I don’t know the Bahamas… I haven’t been to most of it. I have, however, been to Grand Bahama a couple of times and I’ve spent a total of 7 or 8 days fishing the East End near or beyond McLean’s Town. I saw today that a new lodge was going in right near McLean’s Town and I had to scratch my head a bit.
There is no shortage of lodge options… there are the three very well known places, Deep Water Cay, North Point Riding Club and Pelican Bay. There are also a few more lodges, including one on the West End that is supposed to be pretty nice. The thing that IS in short supply is anglers, from what I understand.
(If you are headed to Grand Bahama to bonefish, try hooking up with Captain Perry… I had him as a guide and he was fantastic)
You ask a Grand Bahamian about the economy or about international travel and they will tell you that things aren’t super awesome on those fronts.
So, I start to wonder who this new lodge will cater to? If the other lodges are largely empty for large swaths of the year (as I have been told by a couple people is the case on GBI)… well… what’s the math?
From the story:
The bonefishing lodge will initially start with five rooms according to Russell and will include a nature trail leading toward the back creek and a lodge room that will house a dining-room, bar, and other amenities.
The good news, I guess, is that I can’t see a lot of mangroves being ripped up or flats being dredged. McLean’s Town is a living, breathing town with roads and power-lines and churches and domino games. The place does seem a tad run-down, but in a “we’ve been through some rough winds” kind of way.
Hope it works out and does well… but from the very little I know about the economics of fly fishing, international travel and the American economy… well…
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