While fishing Water Cay, the lodge and surroundings have a remote feel even though civilization is a mere 3 mile boat ride away. Your Water Cay fly fishing expereince really begins in the city of Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama where you are met by your host and guide. It could be Sidney Thomas or one of the other premier guides that can only be found putting guests into countless numbers of bonefish only moments form the lodge.
Water Cay is located on the north side of Grand Bahama Island and there just isn’t much out there on Water Cay except bonefish, barracuda, sometimes permit and tarpon. Which is ideal. After a transitory boat ride across the shallow Bahamian waters from Freeport, guests go right into realxation mode with great fly fishing only yards from the steps of the lodge.
The history of Water Cay Bonefish Lodge is interesting. Before the lodge could commence operations prior to 2004, a series of devastating storms destroyed the fledgling lodge during the fall of 2003. A mere story of “what could have been” was associated with the productive waters off of Water Cay. Could Water Cay Bonefish Lodge be saved? Left for dead, if it wasn’t for local angling legend and guide Sidney Thomas and his family, the lodge would be a mere pile of sand, palm trees and rubble to this day.
Water Cay Bonefish Lodge was revived in 2008 only after years of painstaking work and considerable investment. Today, Water Cay Lodge is famous for allowing fly anglers access to some of the biggest bonefish found anywhere. Comfortable accommodations and excellent food are the norm.
The fishing experience is made up of crystal clear bays, a complex maze of creeks, wadable flats, deep cuts and slots. Your guides will get you close to the fish while you ready your self for the engaging angling at hand. Much of the fishing can be done from brand new, high-end, ultra shallow draft Beavertail technical skiffs. But it’s these skiffs, with their shallow draft that allow anglers to get into presentation range of big, tailing bones. These very skiffs add a level of stealth that is unique to their design. Essentially, the skiff is used to move into an optimal location where anglers can then exit the skiff and wade into the best position before a presentation is made. The skiff advantage reduces much of the wading that can lead to putting fish down. We think the whole process is dialed in to a science of getting anglers into big bone fish. And that’s exactly what happens. Daily.
The fish at Water Cay haven’t seen many flies. Water Cay bones are not the most spooky fish you’ll encounter. As a matter of fact, casting your pattern on top of the heads of tailing bones often gets the fish to inspect the source of commotion rather than flee off into the depths. And even if the fish run, they will come back in minutes. Talk about getting second chances at big 8-10lb bone fish! Where do you go for that! Answer: Water Cay Bonefish Lodge!