In fall 2015, the islands of the Southern Bahamas were hit hard by Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm that left many homes and businesses destroyed. The signs of destruction are evident around these islands, but you can’t tell anything was wrong from the smiles on the faces of the captains, guides and lodge owners. Rebuilding is well under way and the fish are biting on the flats and offshore as if nothing ever happened.
Acklins sits on the eastern edge of the Bight of Acklins, an expansive flat that reaches 30 miles out into the ocean from the shorelines. Quick boat rides to the fishing grounds and hard-packed sand in calf-deep water make this an ideal place to wade and hunt for bonefish. The nearby Crooked Island is one of the best-guarded secrets in all of the Bahamas, and also offers tons of bone fishing opportunities. If you want to find a location with charter boats and the ability to drop the outriggers as soon as you leave the entrance of the marina, San Salvador is your place.
The only thing to worry about here is reeling in what’s on the end of your line. Billfish, wahoo and mahi-mahi are abundant and nearby — you’ll just have to experience this place for yourself.
Learn more about the islands of the Southern Bahamas.