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With nearly 50000 acres of flats, the islands of the Bahamas have the largest bonefishing area in the world.
These great fish, often sizeable, thrive on the nutrients produced by one of the richest environments of our planet, the flats and mangrove areas are irrigated on a daily basis by the rich waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, flowing along and between the 700 islands and 2500 cays.
Fly fishing opportunities are endless. Besides busy New Providence and its capital Nassau and Grand Bahama Island, the Out Islands as they are also called, are only sparsely populated.
You will discover two islands that are probably among the most pristine and least known, Crooked Island and Acklins. These two islands form a vast atoll with a circumference of just over 140 miles. Located in the southeastern portion of the Bahamas, the “Bight of Acklins” and its huge lagoon are encompassed by Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay, totaling some 108 square miles! The islands are located less than 60 miles from the Haitian and Cuban coastlines, respectively… Crooked Island with its 280 inhabitants is quite, “out of the way” and tranquil place.
Nature is particularly pristine and beautiful. On many occasions will you be able to spot pink flamingos on the flats. Landing at Crooked Island is a superb and impressive experience, as the water depth of the huge lagoon does not exceed 10 feet so the vistas are truly breathtaking.
It’s our bread- and butter fish, found on almost every flat in the area and fished for from a boat or simply wading the hard-bottomed flats and lagoons. The average size will be in the 3- to 4-pound range, yet bigger specimen of 5- to 7- lbs are caught regularly. Double-digit fish are a possibility, the island record being a 17,6 lbs whopper!!
Permit reign supreme among anglers here and we just know where to look for them and find them regularly, sometimes in smaller schools of 2 to 5 fish or single fishing that are following rays. Their average size, about 20 pounds, is pretty impressive and there are quite a few fish ranging from 25 to 40 pounds swimming around! It’s probably one of the best places in the bahamas to fish for permit.
While the Bahmas are not a tarpon destination per se, we do have a population of resident fish, in baby sizes of 10 to 30 lbs, all year long, while some areas will have migratory fish in larger sizes from 40 to 100 pounds, notably in the turtle sound lagoon from may to october.
Sometimes called the “poor man’s permit”, they remain a very interesting species to fish for with fly tackle: the triggerfish are wary yet will readily eat a bonefish shrimp or a small crab fly while tailing on the flats. They are a great catch and definitely great practice for permit fishing!
Barracuda are numerous on the flats and often big. We advise our customers to always keep a 10-weight rod rigged up and ready in the boat. ‘cudas can also be caught with spin gear on stick baits or poppers.
We have several interesting, hard-fighting jack subspecies at hand to keep fly and spin anglers happy; horse eye jacks, yellow jacks, bar jacks as well as pompano will keep light tackle anglers amused.
Sharks might not be on everyone’s list yet they are superb fighters on fly and spin tackle. You will find a very health shark population, ranging from smaller species (20 lbs) to huge monsters (several hundred pounds) in and around the lagoon and we will organize specialized shark-fishing trips upon request. Tigers, lemons, silkies, hammerheads, gray reef sharks… everything is possible!
Located right on a white sandy beach, the Crooked Island and Acklins Trophy Lodge is very nice and comfortable. Run by a very friendly couple, the lodge has 5 large air-conditioned double rooms with bathroom and bath tub, sitting area, refrigerator, Wifi, dresser, chest, etc…
Meals will be taken at the bar/restaurant where cold beers will welcome thirsty anglers, returning from the flats. Food is varied with local specialties like a very tasty conch salad. It is a small, quiet and private lodge, away from large scale tourism. No crowds will be encountered at this superb atoll!
Once you leave Nassau, you will soon be landing at our vast atoll which is over 140 miles in diameter. You may not realize it, but you have just discovered a very remote location that is largely isolated, time-forgotten and magnificent. Just to give you an idea about its size: you could fit the better part of all of Cuba’s shallow-water fishing areas into the lagoon. All this but without the same amount of fishing pressure! Miles after square mile of pristine sand or coral flats, surrounded by crystal clear waters which are some of the clearest in world. The 280 inhabitants of Crooked Island live in only two or three tranquil and peaceful villages, typical for the area. Three consecutive cars following each other on the road are considered a traffic jam here!
The lodge gives access to a large part of the vast lagoon where colonies of pink flamingos are breeding in season. Many areas are a snorkeler’s heaven; beach-goers will fall in love with the fine sand and many a coral cave is waiting to be discovered in the hills. There are quite a few blue holes in the lagoon, some of which are connected to the open ocean, miles away!
This saltwater destination can be visited all year round; High season is from November to August.
One week shared skiff, guide and room: USD 3,490
Single angler per boat: USD 1,500
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We can organize excursions to some of the smaller cays that are home to iguanas and ospreys, as well as fish hawks that have their nesting areas here. Speaking of fish, the waters are teeming with all sorts of interesting fish species, of course.
Owner Carsten Dogs
22765 Hamburg / GERMANY