitement of the hunt and of watching the fish recognize and gobble up your fly is about as good as it gets. It’s pretty hard not to like them.

To preserve the sport it is beneficial to properly handle and release a bonefish.  Be careful when you are handling the fish and dislodging the hook. Barbless hooks are helpful.The wash down tub for fly rods at Deep Water Cay Club

The ever present sharks and barracudas are always on the prowl for an unlucky bonefish.  The speed of the bonefish is amazing, but the sharks and cudas stalk and occasionally hunt them down. A word to the wise: fighting a fish to exhaustion does not help much.

Back at the dock there is a good wash down area to clean your rods. Once that task is taken care of there is general migration by many anglers to grab a seat at the Tiki Bar overlooking the harbor. The Tiki Bar is always well-stocked with cool drinks, Bahamian beers and cocktails to quench your thirst, and some delicious appetizers which will tide you over until dinnertime.

Deep Water Cay is 105 miles east of Miami, 131 miles from Palm Beach and 94 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, on a private island just off the east end of Grand Bahama Island.

You will find a Deep Water Cay Club video here.

At Deep Water Cay Club you can count on comfortable and well appointed accommodations, excellent cuisine, first-class boats, world-class guides, and a staff dedicated to providing superb service and attention to detail. If you have been there then you know already, if you haven’t been, then go now!

Just remember, Edward Johnston told you so……….Book now for the rest of this year and/or reserve your spot in 2013. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

Call us now at 800-771-2202 or 352-795-3474.

Fishing trips and vacation packages for any length of time can be arranged. All trips are completely tailored to fits your requirements. For package rates click here.

We’ll let you know how South Beach was in another story.

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