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Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge
Abaco Lodge

Details

  • Saltwater
  • Season

    October - July
  • The rates for October 2016 - March 15, 2017 7 nights/6 days $5250, 4 nights/3 days $3450 March 15 - June 2017 7 nights/6 days $5650, 4 nights/3 days $3895
  • Number of guests

    10
  • Species:
    • Bonefish
    • Permit
    • Tarpon
    • Barracuda

Abaco Lodge

Bahamas >> Abaco >> Marsh Harbor
Fishing and Species
Bonefish is the primary species. The skiffs depart from the lodge, with the marls out the back door. They use top-of-the-line Hells Bay Waterman skiffs, that run in 6" of water. The fishing is more from the boat than wading, but wade fishing is an option. On the Cherokee Sound side of the Island, there are huge bones, but they are tougher to catch, like the big ones usually are. The lodge is happy to coordinate a day or two with the best captains available in search of marlin, sailfish, Dorado, wahoo, or tuna depending on the season. 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 fishing.

The “Marls of Abaco” are a vast expanse of prime wilderness bonefish habitat, situated along the western shore of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The Marls have long been known by well-traveled bonefishermen as one of the most unique and productive fisheries in the Bahamas. Abaco Lodge even hosted the saltwater fly fishing series “Pirates of the Flats”. The lodge sits on the rocky shoreline of the Marls on the west side of Abaco, just north of Marsh Harbour.
The “Marls of Abaco” are a vast expanse of prime wilderness bonefish habitat, situated along the western shore of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The Marls have long been known by well-traveled bonefishermen as one of the most unique and productive fisheries in the Bahamas. Abaco Lodge even hosted the saltwater fly fishing series “Pirates of the Flats”. The lodge sits on the rocky shoreline of the Marls on the west side of Abaco, just north of Marsh Harbour.

Abaco Lodge consists of eight air-conditioned private rooms with private bath, a fully stocked bar, pool, sitting room, an outdoor fire pit, and patio. The charm and hospitality of this eight-person lodge and the easy access via Marsh Harbour have made it a favorite with anglers. The food is outstanding, made with fresh ingredients and Out Island flair. If you want to keep in touch while at the lodge there is a computer with high-speed internet, WiFi and phone service. The lodge also has a large flat screen television in case there is a game you don’t want to miss. The complimentary hospitality bar is fully stocked with spirits, cold beers, soft drinks, plenty of ice, a blender and mixers for cocktails.

Breakfast is served at 7:00 am, you leave the dock at 8:00 am and return between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. This schedule can be tailored to your needs with advance notice. Picnic lunches and cold drinks are packed in a cooler and taken to the flats by your guide.

Abaco has more than 400 square miles of flats, none better known than the Marls on the western side of the island. Abaco Lodge is centrally located directly on the Marl side of the island. For twenty miles the average depth is four feet; a bonefisherman couldn’t ask for a better backyard. They also fish the eastern ocean side of the island as well, including Cherokee Sound, the Bight of Robinson and Snake Cay. With the numerous options available, it is very rare to miss a day of fishing due to weather.

The Marls flats are accessed right from the lodge dock while the ocean side flats require a short drive. Abaco Lodge is outfitted with a brand new fleet of Hell’s Bay Waterman skiffs, the world's finest light tackle fishing skiffs. All of them are equipped with padded seats with backrests and a lean bar and are powered with Yamaha 50HP engines. I have not seen better boats anywhere. The majority of the fishing is done from the boats but wading opportunities exist if you prefer. Travel time to the flats varies from 10 to 45 minutes.

The bonefish on the Marls average two to four pounds with the occasional shot at bigger fish. The ocean side flats offer opportunities to catch some of the largest bonefish in the Bahamas, but these fish are incredibly wary creatures. There are occasional shots at permit, tarpon, ‘cudas, jacks, and sharks, so we recommend you bring the appropriate tackle just in case. There is nothing worse than seeing a 20-pound permit tailing or a juvenile tarpon cruising the flat and not having the right gear set up. In addition to the wonderful flats fishing, Abaco also has incredible blue water fishing.