The first thing to say about this lodge, is they have trained guides very well and made them realise the value of other species to the international flats fisher. Expect lots more than just a Bonefishing trip.
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 extremely close neighbour Acklins Island, 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, with only 350 inhabitants.
The average size of bonefish is about 4 lbs but much larger fish are regularly found. The island record Bonefish is 17.6 lb! 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. Permit are here in good numbers too and the average size is very good!
Trigger fish are also common on the coral flats and are not reluctant to take a small crab or shrimp imitation. Tarpon are here year round, with baby Tarpon always present and the visiting larger migratory Tarpon passing through during Spring and into early Summer. Barracudas up to 45 lb, Sharks, Snapper, 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.
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 a very friendly couple and consists of 5 large double bedrooms, all equipped with air conditioning, bathroom, sitting area, refrigerator and TV.
Another building serves as restaurant and bar where cold beers will be waiting on your return from the flats. The food is made of fresh products and local specialties such as the famous conch salad.
In all, you will find Crooked Island and Acklins to be the ideal atoll fishing that is well preserved and shielded from mass tourism.
The flats here hold great potential for Grand Slams. So please come prepared.