Deep Water Cay was founded in 1958 by Floridian Gil Drake and Field and Stream editor A.J. McLean as a world-class bonefishing destination. These two bonefish aficionados searched throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean for the perfect destination. They settled on the small island off the East End of Grand Bahama because of the expansive flats, the easy access, the protection from winds and the enormous number of bonefish. Since then, Deep Water Cay has stood the test of time to become the Granddaddy of Bonefish Lodges. Some of the most famous names in fly-fishing have visited the Cay. Like Joe Brooks, Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Flip Pallot and Lefty Kreh. Deep Water Cay has hosted some of the best anglers in history. Come visit us and add your name to the list.
To preserve its legacy and to prepare it for the next half century, Deep Water Cay recently received $10 M in capital improvements. From an entirely new waterfront complete with a Welcome Center, fly shop, dive shop and tiki bar to floating docks, custom Hell’s Bay flats boats and World Cat offshore boats, guests only have one question when they leave: “When can I return?”
In some places, like the Middle Bight of Andros, you practically need a Harbormaster to direct all the boat traffic. At Deep Water Cay you'll find over 250 square miles of flats to fish, and you can wade or boat fish. The flats that you’ll wade fish are hard-packed white sand and the bones are easy to spot. Boat fishing is done around the softer bottoms that are covered in Turtle Grass and oriented around the mangroves. If you look hard enough you’ll see that the water runs far beyond the mangrove root tangles and into saltwater lakes. These lakes also have some freshwater sources, which make them a virtual baitfish factory. As the tides flood and ebb, the baitfish move out of the lakes in on the flats. The real treat is that the 2.2 square mile Deep Water Cay lies on an east/west tack and is situated below an archipelago of moderate-sized cays arranged on a north/south tack. A series of channels connect the southern and northern fisheries, making DWC a close run to any of them. There is enough variety for everyone.
There is a three-hour tide difference between the east and the west ends of Deep Water Cay so anglers enjoy more prime time fishing than in other areas of the Bahamas. The number of channels that pass through the mangroves means that guides move from the North to South ends of the island without having to make long boat rides. Fishing times run from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. If you want more, there are flats in front of the Infinity Pool that you can walk to.
Deep Water Cay sits on a private island, within a 5-minute ferry ride from the east end of Grand Bahama island.
Boats & Equipment:
Anglers who arrive at Deep Water Cay will fish from an entirely new fleet of Hell’s Bay Flats Skiffs: the Hell’s Bay Marquesa and the Hell’s Bay Professional.
Several custom appointments have been added to each boat in the fleet. A stainless steel leaning bar is positioned behind the forward hatch to afford stability and security for all anglers. Internal rod tubes are appointed on both port and starboard sides and provide convenient storage from either side of the skiff. Internal pop up cleats were a must so that running fly lines don’t get tangled, and cockpit chairs are removable to provide additional room, as needed. Poling platforms give our already expert fish spotting guides an additional edge.
Though the 17’11” Marquesa floats in only seven inches of water it still features a 76-inch beam and outstanding stability. The shorter and narrower 17’8” Professional floats in a scant 4.5 inches of water! Boats will be matched specifically to the conditions that each group will experience during their day.
Outboards are matched to our hulls, and you’ll see either Yamaha 4-stroke 70’s or 90’s. 4-strokes were chosen because they offer a quiet, economical ride for sure, but more specifically because they don’t release oil and gasoline into our pristine environment.
Accommodations & Meals:
Meals on the Cay are served at the Main Lodge and Barracuda Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily utilizing the freshest local ingredients. Our fish, conch and lobster (Lobster season August 1 to March 30) are caught and prepared daily. The food is a blend of Bahamian, West Indian and Continental cuisines. Guests who are fishing or just enjoying the natural environment receive picnic lunches pre-ordered the night prior. Cocktails and light appetizers are served at AJ's Tiki Bar located dockside. We also serve cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the main lodge bar 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm nightly. Beverage products are available for room stocking upon request.
You must meet George Jackson, the club’s new Food and Beverage Director. When it comes to preparing a culinary masterpiece, 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 worked with our kitchen staff to refine favorite island dishes and to expand our selections of fresh, local seafood. He is happy to accommodate any particular dietary needs, and Deep Water Cay is very fortunate to have George aboard.
In addition, Rebecca Mason spent ten days at Deep Water Cay. Rebecca is a Cordon Bleu trained Pastry Chef, and thanks to her you’ll enjoy homemade ice cream, sorbets, new desserts and a variety of freshly-baked breads.
At the end of an exciting day on the water, cool libations make for tall tales. Mix it up with a wide variety of new club drinks including Deep Water Cay originals, the Green Flash and the Bahama Mama. Our new wine list is sure to please your palate. With a wider variety of quality wines including value-oriented table wines and select boutique varietals, a full bar and local beer, you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable evening as the sun goes down.
Typical Daily Schedule:
7:30 AM: Breakfast and coffee
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Guided fishing, pre-ordered picnic lunch on water
4:30 PM: Cocktails and light appetizers are served dockside
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails
7:30 PM: Dinner
2018 Rates: $5,353 - $5,710 plus taxes and fees per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner, professional guided fishing or instructors and fishing bait.
Not Included: Airfare, ground transfer to/from airport on Grand Bahama Island, guide gratuity, tackle rental, alcoholic beverages, 10% Bahamian lodging tax, 12% resort service fee.
Fish Species: Bonefish, jacks, barracuda, tarpon, permit
Lodge Capacity: 20+ anglers