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Inaugural Big Yard Bonefish Classic at Swain’s Cay Lodge

August 10, 2022

The inaugural Big Yard Bonefish Classic will be held on February 21-26, 2023, at Swain’s Cay Lodge on Andros Island, Bahamas. The Big Yard Bonefish Classic proceeds will go to the Mangrove Cay Recreational Community Park Association and will be facilitated through the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation. The MCRCPA has been working for the last two years on building a recreational park for the Little Harbor community. They have completed a basketball court that sees daily use and are moving forward with the next stage of building which will include bleachers, restrooms, and further land clearing. There are also plans for a running track, playground, volleyball court, shaded picnic tables, a concessions area, lighting, and fencing. Funding from the tournament will help advance this work. 

Tournament Details: February 21-26, 2023

February 21, 2023 – arrive at Swain’s Cay Lodge

February 22, 2023 – fishing practice day

February 23-25, 2023 – three-day fishing tournament

February 26, 2023 – depart Swain’s Cay Lodge

Package pricing = $4,514.50 per person based on a 5 night/4 day stay, double occupancy accommodations, plus $400 tournament fee (total = $4,914.50 per person).

All teams have two anglers, with points awarded for each bonefish landed during the three-day event. The highest cumulative team score will result in the tournament winner.

Awards:

Grand Champion Team

Runner-Up Team

Grand Champion Angler

Runner-Up Angler

Top Guide 

Biggest Bonefish

Most Bonefish

Biggest ‘Cuda

Package pricing = $4,514.50 per person based on a 5 night/4 day stay, double occupancy accommodations, plus $400 tournament fee (total = $4,914.50 per person).

What’s Included:

  • All accommodations at Swain’s Cay Lodge as specified
  • Ground transfers to and from airport and lodge on Mangrove Cay
  • Daily guided fishing as specified
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Transfers to and from boat ramps for fishing
  • Bottled water and coffee at the lodge
  • Full use of kayaks and bikes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bahamas VAT Tax on package purchased 

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from Andros Island, Bahamas
  • Alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodge
  • Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
  • Fly fishing equipment and flies
  • Bahamas fishing license
  • Bahamas VAT Tax on services/sales outside of packages (i.e., bar, other activities, fly shop, etc.) 

Swain’s Cay Lodge is located on a beautiful white sand beach on Andros Island Mangrove Cay settlement. Guests can choose from ocean-view suites, garden-view twin rooms, and a three-bedroom apartment for larger groups and families. The Swain’s Cay Lodge Reefside Restaurant & Bar is located on the beach and serves up delicious three-course dinners of fresh lobster, fish, ribs, chicken, and conch. A home flat spans the water just beyond the lodge, where anglers can fish independently anytime during their stay.

Andros Island is known as the “Bonefish Capital of the World,” where an expansive system of natural channels bisect the islands, creating hundreds of square miles of shallow lagoons and white sand flats where bonefish flourish. With easy access to the best fishing areas, guides will take you to where the tides and winds are most favorable on any given day. Swain’s home water is the middle and south bight, which are vast and diverse fisheries that hold great numbers of bonefish – everything from easy-to-catch “schoolie-sized” fish all the way up to some of the largest bonefish that swim in the Bahamas. The west side of Andros is only a 40-minute boat run away and is a great spot for larger bonefish along with seasonal opportunities for tarpon and permit.

As always, YDCCF is grateful for your generous support, and we look forward to seeing you at Swain’s Cay Lodge in February! 

 

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