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Crooked/Acklins BahamasMay 15-22 2021Andrew Harris
4 open spots
Date: May 15-22 2021
Host: Andrew Harris
Status: 4 Open Spots

Crooked/Acklins Bahamas

May 15-22 2021
Host: Andrew Harris

Andrew is very much look forward to his fourth trip to the Bahamas.  This time he's headed to Crooked & Acklins Island Lodge at the very southeastern end of the island chain.  Located four hundred and thirty miles south east of Miami, with Crooked Island forming the northern rim and Acklins the easterly rim, the atoll covers better than two hundred and thirty square miles.  This is one of the least-visited fisheries in the Bahamas, and about as far south as you can go without landing on the Turks and Caicos. These shallow, firm flats are home to abundant schools of bonefish averaging three to four pounds, and a ten plus pound fish is a daily possibility. If you enjoy wading into position to make a precise presentation up close and personal, then this fishery should not be overlooked. It’s a wade fisherman’s dream, with shallow hard sand flats extending for miles. Every day you have the option to do as much wade fishing or boat fishing as you like.

In addition to the incredible bonefish opportunities, the in-shore fishing is excellent for jacks, snapper, shark, mackerel, barracuda, and grouper. Trigger fish are available on the coral flats, and juvenile tarpon can be found in protected backcountry lagoons.

Crooked Acklins bonefish are known to feed in extremely shallow water, especially at low tide, and approaching them on foot is typically the best method. Tailing fish can usually be found throughout the day. Few moments in a fly fisher’s life are more focused and tested than stalking and presenting to a lifetime best bonefish in ten inches of water.

Permit are also present on the flats, along the channels, or following mudding rays, and add a highlight to a week’s fishing.

A resident population of juvenile tarpon are available throughout the year, with peak activity during the warmer months. Several species of hard-fighting jacks inhabit area, including horse eye jacks, yellow jacks, bar jacks, and pompano. A trip to the tide channels to fish for mutton snapper, gray snapper, yellowtail snapper as well as cubera snapper is an exciting option.

The private beachfront lodge is quiet and small, serving only ten guests at a time. It’s ideally located, close to the flats and fishing grounds allowing you to fish the best areas of Crooked Island and Acklins, all in the same week. The dining room is spacious, overlooking the ocean through large picture windows. The food is varied, highlighting local specialties including conch salad, lobster tail, and fresh grouper. Cold beers are always waiting to welcome thirsty anglers, returning from the flats.

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