Deep Water Cay is one of many smaller islands that make up the far eastern end of Grand Bahama. This fragmented archipelago creates a labyrinth of creeks, channels and cuts connecting the north, south, and eastern coasts of Grand Bahama. As a result, anglers are never more than a few minutes from finding the best tidal scenario and favorable conditions. This unique geography also limits long boat runs and ensures that fresh flats are always around the corner.
BIG BONEFISH AND LOTS OF THEM
Grand Bahama has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the largest bonefish in the Bahamas. While some flats have legions of the garden-variety 3-5 pounders, some of the more ocean-side flats offer frequent shots at fish upwards of 8 pounds – and double-digit bonefish are not uncommon. While some interior flats have a soft bottom (most often out of the wind) and others have turtle grass, there is a surprising amount of skinny, hard, white sand flats that provide excellent wading opportunity as well – a nice perk not always available at big bonefish fisheries around the Bahamas.
TIP TOP EQUIPMENT AND GUIDES
It is hard for your jaw not to drop when you first arrive and see the fleet of a dozen brand new Hell’s Bay Professional and Marquesa skiffs tethered at DWC’s private marina. Not a cent is spared outfitting any aspect of the island’s operations or equipment. Their shallow drafting, top of the line skiffs with 4-stroke Yamahas and all the electronics and creature comforts are no exception. You will also be very impressed with the quality of the guides as well. Generational Bahamian guide names like Pinder, Rolle, Thomas, Cooper, and Glinton still push anglers around the flats, and uphold nearly sixty years of the highest guide standards at DWC.
NICHE PERMIT FISHERY
While bonefish are the primary target species, the east end of Grand Bahama offers the closest thing to a legit permit fishery as you will find in the Bahamas. The broad, open expanse of ocean separating Grand Bahama from the Abacos provides incredible habitat for exceptionally large permit. It is a niche part of the Deep Water Cay program and is a long run from the standard bonefish areas, but making a run east or southeast of the lodge can pay huge dividends. The permit fishery is actually very small and tightly managed; so don’t expect to fish it every day. Yet with a lot of luck and the right conditions, it is a unique aspect of the DWC experience we certainty recommend exploring when possible.
For more variety and an extra bend in your rod, huge barracudas and sharks seem to be around every corner, and several species of snapper are prevalent. Having a 10-weight rigged for tarpon is also a must. For a change of pace from the flats, guests have the option of going out beyond the reef on a 28 foot Grady White for a myriad of snappers, groupers, barracudas, and more. Bluewater fishing is also a possibility with some advanced notice, and the nearby mahi-mahi, sailfish, and wahoo fishery can be fantastic.
DO-IT-YOURSELF FISHING IN FRONT OF THE LODGE
Still haven’t had enough fishing? The windward flat right in front of your cottage is a killer “home flat” to get warmed up or finish the day casting to tailing fish with a sunset cocktail.
RENTAL EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE
Deep Water Cay has a well stocked “shop” with a broad selection of flies and tackle, clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and anything else you might have forgotten. Top of the line rental outfits with Sage rods, Tibor reels, and Rio lines are available if you don’t want to bring your own or have a gap in the arsenal you need to fill.