Abaco Lodge Trip Report from Nov.

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Posted by Mark A Kuipers on 2019-02-01 11:05:07 in reply to Hosted Trip Bahamas Bone fishing!!!!! posted by Capt. Justin Price on 2019-01-31 11:18:51

I was the lucky winner of the Native Fish Society's "Bahamas for a Benjamin" raffle and won a trip for two to Abaco Lodge in November. My wife, Kathy, and I had an excellent fishing and lodging experience. While this is only my second time bonefishing, last time in 1984 on Christmas Island, I pretty much caught bonefish at will probably landing 30 or 40 fish a day. Abaco Lodge fishes the Marles, a vast series of flats, that is teeming with bonefish. A short boat ride gets you in front of fish within minutes and you are literally casting to fish for the whole day, tides and clouds dependent of course. The guides were friendly, excellent at finding fish and positioning the boat. Very easy to spend time with them and we had a lot of fun.

I did get shots at permit. I cast to two 35 pounders that were tailing a ray. I made dozens of casts, changed flies three times, got about 4 close looks before they finally had enough of it and bulled across the flats pushing big wakes. Extremely exciting!

The lodge itself is understated elegance. Clean, comfortable and tasteful. When returning to the lodge after a day's fishing you are greeted by a staff member with cold towels to wipe your brow. That is followed by appetizers and cocktails. It is an open bar stocked with top shelve booze.

Breakfasts were cooked to order and lunches were selected from a menu and ready when you left for fishing. Both were excellent. The dinners were fine dining. Great food and artfully prepared and plated. The wines were great and interesting.

The staff was friendly, helpful and interesting. The camp mangers were a young couple from South Africa and Nambia and ran the place with a relaxed manner.

I highly recommend Abaco Lodge for the experienced and new to bonefishing anglers.


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