GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - DEEP WATER CAYE

Location

Deep Water Caye is a 120 acre private island off the east end of Grand Bahamas Island. It is 112 miles due east of Palm Beach, Florida, making it one of the most westerly (and northerly) points in the Bahamas.

The Fishing

From an angling perspective, Deep Water Caye is beautifully positioned geographically and once you fish here, there is little need to explain why club founders Gilbert Drake, and A.J. McClane chose this island 50 years ago when searching for the perfect Bahamian bonefish lodge location. The island is situated at the south east end of Grand Bahamas Island (GBI), amongst a myriad of other islands that serve as a protective barrier against the prevailing winds of the east and north east. When the wind is blowing hard, the guides at Deep Water Caye can almost always use their familiarity with the area to find places to fish that offer decent shelter. The lodge is surrounded by 300 square miles of ocean sand flats, creeks, cays, and inland bays and if you did not know where you were going, it would be very easy to get lost here. While Andros gets much of the bonefish press, GBI and Deep Water Caye Lodge offer a consistent level of fishing that is every bit the equal to the more famous bonefish island to the south. The expansive flats that hug the coastline offer just about every imaginable habitat for big, healthy bonefish. Deep Water Caye guests have access to more flats and area than could be fished in 10 trips.

The countless creeks and channels that ribbon the east end of GBI lead to untold bays, flats and lagoons that stretch all the way to the north end of Abaco Island. The Cross Cayes, which are a series of islands and flats mid way between the north east side of GBI and the northern tip of Abaco Island, receive little angling pressure and are highly productive for big bonefish and even some permit. Make sure you have a rod strung up with wire leader as there is a very healthy and aggressive 'cuda population in this area that will hammer just about anything thrown at them. This northern part of the flats system is easily accessed from the lodge and is one of the more diversified areas in terms of species. Guests will often get shots at big cruising permit in this area and it always pays to have a couple of rods ready for species other than bonefish.

Deep Water Caye is literally surrounded by bonefish and guests will not have to travel far to get into fish. Within a 5 minute boat ride from the lodge, guests can be into fish in all manner of situations. Tailers, big singles and doubles, as well as hungry schools working the edges of the mangroves are all just a short ride away from the lodge. Guests can anticipate fishing from the skiff as well as wading and how much you do of each is entirely dependent on angler preference.

The guide staff at the lodge are all seasoned veterans who are very passionate about bonefishing as well as the ecosystem where the bonefish are found. These guides are all full time professionals who have spent years fishing the area and developing an understanding of where bonefish are found and what their habits are. Deep Water Caye Lodge also offers reef fishing where anglers can target Yellowtail, Mutton and Red Snapper, or Groupers. Further offshore, in one of the lodges larger boats, there are Wahoo, Dolphin, and Tuna.


Trip Information

Documents Required

For American, Canadian and EU members, a valid passport good for 6 months after the trip has been completed is required. Please note that the Bahamian Government is very strict about the 6 month stipulation and they've been known to turn anglers away who don't have sufficient time left on their passport.

Logistics

Monday and Friday are the typical arrival/departure days. 3 to 7 night trips are standard.

Boats and Equipment

11 Dolphin 17 foot Super Skiffs, with 55 horsepower Evinrude motors, with poling platforms and spacious casting decks. There are also 2 larger Maverick skiffs, and a 22 foot center console craft for offshore fishing

Fly and spin casting welcome

Species

bonefish, barracuda, mutton snapper, sharks, jack crevelle, permit

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Season

Year-Round

Capacity

8 anglers

Accommodations

All guest accommodations are oceanfront and offer breathtaking views. The well-appointed cottages feature creature comforts and a laid-back luxury style. You will restore your well being in this stress-free, intimate setting. The cottages are conveniently located just yards away from the Clubhouse, spa, pool and tennis courts. Deluxe accommodations offer tranquility and privacy for parties up to four making them the ideal choice for families, couples and small groups. Each cottage has two full size beds, mini-refrigerators and coffee makers for your convenience. Oceanfront porches, Adirondack chairs, and cotton hammocks complete the Island-style arrangements. In addition, the Club's rental house can accommodate up to 12 people in 3 bedrooms and two queen-size futons, with individual baths, full kitchen and large living room with incredible views and wrap-around beachfront deck.

Getting There

Guests will fly into and out of the Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island International Airport. Grand Bahamas is the easiest flats fishing destination to get to in the Bahamas, due to the numerous direct daily flights from Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale to Freeport, Grand Bahama. Other major east coast hubs like Atlanta are now offering direct flights as well. The island of Grand Bahama is serviced by American, Bahamas Air, Continental, and several private charter services. Once guests arrive in Freeport, a 1 hour taxi ride to the ferry dock in McLean's Town, is necessary. From the docks in McLean's Town it's just an 8 minute boat ride to the island. Planes may be chartered from Fort Lauderdale and Miami, direct to the island, which has a 4,200 ft. jet airstrip.

What's included

  • Accommodation in oceanfront room with private bath and kitchenette in room
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with wine
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bottled water
  • Round trip water taxi service from McLean's Town to Deep Water Caye
  • 7% Bahamian Room Tax

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Freeport
  • Gratuities to guides and staff
  • Ground transportation from the airport in Freeport to McLean's Town
  • Alcohol
  • Tackle shop rentals and purchases
  • Partial day of fishing on arrival or departure day (add $460)

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