North Riding Point Club is located on 6 acres of pristine, beach-front property on the southern shore of Grand Bahama about a 25 minute drive out of Freeport.
It offers spacious, luxurious accommodations in a quiet, spectacular oceanfront location, excellent gourmet food, and access to the best bonefishing you’ll ever experience. Grand Bahama Island is easy to reach from the US with direct flights arriving in Freeport, Grand Bahama from several eastern US cities. It is possible to reach Freeport (which is the next largest city in the Bahamas after Nassau) from California easily in one day.
You can find Grand Bahama Island at Approximately 26.52.13 North and 79.01.40 West on Google Earth. Grand Bahama has about 75,000 people (most centered in Freeport) in its 100 mile length (but only 17 miles at its widest place). It has come a long way from its Rum-running reputation in the early part of the last century to big bonefish reputation at the beginning of this century.
All along the northern shore of Grand Bahama Island swim some of the biggest bonefish in the oceans. The real draws to this area are the numbers and size of the bones and the lack of anglers. It is rare to see other anglers while you are fishing. Each day guides will pick you up at the Club drive you to what they think will be the best fishing on the island based on season, weather and water conditions. You are not locked into going to the same place every day. It is a very versatile place to fish.
Seasons at North Riding Point Club
There are bonefish available year around at North Riding Point Club.
As with all places in the Bahamas and the Yucatan, the dead of winter is a little more susceptible to cold fronts which, if severe enough might put the bones off of the flats for short period or maybe even a day or two, but rarely longer than that. The good thing about this area is that big bones don't mind the cooler water temps as much as their smaller cousins, so
the fish you do encounter during a cold front are likely to be trophy fish and when the weather is good (which is most of the time) the fishing is likely to be very good. The heat of mid summer sometimes will warm up the flats enough to make it uncomfortable for bones later in the day. So, fishing during these times will be very early in the day on the flats and then maybe the afternoons will be spent looking for other species in deeper waters. The rest of the year is very comfortable on the flats and all-day fishing can be expected.
Tarpon and permit are around in small numbers but are there, never-the-less, especially during late spring and summer months and are worth pursuing if your guide thinks it is worthwhile. So, you want to take tackle for these species if they are of interest to you. You'll want to take a #9 or 10 outfit for the permit and a #10 or 12 for the tarpon.
Getting to North Riding Point Club
Of all of the exotic places to fish for trophy-size bones and good numbers of 3 - 4 pounders, it is hard to come up with a place that is any easier to get to.
Freeport, Grand Bahama is served by several air lines with direct flights from many different US cities. Making it possible to get to the lodge from just about anywhere in the US in one day. Just think, you could be sitting
in your home on a cold February day looking out of your window at a frozen landscape and be fishing in your shirtsleeves in temperatures of the low 80's the next day.
US visitors staying for eight months or less need a return ticket plus a passport. Green card holders require their green card and a valid passport from their place of birth. All US citizens are required to have a valid passport for entry in and out of the Bahamas. Canadian visitors not staying more than three weeks need the same identification as those do from the United States. Some visitors that are not citizens of the U.S.A. may also require a visa, check with your country's consulate. An overtime fee is due to Customs on weekends, holidays or before 9:00n AM or after 5:00 PM on weekdays. At this time this fee is $76.00 per plane.
Upon entering The Bahamas, everyone must fill out and sign an Immigration form, keeping a portion of the card in hand until departing. An oral baggage declaration is required. Each adult visitor is allowed to bring 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits, and a variety of personal effects (personal radio headsets, bicycle, two still cameras, etc.) All arriving passengers are permitted purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars.
When departing, all visitors are required to pay a $15.00 departure tax ($20.00 from Ft. Lauderdale and $18.00 from Grand Bahama); children six years and under are exempt. Departures to the US must go through US Customs pre-clearance. US visitors may take home US$600 worth of duty-free merchandise. The next $l,000 is taxed at 10%. Gifts valued up to $50 may be mailed home duty-free. One liter of wine, liqueur or liquor and five cartons of cigarettes may be taken duty-free.
Lodging at North Riding Point Club
North Riding Point Club is situated on six acres of land fronting onto a spectacular three-mile beach.
The main lodge and the guest cottages are spaced along the shoreline, each with its own access to the beach. All of the buildings are air-conditioned. The lodge contains the kitchen, dining room, lounge, bar, and one guest room. NRPC maintains a small tackle shop with a full line
of flies, fly lines and leaders, polarized sunglasses, and other miscellaneous tackle for your convenience. We also offer hats, clothing and much more. There is also a small fly-tying station available in the tackle shop for tying that perfect pattern!
We have a total of five guest rooms, four of them situated in two separate cottages and one in the main lodge. Each room contains two queen-sized beds, a full bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, extensive closets and a wall safe. All of the rooms have large screened-in patios facing the beach. We pride ourselves on offering some of the most spacious and luxurious guest rooms of any fishing lodge anywhere.
The founder members Lodge is available for a small surcharge and on a limited basis when not in use by our owners. This lodge is a deluxe 2-bedroom cottage with a lounge, dining area and kitchen. There is WIFI on the property.
Each of the guest rooms has a telephone for local and long distance calls. International calls can be made via AT&T, MCI, Sprint, Canada Direct or UK Direct. In addition, the lodge has a dedicated fax line and facilities can be made available in the office for guests to connect a laptop into our computer line.
