DEEP WATER CAY CLUB - GRAND BAHAMAS

 

DEEP WATER CAY CLUB - GRAND BAHAMAS

Since 1958, a veritable who’s who of the fly fishing world has visited Deep Water Cay. A.J. McClane, Gil Drake, Joe Brooks, and numerous others have come to this private island to search for huge bonefish on over 250 square miles of pristine flats. Today, the fishery is as healthy and productive as ever, loaded with bonefish and home to excellent guides, high-end equipment, and one of the nicest lodge layouts in the Bahamas. Accommodations at Deep Water Cay are comfortably relaxed. Individuals or fishing partners typically prefer the cabanas; one-bedroom units with private bathrooms, two beds, A/C, and large porches overlooking the “home” flat. Larger, private homes and cottages are also available for families or groups. Club amenities include a main clubhouse, welcome center, dock and marina area, infinity pool, and a 4000' private airstrip.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, and all trips are completely customized. Anglers can arrive and depart Freeport, Grand Bahama on any day of the week. Call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Deep Water Cay Club AccommodationWhen you step out of your Deep Water Cay cottage in the morning, you will find nothing but tranquility. Accommodations at Deep Water Cay are comfortably relaxed and at the same time much nicer than what is usually found at a "bonefish operation" in the Bahamas.

Individuals or fishing partners typically prefer the Club's cabanas. The cabanas are one-bedroom units with a private bathroom and two full beds. Each cabana has a front porch (which overlooks a large home-waters bonefish flat), and each is appointed with a refrigerator, coffee maker, walk-in closet, and air conditioning. You’ll be situated equidistant from the clubhouse, welcome center, dock, and infinity pool.
For families, small groups, or those looking for more privacy, private homes are also available. The deluxe private homes are more spacious and include full kitchens, sitting and living rooms, dining areas, and wrap-around verandas. There are a variety of different cottages and private houses to choose from to suit your particular needs.

Food and Beverages

George Jackson, the club’s new Food and Beverage Director, has years of experience owning and operating high-end restaurants, and when it comes to preparing culinary masterpieces, George has no shortage of passion and commitment. In his previous life, he owned two successful seafood and Caribbean cuisine restaurants in Savannah, Georgia. Recently, George joined the Deep Water Cay team and has worked with the kitchen staff to refine favorite island dishes and to expand the lodge's selections of fresh, local seafood. He is happy to accommodate any particular dietary needs, and the restaurant and kitchen staff will do whatever it takes to make guests happy. Deep Water Cay is very fortunate to have George aboard!

The Club also has a fully-stocked "Angler's Bar" that is the epicenter for social hour and pre and post-diner drinks.

Fishing Information

Deep Water Cay PermitDeep Water Cay Club (DWCC) is located on a small, private island on the eastern-most shores of Grand Bahama Island. You actually cannot drive any further east on the island, and in fact guests take a short boat ride from the main island to reach the club's private cay. The long-time guide staff works directly from the club's marina, and typical boat rides to the flats range from 15 - 45 minutes. This makes DWCC perfect for those who prefer to fish closer to a destination, and not spend time trailering boats or taking long boat rides. Much like the bights of Andros, this area of Grand Bahama is perfectly situated for fishing optimal tides throughout the day. Since DWCC is located in the middle of Big and Little Harbour Cays, Sweetings Cay, Lightbourne and Michael's Cays, there are numerous smaller bights or waterways that connect the northern and southern shores of the tip of Grand Bahama Island. These intricate creeks, lagoons, and bights allow your guide to locate feeding bonefish throughout the day, thus preventing anglers from getting "stuck" fishing in unproductive areas during extreme high and low tides. This maximizes your fishing time when fishing out of DWCC. The winds can play a large role in how water moves through these bights, so having experienced guides that know this specific area is vital, and the guides at DWCC are true professionals who know the local flats very well. The bights of this area are also large enough to provide protection from the wind no matter it's direction.

While Grand Bahama is well known for having larger-than-average bonefish, the guides can also easily target numbers of schooling fish as well. The area's inland flats are ideal for a "numbers day", which is great for novice saltwater anglers. The guides can also lead you to the ocean flats for the larger, deep-water bones. Here at Yellow Dog, we often-times have anglers of different skill levels traveling together, and at DWCC, the skilled guides can accommodate this situation easily. It is no problem to target both "quality and quantities" of bones in this diverse flats system in a single day, and best of all, there is minimal running time in the boat. You can count on catching bonefish at Deep Water Cay all year long. The only difference has to do with size of the fish and the general weather conditions. January and February is a good time of year, with an occasional Northern wind cooling off the flats. January’s average temperature is 69 degrees, and you’ll find good numbers of bones in the 3-6 pound class. March, April and May are peak Bahamian bonefishing months, and they are terrific for both numbers and size of fish. The summer months, June, July and August, can produce big schools of bonefish and fish up to 8 pounds. September through November is big fish time, which is usually when the biggest fish of the year are caught. Besides bonefish, the waters around DWCC produce solid action for barracuda, snapper and sharks. The guides are also permit savvy and with the new fleet of Hells Bay skiffs, they can run to some of the outlaying cays and larger islands that are rarely fished. These areas can produce some of the most consistent permit action found anywhere in the Bahamas. These remote and pristine areas can take up to one hour to reach, but in DWCC's new boats, you will have a comfortable ride.

