Trip Overview 

If you seek a Bahamas fly-fishing vacation, then look to the Bight of Acklins in the southernmost chain of the Bahamian islands. This expansive fishery has only a handful of guides who fish this massive area, so location is key for this new lodge. It is actually located on the northern shore of Crooked Island, but also in close proximity to Acklins Island, so they fish both islands’ waters. The location of Crooked island is important when you consider that weather patterns in this southern area are usually more consistent and warmer than other Bahamian islands, especially throughout the winter months. Aside from the fantastic bonefishing, permit and tarpon can also be found during most months of the year, and the top-notch guide crew love to target these gamefish. Crooked and Acklins are known for the large ocean permit that inhabit these waters. This area is also perfect for wade fishing enthusiast, due to the expansive hard, white sand flats.

Destination Quick Facts 

LOCATION:  Major’s Cay, Bahamas

SEASON:  Year-round (Peak season is January through June)

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 10 anglers per week 

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Nassau International Airport (NAS)

TARGET SPECIES:  Bonefish, with some tarpon, permit, trigger fish, barracuda, jacks, snapper, and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Located on the northeastern shore of Crooked Island, Major’s Cay Settlement is close to the Colonial Hill Airport and Acklins Island. The lodge has five air conditioned double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms, TV’s and plenty of storage space for your gear and tackle. It rests directly on an ocean beach, which is excellent for swimming, beachcombing and snorkeling. The lodge does have two sea kayaks and snorkel gear. There is some fishing off the beach for trigger fish and barracudas. The main dining lodge is 200 feet from the rooms and does have free Wi-Fi.

Food and Beverage
The on-site restaurant and bar offers fresh, locally-caught grouper, snapper, tuna, mahi- mahi, lobster and conch. The lodge’s conch salad is famous on the island! You can expect American-style breakfasts and fresh Bahamian cuisine for dinner. Lunches are packed in coolers for your days on the water. The Lodge carries a fully-stocked bar offering beer, wine, and liquor and will be happy to keep a tab during your stay. Sodas, juices, and coffees are included in your package price.  

Typical Length of Stay
Designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on Bahamas Air are Wednesdays and Saturdays mornings, which means that a seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days itinerary is the standard package. Since the Bahamas Air flight is early in the morning you must overnight in Nassau on Friday or Tuesday night. Other schedules (Wednesday to Saturday, or Saturday to Wednesday) can be accommodated based on availability. Please call Yellow Dog for details. A charter flight option is also available. If you travel to Crooked by charter flight, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and trips of any length can be arranged. Please keep in mind that the guides on the island do not guide or work on Saturdays, so this is typically the changeover day.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Crooked and Acklins Islands offer pristine ocean beaches that are rarely walked on. The interior of the two islands creates a massive lagoon that is made up of uninhabited, small islands and sandy cays. The wide range of aquamarine colors is brilliant. Yellow Dog can arrange day trip options for snorkeling, beachcombing, and bird watching. The lodge does have two sea kayaks for guests to use. The resident flock of pink flamingos is one of the last best places to see these colorful birds as they wade among the bonefish. The lodge beach is well-maintained and excellent for swimming, relaxing with a book, and snorkeling.

Internet / Communications
The main lodge area does offer free Wi-Fi for guests. Some U.S. cell phones may work throughout the Bahamas depending on your service plan.

FISHING

General Information
This lodge’s location is what makes it so appealing to anglers seeking a fishing destination off-the-beaten-path. Since the lodge guides fish both Acklins and Crooked Islands you get the best of both fisheries. The two islands actually form a large lagoon with a bight that separates the two islands. The definition of the word “bight” means a natural waterway that bisects an island, thus connecting it’s opposite coasts. For flats anglers, this means you get to fish optimal tides throughout the days due to the way the tide flood and drain within bight. Since the Bight of Acklins is surrounded by both Crooked and Acklins Islands, the guides will position the skiffs in lee shorelines so you are casting away from the wind most of the time.

The bonefish can be targeted year round, but peak season for water temps is mid-October through May. The guides can target smaller schooling bonefish for beginner anglers while wade fishing, or larger bones that feed in singles or doubles. These smaller fish average between two and four pounds, with the larger trophy bones between seven and ten pounds. This is a strong wade fishing destination, because of the expansive hard bottomed flats.

Permit can be targeted any time of year in the bight of Acklins. These fish do prefer warmer water temps, but being so far south this can happen any time of year. For hard core permit anglers we do suggest focusing on the warmer months. While this is not a consistent tarpon fishery, tarpon can be fished for early in the mornings around Turtle Sound. Sharks and barracudas are also abundant on the flats, giving anglers additional opportunities and excitement. There are excellent bottom fishing opportunities for both fly and conventional anglers. Yellow Dog can arrange for inshore and offshore fishing aboard a larger boat. This is a great way to feast on some freshly caught fish!

The fishing program on Crooked is staffed by long-time professionals, many of whom have worked here since the mid-1990s. They focus on bonefish, but are knowledgeable and excited about the untapped and largely unmolested permit and tarpon fisheries. There are two DIY flats close to the lodge for arrival day (Saturdays) fishing.

Boats and Equipment
The guides on Crooked use a variety of flats skiffs, including 18-foot Hewes Redfishers, Action Crafts, and Super Seas. All boats are equipped with poling platforms, spacious decks, rod holders and radios. It is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle. A van will transport all the anglers to Turtle Sound which is 15 minutes from the lodge.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
Most anglers fly commercially to Nassau International Airport (NAS). There are numerous daily flights into Nassau from many of the larger U.S. cities. From Nassau you fly to Crooked Island’s Colonel Hill Airport (CRI). Designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on Bahamas Air are Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is also a charter flight option that is available. If you travel to Crooked by charter flight, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and trips of any length can be arranged. 

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Most guests fly Bahamas Air flies from Nassau (NAS) to Crooked Island’s Colonel Hill Airport (CRI) on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Commercial flights depart Nassau in the early morning, so you will need to overnight in Nassau. There is also a great charter flight option that is available, which means that you can arrive and depart on any day of the week at any time. Once you arrive on Crooked Island, a van from the hotel will pick you up for a short 15-minute drive to the lodge. Keep in mind that the guides do not work on Saturdays, so this is typically the transfer day.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of the trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.

Double Occupancy
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,290.00

Single Occupancy
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,790.00

Inshore and offshore fishing: $200 extra per day (up to two anglers per boat)

What's Included

  • All accommodations and hotel taxes
  • All meals, soft drinks and bottled water
  • Daily guided fishing
  • Van transfer to and from airport
  • Gratuities for hotel and kitchen staff (service charge)
  • Wi-Fi in the main lodge

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Crooked Island
  • Bahamian departure taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
  • Gratuities for fishing guides
  • Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.)
  • Bahamas fishing license: $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month, and $50 for the year (Yellow Dog will ensure the lodge has your license until the on-line system is in place)
  • Bahamian VAT Tax (7.5%)