Crooked & Acklins, Bahamas

A southern Bahamas atoll

Grand slams are possible here....

With nearly 20,000 acres of flats, the Bahamas is the largest fishing area for bonefish in the world. Fish are larger than the average size as they enjoy the abundance of food that comes from one of the richest natural environments on the planet; the mangrove flats, irrigated and seeded every day by the rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Crooked Island and Acklins form an atoll of over 230 square miles and is less than a hundred kilometres from the Haitian and Cuban coasts, Its huge and shallow lagoon which consists of the islands of Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay make a perfect wading area for bonefish, permit and other species. It is particularly unspoiled and with only 350 inhabitants.

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Vast flats with healthy populations of....

The lodge we use have re trained Guides to appreciate all fish they have on their doorstep. Gone are the days of only casting to Bonefish. All other species have gained deserved recognition and guides have grown in cofidence on targetting them all. This has attracted fishers from all over the world and we have seen a number of very admirable catches on Permit and Tarpon that should help give this lodge the recognition it deserves.

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Large Permit exist here, so come prepared....

The average size of bonefish here is about 4 lbs, but much larger fish are regularly found. The island record Bonefish is 17.6lbs. Permit have hardly ever seen a fly here and are present in great numbers both on the flats and along the channels and they are often found in the vicinity of large stingrays. Trigger fish are also common on the coral flats and are not reluctant to take a small crab or shrimp imitation. Resident baby Tarpon can be found throughout the year in some lagoons but most of the bigger fish arrive mainly during spring and summer. Barracudas up to 45 lb, Sharks, Snappers, Jacks and Snook are some of the other species, as well as pelagic Wahoo, Tuna and Dorado. The guides are all natives of the atoll. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience of this huge fishing area which is still unaffected by fishing pressure.

METHODS
Fly, Spin and other if fishing off the reef
SPECIES
Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Shark, Triggerfish, Jacks, Snapper, Cuda
EQUIPMENT HIRE
A little
BOATS USED
Yes
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Beachside accommodation and cold beers....

The lodge is simple and comfortable. Its perfect location makes it the only lodge that allows you to fish the best area of Crooked Island and Acklins in the same week! It is run by very friendly locals and consists of 5 large double bedrooms, all equipped with air conditioning, bathroom, sitting area, refrigerator and TV.

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