One of our favorite aspects of a fly fishing vacation is when a destination has productive "home flats" to fish early or late in the day, and DWCC has great flats located right out your door. This makes for fun arrival and departure day fishing to "knock the rust off" your casting, and allows those who can "never get enough during a guided day" to wade on their own look for tailing fish as the sun sets. If you are visiting DWCC with a non-angler, hitting the home flats for a couple of hours at a time during a non-guided fishing day is a great way to keep everyone happy during your vacation.

DWCC is located in the midst of an incredibly diverse string of ocean currents, which also makes this area productive for deep sea and blue water fishing. These currents bring Wahoo, sailfish, marlin, Mahi Mahi, and tuna close to the island, which means that at certain times of the year, anglers have short runs to prime fishing. If you are interested in pursuing bluewater species while at DWCC, the Club may be able to accommodate you based on time of year and other conditions. Contact Yellow Dog for more information.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from 2011 Hell’s Bay Professional 17.8's and Marquesa skiffs with Yamaha four-stroke outboard engines. All of 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. The Club's Pro Shop is fully stocked with the best quality fly gear on the market. You’ll find Sage Rods, Tibor Reels, and Rio Fly Lines for purchase or for rent. They also have a great selection of flies, leaders and tippet. If you forget anything at home, they will have it!

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Relaxing in the PoolAt Deep Water Cay, you’re always on Island Time. This means that you can pretty much do whatever you want, whenever you want. And when you want to relax and do nothing, the Club will take care of you. Some guests relax on the white sand beach. Others by the Club's infinity pool. Some snooze in one the teak steamer chairs. For a relaxing adventure, how about a picnic at East End Point? East End Point is one of the prettiest areas of the Deep Water Cay archipelago. You’ll find a swimming area with a long, white-sand beach. It’s the perfect place to swim, snorkel, or look for shells. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, take a break for a gourmet lunch prepared by the Deep Water Cay chef. Another way to experience Deep Water Cay is by kayak. Climb aboard a sit-a-top kayak and go. You can kayak all the way around the cay on the calm ocean surface as well as in the lagoons behind the mangrove preserves. Explore it all – coves, mangroves, flats, blue holes and quiet beaches, and get up close and personal to a variety of birds, fish, and mammals.

How To Get There

Direct daily flights from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and several other U.S. cities to Freeport International Airport are available through Continental Gulfstream, Bahamas Air, American, Spirit, and numerous other smaller charter companies.You can also fly direct to Nassau and use service from Western Air, LeAir or Bahamas Air to Freeport.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Any taxi at the airport will deliver you to the club from the airport. The cost is around $125.00 each way. We can also pre-arrange a car and driver that will meet you upon arrival at the airport. DWCC also has a 4000' private airstrip and Yellow Dog can arrange for charter flights from Fort Lauderdale or provide your personal pilot with airport information and codes.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All rates listed below are per person, and DO NOT include a 10% Bahamas hotel tax and a 12% mandatory resort service fee (staff gratuity). Yellow Dog will make sure to include these additional charges in the quotes and packages we send with each client's potential inquiry!

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $5,098 $7,880
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $4,496 $6,913
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,849 $5,869
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $3,126 $4,701
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $2,369 $3,480

* 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 Deep Water Cay Club
  • All meals at lodge
  • Guided fishing from a Hells Bay skiff
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, and coffee
  • Use of all the amenities at the Club House and private access to the home flats
  • Guests have access to a computer and the internet in the Club House as well as Wi-Fi for laptops
  • Airport transfers from Freeport to Club

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Freeport
  • Airport departure taxes (included in most commercial plane tickets)
  • Tackle rentals, flies and terminal tackle
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
  • Gratuities for guides
  • 10% Bahamian Hotel Tax and 12% Resort Services Fee on rooms and meals in the rates listed above

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

At Deep Water Cay's epicenter is the Club House. Sun illuminates the Club House all day long, from morning sunrises in the East to stunning evening sunsets in the West. Dine, socialize, relax, and, above all, share your day's adventures. A collection of photos and articles illustrates Deep Water Cay's rich legacy. As you review the time anglers have spent on the island, one part is clear; from big fish to big smiles, you'll know why visitors fall in love with the island. Relax in comfort in the Great Room, Game Room, Sunset Bar and on the enormous screened porch.

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