CROOKED ISLAND LODGE - BAHAMAS

 

CROOKED ISLAND LODGE - BAHAMAS

Crooked Island is one of the least-visited and most productive fisheries in the Bahamas; about as far from Florida as one can get and still be in Bahamian waters. The location of Crooked is important when you consider that weather patterns in this southern area are usually more consistent and warmer than other Bahamian islands, especially throughout the winter months. The expansive lodge grounds at Crooked Island Lodge include a pleasant swimming beach and sea kayaks to tour the coast and visit the historic lighthouse. All of the guest rooms sit at the tip of Pittstown Point, providing easy access to the ocean. The lodge accommodates a maximum of 12 anglers per week, something that the owners believe will ensure the quality of fishing for many years to come. Aside from the fantastic bonefishing, permit and tarpon can be found during most months of the year, and the guides on the island are eager to fish for them.

Typical Length of Stay

Designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on Bahamas Air are Wednesdays and Saturdays, which means that a seven night / six fishing day itinerary is the standard package. Other schedules (Wednesday to Saturday, or Saturday to Wednesday) can be accommodated based on availability. Please call Yellow Dog for details. There is also a charter flight option that is available. If you travel to Crooked by charter flight, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and trips of any length can be arranged. Please keep in mind that the guides on the island do not guide or work on Saturdays.

Accommodations and Lodging

Crooked Island Lodge AccommodationLocated on the northwest corner of Crooked Island, Pittstown Point is an oceanfront resort with twelve island-style rooms. Ten rooms have two double beds and two rooms have one king bed. Each of the rooms has a private bath. All of the bedrooms and bathrooms have been recently renovated, giving guests the choice of air conditioned rooms or accommodations cooled by natural breezes and ceiling fans. The hotel looks out onto the beautiful Bird Rock Lighthouse, which was built in 1876. The island also has a 3500' foot airstrip if you are planning on flying your own plane to the island.

Food and Beverages

The dining room is an authentic local restaurant where the staff prepares fresh, locally caught grouper, snapper, tuna, mahi mahi, lobster and conch.  You can expect American-style breakfasts and fresh Bahamian cuisine for dinner. Lunches are packed in coolers for your days on the water.

Fishing Information

Crooked Island PermitThe fishing on the south side of Crooked Island provides numerous bonefish opportunities on vast white sand flats. The operation is limited to six boats per week, something that the owners believe will ensure the quality of fishing for many years to come. The average bonefish in these waters runs two to four pounds, and anglers will find themselves casting at trophy fish on a regular basis. Last season there were over a dozen bonefish caught that tipped the scales at over ten pounds.

With regards to crowds and area development, Crooked Island can honestly boast that you will have the flats to yourself. Imagine wading pristine flats that seem endless with no other anglers in sight! Permit can be found most of the year and the guides on the island are eager to fish for them. This is one of the finest Bahamian locations to target the elusive permit and good numbers have been taken on the fly. And, while this is not a prolific or consistent tarpon fishery, tarpon can be jumped and landed in the late spring and summer. Sharks and barracudas are also abundant on the flats, giving anglers additional opportunities and excitement.

The fishing program is staffed by long time professionals, many have been guiding since the mid-1990's. They focus on bonefish, but are knowledgeable and excited about the untapped and largely unmolested permit and tarpon fisheries. Overall, they know how to provide you with a quality fishing experience.

Aside from the fantastic bonefishing and flats fishing, you can also experience the thrill of offshore fishing in the deeper waters that surround Crooked Island. These waters are rarely fished due to Crooked’s remote location and the lack of sportfishing boats in the area. Daily catches - which at times can exceed thirty fish - include numerous species and near-world-record wahoo and dolphin (Mahi Mahi). During the late spring and summer months the tuna and marlin bite is usually very consistent. Trolling, chumming, live bait, and fly fishing are all very productive bluewater techniques throughout the year. Finally, the inshore fishing has become very popular over the past year, and takes place in one hundred feet of water or less. Species include grouper, snapper, jacks, mackerel, sharks, and cudas, all of which can make for some very fast paced action. Night fishing trips are also available for the hard-core angler!

