Trip Overview 

Perched on the island's highest hilltop, Acklins Island Lodge provides 360-degree views of the open ocean to the west and the Bight of Acklins to the east. This tiny island is completely surrounded by over 1,500 square miles of shallow flats that – compared to other destinations – see very little fishing pressure. As a result, this area is home to fantastic numbers of happy, naive bonefish. Because of the size and characteristics of the area flats, wading is the main game on Acklins. Whether you are fishing the oceanside flats for larger bones, or the flats within the Bight, you can expect to be wade fishing 85% of the time. The Lodge itself consists of five small cottages that together resemble a small village. Since Acklins is located so close to Crooked Island, anglers may choose to combine these two destinations to create a customized combo trip.

Destination Quick Facts 

Acklins Island Lodge - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Acklins Island, Bahamas

SEASON:  Year-round

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 12 anglers at a time

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Nassau International Airport (NAS)

TARGET SPECIES:  Bonefish, permit, barracuda, jacks, sharks and snapper

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

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Five cottages perch atop the highest point, three of which feature two bedrooms.  All cottages feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mini fridges, spacious closets, and extra-long single beds that can also be made into king-sized beds upon request. The rooms are spacious, clean, and well decorated. Each cottage has a shared deck with unobstructed views of the ocean and the sunrises and sunsets from this high vantage point are spectacular. Since the Lodge treats its own water, the showers are not brackish and fresh water in plentiful (This is very rare anywhere in the Caribbean, and certainly in the Bahamas.). Daily laundry service is available and makes for light packing.

Food and Beverages
Dinner at Acklins Island Lodge is served between 7:00 to 7:30 PM each evening. The Lodge's excellent Bahamian cooks specialize in fresh seafood, including fish, lobster and conch. They also serve several chicken and beef dishes, and many of the fresh vegetables are grown in the Lodge's garden. Sodas, juices, coffees and mixes are included in your package. The Lodge offers a fully-stocked bar offering beer, wine and liquor. The Lodge will keep a bar tab for alocoholic beverages during your stay. 

Typical Length of Stay
Flights to Acklins' Spring Point Airport (AXP) from Nassau International Airport (NAS) are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, which means that these are the change-over days that must be taken into consideration when booking a trip to Acklins Island Lodge. Based on those arrival and departure days, any length of trip can be arranged. The Lodge prefers Saturday or Wednesday as standard arrival and departure days.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Acklins Island Lodge is primarily a fishing-focused destination and does not offer many non-angling activities besides beachcombing, swimming, and relaxing at the lodge. There is a great beach that is within walking distance of the lodge.

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

FISHING

General Information
If you prefer to stalk bonefish while wading the flats, then Acklins Island Lodge is arguably as good as it gets. The guides here prefer to wade, using boats primarily as a mode of transportation. This is the most productive way to fish these intricate flats systems. The guides can and do pole the skiffs during higher tides and upon request. On Acklins, you will primarily find hard-bottomed flats, with some semi-hard bottomed flats the further inland you move. It is vital to wear high-quality wading boots with ample support and the ability to keep debris out (which is why we like to wear long wading socks as well).

On the western side of the island, lies the Bight of Acklins, an impressive flats system that consistently holds strong numbers of bonefish. Mile upon mile of creeks, bays, and shorelines make this a very productive fishery. The eastern, oceanside shoreline is prime bonefish habitat as well, with the occasional permit found under the right conditions. Expect to see larger bones on this side of the island, as the flats border deeper water. Fishing on windy days often takes place in this area, with its protected bays and keys.

Based on weather and immediate conditions, it is not uncommon to use the Lodge van rather than boats to access the day’s fishing grounds during adverse weather conditions. This provides guests a comfortable transfer to the flats, instead of a rough and wet boat ride. There is no sacrifice to the quality of your fishing day when using the van.

Boats and Equipment
The skiffs on Acklins are very basic and solid V-hulled crafts that provide a comfortable ride from spot to spot. These well-maintained skiffs are 16-foot "Bay Skiffs" complete with poling platforms, rod holders, and 45 HP Yamaha outboards. All the boats do have poles if you choose to fish from the boat. It is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

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. The flight to Acklins Island's Spring Point Airport (AXP) leaves early in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, so an overnight in Nassau is required. Private charters are available but must clear customs in Nassau or Georgetown when flying from the U.S.A. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures can assist you in making any travel arrangements.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are the only days commercial flights access Spring Point Airport (AXP) on Acklins Island. Upon arrival on Acklins Island, you will be met at the airport and transferred by van to the Lodge.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of 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 rates are per person and a trip of any length can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

SPRING & SUMMER SEASON (February – July)

(Double Occupancy)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,430.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,965.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,500.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,030.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,450.00

(Single Occupancy)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,325.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,740.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,095.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,510.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,700.00

FALL & WINTER SEASON (October – January)

(Double Occupancy)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,085.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,750.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,280.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,800.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,335.00

(Single Occupancy)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,925.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,440.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,935.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,360.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,580.00

What's Included

  • All accommodations at the lodge
  • All meals, sodas, juices and coffee
  • All guided fishing and daily boat lunch
  • Daily maid and laundry service
  • Government room tax
  • Roundtrip transfers to and from Spring Point Airport

What's Not Included

  • Roundtrip airfare from hometown to Spring Point
  • Overweight baggage charges
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
  • 7.5% VAT Tax
OTHER INFO

The deeper waters east of Acklins are rarely fished and hold numerous offshore game species, such as sahoo, mahi mahi, tuna, grouper, snapper, barracuda, sharks, and some marlin. The Lodge may be able to offer some bluewater and offshore fishing opportunities depending on time of year and conditions.