Abaco Lodge, Abaco Marls, Bahamas
Huge species diversity or the ultra-rare Bahamas Grand Slam
Abaco Lodge is the only fly-fishing operation tucked inside Great Abaco Island’s renowned Marls region—a pristine swath of unpressured flats that are home to one of the greatest populations of bonefish in the Bahamas. Ten to fifteen fish days are not uncommon, with 200 square miles of prime habitat awaiting anglers. Our convenient and comfortable Marls-side headquarters also means no trailering, no fuel stops, and more time fishing.
Wonderful access to the famous Abaco Marls
Abaco’s sheltered Marls region is big. So big that it could swallow 13 Manhattans within its 300 square mile footprint. Instead of sputtering cabs and people crammed into skyscrapers, this wilderness flats area is peppered with unpopulated pine forest islands, mangrove cays, and a prodigious bonefish population.
From Abaco Lodge’s central location, we fish the Marls from as far south as Cross Harbour to its northern extremities off the west side of Treasure Cay. A twenty-minute skiff run due west puts anglers within striking range of the Marl’s ocean-side edge. And from all points in between, Marls bonefish average 2 to 4 pounds. Larger fish in the 5 to 8 pound class, although fewer and harder to seduce, are also found in good numbers. Permit and juvenile tarpon shots are frequent enough that you should be prepared with gear for targeting both species, and barracuda, jack crevalle, plus various shark species also call the Marls home. But bonefish generally rule this kingdom thanks to an ideal mix of sheltered habitat and prime forage sources through the seasons.
Fishing in the Marls is done from Maverick flats skiffs. Wading opportunities also exist. From the lodge dock, runs to the flats vary from 10 to 45 minutes. All skiffs are fishing (and comfort) friendly, with padded seats, backrests, line mats and lean bars on the bow. They’re also equipped with first aid kits and an emergency satellite phone.
In addition to wonderful flats, Abaco has incredible blue water fishing. We are happy to coordinate a day, or two, with the best captains available. Target species include: marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, and tuna—depending on the season. Arrangements can be made at the lodge, but the best captains book early and we recommend you do as well. There will be an additional charge for this type of fishing.
Why not combine it it’s sister lodge, Bair’s on South Andros.
A bright, charming lodge, with single rooms as standard
Abaco Lodge sits on the rocky shoreline of the Marls, on the west side of Abaco. And we are just north of Marsh Harbour, on the way to Treasure Cay. The bright, charming lodge welcomes guests with spectacular waterfront views. Enjoy a cold Kalik by the pool, or gather around the fire pit where, under a setting sun, the day’s fishing stories enter into the island lore.
The lodge consists of 11 – 8 rooms with Single King/queen size beds and 3 rooms with Twin queen size beds, air conditioning, and private bathroom. fourteen air-conditioned. Wireless Internet will keep you connected back home. Phone service is available and the lodge has a large flat screen TV for catching all the games.
The lodge’s main bar is stocked with spirits, cold beer, soft drinks, plenty of ice, and mixers for cocktails. We also have an on-site fly shop where you can purchase everything from flies, leaders, and tippet to rods, reels, and lodge logo-wear. Fly-tying equipment is also available upon request.
Tantalize your taste buds with inspired creations from our veteran chef, ranging from fresh pastas to delicious local seafood dishes and prime cuts of imported meats. Bread, pastries, and cookies come out of our kitchen ovens daily. The coffee is made from freshly ground beans and will be waiting for you when you rise. Breakfast is cooked to order and a brimming lunch menu allows you to customize your coolers with beer, soft drinks, sandwiches, chocolate, wraps, salads, fruit, and more.
We happily cater to special dietary needs. When you complete your pre-trip questionnaire please mention any requirements or food allergies you might have, so we can inform the chef. Salads are offered in our cooler lunches for those on low-carbohydrate diets. The lodge has a good supply of drinking water from our reverse osmosis system. You will find bottled water in your bedroom and on your boat. The tap water here is safe to drink. In our arid climate, conservation is always appreciated!
We have an open bar policy at the lodge and a great selection but if you have a preferred brand of liquor or wine, please be sure to let us know in advance so we can have it ready upon your arrival. Otherwise, you can bring your own bottle.
Abaco Island on the Bahamas
Located approximately 180 miles off the coast of Florida, the Abacos cup the eastern edge of Grand Bahama Island at the northernmost tip of the Bahamas archipelago. Upon flying into Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH) on Great Abaco Island, you’ll be shuttled to Abaco Lodge—a private palm-treed expanse with its own protected harbor.
Abaco Lodge is the sole bonefishing resort in the Marls, on the island’s western edge. The Marls is enveloped by a recently designated National Park. Inside its perimeters, with an average depth of about four feet and little tidal influence, lives one of the top-rated bonefisheries in the Bahamas. Your guides at Abaco Lodge know every inch of it. From blue holes that attract juvenile tarpon (and not-so-juvenile barracuda) to productive bonefish flats and hundreds of cays extending from Cross Harbour in the south to stretches well north of the lodge, you’ll explore new and unpressured water daily.