HISTORICALLY RICKMON BONEFISH LODGE, NEW OWNERS & TOTALLY RENOVATED - PRIME LOCATION FOR ABACO!
Our good buddy Kelly Galloup and his partner Kipp Webb purchased Ricardo Burrows’ Rickmon Bonefish Lodge on Sandy Point, Abaco in 2019. This was first lodge Yellow Dog worked with on Abaco back in 2005, then the lodge closed in 2016, so we have a long standing relationship with this unique operation. We are thrilled that Kelly is involved, as the owner of the Slide Inn in Montana coupled with his innovative fly patterns, we know he will bring a high level of professionalism to his new endeavor. Over the past year, the lodge has been totally renovated (the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms). Ricardo will stay on as head guide and his wife Monique will manage the on-site day-to-day operations.
Not only has the property been improved, but the lodge has purchased all new Hell’s Bay skiffs, which offer anglers a safe and comfortable ride to the varied flats around Sandy Point. In fact, this area offers some of the most diverse and productive flats found anywhere in the Bahamas. There is no need to trailer boats, ride in a van to the dock, or make long runs to access the flats when fishing with Galloup’s Sandy Point Lodge. The lodge rests on a sandy peninsula, which literally has 270 degrees of flats surrounding it. Bonefish, permit and tarpon can be fished with-in ten minutes of the lodge. We have experienced this first-hand! Fortunately, the lodge escaped any substantial damage from hurricane Dorian.
The original Rickmon Bonefish Lodge was built in the year 2000. The lodge was always well-maintained by Ricardo Burrows, the previous owner. The new owners have injected substantial capital to update the facility. The two story, remodeled lodge rests on a sandy point overlooking oceanfront flats, where you will enjoy peaceful sunsets each evening on the back deck. All ten newly appointed rooms are single occupancy with private bathrooms. Each room have individual A/C units. The social epicenter of the lodge is the bar, dining area and adjacent cozy sitting area. There is cable TV in the bar, so you won’t miss the big game or news. Walk out the dining and sitting areas’ back door, where the deck rests on a small white sand beach, perfect for post-fishing swimming and relaxing. Enjoy a cigar and cold beverages on the deck as the sun sets over the flats. We always suggest you bring your own gear and tackle for any destination, but lodge does have a fully-stocked fly shop, as well as rods and reels if you damage your own. As always, the Yellow Dog pre-trip planning material will ensure you have the proper tackle and flies! The Sandy Point settlement is with-in walking distance, which is a safe and wonderful community.
Food and Beverages
All meals are prepared in the remodeled kitchen. Traditional Bahamian meals are served and include fresh fish, conch, lobster, as well as chicken and pork dishes for dinners. Breakfast is American style cooked-to-order eggs and side dishes. On the water cooler lunches are also customized to your specific desires. Any specific dietary needs are easily accommodated by filling out your Yellow Dog pre-trip questionnaire. The new owners of the lodge hope to instill a visiting chef program that will train locals from Sandy Point on new and exciting culinary concepts. The lodges does offer any inclusive bar, which includes a reasonable amount of beer (six beers a day) and wine with dinner. The bar is well-stocked with non-alcoholic beverages. Treated drinking water, coffee, tea and juice are inclusive as well.
Typical Length of Stay
Yellow Dog can arrange trips of any length of stay. All trip itineraries are customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This operation is a fishing focused destination. There are no organized non-angling activities, yet.
Internet / Communications
The lodge does have a cable TV in the bar and WI-FI for guests. Most US cell phones work throughout the area.
How To Get There
Direct daily flights to Abaco Island’s Marsh Harbour International Aiport (MHH) are available from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and West Palm Beach. Some commercial airlines also fly directly to Marsh Harbour from Nassau International Airport (NAS), including Bahamas Air and Sky Bahamas. There are also private charter flights available from Nassau or Florida. Please contact Yellow Dog for more information.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
At the airport, you will be met by a taxi driver or lodge representative and driven directly to the lodge, a trip of about 50 minutes. When you arrive at the Lodge, the staff will greet you and show you to your room and get you settled in. There is a home flat a 30 second boat ride across a creek. This 300 yard long bonefish flat is ideal for fishing after your guided day, or your arrival and departure days. Lodge management will assist you prior to your departure day organizing your return trip to the airport.
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.
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.
