The biggest bonefish in the Bahamas are often found feeding on shallow flats adjacent to deeper cuts and dropoffs. Trophy bones grow old by learning very young that easily gained deeper water provides an important escape route from sharks and barracuda. The best big fish spots are found on Andros, Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands.
One of the best big fish spots in this northern tier of islands is at the southern tip of Abaco near the village of Sandy Point. If you have never fished the extensive marls to the north or the white sand flats to the south or the magical offshore cays to the west of the village, you have missed one of the premier bonefish destinations in all the Bahamas.
This spring, one of Sandy Point's best guides, Ricardo Burrows, along with his wife Monique, have opened the brand new Rickmon Bonefish Lodge. We are receiving great reports from returning anglers who have given high marks to the food, accommodations and, of course, the guides. One fellow told us that he expected the fishing to be good, the guides great and the people friendly, but he added, "I didn't expect Ricardo's place to be this nice."
The Burrow's 10 room lodge was built right on the ocean. Some of the rooms have private balconys that look out over the magnificent flats adjacent to the village. From here it is quite possible to watch fish tailing while you enjoy your evening cocktail. A 50 x 20' wooden deck built near the beach provides a great spot for barbeques and to watch the sun slide beneath the horizon over a cold Kalik beer.
The rooms all have air-conditioning, private baths, TV and are roomy and very comfortable. Monique Burrows has considerable experience in hotel management and it shows in all the little details that make or break a bonefishing lodge. We predict this lodge will become one of those rare fishing destinations that combine great food, lodging and service with terrific and very friendly guides. And yes, you can book Patrick, Anthony, Nicholas, Paul, Derreck, Kendall and, of course, Ricardo and stay at Rickmon Bonefish Lodge!
Written by Scott Heywood