Bahamas Bonefishing Abaco Island
What can we say…this is a luxury fishing trip or simply a private luxury resort trip! If a portion of your group is not interested in fishing, they will be well cared for and basking in luxury.
This is a boutique luxury plantation house and fishing lodge in an idyllic wilderness location. Its guests enjoy the best of Bahamas bonefishing, brilliant birding and a wide range other activities in one of the Bahamas’ hidden beauty spots.
Its top quality accommodation and food and its beautiful, unspoiled location attract nature lovers from all over the world and others in search of the perfect tropical hideaway.
Many guests come to fly fish for bonefish – bonefishing in the Bahamas is well known as the best in the world and on Abaco it is exceptionally good. But others are drawn by the wildlife, private beaches and the unspoilt beauty of the location. The excellent birding is now also attracting greater recognition. To be able to enjoy these pursuits from a beautiful base overlooking a deserted sandy beach on Abaco’s stunning Atlantic coastline is a rare treat.
This elegant beachfront retreat is half an hour south of Marsh Harbour, which has an international airport with many direct flights to and from the US and Nassau each day.
Most guests come for a week, but shorter stays are possible. There is a very high level of repeat visits.
|Species:||Bonefish and Permit|
|Location:||Bahamas - Abaco Island|
|Season:||November thru June (Prime is April and May)|
|Method:||Fly fishing or spin fishing|
|Trip Length:||2-14 days|
|Transport:||Guide vehicle to launch point with 16' Skiffs (About 10-30 minutes to launch)|
The Bahamas are the bonefishing capital of the world. Fishermen normally fish in pairs with a guide. Single occupancy of a boat may be available at extra charge. For bone fishing, the lodge is close to the world-class bonefishing flats of the Abaco Marls, where large numbers of uneducated bonefish provide fantastic sport for fly-fishermen in uncrowded waters. There are also superb white-sand wading flats at nearby Cherokee Sound where larger and more seasoned bone fish present a special challenge.
The great majority of the fishing is from boats, but there may be opportunities for wading, especially at Cherokee Sound. Most of the fishing, however, is normally on the west side of Abaco in the famous Marls, where wading is less easy. Bonefish and other species are sometimes also caught right off the Club beach. Whether wading alone on the flats, paddling a kayak or poling gently through the mangroves in a guided skiff, fishermen will enjoy many opportunities to cast to these most powerful but stealthy of fish.
The lodge shop has plenty of local fly patterns but no monopoly of wisdom, so bring all your bonefish and other saltwater flies.
The lodge boats (Dolphin 16ft skiffs with 40hp motors) have padded seats, a leaning bar on the casting platform and dry storage lockers, as well as radios & GPS locators.
The excitement and anticipation of bonefishing has no equal in the flyfishing world. Stalking these spooky fish in beautiful shallow waters, casting delicately to a cruising shadow and then trembling with tension as the reel screams out line to a fantastically powerful five-pounder is one of the most complete fishing experiences.
And visually bonefishing is a glorious enterprise, with diverse wildlife on the flats, stunning colours and frequently exquisite weather. Even if the fish are moody and disinclined to play, the whole experience of being out on the water, far away from civilization, is deeply rewarding.
Bonefishing is a year-round activity, although it is generally best in good sunny weather, with not too much wind, when visibility is optimal. The Bahamas has a very benign climate throughout the year, with average monthly low/high temperatures ranging between 65 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
As with any fishing, one can be unlucky with the weather for a few days, but cool, overcast or windy spells rarely last long in the Bahamas. Difficult weeks are possible, especially in the winter, and there are occasional hurricane threats in the summer. But for the great majority of the time the conditions for bonefishing are good or excellent
Fishermen normally fish in pairs with a guide. Single occupancy of a boat may be available at extra charge.
Designed in the style of an 18th century colonial plantation house, with large wrap-around verandahs, the 8-bedroom hotel stands on a small hill to catch the sea breezes and panoramic ocean views. With beautiful gardens and a tranquil setting, it’s a romantic getaway, a luxury bonefish resort and a birder’s paradise all rolled into one.
The club overlooks an idyllic beach called Rolling Harbour on the east coast of Great Abaco. Quite apart from its beautiful sandy beach and turquoise seas, the Club has a lovely pool, an eclectic library, a great wine cellar and a fabulous atmosphere.
