Dec 29th, 2015
In early November I made my first trip to Abaco Lodge and could not have been more impressed. The lodge sits near the small town of Marsh Harbour on Abaco Island, only about 15 minutes away from the international airport. Fishing days depart from the private dock located only steps away from your room. Guides access a massive amount of terrain covering some 400 square miles of the famous Abaco marls. The marls offer a dizzying maze of small mangrove islands that provide ideal cover and habitat for the gazillions of bonefish that call them home. The guides can always find leeward sides of islands that offer protection from the wind and good light. Runs to productive fishing grounds can be as short as 15 minutes or an hour depending on the fishing goals for the day.
The casual yet beautifully appointed main lodge and guest rooms offer a casual, comfortable and stylish retreat. All packages offer included private rooms and alcohol which normally are up-charges with most operations. Couple all this with the fact that Delta Airlines is now offering direct flights to Marsh Harbour from their hub in Atlanta and it’s impossible to wrong with Abaco Lodge. Give me a call to find out more details from my personal visit and setting up a trip to this fantastic Bahamian bonefish lodge.
Expert Interview with Dylan Rose
Where is the lodge?
Abaco Lodge is located on Great Abaco Island near the town of Marsh Harbour.
How do I get there?
Guests can fly directly to Marsh Harbour directly from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Atlanta. The lodge is only 15 minutes away from the international airport.
When should I go?
Peak months are March through May with the fall season being very productive as well. Do not overlook October and November!
Where do they fish?
Anglers fish the expansive Marls of Abaco Island.
How do they fish?
Anglers fish two per boat in pristine Hells Bay Flats skiffs and take turns fishing from the bow of the boat.
What fish will I catch?
Bonefish are the main quarry at Abaco Lodge. Fish range in size from 2lb – 8lbs. Larger fish are sometimes found as well. Tarpon, permit and barracuda can also be found at various times.
How many fish will I catch?
Any time you land double digit numbers of bonefish in a single day it is a good day. In general, the fish found at Abaco Lodge are not spooky and eat a well-presented fly eagerly.
Where do we stay?
Guests stay water-side in private single rooms with air-conditioning and a king sized bed. Each room offers a private bathroom and a beautiful porch overlooking beautiful Bahamian waters.
Is there wade fishing?
Very little wade fishing is available, most of the fishing is accomplished from the boat.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
The lodge does have some tackle available for rent, although it’s best to bring your own equipment if possible.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
Currently my favorite rod for this trip is a Sage Salt 9ft – 8wt. It’s powerful enough to deal with the wind and versatile enough for bonefish, juvenile tarpon or permit.
Are there other activities?
Abaco Lodge is primarily a small fishing operation, but eco-touring, bluewater trips, diving and a host of other activities can be arranged through third party outfitters in Marsh Harbour.
What are the physical demands?
Physical demands are generally not an issue.
Dangers and annoyances?
Some mosquitoes and biting black flies can be present. Bringing long sleeves and pants as well as a good bug repellent is a good idea.