Stellar fishing in the Conch Capital of the World
UPDATES ON EAST END LODGE AND THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE DORIAN
At the present time, all travel to East End Lodge is on hold, and all bookings for the immediate future have either been canceled or suspended. Most US airlines have suspended all direct commercial flights to Freeport until December. Bahamas Air is offering flights to both Abaco and Grand Baham via Nassau on a limited basis. Ceratin lodges and operations that we work with (including East End Lodge) were badly damaged or destroyed, and the timeline for rebuilding and re-opening these operations has yet to be announced. For those looking to fish the Bahamas in the near future, it is important to remember that all islands (apart from Abaco and Grand Bahama) are very much open and available to anglers. We have very good availability on Andros Island, Crooked Island, and a number of the other out-islands and the Bahamas needs our support! Once recovery and relief efforts wrap up on both Abaco and Grand Bahama, we will once again be booking and of course, supporting the lodges and guides that have been devastated by Dorian. If you would like to help with immediate relief and support efforts, we encourage you to visit the “Double Haul for Dorian Relief” landing page on the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation website at www.ydccf.org
Built in 2011, East End Lodge features immaculate grounds and air-conditioned cottages equipped with beautiful furnishings; and a large deck overlooking the crushed coral courtyard, outdoor fire pit, tiki huts and the ocean beyond. The Main Lodge features a small sitting area, a well-stocked bar with stools and a full dining area. The Lodge has a high definition flat screen with DIRECTV so you can always tune in to the big game.
Breakfast is made-to-order and served in the main dining room. Customized, packed cooler lunches are served on the water, while dinners feature Bahamian-style dishes. Expect a great selection of fresh seafood, chicken, pork, salads, homemade soups and a variety of side dishes. Here in the “Conch Cracking Capital of the World,” the conch dishes are as fresh as they get! All meals can be prepared to your liking; the kitchen staff will always take great care of you.
Typical Length of Stay
There are no specific transfer days at the lodge, so you can stay for any number of days or weeks. Flights arrive and depart Freeport every day of the week from several cities in the Eastern U.S.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
East End Lodge is primarily a fishing-focused destination, but Lodge staff always do their best to accommodate non-anglers with activities like snorkeling, kayaking, birdwatching, blue hole tours, nature tours, and island tours. Nearby McLean’s Town has very limited retail opportunities but the larger town of Freeport is just an hour away and has shopping, golf, numerous water sports, beautiful beaches, and a casino. The Lodge can arrange a taxi to get you there and back.
Wi-Fi is available for guests. Cell phone service is available for most U.S. guests depending on your service plan.
How To Get There
Fly direct daily from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and several other U.S. cities to Freeport’s Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) via United, Bahamas Air, American, Delta, and smaller charter companies. You can also fly direct to Nassau International Airport (NAS) via Western Air, LeAir or Bahamas Air.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Round-trip transportation between the airport and East End Lodge is included in the price of your package.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of trip dates.
Minors Traveling Without Both Parents
All children 18 years of age or younger accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to travel. Single parents need NOTARIZED documentation of divorce, or a spousal death certificate. Unaccompanied Minors require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Head guide Cecil Leathen has built a team of the island’s top guides, all of whom are professional, informative and fun to fish with. They pride themselves on keeping you on fish any time of year. Since the flats are so close to the Lodge, boat travel time is minimal. The eastern horn of the island has five large bights that travel northeast to southwest. Not only does this provide protection from the wind, but it also enables the guides to fish optimal tides throughout the day — a rare situation for any flats destination.
The surrounding deep, cool water produces bonefish in the 5 to 10-pound class. When fishing from the boat, fish tend to be slightly more aggressive and respond to well-placed flies. Delicate presentations and longer leaders are required for wade fishing. Along with larger than average permit, anglers can also target barracuda, sharks, jacks, snapper and several other species in these East End waters.
Boats and Equipment
Guides run 16-foot Dolphin Super Skiffs with 85HP Yamahas, complete with poling platforms, poles, rod storage, coolers with plenty of ice, and cushioned seats. We recommend you bring your own gear including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle. The Lodge does have rods and reels available for anglers to use if needed.
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.
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,250.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,500.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,750.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,995.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,250.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $9,450.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $8,100.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $6,750.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $5,385.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $4,050.00
*1/2 Day Fishing = $725.00 (Available on the day of departure, subject to availability)
- All airport transfers (round-trip from Freeport International Airport to East End Lodge)
- All accommodations at the lodge
- All meals and purified/bottled water
- Complimentary wine is served with dinner
- Daily guided fishing
- Fishing equipment is available for use at no additional charge (G. Loomis Rods and Hatch Reels)
- Bahamas VAT tax (12%)
What’s Not Included:
- Air transportation to Freeport, Bahamas
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Alcoholic beverages, sodas, and juices
- 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 online system is in place)
- Gratuities for guides