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ABACO LODGE

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The islands of Abaco and Andros in the outer Bahamas draw anglers from around the world to fish their pristine white sand flats that are home to some of the largest Bonefish of the Bahamas.

The Marls, Deep Creek, Joulters and Walkers Cays and South Andros are names resounding in saltwater fly-fishing folk lore. Anglers that have a true passion for Bonefish make the pilgrimages to these holy waters year on year.

  • Season: all year round, seasonal fly-fishing
  • The Marls are the perfect place to try your hand at tailing Bonefish
  • Capacity of 8 guests
  • For thirty kilometres to the ocean the flats of The Marls are on average, four feet deep
  • Airport Access is via Marsh Harbour Airport (MHH) or Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
  • Average temperature: 21-28℃, fairly consistent due to its proximity to the equator

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 bonefishing grounds.

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 and cooperative fish.

Abaco Lodge is the only fly-fishing operation on the Marls, an area with direct access to some of the best bonefish habitat in the Bahamas, and the world. While it would take a lifetime to fish the entire Marlsand many of their expert guides have spent that much time exploring it—Abaco Lodge also offers incredible fishing on the eastern edge of the island. Here you’ll find big ocean-side Bones, shots at Permit and the occasional Tarpon, as well as Barracuda, Shark, and Mutton Snapper.

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 Harbour.

The newly constructed 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.

The lodge shop includes everything you need for a spectacular day of Bahamas bonefishing on the flats—and more—including Sage rods, Abel reels, RIO lines, backing and tippets, Costa polarized sunglasses, a prime selection of top-producing flies, sunscreen, lip balm, and logo-wear and packs from top brands such as Patagonia. If you left it at home, you’ll find it here.

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. Save room.

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.

Abaco Lodge on the Marls is a premier flats-fishing destination due to its next-level populations of supersize Bonefish. Here you’ll find plenty of the latter, punctuated by more than two hundred miles of prime skinny-water habitat known universally as the Marls. Step off your front porch, pour a mug of coffee, and open your eyes to an azure panoramic, where tailing Bones, not to mention Permit and Tarpon, are top on the agenda.

Twenty- to thirty-fish days are a regular occurrence at Abaco Lodge, and many of our adult Bonefish crack and exceed the magical six-plus pound mark. See it. Believe it. And then plan your way through the process with guides who know the programme. Abaco Lodge is staffed with the best guides in the northern Bahamas.

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 will realise that you have arrived in bonefishing heaven.

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.

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 a really big Bonefish. Permit and juvenile Tarpon also pay the Marls a visit depending on the season.

Of cours,e 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.

For an additional fee, Abaco can offer some world-class big game fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado and Tun,a 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.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

CONTACT OUR INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

CONTACT OUR AUSTRALIAN OFFICE

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 Harbour Airport, or a direct Seaplane charter direct to the lodge.

There is a Bahamian departure tax of $15.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
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Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au