Crooked Island Lodge
Crooked and Acklins Islands fly-fishing adventure in the Bahamas
Crooked Island Lodge
Crooked Island Lodge features sensational bonefishing in crystal-clear water on miles of pristine flats and productive sea grass beds which are perfect bonefish habitats.
Crooked and Acklins Islands are unique in the sense they are not a well-known as tourist destination. Known as two of the more remote islands, Crooked and Acklins Islands are almost as natural as they were when the Bahamas was first discovered. Separated by a vast 500-square-mile interior lagoon known as the Bight of Acklins, both islands are a haven for bonefishing. Crooked and Acklins islands are divided by the 3.5 mile Bight of Acklins, which connects the huge shallow flats system within the Atlantic Ocean.
Crooked Island Lodge is found on the northwest corner of Crooked Island at Pittstown Point. The island’s main airport at Colonial Hill is approximately 430 miles southeast of Miami and has scheduled flights on Bahamas Air twice a week from Nassau. The Crooked Island Lodge is approximately a 30-minute drive from the Colonial Hill Airport. Also, Crooked Island Lodge has a 3,200-foot private airstrip which makes it ideal for private planes as well as charter flights.
The Lodge overlooks the picturesque Bird Rock Lighthouse, which is surrounded by an extensive reef system. Guests who enjoy snorkeling can wade right in only steps away from your room.
Each room has its own private bathroom, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and 24-hour electricity. There is cell phone service available on the entire island. Additionally, WiFi service is available in the lodge. Some cell phones may work well throughout the Bahamas, depending on your service plan. It is wise to arrange a better plan before you visit the Bahamas.
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While staying at the Crooked Island Lodge, guests enjoy a variety of fresh food prepared daily. Food such as local specialties like conch salad, lobster tail, conch fritters, fresh grouper, fresh green salads, a variety of fresh vegetables, homemade breads and desserts.
The kitchen staff can accommodate special dietary requests as long as they are known in advance.
Breakfast service begins around 7:00 AM in the main lodge’s dining room and usually consists of fresh coffee, juices, fruit, and pastries and cooked to order eggs.
Each evening, the lodge staff will take your lunch order for the following day. Lunches typically consist of a sandwich prepared on homemade bread served with fruit, chips, cookies and a soft drink or lemonade.
Dinner is served American style in the main lodge’s dining room. Dinners typically consists of a soup or salad, homemade roll, entrée and dessert. Guests have the option of enjoying a quiet dinner with their traveling companion or joining other guests at a larger table for a more social evening.
Sunset Bar and Grill is just steps away from the main lodge, boasting an incredible view of Bird Rock Lighthouse. The name was inspired by the magnificent sunsets that patrons enjoy almost nightly. There are always cold beers waiting for you after a long day fishing out on the flats. Wine and mixed drinks are also available.
Crooked Island, Acklins Island and several of the outer cays surround a perfect shallow water flats complex. This area is one of the least visited fisheries in the Bahamas and Caribbean. The average bonefish is around three to four pounds. Actually, six and seven pounders are not uncommon and there is a very good chance you will come across double digit bonefish.
Permit can be found during most months of the year, and the guides are eager to fish for them. This is one of the best locations in all of the Bahamas to target permit. Many fine permit have been taken on the fly here.
We would not consider this a tarpon fishery; however, you will find tarpon here. Tarpon are seasonal and are most plentiful in the warmer months of the year, especially late spring and summer.
The operation is limited to seven boats per week under perfect circumstances. This is due to the fact that there are only seven good guides on the entire island. The fishing area is so large that the chance of fishing the same area with other anglers is remote.
The guides on Crooked use an assortment of professional flats skiffs, all with poling platforms, ample deck space, rod holders and radios. It is very important that anglers bring their own gear including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle. There is a very limited supply of gear on the island. Backup gear is highly recommended.
Additionally, offshore sport fishing and diving is available.
From the United States, many of the US based airlines fly directly to Nassau International Airport (NAS).
From Nassau, guest fly to Crooked Island’s Colonel Hill Airport (CRI) via Bahamas Air. Wednesdays and Saturday are designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on Bahamas Air. You will be greeted at the airport and by the lodge staff for the 30-minute drive to the lodge.
A Saturday to Saturday, seven night and six-day fishing package is standard. You could fly in mid-week on Wednesday; however, please be aware, most people, including most guides, do not work on Saturday. No worries though, the lodge will send someone out to meet you at the airport and bring you back to the lodge. The chef will prepare you and your fellow anglers a wonderful meal on Saturday evening.
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