PERCY BONEFISH – The Berry Islands is inhabited by not just eclectic wildlife, but also eclectic characters. If bonefishing is your game, then Captain Percy Darville is one such character that you need to meet on your Great Harbour Cay Adventure. As the winner of the “Cacique Award” for Sports and Leisure in 2007, Percy has a title to live up to and continues to provide exceptional seafaring service this side of the Caribbean. For over 100 years, his family has been living in the Berry Islands and catching bonefish. It’s in their blood and destiny, which makes Percy a true Man of the Sea.
It’s not just bonefishing that he’s known for. Percy can also provide you and your party with bottom fishing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing experience and tours of the islands. But bonefishing seems to be the main event, as a cherished pastime on these parts.
Nestled to the north and east of Andros Island, you’ll come upon a backcountry side unlike no other, inhabited by the largest bonefish in the Bahamas, with an average size of 4-7 pounds. Your bonefishing tour will commence on a beautiful home, perched 45 feet on a hill overlooking Great Harbour Cay. This comfortable resort-style home is where you will wait for your guide to pick you up. This guide is none other than legendary Percy Darville himself and his brother Joe. They’ll guide you out to the extremely fertile flatlands. These shallow lands are perfect for seeking out and tailing fish. You’ll bond with your peers, be educated on these miraculous sea creatures and find yourself getting a workout from this beloved sport.
For those who’ve never bonefished before, you can get free instructions during the late afternoons. You’ll learn how to pursue these pesky creatures and how to cast a proper line. Due to the catch and release rules from out here, you’ll have to set these fish free, because it’s more about the artful skill of the catch, then about taking these fish from their homes. And because schools of bonefish are in the high thousands, you’ll never be short on catches in the vast islands of Berry.
When you return from your Escape to Great Harbour Cay, you’ll be glad you met Percy to add to the long list of Berry Island locals that made your trip all the more colorful.
There is always an adventure waiting on Great Harbour Cay.
Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort is nestled on 1,500 feet of Sand Lake shoreline on the Sugar Camp Chain of 5 lakes. Amongst the 15 cabins accommodations include log cabins with open-beam cathedral ceilings, large stone fireplaces and spiral staircases. Pitlik’s Resort is located on the WI State Snowmobile Trail System and is near the annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Cross-country skiers will want to visit nearby Nicolet National Forest, where trails are rated among the top ten in the USA. And 90 minutes to the north are Upper Michigan’s famous downhill slopes.
Visit Joe’s Taproom and Rena’s Place Restaurant in the main lodge for panoramic lake-view relaxation, spirits and nostalgic lake lodge dining, warmed by 2 fireplaces. Rena’s offers a full menu featuring freshly made options such as locally raised grass-fed burgers, gourmet sandwiches, housemade soups and nightly diner specials. Friday night, year-round, features the popular Shore Lunch Fish Fry. Joe’s Taproom offers a rotating lineup of craft brews on tap and is home to the skillfully handcrafted Ultimate Bloody Mary and made-from-scratch old-fashions.
Celebrating its 92nd year and the last resort remaining on the chain, Pitlik’s Resort has offered generations of guests a memorable Northwoods experience in lodging, ambience and relaxation.
“Creating Family Tradition’s has become our Family’s Tradition – Since 1928!”
Dude Ranchers Association – Enjoy a taste of the authentic American West where horses, hats, history, honesty, hospitality and heart abound. With over 100 carefully chosen member ranches, the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) has one to match your dream vacation – perfectly, all while protecting lands, parks, forests and wildlife.
Our Dude, Resort and Working Ranches are in the most picturesque regions of the USA and Canada near historic sites and national parks for a photographer’s heyday! Each has its own unique history, incredible horseback riding tailored to the rider’s age and ability, and exciting outdoor adventures like white water rafting, paradise fishing on scenic rivers, fun hay rides, hikes, golfing. Blue skies, starry nights and the sounds of silence are also included in your dude ranch vacation. Lounge in a hammock until the dinner bell rings and then breathe pure clean air as you rediscover the brightest shining stars peeking out from Heaven. See what is all the excitement about a dude ranch vacation is all about from the “horse’s mouth” so to speak. Contact the Dude Ranchers Association for more information www.duderanch.org 866-399-2339