ABACO LODGE - BAHAMAS

 

ABACO LODGE - BAHAMAS

One of the nicer overall operations in the Bahamas, Abaco Lodge is the perfect destination for those seeking “just a little more” from a fishing lodge. Strategically located in the highly productive Marls area on the eastern side of Abaco, this high-end lodge offers immediate access to an extensive and well-protected flats system and amazing numbers of bonefish. The main lodge features a well stocked bar, large dining area, satellite TV, and sofas you can literally disappear in. Large picture windows overlook the Marls and the lodge’s dock, and there is a unique outdoor patio with a bar and large sitting area. Adjacent to the main lodge and the patio is a freshwater pool and outdoor fire pit. All guest rooms are single occupancy, each with A/C, a private bathroom, and a large deck overlooking the flats.This is hands down one of the nicest lodges anywhere in the Bahamas.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. All trips are completely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Abaco LodgeWe rank this destination at the top of the list for those seeking “just a little more” from a bonefish lodge. What do we mean by that? Well, the newly remodeled lodge and rooms are very well built and designed. The main lodge features an inclusive, well stocked bar, dining area, DIRECTV with XM, huge sofas and large picture windows that overlook the Marls and dock. Most of the furniture was imported from Argentina. There is a unique outdoor patio with a bar and more couches and sitting areas. This area is perfect for post-fishing relaxing, sipping a cold Kalik, and sampling the lodge's wonderful appetizers. Adjacent to the main lodge and the patio is a small freshwater pool and a fire pit, both nice amenities that are rare for a fishing lodge in the Bahamas.

The separate accommodation building os located next to the main lodge. All of the guest rooms are single occupancy with private bathrooms and a large deck overlooking the flats. Single occupancy rooms are a nice touch, something that prevents your snoring buddy from keeping you awake all night. All rooms have thermostat-controlled A/C, queen sized beds with high thread count bedding, more pillows then you could ever use, a desk, plenty of storage for gear and clothing, and a sliding screened door to the common deck area. The beds also have mosquito netting if needed. (The bedrooms are sealed tightly and the screening is excellent, so we figure the netting is for more aesthetic purposes. It does look nice!)

Food and Beverages

Abaco Lodge imports a trained executive chef to oversee all of the meals. The nightly cuisine incorporates Bahamian specialties with an emphasis on locally caught seafood. Breakfast is made to order, and the guides will bring a cooler with a picnic lunch of your choosing in the boat daily. Abaco Lodge takes pride in serving delicious food of fresh local produce, specializing on fresh fish (ahi tuna, grouper, and hog snapper), conch and lobster. The chef bakes bread, pastries and cookies daily. The daily coffee is made from freshly ground beans and will be waiting for guests as a part of the breakfast buffet. A full breakfast will always feature a variety of cereals, coffee and a selection of teas, as well as fresh fruits. Eggs will be cooked to your preference, with bacon, sausages and grits or hash brown potatoes. Hot cereals are also available. A lunch menu card allows you to choose next day's lunch and the content of the boat coolers. There is also an open bar policy at the lodge. On your return from fishing you will find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as stacks of soft drinks. Delicious appetizers are served so you can sample local specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers, conch salad, and fresh tuna sashimi. If you have a preferred brand of liquor, please be sure to inform Yellow Dog in advance so the lodge can have it ready for you upon arrival (payable upon arrival to the lodge). Otherwise, you can bring your own bottle. Please note that local spirits are free of charge at the lodge.

Fishing Information

Abaco Lodge BonefishIf you like the idea of stepping outside of your rooms and steeping directly into the boat, and if you are looking for a fishing program where you don't have to make long runs in boat, then this bonefish destination on Abaco Island is a great option! The main fishery is an area known as "The Marls," which consists of over 250 square miles of marshy flats on the eastern shores of Abaco Island. The lodge literary overlooks this expansive bonefish haven! When fishing the Marls you can expect to run less then 20 minutes on a daily basis, and there are productive flats within 5 minutes of the lodge. The Marls provides anglers with very strong numbers of medium sized bonefish that see little pressure. It is well-suited for beginner and experienced saltwater anglers alike, and for those seeking to fish mainly from a boat. The lodge has utilizes high-end Hell’s Bay skiffs, which are a pleasure to fish out of.

