It’s our bread- and butter fish, found on almost every flat in the area and fished for from a boat or simply wading the hard-bottomed flats and lagoons. The average size will be in the 3- to 4-pound range, yet bigger specimen of 5- to 7- lbs are caught regularly. Double-digit fish are a possibility, the island record being a 17,6 lbs whopper!!
Permit reign supreme among anglers here and we just know where to look for them and find them regularly, sometimes in smaller schools of 2 to 5 fish or single fishing that are following rays. Their average size, about 20 pounds, is pretty impressive and there are quite a few fish ranging from 25 to 40 pounds swimming around! It’s probably one of the best places in the Bahamas to fish for permit.
While we are not a tarpon destination per se, we do have a population of resident fish, in baby sizes of 10 to 30 lbs, all year long, while some areas will have migratory fish in larger sizes from 40 to 100 pounds, notably in the Turtle Sound lagoon from May to October.
Sometimes called the "poor man's permit", they remains a very interesting species to fish for with fly tackle: the triggerfish are wary yet will readily eat a bonefish shrimp or a small crab fly while tailing on the flats. They are a great catch and definitely great practice for permit fishing!
Barracuda are numerous on the flats and often big. We advise our customers to always keep a 10-weight rod rigged up and ready in the boat. ‘Cudas can also be caught with spin gear on stick baits or poppers.
We have several interesting, hard-fighting jack subspecies at hand to keep fly and spin anglers happy; horse eye jacks, yellow jacks, bar jacks as well as pompano will keep light tackle anglers amused.
Sharks might not be on everyone’s list yet they are superb fighters on fly and spin tackle. We have a very health shark population, ranging from smaller species (20 lbs) to huge monsters (several hundred pounds) in and around the lagoon and we will organize specialized shark-fishing trips upon request. Tigers, lemons, silkies, hammerheads, gray reef sharks… everything is possible!
Upon request, we can also organize a trip to the tide channels to fish for snapper: mutton snapper, gray snapper, yellowtail snapper as well as cubera snapper are present in our waters.
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The Bahamas archipelago consists of 700 islands and 2500 cays spread over roughly 100.000 square miles. The chain extends for about 750 miles from North to South, from Walker’s Cay, located about 75 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, all the way to the Ragged Islands, 50 miles off the northern Cuban coast. The overall land mass of the Bahamas covers only about 5880 square miles and almost every island is surrounded by coral reefs and sand banks, and is mostly low and flat or sometimes undulating. Many islands have deep blue holes that will sometimes extend into underwater caves, some to depths approaching 600 feet. The southern islands of the Bahamas are generally drier with shrub and cactus prevalent. There are more than 1370 plant species according to a recent census, with some 120 endemic species, like mahogany trees found in the forest known as Coppice. Pine trees dominate the isles from north to south, also found are dwarf palm trees, palmettos and ferns. The Caribbean side of the islands is dominated by mangrove: swampy areas that teem with life. Flowers and blossoms abound the entire year with their lush colors like crape myrtle and the spectacular blue mahoe, a local hibiscus species that radiate from yellow to flamboyant red tones.
Celebrities like Michael Keaton, Laurence Fishbourne and the author John Grisham all love Bahamian fishing and have been visiting the islands for many years. The famous writer Ernest Hemingway spent several seasons in Bimini in the 1930’s, attracted by the great fishing the nearby Gulf stream has on offer, a legendary warm water flow that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, gently kissing the Bahamas on its way north.
Once you leave Nassau, you will soon be landing at our vast atoll which is over 140 miles in diameter. You may not realize it, but you have just discovered a a very remote location that is largely isolated, time-forgotten and magnificent. Just to give you an idea about its size: you could fit the better part of all of Cuba’s shallow-water fishing areas into the lagoon. All this but without the same amount of fishing pressure! Miles after square mile of pristine sand or coral flats, surrounded by crystal clear waters which are some of the clearest in world. The 280 inhabitants of Crooked Island live in only two or three tranquil and peaceful villages, typical for the area. Three consecutive cars following each other on the road are considered a traffic jam here!
The lodge gives access to a large part of the vast lagoon where colonies of pink flamingos are breeding in season. Many areas are a snorkeler’s heaven; beach-goers will fall in love with the fine sand and many a coral cave is waiting to be discovered in the hills. There are quite a few blue holes in the lagoon, some of which are connected to the open ocean, miles away!
We can organize excursions to some of the smaller cays that are home to iguanas and ospreys, as well as fish hawks that have their nesting areas here. Speaking of fish, the waters are teeming with all sorts of interesting fish species, of course.