Over the years, we have visited many out-island bonefish operations. At times, it seemed like every Bahamian businessman wanted to build and operate a bonefish lodge. Yes, the bonefishing was usually great, but it takes motivation, money and savy to build and operate a first rate lodge. In the Bahamas, these assets often seem in short supply. As a result, we have discovered a few jewels and rejected most questionable operators.
About six years ago, we began exploring Acklins Island at times from an American mothership, at others, kayaking from flat to flat, free to explore the many deserted creeks and cays. We reported fantastic hard-bottomed flats and great bonefishing. We had twenty fish days routinely and boated a few big fish. The problem with this remote area was that accommodations were scarce and good guides scarcer still. Subsequent visits and conversations led us to the Williamson family of Pinefield Village near Grey's Point. These long time residents of Acklins Island had broken ground on a basic guesthouse operation. intending to utilize the great fishing on the huge pristine flats as a way to draw anglers to Acklins Island. The patriarch, Newton Williamson, had an awareness and a conservation attitude that impressed us. We began to send the Williamsons adventuresome anglers who accepted the spartan accommodatios in exchange for truly unfished flats. The reports filtered back and anglers told us that the fishing was often great, the flats immense and the bonefish very uneducated, but that the lodge was a bit rustic and the AC spotty.
Remembering those humble first seasons, we are now amazed by the fortitude shown and progress made by Newton and his family given the logistical difficulties they have had to overcome. The Williamsons have recently completed a beautiful new lodge facility complete with a spacious dining room and bar. The new guestrooms are air-conditioned, overlook the flats and each has it's own bathroom attached. Fresh water is ingeneously piped in from a local spring so hot showers are no problem. Grey's Point has become quite nice by American standards yet still retains the classic Bahamian charm absent in many other locations.
Each day your guide will take you to one of a hundred different flats where Mother Nature will provide some of the finest wade fly fishing for bones you can imagine. There are generally large numbers of fish available with the average fish being around 3 pounds. It is not uncommon to catch five-pound fish and you will see double digit monsters as singles on the edges nearer deeper water. These big fish are wary and good stalking and casting skills are important. Many of our clients have caught double digit fish at Acklins, including one 13.2 pound bonezilla a few years ago.
In addition to the outstanding bonefishing opportunities, there is a realistic chance to see and catch permit.. Permit fishing is a tricky business and Acklins is no exception to that rule. However, Acklins is one of the few Bahamian destinations where we always keep a rod rigged with a crab waiting for that special moment when tides and good fortune cross. In addition, there are healthy populations of large barracuda, jacks, snapper and grouper to keep thing interesting. This past year, the Williamsons purchased a new center console boat capable of probing the fantastic bluewater edge that runs down the outer reef only a mile off the lodge's doorstep. This opportunity to do some virgin fly-fishing for pelagic type fish is another reason to seriously consider Grey's Point.
If you needed yet another reason to visit Grey's Point, there are two canoes available to access the outstanding fishing on the extensive flats system that begins within a few hundred yards of the lodge. If you want to fish before or after your guide day there is no better location in the Bahamas.
The guides are well trained and understand the elements of fly-fishing. Garron Williamson is the head guide at Grey's Point and is one of the hardest working guides in the Bahamas today. Garron's ability to find quality fishing at all tidal stages is unmatched on the island. The guides at Grey's Point are completely familiar with all of the flats and understand the subtle elements that consistently produce fish.
As more fishing pressure is put on the well traveled destinations, Grey's Point is a wonderful escape to a friendly, family run lodge that has some of the best bonefishing in the Bahamas. It is refreshing to see that the
Williamsons have put in so much effort and seen the value in their natural resources. They are an excellent example of what determination and hard work can do. Grey's Point is a world class bonefishery and a very comfortable place to spend a week. At this time there is still some availability for the prime Spring dates. If you're looking for a great fishery a bit off the path of most anglers, be sure to call us soon for details.
Written by Scott Heywood