Indulge Yourself in the Incredible Fishery of Deadman's Cay
If you are looking for a remote, low-profile, and super-economical flats destination, Deadman’s Cay Lodge on the out-island of Long Island should be considered. Located in the middle of the island, Deadman’s offers great fishing and is one of the best values anywhere in the Bahamas. With very little angling pressure in this area, you can experience consistently good fishing on thousands of acres of untouched, uncrowded flats. Along with having an extensive network of oceanside flats, the area also has an “inland locked” flats system which provides vast wading areas that are protected on even the windiest days. The guides here are hard-working, and the bonefish are plentiful. This is not a five-star lodging operation by any stretch of the imagination, as Deadman’s focuses first and foremost on fishing and long days on the water. With a very affordable price and great fishing, however, you will understand after a week what this place is all about.
Accommodations are in the privately-owned Smith & Wells Lodge. There are four double-occupancy units, each with two bedrooms, private bathrooms, and air conditioning. Each unit features a common area with a sofa, satellite television, phone, full-size refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker. Your room will be cleaned daily, linens and towels replaced, and beer and liquor re-stocked. All of the units are located within the same building and share a common area with a screened-in porch. This area is set up with tables and chairs and provides a place for dinner, drinks, and relaxation to share the day’s fishing stories. Wayde Smith, the owner of Smith & Wells, is at the lodge every morning before fishing to make sure that all of your needs are met. Wayde not only provides excellent and timely service but will make you feel like family by the time your fishing week is complete. The staff provides the type of personal service that will keep you wanting to revisit Deadman’s Cay.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast is on your own each morning; each lodging unit will be provided with basic food items, such as coffee, eggs, ham, bacon, toast, bottled water, and fresh fruit. Lunch will be packed for your day on the water and dinner will be delivered to the lodge at 7:00 PM daily. Dinners are prepared by Wayde and his wife and consist of local Bahamian cuisine that typically includes fresh fish, lobster, conch, and chicken dishes.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available, and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, Long Island offers a variety of do-it-yourself activities, including beachcombing, birdwatching, kayaking, and hiking the area’s nature trails. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and island tours can also be arranged through third-party entities on the island. Rental cars are also available for self-guided island tours. This unique location on Long Island offers access to some breathtaking scenery and remote blue holes. These inland blue holes are subterranean cave passages that are the most extensive in the world. These are great spots for snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.
Internet / Communications
The lodge does have Wi-Fi access available. Guests must have their own laptop. Some U.S. cell phones may work throughout the Bahamas depending on your service plan.
How to Get There
Daily air service from Nassau International Airport (NAS) is available on Bahamas Air and Southern Air. There are also private charter options available from Nassau through Southern Air and Pineapple Air. Please call Yellow Dog for more information on getting to Deadman’s and Long Island.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Upon arrival on Long Island, you will be met by a representative from Deadman’s Cay and driven to the Lodge. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated or damaged in any way.
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The diversity of the area’s flats and fishing grounds is what sets Deadman’s angling apart from many other Bahamian flats destinations. The inland flats that are located just five minutes from the lodge are landlocked and mostly hard-bottomed. This translates to excellent wading opportunities, as well as a fishery that is usually sheltered from the wind. Easy access to these flats was created in the 1970s by an old salt mining facility. To produce the salt, it was necessary to dredge a “flow system” throughout the inland flats resulting in an aquatic “road system” that today connects acres of bonefish flats.
These canals provide great habitat for bonefish and allow fish to feed throughout the area during any tide period. Other species that use this canal system include barracuda, jacks, snapper, sharks, and tarpon. It is not uncommon to see all of these species in the canals in a single day. Oceanside flats are located about 25 minutes from the lodge and are generally characterized by white, hard sand bottoms. Some wading opportunities are available on these flats, but the most productive fishing is accomplished from the boat while poling the deeper flats in search of large fish. Schools of bonefish are seen on these flats, but looking for larger specimens in the six to ten-pound category is the primary reason to visit and fish this area.
Boats and Equipment
Guides use high-end 16-foot skiffs complete with poling platforms, 85HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. Each boat also has life jackets and cell phones for emergencies. As with all of our Bahamian fishing operations, it is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies, and all terminal tackle.
Rates and Terms
2023 Package Rates (Effective July 1, 2022)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 U.S. dollars. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,705.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,250.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,740.007 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,300.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,845.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,885.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,525.007 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,415.00
- Round-trip ground transfer to and from Deadman’s airport
- All accommodations at the lodge as specified
- All guided fishing as specified
- Breakfast and dinner at the lodge and cooler lunch on the water with your guide
- Bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to and from Long Island, Bahamas
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- All equipment, flies and terminal tackle
- Bahamas fishing license
- Bahamian VAT Tax
Deadman’s Cay Lodge (Long Island, Bahamas)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all cancellations, written notice must be sent to and received by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. and all deposits and payments are non-refundable. For cancellations outside of 45 days from beginning of the trip, however, full amount minus the Yellow Dog handling fee may be credited and applied to a future trip booked within one year (subject to availability). No refunds or credits will be given for trips cancelled inside of 45 days from start of trip. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by the lodge (in addition to a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.) Deadman’s Cay Lodge and Yellow Dog strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Deadman’s Cay Lodge will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
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Yellow Dog Customer Reviews
“The lodging at Deadman’s was no-frills, but a nice clean place with everything you need. Outstanding homemade dinners by Claudette and the lunch sandwiches were better than I have had on other guided trips. The flats boats (Mitzis) were in great shape. The inside flats at Deadman’s are a complicated, maze-like place and the guides really know their way around. They work hard to rest each flat and we never fished the same place twice in six days of fishing. Getting to the oceanside flats is a beautiful ride and a beautiful place to fish. The trip is weather dependent though and we were not able to get out there every day. Inside or out, all three guides put us on plenty of bones. We would all do Deadman’s again and, hopefully, bring a couple of additional friends with us.” – Jason N.
“This was a serious, no-frills fishing destination. Loved it!” – Philip B.