Acklins Island Lodge: Bonefishing on Acklins Island, Bahamas

Acklins Island Lodge Acklins Island offers unique Bahamas bonefishing because the shallow gradient of its flats allow anglers to wade for bonefish 100% of the fishing day. Acklins is a wade fisherman’s paradise. 

Acklins bonefish usually travel in schools of 6 to 18 fish. At certain times you will see much larger schools. During low tides the schools will scatter on the flats and you can find yourself surrounded by tailing bones. It's not uncommon for inexperienced anglers to catch 6-10 fish in a days fishing. Experienced anglers can catch many more, but usually try to focus on the larger singles and doubles that are also abundant on Acklins Island's pristine bonefishing flats.

The Lodge uses Bay Skiffs, with Yamaha motors. The ride from the Lodge to the closest flats is short, usually 10-15 minutes. Outer flats could take as long as 30 minutes. The flats are extensive and will remind you of the best of Christmas Island, the Joulters, or the Seychelles....they seem endless. 
Because of the very skinny water, where the bonefish feed, make sure you bring some smaller (size 6-8) unweighted (eyeless) flies. Bahamas permit are found feeding along the edges of the flats nearer deeper water. Anglers have seen and landed fly caught permit at Acklins Island Lodge in numbers that convince us that Acklins is a legitimate permit fishery. Fall is the best time to target permit at Acklins Island Lodge.

Tarpon, something of a rarity in the Bahamas, can be found in the cut between Acklins Island and Crooked Island. They are sometimes caught, but not reliably or in large numbers.

Like many bahamas flats fisheries, Acklins has good populations of barracuda and sharks. A spinning rod with a "tube lure" can provide very exciting sport for the 'cudas,' though the well placed fly will also be attacked very aggressively.

Flats fishing at Acklins Island Lodge

The accommdations at Acklins Island Lodge are comfortable and fairly new. Acklins Island Lodge sits prestinely on the highest and narrowest part of Acklins Island. From this vantage the fishing lodge affords a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean to the East and the Bight of Acklins to the West.

Acklins Island Lodge consists of five small cottages. Three of the cottages accommodate twelve guests in six bedrooms (each of the guest cottages has two double bedrooms). All bedrooms are air conditioned and have private baths. There are ocean front decks on all of the bungalows.

The main lodge has a large kitchen a sitting and dining room, a bar and a large deck. Acklins Island Lodge has its own reverse osmosis water system so you can have salt -free showers and fresh drinking water right from the tap.

A guest cottage at Acklins Island Lodge


A bedroom at Acklins Island Lodge

The bonfishing day at Acklins Island Lodge is about eight hours long. Anglers generally return to the dock between 4:30 and 6:00 in the evening. Guests can take fresh water showers then relax and have a sunset drink or tie flies and relive your day on the Bahamas flats. Dinner is usually served between 7:00 and 7:30.

Acklins Island Lodge has excellent Bahamian cooks and offer excellent Bahamian fare. Meals are typically focused on fresh seafood, including fish, lobster and conch. Chicken and beef are served as well. The fishing lodge also has a vegetable garden on site which produces most of the side dishes.

The lodge has a fully stocked bar offering various liquors, mixes, beer, wine and soft drinks. Liquor can be purchased by the bottle at cost.

The weather in the Bahamas can vary, with fronts coming and going year round. The majority of the rain falls in the late spring and summer. The
strongest winds are usually in the spring. August and September are very warm and the breeze is generally down, but there is high risk of hurricane and Acklins Island Lodge closes for these months.

Acklins’ bonefish, permit, and tarpon are resident fish. They are on the flats feeding year round. The fishing is generally more affected by tide, moon phase, and weather than it is by season. We've had a week of fabulous weather and fishing in January, and a week of rain and high winds in April. That, of course, is fishing.

We encourage anglers to come when they
can. Learn to cast in the wind. Bring a rain jacket and hope you don't have to use it. The same advice you would get chasing steelhead in British Columbia, salmon in Russia, or trout in New Zealand.

Please contact is to book a Bahamas bonefishing package at Acklins Island Lodge.
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