One of the Least-Visited and Most Productive Fisheries in The Bahamas
Crooked Island is one of the least-visited and most productive fisheries in the Bahamas, about as far from Florida as one can get and still be in Bahamian waters. The location of the island is important when you consider that weather patterns in this southern area are usually more consistent and warmer than other Bahamian islands, especially throughout the winter months. The expansive lodge grounds at Crooked Island Lodge include a pleasant swimming beach with sea kayaks that are available to tour the coast. All guest rooms sit at the tip of Pittstown Point, providing easy access to the ocean. The Lodge accommodates a maximum of 12 anglers per week, something that the owners believe will ensure the quality of fishing for many years to come. Aside from the fantastic bonefishing, permit and tarpon can be found during most months of the year, and the guides on the island are eager to fish for them.
Located on the northwest corner of Crooked Island, Pittstown Point is an oceanfront resort with 12 island-style rooms. Ten rooms have two double beds, and two rooms have one king bed. Each of the rooms has a private bath. All bedrooms and bathrooms are recently-renovated, giving guests the choice of air-conditioned rooms or cooling rooms with natural breezes and ceiling fans. The Lodge looks onto the beautiful Bird Rock Lighthouse, which was built in 1876. A 3,500′ foot airstrip is available if you plan to fly your own plane to the island.
Food and Beverage
The dining room is an authentic local restaurant in which the culinary staff prepares fresh, locally-caught grouper, snapper, tuna, mahi-mahi, lobster, and conch. You can expect American-style breakfasts and fresh Bahamian cuisine for dinner. Lunches are packed in coolers for your days on the water. The Lodge carries a fully-stocked bar offering beer, wine, and liquor and will be happy to keep a tab during your stay. Sodas, juices, and coffees are included in your package price.
Typical Length of Stay
Designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on Bahamas Air are Wednesdays and Saturdays, which means that a seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days itinerary is the standard package. Other schedules (Wednesday to Saturday, or Saturday to Wednesday) can be accommodated based on availability. Please call Yellow Dog for details. A charter flight option is also available. If you travel to Crooked by charter flight, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and trips of any length can be arranged. Please keep in mind that the guides on the island do not guide or work on Saturdays.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Crooked Island is engulfed by beautiful turquoise flats, pristine coral reefs, and small cays. The Lodge itself overlooks the picturesque Bird Rock Lighthouse, which is surrounded by an extensive reef system. Guests who enjoy snorkeling can wade into the ocean only steps away from Lodge rooms. Certified divers may experience unique and spectacular “wall diving” just a few hundred yards from the beach. Crooked Island Lodge provides comfortable accommodations and the complete service one would expect from a beach resort. Historical tours of the island, beachcombing, beach picnics, scuba, snorkeling, reef and offshore fishing, and some nightlife and shopping in small villages (limited!) are all popular activities.
Internet / Communications
The Lodge does offer Wi-Fi for guests. Some U.S. cell phones may work throughout the Bahamas depending on your service plan.
How To Get There
Most anglers fly commercially to Nassau International Airport (NAS). There are numerous daily flights to Nassau from many of the larger U.S. cities. From Nassau, you fly to Crooked Island’s Colonel Hill Airport (CRI). Designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on Bahamas Air are Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is also a charter flight option that is available. If you travel to Crooked by charter flight, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and trips of any length can be arranged.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Most guests fly Bahamas Air from Nassau (NAS) to Crooked Island’s Colonel Hill Airport (CRI) on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Commercial flights depart Nassau in the morning. There is also a great charter flight option that is available, which means that you can arrive and depart on any day of the week at any time. Take advantage of arriving and departing on Crooked Island Lodge’s private 3,500-foot runway. Once you arrive on Crooked Island, a van from the hotel will pick you up for a short 15-minute drive to Pittstown Point.
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The fishing on the south side of Crooked Island provides numerous bonefish opportunities on vast white sand flats. The operation is limited to six boats per week, something that the owners believe will ensure the quality of fishing for many years to come. The average bonefish in these waters runs two to four pounds, and anglers will find themselves casting at larger fish on a regular basis. You can also expect to spend the week wading pristine flats that seem endless, with no other anglers in sight.
Permit can be found most of the year and guides on the island are continually dialing in on the ways to catch these fish with each passing season. This is one of the finest Bahamian locations to target the elusive permit, and good numbers have been taken on the fly by lodge guests over the past several years. While this is not a prolific or consistent tarpon fishery, tarpon can be jumped and landed in the late spring and summer. Sharks and barracudas are also abundant on the flats, giving anglers additional opportunities and excitement.
Aside from the fantastic flats fishing, anglers may experience the thrill of offshore fishing in the deeper waters that surround Crooked Island. These waters are rarely fished due to the island’s remote location. The lack of sportfishing boats in the area make for incredible catches. During the late spring and summer months, the tuna and marlin bite is normally consistent, and the dorado and tuna action can be good year-round. Inshore fishing has become very popular over the past year and takes place in one hundred feet of water or less. Species include grouper, snapper, jacks, mackerel, sharks, and cudas, all of which can make for some very fast-paced action. Night fishing trips are also available for the hard-core angler.
The fishing program on Crooked is staffed by long-time professionals, many of whom have worked here since the mid-1990s. They focus on bonefish but are knowledgeable and excited about the untapped and largely unmolested permit and tarpon fisheries.
January – February
These months are great for trophy bonefish, as well as for permit on the flats. Huge barracuda can be consistently targeted during these months as well.
March – May
These months usually produce the most consistent weather for fly fishing the flats. Large numbers of bonefish in all sizes can be found, and tarpon begin to show up in mid-April.
June – September
Typical summer days are calm and hot, but regular afternoon showers will cool off the flats, bringing in larger bonefish and tarpon. The bonefishing is best in the mornings, and the tarpon fishing better in the afternoons. Sharks, barracuda, jacks, and snapper are also prevalent in the summer months.
October – December
Since Crooked is further south than other islands, these months can offer better weather than the northern islands. Bonefish are found in good numbers in the warmer, sheltered flats protected from the ocean trade winds. This is a good time of the year to search for permit.
Boats and Equipment
The guides on Crooked use a variety of flats skiffs, including 18-foot Hewes Redfishers, Action Crafts, and Super Seas. All boats are equipped with poling platforms, spacious decks, rod holders and radios. 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.
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,200.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,550.00
- All accommodations and hotel taxes
- All meals, soft drinks, and bottled water
- Daily guided fishing
- Van transfer to and from airport
- Gratuities for hotel and kitchen staff (service charge)
- 12% VAT tax
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to Crooked Island
- Bahamian departure taxes
- Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
- Gratuities for fishing guides
- Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.)
- 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)
- Bahamian VAT Tax (7.5%)