May 23, 2012

Abaco Lodge, Bahamas

Abaco Lodge

In April into early May, 2012 I did a 3 island Bahamas fishing trip. It started out with some rainy and windy weather. This is all a part of winter steelhead fishing, but really affects bonefish behavior and the ability to see them. Then as the weather got better so did the fishing. The last day of fishing was out of Abaco Lodge. It was so calm that morning that there was no defining line between the water and sky. It was the best fishing day of the trip. This is a place I think anglers will enjoy spending a few days or a week.

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 as one of the most unique and productive fisheries in the Bahamas. Abaco has more than 400 square miles of flats. The lodge has a fleet of Hells Bay Waterman skiffs, which are perfect for all of this skinny water habitat. This is a prolific fishery in numbers with some larger fish that command your attention and are catchable. The runs to the fishing are 10 to 45 minutes. The guides are excellent and know this vast maze of flats and cays intimately.

The lodge consists of eight air conditioned single rooms with private bath, a fully stocked bar, pool, sitting room, an outside fire pit, and patio. The charm and hospitality of this 8-10 person lodge with easy access via Marsh Harbour has made it a favorite. The food is outstanding, made with fresh ingredients and out island flare. If you do want to keep in touch there is a WiFi. The complimentary hospitality bar is fully stocked with spirits, cold beer and soft drinks.

Jerry Swanson
Fish Head Expeditions, LLC

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