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!
For a quick fishing trip from the USA, whether for a short 3-day break or for a full week, Abaco is one of the most conveniently located bonefishing destinations on the planet. There are 8 commercial flights a day into Marsh Harbour, but yet on arrival at Abaco lodge, you are faced with the same wilderness of flats, devoid of human activity that makes the fishing in this area incredible.
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 10-30 minutes to most of the prime fishing locations you really can go from office environment to fishing karma in a blink.
Located approximately 180 miles off the coast of Florida, the Abacos cup the eastern edge of Grand Bahama Island at the northernmost tip of the Bahamas archipelago. Upon flying into Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH) on Great Abaco Island, you’ll be shuttled to Abaco Lodge—a private palm-treed expanse with its own protected harbour. Abaco Lodge is the sole bonefishing resort in the Marls, on the island’s western edge.
The Marls is a part of a recently designated National Park with a thriving bonefish population and an average depth of about four feet—with little tidal influence. The guides at Abaco Lodge know every inch of it. From blue holes that attract juvenile Tarpon (and not-so-juvenile Barracuda) to productive Bonefish flats and hundreds of cays extending from Cross Harbour in the south to stretches well north of the lodge, you’ll explore new and unpressured water daily.
Abaco Lodge is the only fly-fishing operation located on the famed Marls, a vast labyrinth of flats, mangroves,and Bonefish in numbers like nowhere else in the Bahamas. Twenty to thirty fish days are not uncommon, with 200-square-miles of prime habitat awaiting anglers. Its Marls-side headquarters means no time is lost trailering to launch points, no fuel stops, and consequently more time fishing.
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 are frequently responsible for some of the largest Bonefish caught in the Bahamas.
Barracuda, of which there are huge specimens, as well as Tarpon, provide some excellent additional hard-fighting adversaries
Abaco Lodge is part of 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 a 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.
The only lodge directly on the famed Marls
Guests have individual private rooms, each with private bath, at no extra cost
Short runs from the lodge, usually less than half an hour and as fast as five minutes
Tailing fish, and lots of them. The marls is shallow water for as far as you can see
Incredible logistics make this the easiest fishing lodge in the Bahamas to reach – 8 commercial airlines flying to Marsh Harbour regularly
A surprising number of juvenile tarpon are around– providing almost weekly excitement
One of the most under-pressured fisheries of this caliber in the Caribbean
The most knowledgeable guides in the Bahamas, they know the Marls and the ocean intimately and they possess an uncanny ability to find fish
The latest Maverick skiffs, widely recognized as the ultimate flats boat, allow us to access the shallowest flats safely and in maximum comfort
Island culture and activities make Abaco a great place for the nonangling spouse or children
A la carte menu with exception fresh, local dishes.
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.
- Fly to Marsh Harbour
- Lodge transfer to Abaco Lodge
-6 Full days fishing
No fixed arrival or departure day, minimum 3-night stay.
High Season Oct-March
Peak Season Apr-July
Seven nights/6 days fishing - $4,995 / $5,150 (peak Season)
All rates based on individual accommodation and a shared boat and guide
Shorter stay trips can be arranged - Please ask for rates
Single boat & guide - 60% surcharge on regular rate
Half day fishing on day of arrival or departure -$550/boat
Transfers from Treasure Cay -$50/person
Full Board at Abaco including all alcoholic drinks
Loaner fishing rods as required
Local Transfers from Marsh Harbour
Price does not include international flights, domestic flights or gratuities
The season runs from October to mid-July, with the best time to go being from April to July. On Abaco, due to the excellent connections, the best time to go is when you can get away, whether it be for a 3 day break or longer
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