Long Island Bonefishing Lodge – Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, Bahamas

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A genuinely unique proposition. Long Island Bonefishing Lodge specialises in what it calls “assisted DIY” bonefishing. That essentially means you get all the comforts of a regular lodge (three meals a day, appetizers on return from fishing etc) but guides drop fishermen off at the flats, leave them to it and pick them up at a designated point later on. Rates are consequently more affordable than those of many other lodges in the Bahamas.




The fishing

Long Island bonefishing is exceptional, few would dispute that.  In particular, it’s building a justifiably stellar reputation as a destination for DIY bonefishing. Of course, that’s not for everyone, but there are plenty of fishermen out there who’d rather not have a guide scrutinising their every cast, and tut-tutting every blown shot. That’s where Long Island Bonefishing Lodge comes in – the folks here have developed what they call assisted DIY bonefishing.

This is how it works: The guide picks up the guests at the lodge dock and transports them by boat (a 3-10 minute ride) to a particular flat. The guide then instructs the fisherman on how to fish the flat, how the tides will influence the fishing and what flies and strategies to use.  Guide and anglers reconvene for lunch at a pre-arranged location, before repeating the process ahead of the 4pm pick-up.

Fisherman are given walkie-talkies so they can be in contact with the boat at all times, and can be moved to a different flat if the fishing doesn’t work out on the original one.

Conventional guided days are also available, as are day-long kayak trips into the mangrove systems nearby.

Lodging & facilities

Accommodations comprise two cottages with each side furnished for two fishermen.  Rooms have two queen size beds, closet space and one bathroom. There are decks off each cottage overlooking the water with plenty of room to store all your gear.

Coffee goes on at 6.30am, breakfast is at 7am, packed lunches are provided, and dinners consist of hearty Bahamian fare. Appetizers are also served at 4.30pm after you return from the water.  The dining area, bar and lounge are in the main building, where you’ll also find a deck perched over the water – the perfect place to enjoy a Kalik after a day hunting bonefish.


Assisted DIY package
7 days/6 nights: $1600 (double occupancy)
7 days/6 nights: $2600 (single occupancy)

Full guided fishing
Additional $200 per person (2 anglers per boat)
Additional $400 per person ( 1 angler per boat)

Contact info

Website: www.longislandbonefishinglodge.com
Email: info@longislandbonefishinglodge.com

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