..a place where time stands still and bonefish sizzle has continued to be a special place for the bonefish enthusiast. Something of an institution among bonefishers. Deep Water Cay first opened in 1958 and attracts anglers from all over the world. Deep Water Cay is a private island just off the eastern end of Grand Bahama, and it is both a haven and an open secret in the angling world. With room for only 22 guests. the club feels both friendly and exclusive, with the guest list reading like a “who’s who” of discerning anglers. Paul and Alison Adams, managing partners of Deep Water Cay, have over 40 years combined experience in the hospitality business to insure your trip meets or exceeds your expectations.
The professionalism exhibited at dockside each morning defines organization as ten neatly uniformed guides emerge from the transportation ferry and enthusiastically converge on their skiffs with guest lunch boxes, rods, tackle, hand-held radio and a big smile. As a beginner or veteran bonefisher, your greatest asset is your guide, and the native guides at Deep Water Cay are the best in the business at fulfilling your fishing expectations. Some of the guides have been with the club over 20 years. The Guides are very personable and will go out of their way to teach and encourage anglers in any way possible. They have an uncanny ability to spot fish under the worst conditions and pole the skiff into a perfect casting position within seconds.
With over 250 square miles of flats between Grand Bahama and Abaco Island, it is home to many double digit bonefish and a tremendous population of four to eight pound bones. To chase the bonefish the club maintains a fleet of eleven specially designed Dolphin Super Skiffs, and there is a full-time mechanic on duty seven days a week to ensure that every boat is in top mechanical condition. Anglers go to Deep Water Cay for the bonefish, however, other species like barracuda, jacks, sharks and permit also inhabit these same waters and add a great variety to your trip.
Each evening brings the anglers to the Blue Hole Bar for the nightly exchange of fish tales and excitement for the next day angling. The elegant candle-light dinners are hosted (often by Paul and Alison Adams) in a congenial family atmosphere at a lively table complete with fresh Bahamian Androsia linen and a beautiful floral center-piece. The cuisine consists of fresh seafood grouper, snapper. lobster and that all-time favorite, conch. In addition to superb seafood, traditional fare like roast rack of lamb with crusty rosemary potatoes is served.
Deep Water Cay Club is the oldest and most exclusive bonefish destination in the world and is indeed a special place. A quiet remote getaway, rope hammocks gently swaying among the seagrapes, white sandy beaches, swimming pool, snorkeling Thrift Harbor, and Booktraders Paperback Library all offer diversions for the non-fishing companion.
Deep Water Cay offers packages of three, four and seven nights operating mid-September through June. Getting there is very easy with charters from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, landing at the lodge’s 3200 ft hard-pan private air strip in the middle of a bonefish paradise.