Seasons
January – February
These months are great for trophy bonefish as well as for permit on the flats. Huge barracuda can be consistently targeted during these months as well.

March – May
These months usually produce the most consistent weather for fly fishing on the flats. Large numbers of bonefish in all sizes can be found, and tarpon usually begin to show up in mid-April.

June - September
Typical summer days are calm and hot, but regular afternoon showers will cool off the flats, bringing in larger bonefish and tarpon! The bonefishing is best in the mornings, and the tarpon fishing better in the afternoons. Sharks, barracuda, jacks, and snapper are also prevalent in the summer months.

October - December
Since Crooked is further south than many of the other islands, these months can offer better weather then the northern islands. Bonefish are found in good numbers in the warmer, sheltered flats protected from the ocean trade winds. This is a good time of the year to look for permit.

Boats and Equipment

The guides on Crooked use a variety of flats skiffs, including 18’ Hewes Redfishers, Action Crafts, and Super Seas. All boats are equipped with poling platforms, spacious decks, rod holders, and radios. 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

Crooked Island LodgeCrooked Island sits about 223 miles southeast of Nassau and Paradise Island. Together, the Acklins and Crooked Island form an area of approximately 200 square miles that hugs the waters of the Bight of Acklins. The flats that surround these islands, cays, and creeks produce excellent number of bonefish.

The area also offers an handful of opportunities for non-anglers as well. The island has been a destination for anglers, scuba divers, and beachcombers for many years. Crooked Island Lodge provides comfortable accommodations and the complete service one would expect from a beach resort. The hotel is situated on the picturesque Northwest corner of the island and looks out onto the beautiful Bird Rock Lighthouse, which was built in 1876. There is also a 3,500 foot runway, which makes Pittstown Point ideal for private pilots as well as charter flights. Historical tours of the island, beachcombing, beach picnics, scuba, snorkeling, reef and offshore fishing, and some nightlife and shopping in small villages (limited!) are all popular activities.

How To Get There

Most anglers fly commercially to Nassau. There are numerous daily flights into Nassau from many of the larger U.S. cities. From Nassau you fly to Colonial Hill, Crooked Island. Designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on Bahamas Air are Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is also a charter flight option that is available. If you travel to Crooked by charter flight, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and trips of any length can be arranged.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Most guests fly Bahamas Air flies from Nassau to Colonial Hill, Crooked Island on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Commercial flights depart Nassau in the morning. There is also a great charter flight option that is available, which means that you can arrive and depart on any day of the week at any time. Take advantage of arriving and departing on Crooked Island Lodges' private 3,500 foot runway. Once you arrive on Crooked Island, a van from the hotel will pick you up for a short 15-minute drive to Pittstown Point.

2012 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person. Please contact Yellow Dog for quotes on other packages as well as prices for non-anglers, additional fishing days, or bluewater fishing days.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,451 $5,500
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $1,687 $3,785
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,304 $2,900
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $922 $2,050

* 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 and hotel taxes
  • All meals, soft drinks, and bottled water
  • Daily guided bonefishing
  • Van transfer to and from airport
  • Gratuities for hotel and kitchen staff (service charge)

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Crooked Island
  • Bahamian departure taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
  • Gratuities for fishing guides
  • Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.)

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 island is surrounded by beautiful turquoise flats, pristine coral reefs and small cays. The Lodge itself overlooks the picturesque Bird Rock Lighthouse, which is surrounded by an extensive reef system. Guests who enjoy snorkeling can wade right in only steps away from your room. Certified divers may experience unique and spectacular “wall diving” just a few hundred yards off the beach. The location is also well-suited to the adventurous angler wanting to go after tuna, mahi mahi or even marlin on light conventional tackle.

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