Fishing in Turks & Caicos with Roxtons
Located on Pine Cay, a private 800 acre island, The Meridian Club is the epitome of barefoot luxury. Just over a mile wide and two miles long, the island lies halfway between Florida and the British Virgin Islands. At this environmentally sensitive yet luxurious hideaway there are no cars, telephones, televisions or radios, making it the ultimate restful and secluded retreat.
With warm crystalline waters, a huge undisturbed coral reef, cooling trade winds to keep the island between a perfect 80 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit and as much or as little to do as one could want, life on Pine Cay is idyllic.
The Meridian Club is the ideal location for those anglers who cannot resist taking not only their family but also their rod and tackle on holiday.
Bonefishing on the flats off Pine Cay can be excellent. Whether you are a seasoned expert of complete beginner, the experienced guides will go out of their way to help you catch fish. You can either wade on the shallow sand flats in knee deep water or fish from the boat. If you want to fish on your own then you can explore one of the nearby flats.
Alternatively, experience world-class fishing for sailfish, marlin, wahoo, tuna, mackerel and barracuda in the sheltered waters just beyond the reef of the national park and have your catch prepared by the chef for dinner as your own personal ‘fish of the day’
The fishing at The Meridian Club is extremely varied and is only one of a number of activities on offer.
The Meridian Club has just twelve rooms and a separate private cottage on two miles of virtually deserted talcum soft beach, facing west for fabulous sunsets. The ethos of this privately owned club is that things are often better left untouched.
Louvered doors and large ceiling fans in the bedroom and sitting areas cool each spacious suite. Indoor and outdoor showers, bathrooms that run the entire length of the guest rooms, vast beds, Haitian paintings, colourful furnishings and private verandas complete the feeling of total relaxation.
Breakfast and lunch are served outside by the pool and private picnics on the deserted beaches can easily be arranged to allow for a full days excursion from the club.
Rod and Reel
The ideal rod for bonefish is a 9ft 8 weight with a robust reel constructed from a non-corrosive metal such as aluminum with good smooth drag control. It should hold at least 150 yards of backing. You should ensure that you have a spare rod in case of breakage as well as a spare reel and spools in case of accidents.
High visibility weight forward lines compensate for the ever-present trade winds and can be seen in the air or on the water in bright light. Take an extra fly line just in case the first suffers damage.
Leaders should be 9 to 12 feet, tapered clear nylon with tippet between 10 and 15 lbs. Ensure that you carry plenty with you. Most tackle stores stock excellent pre-tied bonefish leaders.
The flats at Pine Cay provide fly fishermen with a wide variety of conditions in which to pursue their quarry. Therefore it is important to have flies of the same pattern tied with heavy eyes, bead chain eyes and weightless in order to fish effectively at different depths. Your fly boxes should include some of the following:
- Clouser Minnow: black, white/grey, tan/white, brown/white, green/white and foxy in size 6,
- Puffs: green, brown, tan, pink; size 6
- Beck's Silly Leg Crabs: size 6, 4
- Merkins: sizes 6, 4
- Gotchas: size 6
- Horrors: size 6
- Whitlock's Salt Shrimp: size 6
- Crazy Charlie's: white, brown, tan, pink; size 4, 6
- Bonita Candy: black, lime; size 6
- Gumby Minnows: green; size 6
- Burk's Hot Flash Minnows: shad; size 6
- Lightweight long sleeved shirts
- Lightweight long trousers/shorts
- Wide brimmed hat
- Wading shoes with socks
- Lightweight sweater or fleece
- Lightweight rain jacket
- Hook hone
- Polarised sunglasses and perhaps a spare pair
- Medium Spinning rod
- Fixed Spool reel with minimum 200 yards of 25lb plus nylon
- Yo-zuri poppers (130mm) 37 grams
- Wire trace
- Camera and films
- Small plastic bags with zippers for cameras and film
- High factor sun tan lotion
- Lip salve
- Insect Spray
- Tackle bag for the boat
- Hip bag for wading (optional)
There is a course a plethora of other sports and activities such as snorkelling, tennis and bicycling to while away the hours. The Meridian Club has a freshwater swimming pool and massages can be organised during your stay. Sunset cruises, bird and turtle watching can all be organised by the friendly staff. Although for many the sheer bliss of this wonderful place is the magnetic pull of a thatched umbrella on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and untouched beaches.
November until July
Time Difference from GMT
- 5 hours
220v standard US
The most used currency is the US Dollar USD$
Tipping is entirely at your discretion, however as a guide USD$50.00 per day per fishing guide is plenty
None for UK citizens
There are no required inoculations for travel to The Bahamas, though you are advised to check with your doctor prior to departure regarding any vaccinations that may be recommended. If you are taking prescription medicines please ensure that you bring enough for the duration of your stay.
There are some biting insects in and around the flats and you should take a good insect repellent.
Located on Pine Cay in Turks & Caicos. Fly into Providenciales and take a taxi transfer to the Dock, where you will be met by boat and transferred to Pine Cay.
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An ideal location for fishermen who cannot resist taking not only their family but also their rod and tackle on holiday.
Prices start from £3,350 per person for a seven night stay excluding international flights.