Part One, The Lodge
My son and I just returned from a 4 day, 5 night, “DIY” bonefishing trip on Long Island in the Bahamas. If you’re unfamiliar with Long Island, it lies southeast of Great Exuma, some 300 watery miles below Florida. The island calls itself the “Bonefishing Capitol of the World”. It is 80 miles long and 4 miles wide. Roughly halfway down on the west side, Long Island has extensive flats near the settlement of Deadman’s Cay. By any standard the island is remote, unspoiled, and lightly populated.
We stayed at the Long Island Bonefishing Lodge in Deadman’s Cay. The lodge is only minutes from the airport and sits facing the flats. Nevin Knowles runs the operation; his sister runs the kitchen. Both were born on the island, and both are fine folks, congenial, and fun to be with. I booked the trip through Judy Hall at Angler Adventures. She was very helpful. I recommend her to you.
Accommodations were excellent. The cottages are neat and clean, with very comfortable beds. A major plus at the end of an 8 hour day on the flats, believe me. The Mitzi flats boats are relatively new, and ready to go.
The lodge supplies 3 meals a day – full breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner. The food was wonderful. Dinners included lobster, grouper and conch. Upon returned to the lodge each afternoon, a tray of hot conch fritter magically appeared on the deck. Washed down with a cold Kalik, it was a great end to an angling day. OK, on to part two