The only lodge to be located in the renowned Marls region of Great Abaco Island, the region attracts fly fishermen from around the world to experience the fantastic Bonefishing on offer.
Famous for its pristine waters and sight-fishing to tailing bonefish in the shallow waters of the Marls, its easily accessible with short runs to the flats each day.
This unpressured fishery allows shots at good numbers of fish averaging 2-4lbs, including juvenile Tarpon, Permit, Jacks and Barracuda. With over 200 square miles of prime habitat, you can also fish the ocean side areas and head out wide into the Bluewater to chase Dorado, Sailfish, Marlin and Tuna.
With an excellent guide team, hospitality and comfortable accommodation, the lodge serves an À la carte menu each night, providing exceptional fresh, local dishes. Including communal bar, lounge and outdoor dining areas, it caters for up-to 14 anglers per week from the comfort of the Maverick Skiffs used each day.
The Abaco Islands lie in the north-eastern Bahamas in the Atlantic, two hundred and ninety kilometres east of Palm Beach, Florida. They comprise the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with smaller barrier cays made up of coral and limestone formations. The turquoise water and white sandy beaches provide a beautiful backdrop to the expansive bone fishing grounds.
Abaco lodge is set up primarily as a fly fishing lodge and is highly regarded as one of the best managed and run operations in the Bahamas. Featuring luxury waterfront accommodation, it overlooks world-renowned flats on the west side of Great Abaco Island, just north of Marsh Harbor.
The lodge has eight air-conditioned, clean, comfortable and stylish private, single rooms. They all have a private bath, with plenty of storage space for your fishing gear and clothing. Rooms feature large king beds, plush linens, rain showers, and patios that terrace over the rugged shoreline.
As well as a bright comfortable lodge with dining facilities and fully stocked bar (soft drinks, plenty of ice, a blender and mixers for cocktails) the lodge also has a pool, outside fire pit and plenty of patio space to stretch out on the sun loungers. Ideal for kicking back, telling stories over a beer and taking in the stunning views. Amenities include high-speed internet, WIFI connections, phone service, tying room, and a new flat screen TV for all the games.
In terms of food at the lodge, think fresh, creative, indigenous, and delicious. Abaco Lodge takes pride in serving spectacular food, deriving its acclaimed menu from top local produce and specialising in fresh-from-the-ocean plates brimming with Mahi, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Conch, and Lobster.
Tasty appetizers are served on the verandah, where you’ll sample local Bahamian specialties such as cracked Conch, Grouper fingers, and Conch salad. Desserts vary from chocolate decadence to key lime parfaits and rum cake with coconut ice cream.
Breads, pastries, and treats are baked daily and breakfast features a variety of cereals, fresh-ground coffee and a selection of teas, as well as fruit. Eggs are prepared a-la-carte, with bacon, sausage, and grits or potatoes. Hot cereals are also available.
Place your menu order nightly for the next day’s lunch. They have an open bar policy at the lodge, where you’ll find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as soft drinks. House wines such as Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner. After dinner coffee, tea, and liquors are served in the sitting room.
Abaco Lodge also caters to special dietary needs.
The ‘Marls of Abaco’ are situated along the western shore of Great Abaco Island, encompassing a vast swath of prime, wilderness bonefish habitat. The Marls has long been considered one of the most unique and productive fisheries in the Bahamas for its prolific numbers, tailing and cooperative fish.
Twenty- to thirty-fish days are a regular occurrence at Abaco Lodge, and many adult Bonefish crack and exceed the magical six-plus pound mark.
A typical day starts after breakfast at 7:00am, leaving the dock at 8:00am with a planned return time of 4:00 or 5:00pm, however this is flexible. Bahamas Bonefishing is an integral part of the culture, and these guys speak the language fluently. Top-of-the-line, shallow-draft Hell’s Bay flats skiffs ensure maximum comfort while full-throttling it to the fishing grounds.
Most of the fishing over the Marls is from the skiffs however there are opportunities to walk and wade the flats. Fish are mostly in the region of two to four pounds in weight but clearly bigger fish are seen and caught with the ocean side flats offering the best chance of catching fish in excess of six pounds. Permit and juvenile Tarpon also pay the Marls a visit depending on the season.
Of course, there are other species of fish that show up as well such as Barracuda, Jacks and Sharks, all of which will readily take a fly so it pays to have the right gear to take advantage of these chances when they arrive.
In addition to the Marls, Abaco Lodge offers incredible fishing on the eastern, ocean side, where chance encounters with superlative-size Bonefish are a distinct possibility. Combine this with rarely fished areas such as Cherokee Sound, the Bight of Robinson, and Snake Cay which are minutes from the lodge and house incredible but challenging Bonefishing, you have plenty of options at hand.
Both east and west side options allow anglers and guides to work around potentially inclement weather, making missing a day of fishing rare. The Marls side is accessed from the lodge dock and is just a short walk whilst fishing the ocean side requires a short drive.
For an additional fee, Abaco can offer some world-class big game fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado and Tuna depending on the season. The lodge can make the arrangements using the services of the best local captains and offers some really exciting Bluewater fly fishing opportunities.
As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly fishing guide, and advise of travel requirements prior to your departure.
Passport with minimum six months validity.
Nationals of the European Union and Australia do not require a visa to enter the Bahamas.
There are various international flight options either direct or via US or Canada to Nassau. From there, take a flight to Marsh Harbor Airport, or a direct Seaplane charter direct to the lodge.
There is a Bahamian departure tax of $15.
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Our tailored fly fishing and accommodation itineraries are designed with you in mind to suit your preferences. They are also quoted in your local currency with very favorable exchange rates.
Fly Odyssey have access to the best guiding and lodging rates, suitable tides and updated availability to this destination which can vary throughout the season.
This includes flight bookings, transit accommodation, transfers and a host of non-angling activities and experiences.
We specialise in family, couples and group says to the region, and our long involvement with our partners on the ground in the Bahamas will ensure you are well looked after both on and off the water.
This includes extended coastal stays in Florida, Cuba and Mexico.
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