Secluded, tranquil and surrounded by dense vegetation, the Lodge stands some fifty feet above sea level and offers panoramic views over the Atlantic.
The Great Room at the center of the house features an enormous dining table (which can seat over twenty people), a discreet honesty bar, abundant comfortable seating and, again, stunning views from its many glass doors. With fine antiques and an overhead gallery full of fishing paraphernalia, the Great Room is full of character and atmosphere.
The adjacent library is well-stocked with a wide choice of books and features (with some reluctance) the Lodge’s only TV in case of sporting emergencies or global financial melt-down.
Six of the Club’s eight bedrooms are on the ground floor. There are two more on the third floor. All have lovely ocean views and there is a choice of super-king size beds or queen size twins.
Outside, the landscaped gardens feature bougainvillea, frangipani, oleander, hibiscus, ficus and a wide variety of palms and other shrubs. There’s an attractive infinity pool and patio with comfortable sun loungers.
The Lodge is run in the style of a country house party, where the characters change from time to time. Everyone generally eats together at one big table from a set menu. There are no bell hops or room service – it’s just a relaxed gathering of kindred spirits in a spectacular location with the best of everything.
The Club is also popular with family or corporate groups wanting to take the whole lodge for a private but fully catered house party, perhaps to mark a special occasion. This can be a remarkably inexpensive option for a group of 12 to 16 people.
Due to its highly secluded location (it can only be accessed by a mile-long forest laneway and there is only one other house within a one mile radius), the Club is also an ideal hideaway for those wishing to escape the glare of public life. The small staff is reliable and discreet.
There are many options for non-anglers and non-birders, both active and inactive. Private scuba lessons; guided dives to spectacular coral reefs; golf at Treasure Cay; guided snorkeling; big game fishing and miles of beachcombing along Abaco’s amazing sandy coastline.
For the less active, boat trips to the charming outer islands, with their picture-postcard colonial villages; massage and beauty treatments by the pool; shopping for local crafts in Marsh Harbour; or guided trips on sea or land to explore the amazing wild life and scenery of the Abacos.
Or guests can just completely chill out in the pool garden, on the beach or on one of the Club’s large verandahs, perhaps with a cool glass of Meursault, enjoying one of the world’s most pleasant climates and most beautiful seascapes.
Unlike some other bonefishing destinations, Abaco has a good tourism infrastructure and offers a wealth of attractive options for day trips, many of them involving boat rides. There are also reasonably-priced powerboat and sailing charters for cruising in the beautiful Sea of Abaco between Great Abaco and the outer cays.
The outer cays, with their charming colonial settlements such as Hope Town and Green Turtle Cay, are easily reached by ferries from Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay and make for pleasant day trips.
Big game fishing charters are available in Marsh Harbour and golf is available at Treasure Cay and sometimes at Ritz Carlton’s superb Winding Bay course.
The Club has close links with excellent scuba diving instructors and snorkeling guides. Abaco has some wonderful reefs.
There is an excellent guide for nature tours who is a mine of information about Abaco’s bird life, flora and fauna. Eco-tours by cycle or kayak are also possible.
Marsh Harbour and Hope Town have some reasonable craft shops, although sophisticated shopping opportunities are generally a little limited.
Oct 2016 – June 2017 Rates
7 nights/6 days fishing $5,700
6 nights/5 days fishing $4,900
5 nights/4 days fishing $4,100
4 nights/3 days fishing $3,200
3 nights/2 days fishing $2,300
Guest Packages without Fishing
7 nights/6 days $3,500
6 nights/5 days $3,000
5 nights/4 days $2,500
4 nights/3 days $2,000
3 nights/2 days $1,500
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Do I need a passport?
What is the weather like?
The Bahamas weather is generally most benign. The summer months can be hot and humid, with occasional heavy tropical rains that, in general, pass over rapidly.
Breezy weather in other months can affect fishing quality, as can the occasional cool or cloudy front in the winter. As with any fishing, one can be unlucky with conditions. But in the Bahamas bad weather rarely lasts for more than a few days.
Hurricanes in Abaco are rare but possible. The official hurricane season is from June to November, but August and September are generally seen as the months of highest risk and the Club is generally closed at that time.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
They have excellent equipment for rent at a very reasonable price.
How do I get there?
You will fly into Marsh Harbour. There are a number of commercial airlines that fly directly into Marsh Harbour. Marsh Harbour offers easy access for private planes as well. Call for more details.
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