The Southern Marls, just to the north of the lodge, is ideal for anglers seeking pure numbers of Bonefish. Large schools of Bones averaging between two and five pounds can be targeted from Hell’s Bay Skiffs or on foot. There are a number of mangrove-lined bays and islands to protect anglers from wind, perfect for fishing. This side of the island is on the predominate lee (out of the wind) side of the island. Larger Bonefish up to ten pounds frequent this area, as well as the occasional Permit, but this is an ideal area for challenging weather, those who seek lots of opportunities at Bonefish, or beginner saltwater anglers. Just around to the northwest, ocean front flats lead to the Cross Harbour area, which is an expansive oceanfront bay system with inland lagoons loaded with Bonefish, occasional large Permit, and resident Tarpon off the points. These white sand flats hold truly large Bonefish for the seasoned saltwater anglers. The guides can typically customize your angling days for quality or quantities of Bonefish. Both these fisheries are within 15 minutes of the lodge by skiff! Being on the lee side of Abaco, these flats are consistently calmer than the northeastern side of the island.
When the weather is settled a few barrier islands such as Moore’s Island are within a 40 minute run from the lodge. There is no other lodge closer to these islands than our Lodge. These unpressured and isolated islands provide solid opportunity at trophy Bonefish anytime of year. A mix of turtle grass and hard white sand are ideal for wade fishing these small islands. Moore’s Island is surrounded by flats adjacent to deep water, which generally results is consistent opportunities for big Bones inhabiting skinny water to feed on shrimp and crabs. An inland lagoon at Moore’s fishes well during high tide, which prolongs the angling day. This is also one of the more dependable, year-round trophy Permit fisheries in the Bahamas. These fish typically travel in singles and doubles, and often can be seen tailing, while rooting up morsels. To complete the Grand Slam, there are a few Tarpon “honey holes” in this area, with fish that range between 20 and 80 pounds.
As with any Bahamas fishing trip, we consider Abaco a Bonefish destination, not a hardcore Permit or Tarpon destination, but the opportunity is there if you dedicate quality time to target these gamefish. Being so close to deep water, this is also a terrific area to target large Barracuda and they love to hammer big flies!