There are nearly 1,000 square miles of flats surrounding Andros Island, and it is a dream come true for hard-core anglers in pursuit of trophy bonefish. And right in the middle of it all is AIBC.
Andros Island Bonefishing Club is the perfect choice for the flyfisher who predicates the success of an angling adventure on the size of the bonefish rather then the number of fish caught in a day. Though every angler has the option to cast to a healthy number of smaller bonefish during the day, this should not be considered the best reason to travel to the Andros Island Bonefishing Club. We believe that Andros is one of the finest locations for the flyfishing angler to stalk and cast to what could be truly categorized as a “trophy bonefish” (8 – 15 pound fish)! Andros Island stands alone in its potential for numbers of record class fish that can be spotted on any given day of the year!
In addition to the bonefish, you will have a chance to cast to sharks and barracuda along with possibly seeing tarpon on the west side and an occasional shot at permit and mutton snapper. Most of the fishing is done from the casting platform on the bow of the boat. This lets you see cruising or tailing fish at greater distances and offers a chance to stalk the fish and be selective in your trophy hunting. The Club uses “Dolphin Super Skiffs” and 40 HP motors. These boats were designed by flyfisherman and are fast and stable.
Andros Island Bonefish Club now sits on property that was once a sisal plantation. Owned by the British, the plantation’s main function was to make ropes for boats. In the year 1984, Captain Rupert Leadon purchased this property from the government of the Bahamas with a dream to create the lodge which stands today. As bonefishing grew in popularity, AIBC was one of the most well known bonefishing spots in the world. Jim McVay even invented the now world-famous “Gotcha” fly here. It was a sad day when Rupert passed on July 14, 2012; but his family, led by daughter Juliet and son Shawn and their families, have continued the AIBC tradition and this lodge still rates as one of the finest bonefishing experiences in all of the Bahamas.
Reservations & Rates
Seasons at Andros Island Bonefish Club
AIBC offers year-round fishing and guest accommodations. October thru mid-July is peak season to book a fishing trip, when weather and water temperatures are ideal.
Late Winter (January and February) – A wide variety of fish can be caught at the beginning of the calendar year. Best months for big bonefish! In addition to bonefish, it is possible to catch mahi, tuna and wahoo. Lots of
barracuda on the flats.
Spring (March and April) – Peak bonefish season!!! Great time for tarpon fishing on the west side of the island.
Early Summer (May and June) – Bonefish, tarpon and barracuda are plentiful. Winds are calmer and afternoon rain showers are possible.
Late Summer and Fall (July, August and September) – Morning fishing is best for bonefish. Flats heat up quickly. This may be the perfect time for stalking shark, barracuda, and snapper. Calmest winds, except for the possibility of tropical storms. Tarpon are also available.
Late Fall and Winter (October, November and December) – All bights of Andros are very good at this time for bonefish. Occasionally you will see a permit. Residential tarpon are available on the west side of the island.
Getting to Andros Island Bonefish Club
As aircraft flying to Andros Town are often small twin-engine planes we recommended carring a maximum of 40 pounds of luggage, soft sided if possible. Rod case should be limited to 6 1/2 feet long.
Located approximately 150 miles southeast of Miami, Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas chain, yet it remains the least populated. The AIBC is located at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean, Cargill Creek
and the eastern end of the North Bight. This places the lodge just 100 yards from a productive, wade-able flat where bonefish are frequently spotted tailing in the nearby waters. In this ideal location, guests have direct access to some of the best saltwater fly fishing in all the world and more fishable flats than any other area of the Caribbean. These waters are renowned for both the incomparable sheer numbers of bonefish -- "thousands of dem" – in large schools averaging 3-5 pounds, as well as the great potential for trophy-size, double-digit bonefish swimming in its waters. Andros has long been known as the home of the world's largest bonefish.
Getting to Andros Island Bonefish Club is surprisingly easy. First, you will want to arrange flights into Nassau, the capital and main airport hub in the Bahamas, followed by a transfer on Le Air from Nassau into Andros Town (Fresh Creek). Upon exiting the International Arrivals area in Nassau, proceed to the Domestic area of the airport to the Le Air counter for check in. You will want to arrange your international airfare into Nassau either the night before (in order to catch the 7:00 am departure), or before 1:30 pm (in order to have time to deplane, clear customs and immigration, and check in for the 3:30 pm flight to Andros Town). Flight time is 15 minutes and cost is approximately $47.50 each way.