The flats of the Marls are softer, which makes wading close to the lodge difficult due to the fact that you are so far inland (15 miles). As you move east or closer to the deeper water, the flats firm up, making wade fishing easier. These classic white sand outer flats also hold larger bonefish then the island's marshy areas near the lodge, and this area is only a 25 minute run from the lodge. The guides also know the oceanside flats on Abaco’s west coast, where larger ocean bones cruise shorelines and the smaller bays adjacent to deeper water. The Marls are not as tide dependant as are other destinations in the Bahamas, but the wind can definitely influence water flow and act as tides. Since this area is so shallow and vast, the wind pushes the water more then the tides do. Fortunately, the guides know the area and where to fish during all conditions. There are enough islands to fish all day in the lee or out of the wind. Interestingly these cays (or islands) are taller then most other similar island in the Bahamas, thus providing more protection from the wind.

If you are after a trophy bonefish or want to see something different then the Marls, the guides like to trailer the boats to Cherokee Sound on the west side of the island. It is a half hour drive to the boat launch from the lodge. These hard white sand flats are great for wade fishing or poling. These flats area also more tide dependant then the Marls, because this large bay is adjacent to the ocean. You can expect quality shots at larger bones (7-10 lbs.) when conditions are right. Bring your "A-game" for these fish since they can be picky and spooky.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from 2009 Hell’s Bay Waterman skiffs with 50 HP Yamaha outboard engines. The decks are clean of cleats and other snags. All the boats have removable lean bars, plenty of rod storage, dry storage areas, and very comfortable seats with backrests. These are excellent skiffs and pole in remarkably shallow water. All the boats have well stocked coolers for lunch and refreshments. As with all lodges in the Bahamas, it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Fish Tales by the FireAbaco Lodge is primarily a fishing-focused destination. That said, this lodge is much nicer than the average fishing lodge, and the grounds of the lodge offer a very relaxing setting with a small pool and comfortable sitting areas. There is no beach, but there are beautiful beaches close to the lodge and a taxi could take a non-angler to these areas.

Marsh Harbour does have shopping opportunities and numerous non-angling activities. Since the rooms are all single occupancy, non-anglers would need to be couples or have their own room.

How To Get There

Direct daily flights to Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point are available from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. A number of major commercial flights also fly direct to Marsh Harbour from Nassau, including Bahamas Air and Western Air. There are also charter flights from Nassau, including a charter float plane service that will deliver you directly to the lodge. Please call Ian Davis at Yellow Dog for more information.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

At the airport you will be met by a lodge representative and a driver and driven straight to the lodge, a trip of about 10 minutes. When you arrive at the lodge, Abaco Lodge staff will greet you and show you to your room, where you will find your luggage waiting for you. There is no organized fishing on arrival day, but you can wade in front of the lodge, walk the beach or relax in the pool with a cold drink.

Rates / Package Costs


All prices are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
Fall and Winter Season (October 15, 2011 - March 31, 2012)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,850 $7,760
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $4,195 $6,712
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,650 $5,840
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,950 $4,720
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $2,220 $3,552
Spring and Summer Season (April 1 - July 31, 2012)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,995 $7,992
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $4,395 $7,032
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,825 $6,120
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $3,095 $4,952
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $2,250 $3,600

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All accommodations at Abaco Lodge
  • All meals at lodge and on-water custom lunches
  • Daily guided fishing from Hell's Bay skiffs (2 angler per boat)
  • All drinks (including local alcohol) and bottled water
  • All airport transfers

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Marsh Harbour
  • Overweight baggage charges
  • Flies and terminal tackle
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Airport departure taxes

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

The on-site manager at the lodge - Oliver White- is a part owner of Abaco Lodge and is very professional. He is always around to ensure your stay will be comfortable and enjoyable. He is a great person and has an extensive background in fly fishing throughout the World. We were very impressed with Oliver and his attention to detail.

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