Bahamas’ Walker Cay to ReopenThe new owner of Walker’s Cay, Carl Allen, has pledged to restore Walker’s in the Bahamas to its former glory by 2020.
By Doug Olander October 1, 2018
Small island, big impact: Walker’s Cay and surrounding waters, a jewel in the northernmost Abacos.
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When it comes to well-known fishing sites, the Bahamas suffers no shortage. But Walker’s Cay transcends merely “well-known”: For anglers in the U.S. and beyond, its name has conferred a legendary, near-mythical status.
inRead invented by TeadsA number of considerations account for this, among them Walker’s:
- location (its proximity to the U.S., barely over 100 miles from West Palm Beach and for many the first entry point into the islands);
- fishing opportunities (varied and productive, with blue water close by, surrounded by unspoiled reefs and a myriad of tiny islands encircled by bonefish-rich flats); and
- history (for decades, Walker’s was the most popular destination in the Abacos and arguably the Bahamas, developing a world-famous reputation in part as the base of world-class tournaments such as the Bertram-Hatteras ShootOut).
The northernmost island in the Bahamas, Walkers sits just a bit more than 100 miles east of West Palm Beach.
Courtesy Google Maps
So it’s no stretch to say that among American anglers who fish the islands, Walker’s is a revered place. Take a look at comments in forums and social media (including, notably, a Walker’s Cay Facebook page started by, quite literally, a fan). Example: “They say you can never go home again, but I wish we could go back ... and have one more trip to Walker’s.”
Here’s another comment from one of the thousands of Walker’s fans:
“One of my very first memories of the Bahamas was coming to Walker’s when I was 12.”
That particular comment is from the only man in the world who can say to those who similarly love Walker’s: You can go home again — Walker’s Cay is coming back as a renowned destination for sport fishing.
This is because that man, Carl Allen, happens to own Walker’s. On May 20th of this year, he signed on the dotted line, acquiring Walker’s Cay.