Since those days, Deep Water Cay has become so much more with activities on a broader scale than just flats fishing. Scuba diving blue holes and walls, kayaking the mangroves, offshore fishing and reef fishing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, sunset cruises and more give entire families things they will want to do while the most serious anglers in the group wade the flats or take off in a Hellís Bay skiff for the day.
For fifty years, Deep Water Cay has been the finest bonefishing destination in the Bahamas. Fishing has always been an integral part of Bahamian life and it is the foundation of Deep Water Cay. It has played host to some of the most adventurous and distinguished fly fishermen. Joe Brooks, Curt Gowdy, Stu Apte, Flip Pallot, Lefty Kreh, Chico Fernandez, and Sandy Moret are just a few. More recently and for two years running, the Buccaneers & Bones, which include legendary anglers Lefty Kreh, Tom Brokaw, Liam Neeson, Michael Keaton, Bill Klyn, Dr. Aaron Adams, and Yvon Chinouard chose Deep Water Cay as the place to meet for their adventures in bonefishing.
As you wade the more than 250 square miles of hard-packed white sand flats, youíll easily spot bonefish. Boat fishing is done around the softer bottoms that are covered in Turtle Grass and oriented around the mangroves. But the water runs far beyond the mangrove root tangles and into saltwater lakes with freshwater sources, making them a virtual baitfish factory.
The real treat is that the 2.2 square mile Deep Water Cay lies on an east/west tack and is situated below an archipelago of moderate-sized cays arranged on a north/south tack.†A series of channels connect the southern and northern fisheries, making an anglerís trip a quick run to any of them.
Deep Water Cay is located in the midst of an incredibly diverse string of currents. The Straits of Florida are to the west and have strong, fertile currents connecting to the western end of Grand Bahama Island. The Grand Bahama Bank runs north and connects at that same point. From the fall through the spring, these currents bring Wahoo, Sailfish, White and Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and tuna to within casting range. What brings them close to Deep Water Cay is the Northwest Providence Channel providing anglers with short runs to prime fishing. Here the channel depths drop quickly from a foot at Mean Low Water to nearly 750 feet.†So climb aboard the center console 33-foot World Cat and experience the bluewater offshore fishery.
Less than a mile off shore, reef fishing will provide the perfect activity for everyone, including the kids.† No special skills are required. Grouper, snapper and barracuda are the commonly caught saltwater fish. This type of fishing is done from the 28-foot Grady White and remains strong year round.
Anglers who arrive at Deep Water Cay will fish from an entirely new fleet of Hellís Bay Flats Skiffs: the Hellís Bay Marquesa and the Hellís Bay Professional. These boats float in the skinniest of water, offer a dry and comfortable ride, and provide stability while casting. They have custom enhancements for the best fishing experience possible.† Additionally, the Yamaha outboards donít release oil and gasoline into the pristine environment.
DWC may be known for fishing, but the waters surrounding Deep Water Cay are excellent for many other water-related activities. Diving and snorkeling are great here because options range from just six inches below the surface to 130 feet deep. Blue Holes appear in just two places in the Western Hemisphere Ė the Bahamas and Belize. The deepest Blue Hole in the world is in waters just off the Bahamas. National Geographic did a story on Bahamas Blue Holes in August of 2010 and it can be found on the DWC website. There are also kayaking and paddleboarding available for those who like to stay on top of the water. Hobie Cats are available for those who want to sail.
The Deep Water Cay guide team is an assemblage of skilled and talented men who have been learning as well as teaching techniques over a very long time. Some of the guides are second and third generation guides that come from legendary families of fishing guides. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins and brothers have shared information, tips, and tricks that have become time-honored over the fifty years since Deep Water Cay was founded.