Stretching southwest in a great semicircle from the west point of Long Island, lies a chain of beautiful and deserted cays. The Jumento Cays arc south some ninety miles, until they terminate at Ragged Island. Ragged Island has only one town, a remote settlement of 60 people who live on what the surrounding ocean provides. There are no scheduled commercial flights to Ragged Island and the pace of life is measured by the lunar tides and the ocean's bounty. Only a few of the local islanders own cars and with good reason... on Ragged there are only a couple of poorly maintained roads that form a loop around the island. The ocean provides a simple life for these natives and the big event each week is when the mail boat arrives. With only an occasional sailboat ever reaching these cays, the extensive flats, patch reefs and sandy pockets sit waiting, untouched and absolutely pristine. This is truly an untapped paradise for the light tackle sport fisherman.†
The main target for most anglers will be Ragged Island's bonefish. Bonefish are abundant and uneducated here. 'Cudas are prolific and permit are sometimes seen on the deeper flats. These permit are usually on the edges sometimes cruising on the backs of rays as they look for leftovers.†All of the fishing on Ragged Island is done by wading the many beautiful and firmly compacted white sand flats. The boatmen/guides use well-maintained, state-of-the-art Beavertail skiffs to take you to the various flats. These high-tech 495 lb. boats are able to silently approach flats in 6-7" of water. This translates into more fishing time during your day since you won't spend so much time poling or idling off the flats on the way to the next chosen spot!†
You will spend the week fishing with one of Ragged Islandís native boatmen. With only 60 people living on the island, the labor pool is very small and no classically trained guides are available. Given this restriction, we use knowledgeable local fishermen who can put you on the right flats at the right tide. Although not highly experienced guides, these boatmen do know the patterns of how the bonefish move and can spot fish. These boatmen offer visiting anglers the opportunity to maximize their fishing results during a week on the island. But, we must repeat, the lack of traditional guides makes this a trip for adventuresome anglers only! So if you choose to visit Ragged Island, please donít expect conventional Bahamian guides. While some of the boatmen/guides we employ are more experienced than others, you should be prepared to self-guide after being dropped off on a flat. We think the untouched and unpressured flats will make up for any shortcomings the guides may have.
Many of the area's flats can be accessed without a boat ride via a short walk or ride from your lodging. You can choose to explore these areas during the golden evening hours or on your arrival day. These options give guests the ability to more fully enjoy this small island paradise. So if you've ever dreamed of remote, rarely fished islands, where it's just you and the bonefish, this is your chance!†
For those interested in chasing breaking tuna with a fly rod for part of the day, the lodge owns a 31' Contender, center console sport fisher mounted with twin Yamaha 225 h.p. four stroke engines. This craft gives anglers the ability to pursue, weather permitting, four species of tuna (yellow-fin, black-fin, skipjack & false albacore) that ply the big blue "drop-off" just in front of the lodge. When there are birds working the area, there are tuna breaking under them. This allows guests at Ragged Island Lodge a unique opportunity to leave the bonefish flats for awhile and bend their fly rods on bigger, faster quarry. Not to mention that the prized yellow-fin tuna makes for wonderful table fare!†There is no additional charge for this tuna add-on, but anglers interested in a more traditional bluewater day (i.e. trolling) can opt for a full day trip on the big blue for an additional charge.
Ragged Island Lodge was built in 2009 and has all the amenities any angler might need for a comfortable, if not luxurious, stay. The facility was built on a hill to take advantage of cooling breezes and to provide a scenic east-side view. The rooms are clean and comfortable with air-conditioning, tile floors and private baths with showers. The lounge area includes a full bar where you can enjoy conch fritters and a cold Kalik beer while you watch the 52' flat screen satellite TV or tie flies at the tying bench.†
Coffee and breakfast are served early while on Ragged Island. Cooler lunches are taken beachside, between casts on your schedule. Dinners include chicken, pork and local seafood prepared in the Bahamian family "out-island" style. All the water for the lodge is produced and filtered by a reverse osmosis system, allowing guests to have bottled quality water right from their bathroom taps. There is always beer and some basic wines as well as a good selection of mixed drinks. All bar sales are handled on an honor tab and bills are settled at the end of the trip
We are really excited about Ragged Island Lodge and think it offers adventuresome anglers superb fishing opportunities. Ragged Island Lodge offers an exceptional value and is perfect for those who love wild and untamed locations and can roll with a few rough edges. Bonefish, 'cuda and permit on the flats, kingfish, tuna, dorado and wahoo in the "big blue" and a wide variety of snappers and jacks on the reefs all await fishermen who make the journey to tiny Ragged Island.†
SPECIAL NOTE: This is a very remote area and although every effort is made to provide all amenities listed and services, we urge you to bring a flexible attitude along with your gear.†