Galloup’s Sandy Point Lodge is ideally located with direct access to the southern Marls and the ocean front flats of Cross Harbour around the southern portion of Abaco Island. There are no other lodges closer to this expansive flats system than the Sandy Point Lodge. To begin your angling day, you will meet your guide with-in steps from the lodge. There is no need for car transfers or long boat rides to access the varied fisheries at Sandy Point Lodge. The long-time professional guide staff have been working with head guide, Ricardo Burrows for ten plus years. Ricardo and most his guides have been fishing this area for 20+ years. This was the first operation Yellow Dog worked with on Abaco back in 2005, so we are very excited to be apart of the reopening of this fine destination. This is an ideal destinations for anglers that love to wadefish, as there are massive hard bottomed flats.
The Southern Marls, just to the north of the lodge, is ideal for anglers seeking pure numbers of bonefish. Large schools of bones averaging between two and five pounds can be targeted from the Hell’s Bay Skiffs or on foot. There are a number of mangrove lined bays and islands to protect anglers from the winds, but this side of the island is on the predominate lee (out of the wind) side of the island. Larger bonefish, up to ten pounds do frequent this area, as well as occasional permit, but this is an ideal area for challenging weather, those who seek lots of opportunities at bonefish, or beginner saltwater anglers. Just around Sandy Point to the northwest, ocean front flats lead to the Cross Harbour area, which is an expansive oceanfront bay system with inland lagoons loaded with bonefish, occasional large permit, and a resident tarpon off the points. These white sand flats hold truly large bonefish for the seasoned saltwater anglers. The guides can typically customize your angling days for quality or quantities of bonefish. Both these fisheries are with-in only 15 minutes of the lodge by skiff! Being on the lee side of Abaco, these flats are consistently calmer than the northeastern side of the island.
When the weather is settled a few barrier islands, such as Moore’s Island are with-in a 40 minute run from the lodge. There is no other lodge closer to these islands than the Sandy Point Lodge. These unpressured and isolated islands provide solid opportunity at trophy bonefish anytime of year. A mix of turtle grass and hard white sand are ideal for wadefishing these small islands. Moore’s Island is surrounded by flats adjacent to deep water, which generally results is consistent opportunities for big bones inhabiting skinny water to feed on shrimp and crabs. An inland lagoon at Moore’s fishes well during high tide, which prolongs the angling day. This is also one of the more dependable, year-round trophy permit fisheries in the Bahamas. These fish typically travel in singles and doubles, and often can be seen tailing, while rooting up morsels. To complete the Grand Slam, there are a few tarpon “honey holes” in this area, with fish that range between 20 and 80 pounds.
As with any Bahamas destination, we consider Abaco a bonefish destination, not a hardcore permit or tarpon destination, but the opportunity is there if you dedicate quality time to target these gamefish. There are specific seasons and moon fazes to hedge the odds in your favor if you seek mutton snapper, permit and tarpon on the flats. This is also a solid large barracuda destination being so close to the deep water, and they love to hammer big flies! Just give us a call and we will dial you in on the season for the diverse species available at Sandy Point Lodge
Boats and Equipment
Galloup’s Sandy Point Lodge runs two 18 foot Hell’s Bay Marquesa skiffs specifically designed to handle choppy seas, offering guests a smooth ride when crossing open water to the barrier islands. These are outfitted with 90 HP Yamaha outboard engines. Then the lodge has an additional four Hell’s Bays Professional model skiffs with 70 HP Yamaha engines for poling skinny water. All the skiffs feature padded bench seats, coolers, plenty of rod and dry storage, poling platforms with graphite composite poles. Safety is a top priority at Sandy Point Lodge, so all skiffs are outfitted with radios, life jackets, flares and first aid kits. Cell phone services is typically available on all the flats around the mainland of Abaco. There is a cell tower at Sandy Point. The lodges does have a full service fly shop, and rods and reels if you break yours. Here at Yellow Dog, we always suggest brining your own tackle, flies and gear, but the lodge has you covered for whatever reason.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are entirely 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, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars.
One guest per bedroom and two anglers per skiff:
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $4895 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $4495 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $3895 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $2895 per person
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $2095 per person
Full day fishing for additional days: $700 per boat (1 or 2 anglers)
Half day fishing for additional days: $600 per boat (1 or 2 anglers)
Government added VAT tax
- Open bar
- Guided fishing
- Transportation between Marsh harbor Sandy Point
What’s Not Included:
- Government added VAT tax
- Transportation to Abaco Island, flies, rods reels, guides and staff gratuities. The lodge does have back up equipment as well as limited equipment for sale at the lodge fly shop.
- Long car rides to the water, just step off the deck on to the deck of the boat
Non anglers: $500 a night
Rates based on single room shared boat
Single room and boat: 60% surcharge