Stellar fishing in the Conch Capital of the World
East End Lodge is one of our favorite operations in the entire Bahamas. Expect to fish permit and large bonefish with experienced guide staff; returning each day to great food, a full bar, and spacious rooms overlooking the water–all at the best price point on Grand Bahama. East End Lodge is close to the five bights that cut through the “horn” of the island. This multi-bight fishery enables the guides to fish optimal tides throughout the day, typically keeping clients on fish and in the action regardless of what the tides are doing at any given time. Travel is easy to Freeport, Grand Bahama so this is a perfect destination for quick two- and three-day trips and week-long excursions.
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Built in 2011, East End Lodge features immaculate grounds and air-conditioned cottages equipped with beautiful furnishings. A large deck overlooks 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. Late arrivals and early departures can be accommodated based on your flights.
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, de-laminated, or damaged in any way. No visas or inoculation are required for U.S. citizens.
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.
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Head guide Cecil Leathen has built a team of the island’s top guides who 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. This provides protection from the wind and 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 the 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.
Rates and Terms
2023 Package Rates (Effective July 1, 2022)
All rates below are per person and quoted in US Dollars. 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 = $5,935.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $5,085.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,235.004 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,385.003 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,540.00
Single Room/Shared Fishing (1 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,565.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $5,625.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,685.004 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,745.003 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,810.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $10,685.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $9,155.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $7,625.004 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $6,095.003 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $4,575.00
*1/2 Day Guided Fishing = $795.00 (on arrival or departure day; subject to guide availability)
- Round trip ground transfer to and from Freeport International Airport and East End Lodge
- All accommodations at the lodge as specified
- Daily guided fishing
- All meals while at the lodge
- Purified bottled water and coffee
- Complimentary wine is served at dinner
- Fishing equipment is available for use at no additional charge (G. Loomis Rods and Hatch Reels)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Bahamas VAT tax on package
What’s Not Included:
- Air transportation to and from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
- Alcoholic beverages, sodas, and juices
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Bahamas fishing license
- Gratuities for fishing guides and the lodge staff
- Bahamas VAT tax on all additional purchases
East End Lodge (Grand Bahama, Bahamas)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all cancellations, written notice must be sent to and received by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 90 days from beginning (arrival date) of the trip, the full trip amount minus a lodge cancellation fee of $100 per person from the lodge in addition to a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing can be refunded, or a full credit applied to a future trip booked within one year. No refund will be given for trips cancelled inside of 90 days from start of trip, regardless of reason. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a refund in the amount the trip was re-sold for will be sent minus a $200.00 processing fee per guest charged by the lodge in addition to a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. East End Lodge and Yellow Dog strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. East End Lodge will not refund payments in the event of poor weather. However, in the event of a hurricane warning issued for the area in which the lodge is located, the lodge would possibly allow rescheduling (which is at the sole discretion of the lodge). 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. Once again, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.