Bonefish don't play dice with their livelihood and a productive flat that is riddled with worm, shrimp and crab burrows, is placed on any successful bonefish's monthly or weekly dining schedule. Of course, the predators are privy to this schedule too and the flats on which bonefish feed are a war zone. Sharks and 'cudas dog every move made by these nervous schools of wary bonefish. It is for this reason that bonefish are also so very unpredictable. Marauding sharks and barracudas and even osprey and dolphin, learn these predictable patterns of bonefish movement just as well as the best of the local guides. In the remote and vast regions of the southern Bahamas, finding these wandering fish can be, at times, quite a challenge. In certain areas, the habitat can be so extensive, so seemingly unlimited, that locating bonefish can be difficult among the miles and miles of shimmering white sand flats.
In the Bahamas, Long Island is nestled in the southern reaches of this bonefish-rich nation, and for the traveling angler, this island is unique. Long Island is an unusual combination of huge, hard-bottomed, white sand flats, coral sand dikes and mangrove cays all laced with deep, pale blue or azure channels. The long abandoned "Diamond Crystal" salt salinas are a fine example of natural habitat reclamation and now serve as a perfect nursery to prolific numbers of two to four pound bonefish. Vast in scope, this area, near the settlement of Deadman's Cay, is a huge labyrinth of creeks connecting miles of hard-packed sand flats... perfect for the wading fisherman. Tidal flows predictably bring in fresh ocean water, which nourishes the many worms, clams, crabs and baitfish that attract large schools of bonefish. Moving through these channels and up onto the flats, the fish gorge themselves in the relative protection of this sheltered area.
For the avid bonefisherman, especially for those anglers seeking lots of shots at fish, this is a jackpot of tailing and cruising bonefish. On the right tide, the fishing is usually fast and furious with only short pauses between casts... the perfect situation for those anglers seeking to gain a lot of experience in a short time with these legendary gamefish. Long Island also has good populations of larger bonefish, usually found on the "outside" flats where the havens of deep water and coral reefs are found. While fewer in number, these bigger fish will, in their bid for freedom, test both your mettle and the quality of your reel's drag system. The blending of these two geographical areas (interior salt ponds and exterior more oceanic flats) allows the itinerant angler two delightful options: stalking classic deeper water flats for large singles and doubles or wading the shallow salinas looking for a sea of silver tails in the hot Bahamian sun.
This lodge is located near the quaint settlement of Cartwright's. The lodge overlooks the salina and its extensive and beautiful bonefish flats. Anglers are accommodated in spacious air-conditioned rooms complete with ceiling fans, tiled floors and full bath ensuite. All rooms open onto a lanai. The full dining room features delicious home cooked meals with a Bahamian/American flair. Fresh seafood is a specialty. Visitors can relax and enjoy a cocktail at the full service bar in the lounge or sit on the verandah and take in the sunset. An excellent local chef serves piping hot meals featuring fresh crawfish (lobster), grouper, snapper, conch, chops, chicken and the famous local mutton. Each delicious entree is served in large portions with classic Bahamian seasonings. Breakfast and lunch are also plentiful and excellent. Your hosts will see to it that you do not go hungry under their watchful eye. Transportation to and from airport is provided. Internet access, telephone and cable are available.
Great guides, including Head Guide Dwayne Knowles, Elvis Knowles, Ivan Knowles and Champ Knowles will fulfill your fishing expectations with long fishing days aboard quality Rahming flats skiffs equipped with polling platforms and 85 Yahama engines. These guides have a distinguished reputation on Long Island and their knowledge and understanding of the complex tidal workings in the salinas and exterior flats is outstanding.
Greenwich Creek Lodge may be inexpensive, but it doesn't skimp on the essentials dedicated anglers require such as great food, comfortable accommodations, friendly service and first and foremost, great fishing opportunities. This bonefish paradise is a great budget-bonefishing opportunity allowing anglers to visit this fantastic area at a very affordable price.