Abaco Lodge is located outside the principal town of Marsh Harbour on the western side of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. The island of Abaco offers great convenience as Marsh Harbour has an international airport serviced daily by major US and Bahamian carriers.
Informed anglers consider Bahamas bonefishing as some of the best saltwater flats fishing found anywhere in the world. Abaco Lodge, offered by Nervous Waters is one of the best bonefishing options in the Bahamas.
High Season: October to March
Peak Season: April to July
Bonefish is the primary species targeted. Also available in limited numbers are smaller to mid-sized tarpon as well as a good population of Barracuda and sharks. These predator fish are very exciting to pursue and are often overlooked as fly rod quarry.
The western side of the island is home to the famous area named ‘the Marls’, which was once considered a boating hazard and a wasteland, until anglers explored it and found a vast and unique environment that provides the perfect habitat for bonefish. For over twenty miles along the coastline the average depth is four feet. Abaco Lodge has unrivalled access to all of the most productive flats. While it would take a lifetime to fish the entire Marls, additionally Abaco also offers some incredible fishing on the eastern ocean side of the island as well.
Getting to Abaco Lodge: Marsh Harbour is the principle town on Abaco Island, and the lodge is situated just 10 minutes by van from the international airport. Unlike the majority of other islands in the Bahamas, it is possible to fly directly to Marsh Harbour from the U.S. mainland. Abaco is also serviced by intra-island flights from Nassau, if you wish to extend your holiday or add some fishing days to a business meeting.
6:30 am Coffee ready
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am Depart dock - FISHING
4:00 pm Return to lodge
4:00 pm Cocktails!
5:30 pm Appetizers
7:00 pm Dinner
Abaco Lodge sits on the rocky shoreline of the Marls on the west side of Abaco, just north of Marsh Harbour on the way to Treasure Cay.
The lodge consists of eight air conditioned private rooms with private bath, a fully stocked bar, pool, sitting room, an outside fire pit, and patio space.
Abaco Lodge prides themselves on their menu of delicious foods made with fresh local produce, specializing in serving fresh fish (mahi, tuna, grouper, and snapper) conch and lobster. The kitchen daily bakes bread, pastries and cookies. The coffee is made from freshly ground beans and is waiting for guests in the morning. Alternatively, a cup of coffee can bring brought right to your room!
The lodge’s main bar is fully stocked with spirits, cold beer and soft drinks, plenty of ice as well as a large selection of mixers for cocktails.
Abaco Lodge utilizes Hells Bay Waterman boats, which are considered ideal for fishing the ultra shallow Marls area. These boats draft less than 5” of water – and require less than 2-feet of water in order to reach plane due to the installed “Jack Plate” and aided with trim tabs. Each boat is outfitted for angler comfort with a leaning bar and plush seats with backrests. The seats are positioned to best keep you dry on the morning run to the day’s flats. For your safety, each boat is equipped with inspected life jackets, a first aid kit, satellite phone, flare gun and basic repair tools on the off chance an emergency situation were to arise.
In addition to the wonderful flats, Abaco has incredible blue water fishing. It is easy to coordinate a day or two of offshore fishing with the best captains available. Species that will be targeted are Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo, and/or Tuna depending on the season. Arrangements can be made for this fishing while at the lodge, but if you are interested in fishing offshore, please be aware that the best captains are booked up early and it is recommended you do as well. Additional charges apply for this type of fishing based on boat size and number of anglers.
Abaco Lodge will accommodate a maximum of 8 anglers, each in a single room with private bath. The waterfront guest rooms and main lodge look out over a channel and the top of the Marls just minutes away by boat.
Fishing is double occupancy/shared boat-guide.
High Season: October 2012 to March 2013
7 nights / 6 days fishing $ 4,995
6 nights / 5 days fishing $ 4,395
5 nights / 4 days fishing $ 3,825
4 nights / 3 days fishing $ 3,095
3 nights / 2 days fishing $ 2,250
Peak Season: April to July 2013
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $ 5,150
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $ 4,595
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $ 3,995
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $ 3,225
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $ 2,350
Single Boat: 60% Surcharge
Non Fisher: $ 375 per person p/night
Transfer from Marsh Harbour = Included in price
Transfer from Treasure Cay: $50 p/person one way
Full Day Fishing on Arrival or Departure date: $ 750 p/boat
Half Day Fishing on Arrival or Departure date: $ 550 p/boat