We understand remote destinations and seek them out. Lost Key Lodge is such a place. When one reaches the edge of human influence this is where the largest populations of mature gamefish still exist.
Phicol owns a beautiful 39-foot Hatteras Convertible blue water boat with twin diesel Caterpillar engines. It is rigged and ready to go with the best equipment. Unlike most locations in the Bahamas the cuts and drops for these monster fish are close to the island and long runs are not necessary.
An 18 ft Beavertail Skiff for poling in the back mangrove bays surrounding the island. It is also a perfect boat for hunting the flats for the huge permit that inhabit the area.
20-foot flats/reef boat This boat is great for dropping off anglers on the supremely wadeable flats as well as taking anglers to the untouched locations surrounding all the islands as far north as Nurse Channel. Comfortable, clean and fast it is a perfect boat for flats/reef fishing.
Thanks to its forgotten location, the bonefish around Lost Key Lodge are by all accounts the least-pressured in the Bahamas. Throw in Permit and plenty of prehistoric and super aggressive Cudas, and you have a near-perfect flats fishery. A plethora of expansive white-sand flats means all the fishing is done by wading or poling from a flats skiff.
There are miles of easily-waded white sand flats as well as hidden, unspoiled mangrove creeks. Inland lakes fill up with eager schools of bonefish on the change of every tide.
Remote, rarely visited cays are home to schools of bonefish numbering in the thousands. The diversity and size of the fishery means a completely different fishing experience every day of your trip.
Primarily targeted with 9 or 10 weight rods and tropical floating or intermediate sink tip lines. Wire leaders are a must, as barracuda are very toothy critters.
Poppers, Bangers, needlefish flies and large Deceivers are all very effective in antagonizing these aggressive fish into striking.
While we don’t have big numbers of permit, a day spent looking for them under the right conditions is likely to result in shots.
There are specific locations – particularly the near shore cays on the Southwest side and some of the ocean flats – holding good populations. And, there are specific periods in the spring season where their inshore numbers increase significantly.
Permit here are generally in the 15 to 30 lb. range and are best targeted using a 10-weight fly rod with a tropical floating line.
The creek system right by the lodge and the West side flats harbor populations of both resident and migratory tarpon. The tarpon fishery has not yet been patterned to deliver highly consistent fishing. We’ll keep you posted as this fishery further develops.
If blue water is your game we can accommodate that as well. Off the eastern shore we have large schools of pelagic fish.
There are no creatures more perfectly suited to their environment than the ocean’s top gamefish: the white or blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin (mahi-mahi) or sailfish. For an angler, there’s no greater challenge than pitting yourself against one of these fish that can provide the adventure of a lifetime. The fight against a big blue marlin, tuna or wahoo can last for hours – and will be an experience you will never forget. Yet no one who’s ever done it would trade away a moment of the experience because there’s nothing more rewarding for a sportsman. While billfish are released to fight again, a wahoo, tuna or mahi-mahi will provide a great feast for the dinner table.
The reef fishing is second to none with large snappers available along with groupers and a myriad of other sport species in natural abundance. From incredible Mutton Snapper bites to grouper and yellowtail the reefs surrounding Lost Key Lodge are unspoiled and a wonder of natural abundance.