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 which 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 relaxing 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, and 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 which 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 trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blanks, 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.
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. 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)
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $1,660.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,015.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $2,395.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,585.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,210.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,140.00
- All accommodations and meals at Smith & Wells Lodge
- All guided fishing
- Bottled water and soft drinks
- Government room tax
- Round-trip ground transfer from Deadman’s airport
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare from hometown to Long Island, Bahamas
- Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Airport departure taxes
- All personal fishing equipment, flies, and terminal tackle
- 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 (12%)