Located at 22°43’37.34”N, 74°08’27.33”W, and four hundred and thirty miles southeast 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. Crooked and Acklins islands are divided by the three and a half mile wide Bight of Acklins, connecting the huge shallow flats system with the Atlantic Ocean.
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. The southerly location is significant when you consider the weather patterns that bring winter’s chill and harsh winds to the northern Bahamas. These shallow, firm flats are home to abundant schools of bonefish averaging three to four pounds, and a ten 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.
Reservations & Rates
7 nights / 6 days fishing - $3,450 per person, shared room and boat
7 nights / 6 days fishing - $5390 per person, single room and boat
4 nights / 3 days fishing - $1790 per person, shared room and boat
4 nights / 3 days fishing - $2790 per person, single room and boat
Your angling package at Crooked & Acklins Trophy Lodge includes all transfers on Crooked Island, seven nights’ accommodations, all meals, six days guided fishing with one guide/skiff per two anglers, VAT tax, use of lodge kayaks.
Not included in your Crooked & Acklins Trophy Lodge package are airfare to Crooked Island, tackle rental, fishing licenses, gratuities, beer, wine and spirits.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.
• Travel Guard Insurance
Seasons at Crooked & Acklins
The lodge fishes nearly year round, with a short closure during late summer. November thru May are typically the best months to book a bonefishing trip, when the weather and water temperatures are most ideal.
If you are looking to stalk some of the biggest bones of the year and maybe of your life, plan a trip during the fall and winter. The air temperatures are very comfortable, with warm days and cool nights, making this time of year an excellent choice for serious anglers. There are
the occasional cold fronts that pass well to the north, but the southerly position of the atoll protects the flats from the cold north winds the move through the northern Bahamas.
Getting to Crooked & Acklins
Nassau is easy to reach from many US cities. From Nassau, you’ll fly to Crooked Island's Colonel Hill Airport where you’ll be greeted by the lodge staff for the ten minute drive to the lodge. Wednesdays and Saturdays are designated arrival and departure days for the island via scheduled commercial service on BahamasAir.
Lodging at Crooked & Acklins
The beachfront lodge is ideally located, allowing you to fish the best areas of both Crooked Island and Acklins islands, all in the same week. Spacious guest rooms are air conditioned with private baths, and offer electricity twenty four hours a day. Cold beer and fresh seafood is served in the dining room and lounge, overlooking the Atlantic ocean through large picture windows.
Fishing at Crooked & Acklins
Crooked Island, Acklins Island, and several outer cays surround a perfect shallow water flats complex, home to uncountable bonefish and a variety of other species. These bonefish are known to feed in extremely shallow water, and approaching them on foot is typically the best method. Few moments in a fly fisher’s life are more focused then stalking and presenting to a lifetime best bonefish in ten inches of water.
Permit are also present on the flats, often found swimming with rays. Triggerfish tail on coral flats, and barracuda ambush their prey along the
deeper channels. Several species of hard-fighting jacks inhabit area, as well as many different of snapper and sharks. If you can pull yourself away from stalking bonefish in skinny water, a few hours in pursuit of other fish can add several new species to your trip.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• One of the best destinations in the Bahamas for a double digit bonefish, with honest ten pound fish a daily possibility. If you have dreamt about hooking and landing a real trophy bonefish, in the double digit class, this is as good a place as there is to make that happen.
• Crooked Acklins has easy and quick access to mile after mile of firm, light bottom flats, perfect for classic wade fishing for skinny water bones. If you like bonefishing on foot, this is the place. There are flats here that stretch to the horizon, and you can wade and fish as far as your legs will take you.
• Crooked Acklins offers remote angling opportunities, at a small and intimate beachfront lodge, accommodating only ten anglers.
• Crooked Acklins is an ideal location for winter and early spring trips, as you are well south of most weather systems that move over the northern Bahamas.