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The Delphi Club, Abaco

The Delphi Club is a luxury bonefishing lodge and hotel located on Rolling Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas.

Opened in 2009, it is the initiative of Peter Mantle, who created and runs the award-winning Delphi Lodge in Ireland – a glorious country house and fishing lodge that is listed in A Thousand Places to See before You Die. The Delphi Club at Rolling Harbour is designed to bring the same standards of comfort, atmosphere, dazzling location and culinary excellence as its Irish counterpart, albeit with a tropical twist.

Overlooking a gorgeous sandy beach on Abaco’s stunning Atlantic coastline and with almost no other buildings in sight, it is the perfect tropical hideaway. Designed in the style of an 18th-century colonial plantation house complete with large wrap-around verandas, the 8-bedroom lodge stands on a small hill with amazing panoramic ocean views.

The lodge is aimed at people who simply want a beautiful place to stay with sun, sand and great food. A particular focus is on fly fishers in search of somewhere very special to relax while taking a break from Abaco’s tailing bonefish; however it is equally adept at serving the non-fisher as well. Delphi Club is available for exclusive parties, full-service rentals (with an outstanding chef) or, more typically, for individual room reservations. Reservations are normally by the week, Saturday to Saturday.

For bonefishers, the club is situated close to the expansive, world-class flats of The Marls where large numbers of fish provide fantastic sport. Trophy-sized bonefish are also targeted on the ocean-side flats around Cherokee Sound and to the south. Here, casting to a double-digit sized bonefish is a distinct possibility.

The famous Marls on the west side of Abaco Island offer over 200 square miles of some of the best bonefishing found anywhere. The bones here are plentiful averaging 2-3 lbs and are relatively uneducated. It is not uncommon to get a few dozen shots at fish throughout a full day of fishing.  On the east side the gorgeous sand flats of Cherokee Sound provide trophy bonefishing options. Here you’ll find fewer fish but those encountered will likely be noticeably larger and noticeably warier than any you may have cast to before.

Seasonal opportunities at permit and tarpon are possible.  Throwing big poppers and streamers to cruising jacks and sharks or laid up barracuda are always an option. Bring your favourite 8-weight for the bones and a 10-weight for some of the other 'incidentals'.

The Delphi Club’s native Bahamian guides know the east and west side waters extremely well.  They will ensure your day on the water is fun, relaxing and ultimately successful. New Dolphin skiffs provide a stable and quiet ride while hopping from flat to flat.  Weather and tide conditions change daily and by trailering the boats to various ramps and put-ins, the club has many options to choose from for a productive day.

 


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