The Fishing

This is the edge of the wilderness.

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.

An 18 ft Beavertail Skiff with a 70 Hp Yamaha for poling in the back mangrove bays surrounding the island. It is also a perfect boat for hunting the flats for the huge Permit and Bonefish that inhabit the area.

A 17 ft Bay/flats Skiff  with a 140 Suzuki is fast and light perfect for flats fishing all along the Jumento Cays.

25 ft  Center console  This boat is great for bluewater with a brand new 300 Yamaha.  Comfortable, clean and fast it is a perfect boat for reef fishing and close bluewater.

A 15 ft Custom Dolphin Skiff Mangrove canoe.  Perfect for exploring the large shallow mangrove just behind the lodge.

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.


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 easily-waded white sand flats as well as hidden, unspoiled mangrove creeks.

Remote, rarely visited cays are home to schools of bonefish. The diversity and size of the fishery means a completely different fishing experience every day of your trip.

Lost Key and the Jumentos are about trophies.  This is not the place to come to see huge schools of 1-2 pound Bonefish. Many of our anglers will land a 10 pound plus Bonefish during their stay.


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.


We have great numbers of really BIG Permit, a day spent looking for them under the right conditions is likely to result in numbers 0f 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 Tarpon fishery entails a number of small ocean side bays.  With the right wind and weather you can hook up with adult Tarpon on your feet.

Blue water

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.

Daily Routine

Breakfast will vary depending on the tides and the plan. With only 4 anglers we have a lot of leeway with ensuring we are not only fitting our schedule but the best schedule for the tides and the fishing.

Breakfast from 6-9 Am : Coffee will be available at 6 am

Lunch will be on the water or at the lodge depending on weather and schedule.  Most days lunch is on the water and is a hearty but light fare.

Dinner will also vary depending on the fishing schedule.  Usually between 7-9 pm


"I travel at least two times a year for saltwater and have been involved in many operations around the world. The Jumento Cays are the last of the best in the Caribbean. A truly unspoiled fishery. ”

– Mike M, California, USA