Apr 25th, 2019
Deep Water Cay sits on a private island at the extreme east end of Grand Bahama island. The lodge excels at delivering top notch service with understated yet luxurious accommodations and they fish a pristine eco-system that is home to monster bonefish. Deep Water Cay is a professional bonefishing operation through and through and features a plethora of amenities to keep families and non-angling guests enthused and happy. With comfortable well-appointed private fishing cottages, brilliant Bahamian cuisine, a superbly friendly Bahamian staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and an incredibly skilled guide staff, Deep Water Cay is a Bahamian paradise offering year-round adventure in a high-end package.
For more information call Dylan Rose at 800.552.2729
Expert Interview with Dylan Rose:
1. To catch the largest bonefish of your life. Fish in excess of 10lbs are not uncommon.
2. To fish with some of the most skilled and respected guides in the Bahamas.
3. To pair a fishing vacation that is also enjoyable for guests interested and wide range of activities.
4. To experience a high-end lodge with luxurious accommodations and fine cuisine.
5. To book a destination that is easily accessible from Florida without having to overnight in Nassau.
Where is the lodge?
Deep Water Cay is located on Grand Bahama Island about an hour’s drive east of Freeport.
How do I get there?
Guests can fly directly to Freeport from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Guests take a taxi approximately 60 minutes to the lodge from Freeport. Then they take a four minute boat ride to the private island.
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 and remote flats of eastern Grand Bahama Island.
Who is best suited for this destination?
Anglers keen on targeting large bonefish with emphasis on quality of fish over quantity of fish.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
Accommodations are very comfortable and well-appointed with all the amenities of a high-end resort. Luxurious multi-bedroom houses that sit beach-side can also be arranged for groups.
Can you describe the atmosphere of the lodge?
The atmosphere is cheerful and lively with great food, a beautiful pool area and a super-friendly staff of Bahamians that make you feel as if you were home.
Is the owner on-site? If not, who is the manager or point person?
The owner is not typically on-site, but lodge management is always available to help with anything you might need.
Is there Internet or cell service?
Internet is available at the lodge. Cell service will depend on your particular carrier. Please check with your provider.
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 Deep Water Cay. Fish range in size from 2lb – 8lbs with catches every season occurring of fish in excess of 10lbs. Anglers that are interested in permit also stand a good chance to find them and barracuda are plentiful. Some opportunities also exist for snapper and jacks.
How many fish will I catch?
Any time you land double digit numbers of bonefish in a single day it is a good day! Deep Water Cay may be one of the best places in the world to land a 10lb plus trophy bonefish.
Will we see other anglers?
There are times when you may see anglers from other lodges, but in general the guides do a great job of staying out of each other’s way.
Is there wade fishing?
Some wade fishing is available, most of the fishing is accomplished from the boat.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
Fishing runs of 10 minutes to an hour are possible but bonefish can be found right at the lodge dock or surrounding the private island.
Do the guides speak English?
Yes, English is the first language of the guides.
What are the guides like?
Bahamian guides have a reputation for being “passionate”. This means that some guides may show their emotions or disappointment at poorly executed casts or missed opportunities. This is their nature. They are also quick to laugh, smile and tease you but they are always on your team. Some of the guides at Deep Water are among the most sought after and well regarded in the entire country. My advice any time when dealing with foreign guides is to try and relax, realize that many cultural differences are at play and that when things get heated in the boat, try to smile and laugh your way through it the best way possible. As always, never suffer in silence. If you ever have an issue, be sure to bring it up with lodge management.
Where do we stay?
Guests stay either in private fishing cottages with air-conditioning and a king sized bed or have the option of upgrading into a private two or three bedroom house located on the property.
What is the cost?
Deep Water Cay provides a high-end experience and rates are among some of the highest in the Bahamas. Please see the Rates and Details section of our Deep Water Cay Lodge web page for the current rates:
Does this destination combine well with other destinations?
Deep Water Cay is sometimes combined with other locations on Grand Bahama island. It does not combine well with other operations across the Bahamas as the logistics can be challenging.
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?
Blue-water fishing trips, diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and biking are all possible at Deep Water Cay. They also have a very nice freshwater pool and a rustic beach.
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.
Are there any health concerns?
The CDC is currently advising that pregnant women not travel to the Bahamas over concerns regarding Zika.