The Club is managed by Tim and Mercedes Comstock, who have spent 25 years in the Caribbean and Bahamas on luxury charter yachts as captain and chef. They have 7 experienced guides, many who have been with the Club since in opened 13 years ago. All of the guides are licensed captains, with approved safety training. The dedicated housekeeping staff will ensure that your rooms are fresh and clean each day. The kitchen team and award winning chef will insure a memorable culinary experience.
There is a lot to do at North Riding Point Club in addition to the bonefishing, making it an ideal destination for the non-angling partner as well. Freeport, the second-largest town in The Bahamas, is only a short ride away. Other activities available to our guests include snorkeling, SCUBA diving, kayaking, nature tours, horseback riding, and golf. For more detailed information about all aspects of the North Riding Point Club experience, contact us via Email or toll-free at 800-669-3474.
North Riding Point Club is an exceptional experience and offers something for everyone. At the lodge you can take endless beach walks. They have 2 bicycles and there is a nice path that runs along the beach. You are welcome to snorkel in front of the lodge or swim in the freshwater pool. There is a Kayak tour you can take that is near the lodge, you get to paddle through Mangroves and there are caves to explore. There are several good golf courses on the island. Horseback riding is another activity available. For those people that like being in the water, there is diving (with and without sharks), swimming with Dolphins or boat trips to see Dolphins in the wild. Port Lucaya (just 20 - 30 minutes away) has lots of restaurants and little shops to visit. Understandably, space is very limited. We suggest you call immediately if you would like reservations or more information.
Fishing at North Riding Point Club
The Bahamas are known for some of the best fishing in the world, and the island of Grand Bahama is no exception.
North Riding Point Club has access to the best bonefishing flats on both the north and south shores of Grand Bahama. The north shore of Grand Bahama has the largest bonefish habitat, comprising several hundred square miles of flats, inlets, and mangrove-covered cays literally teeming
with large, wild bonefish. It is not uncommon to see dozens, if not hundreds, of fish in a single day.
Grand Bahama is also the place to catch large bonefish - those trophy fish we all dream about - in excess of 10 pounds. Fish in the 10 - 12 pound range are fairly common. In March 2007 a record bonefish of 16 lbs was caught, one of our guests teetered on the brink of a new world record by landing a 15+ pound bonefish! The lodge estimates the average size of landed bonefish to be around 4 - 6 pounds - somewhat larger than the average you will find on most other bonefish flats around the world.
Each day you'll drive to one of several launch sites located less than 20 minutes away and spend the day on flats that seldom see anglers. Your lunches will be prepared according to your instructions from the lunch menu, left with the kitchen the previous night and the ice chest will be packed with your favorite refreshments.
The bonefish of this portion of Grand Bahama Island are large, and shots at trophy fish are common. The guides are excellent seasoned professionals, and are rated among the best in the Bahamas. There is some wading, though most of the flats that harbor large bonefish are better suited to poling.
The Club recommends flyfishing, although some of our guests choose spin fishing gear to pursue bonefish and other species. Most fishing is done from a poled 16' Dolphin boat with 85 hp Yamaha, although in several areas the wading is first-rate. The flats vary in nature; many exhibit a soft marl or mud bottom, while others support turtle grass, and still others consist of firm, white sand. In all, multiple species of shrimp, crabs, and other bonefish prey are plentiful.
Anglers wanting to take a break from bonefishing to pursue other species of fish on either fly or spin rod will find many choices. Permit are quite frequently encountered at various times of the year and tarpon are occasionally sighted. Multiple species, such as barracuda, several species of jack, small lemon and blacktip sharks, and snappers can be found in and around the flats that hold bonefish. For a different experience, nearby offshore reefs provide great action - a short boat ride from the Club will bring you there. The reefs around Grand Bahama hold dozens of species, among them the prized grouper, as well as jacks, snapper, sharks, mackerel, and amberjack.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• Grand Bahama Island is easily and quickly reached from the States. Most of the major airlines have multiple daily and direct flights to Freeport Grand Bahama. North Riding Point Club is a perfect weekend get-away, with simple and expedited travel, especially those anglers that reside on the Eastern Seaboard. Better yet, on your return back home, you actually clear US Immigration and Customs at the Freeport Airport, so when you hit State-side, you can hit the ground running – how nice is that?
• North Riding Point Club is one of the nicest and most deluxe bonefishing lodges in the world and a very suitable destination for non-anglers with variety of activities that will keep companions active and happy, including a freshwater pool and great ocean-side beach for walks. The lodge is a thirty minute drive from Freeport where non-fishing companions can choose from a myriad of activities; the lodge provides daily shuttle service to and from, part of the package. While you are out catching bonefish, your companion will be well looked after and happy on your return.
• The Club offers world-class luxury accommodations and lodge grounds that will satisfy the most demanding guest. The food is gourmet, prepared by a trained staff and the attention to detail is spot-on. This is a destination where all your wants and needs will be met and exceeded. All you need to do is relax, be waited on hand and foot and enjoy your worry free angling holiday.
• North Riding Point Club is a well-established flats lodge with a long history of providing anglers world-class fishing and service. Their location in the middle of Grand Bahama Island affords them quick and easy access to both sides of the island and the daily menu of fishing options is enormous. No matter what the wind and weather, the guides at NRPC know where to find the fish and where conditions are most suitable; anglers seldom lose a day of fishing. Now that’s peace of mind!