Abaco Bonefishing Lodge - Located on the Marls of Abaco
Prime Bonefish Wilderness
Fishing for Bonefish at Abaco Lodge
The big draw of the Bahamas is the sight fishing for bonefish and the "Marls of Abaco" offers that in superabundance. This area is known to the most seasoned of Bonefishers as being some of the most productive Bonefish flats in the world. The average depth of the water in a twenty-mile stretch surrounding Abaco Lodge is 4ft. In Bonefishing fishing terms - this is about as good as it gets!
Abaco - Area & Location
Abaco Lodge is situated on the Rocky shoreline of the ‘Marls’ on the western side of Abaco Island on the way to Treasure Cay. Access to the fishing area is from the dock immediately in front of the lodge with a typical run time of 10-45 minutes to the prime fishing locations. The Bonefish in the Marls average 2-4lbs and are numerous! The flats on the on the Eastern Ocean side of Abaco are where the trophy Bonefish lie and is frequently responsible for some of the largest Bonefish caught in the Bahamas.
The Fishing - Bonefish
Bonefish are the primary target whilst fishing Abaco and the numbers of Bonefish in the Marls is staggering making it an ideal location to revel in the numerous opportunities presented. As such Abaco is a great place to understand, fine-tune and refine your fishing techniques – simply put to enjoy catching Bonefish whether as a novice or a seasoned expert looking for a relaxing holiday! The Ocean side flats are where you are more likely to find the bigger fish. A 10lb Bonefish is a formidable challenge (the equivalent to a 30lb Atlantic Salmon!) These fish have grown to this size having avoided Sharks, Barracudas, numerous other predators, as well as possibly the occasional artificial fly. As such they are both smart and wary. If hooked they will literally empty your spool of line and backing as they make an all out dash for the safety of deeper water! If you feel the need to challenge yourself and your abilities then seeking out one of these ‘big uns’ will test you and your guide.
The Fishing-Other Species
Alongside Bonefish there are always opportunities to catch other species including Barracuda, Permit, juvenile Tarpon and Sharks. It is always useful to have another rod rigged and ready to go at a moments notice as saltwater fly-fishing rewards the opportunistic angler!
Offshore / Blue-water Fishing
In addition to the wonderful flats, Abaco has incredible blue water fishing. On these outings, depending on the season, you will be in search of Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo, and Tuna. Arrangements can be made at the lodge, but the best captains book early and we recommend you do as well. There will be an additional charge for this type of fishing.
Boats & Fly-Fishing Equipment
The majority of the fishing is done from skiffs but fly-fishing wading opportunities exist. Abaco has a fleet of well maintained Hells Bay Waterman skiffs with 50HP outboards and are equipped with well padded seats, backrests, leaning bars and coolers to ensure your time on the flats is as comfortable as it is enjoyable. Loaner rods are available and are free of charge for guests to use if you do not have the correct equipment or suffer from a breakage during your holiday.
Accommodation at Abaco Fishing Lodge
Abaco Lodge is the latest in the chain of Nervous Waters properties and as such it not only follows the exceptionally high standards set by the others but builds on the experience and standards that have made them so popular. Maybe the most significant aspect is the simple fact that every angler will have his or her own private bedroom, all with either king or queen sized beds, ensuite bathroom and air conditioning.
Alongside the very comfortable accommodation there is pool to relax in after a day on the flats, fire-pit, sitting room and wi-fi internet. Absolutely top quality cuisine with a range of Bahamian specialities including plenty of fresh from the sea seafood. You will be greeted by appetizers in the evening prior to your main meal, a comprehensive breakfast each morning with fresh fruit and cooked options and a picnic lunch during the day. Finally a full range of alcoholic drinks including cocktails with local spirits alongside house wines and beers is inclusive in the package price. In summary expect the highest levels of comfort, great food and beautiful stylish surroundings.
It is possible to arrange a number of alternative activities including snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving and golf. There are two premiere championship-designed golf courses on Great Abaco Island. Just feet above sea level blue waters and stunning scenery can turn a bad round into a beautiful vacation!
Getting to Abaco Lodge
Guests can fly directly to Marsh Harbour from a number of Florida Airports with American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Bahamas Air offering services from Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale. For groups of 4 or larger chartering a flight is an economical option. There are also direct flights to Nassau with connecting flights via Bahamas Air, Sky Bahamas, Western Air and Abaco Air.
Best Time To Go
The season runs from October to mid-July with the best time to go being from April to July.
Availability and Pricing for the 2016 Season
If you would like to know more about the fishing in Bahamas, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Pirates of the Flats - ESPN Trailer - Filmed at Abaco Lodge
Michael Keaton, Lefty Kreh, Thomas McGuane and other luminary anglers give a taste for what it is like to experience the Bonefish at Abaco Lodge
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