Le-Air Contact Information:
Website: www.flyleair.com *
* - It is easy to arrange these flights on-line on Le Air's website.
As aircraft flying to Andros Town are often small twin-engine planes we recommend carrying a maximum of 40 pounds of luggage, soft sided if possible. Rod cases should be limited to 6 ½ feet long.
There are also options for a direct charter flight available from Ft. Lauderdale with Watermakers: contact Watermakers by phone at 954-771-0330 or email: email@example.com or through their website at www.watermakersair.com.
US Citizens are required to have proof of citizenship for travel in the Bahamas.
If you are flying commercially into Nassau International Airport you will first clear immigrations, retrieve your luggage and clear customs. Once you have cleared customs, you will need to recheck yourself and luggage to Andros Town at the nearest Le-Air counter.
You must claim your luggage on your first point of entry into the Bahamas as well as clear immigrations and customs. Failure to claim your luggage will result in your luggage not showing up at your end destination.
Upon arrival at Andros Town, you will have to wait a bit for your luggage, as it is hand loaded off the plane. Once you have your luggage, a taxi will be waiting for you arranged by the lodge (and included in the trip package, though you may want to leave a modest gratuity for the driver). In most cases the Club will have taxi drivers Doy Leadon or Lyndon Farington waiting at the airport. There may be other anglers making their way to the Club that you can share a taxi with. The drive takes approximately 30-minutes. Upon arrival at the lodge you will check into your room and receive a brief tour of the compound. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Typical Fishing Day at Andros Island Bonefish Club:
A typical fishing day at the Bonefish Club starts early in the morning. Coffee is ready in the lodge at 5:30 a.m, and breakfast will be served between 6:30-7:30 am. Buffet style lunch is set out daily at 6:15 am, where you can build your own lunch. If you want extra sodas or beer for the day, you can secure them from the bar. Drinks will be put on your tab, payable at the end of your stay. Place your drinks and lunch in your guide's cooler, marked with his name.
Boats depart for fishing at 8:00 am, and return to the lodge dock at 4:00 pm. The flats of Andros Island are renowned among fly-fishers as the home of some of the best bonefishing in the world. Andros Island Bonefish Club is uniquely positioned at the confluence of Cargill Creek and the eastern end of the North Bight, a mere 100 yards from a productive, wade-able flat where bonefish are frequently spotted tailing in the nearby waters. These flats are renowned for both the incomparable sheer numbers of bonefish-"tousands of dem"-in large schools averaging 3-5 pounds, as well as the great potential for trophy-size, double-digit bonefish swimming in its waters. There are flats on Andros for all bonefishing objectives – some with enormous numbers of fish where you will see school after school, others where the fish are in pairs or cruising alone, but these are the big ones. Some flats and tides are best poled from the boats, while others are ideal for wading the solid white sand flats in search of tailing singles and pairs.
Please note that Westside trips are optional. However, if you do choose to fish on the Westside, it is an additional fee of $150 for the extra fuel required for the long boat run across to the Westside.
Hors d'oeuvres are served at the bar from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, and dinner is served every night at 6:30 pm. In most cases, during or after dinner, the lodge manager will discuss guide assignments and the fishing options for the following day.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on-site, and laundry service is provided daily.
Please reconfirm your departure arrangements with the lodge staff the night before departure. The lodge will arrange to take you to the airport for your connecting flight back to Nassau.
There are two flights a day returning to Nassau, one departing at 7:15 am and another at 4:00 pm. Plan your departing flights out of Nassau around these times, allowing at least 3 hours from the scheduled departure time from Andros Town and your international departure (remember, this is the Bahamas and nothing is ever on time!).
Lodging at Andros Island Bonefish Club
AIBC takes you away from the distractions of everyday life and places you within a fly cast of some of the best fishing in the world. The lodge stretches over a quarter of a mile and outside every room there is a great view of the ocean. The lodge facility is spread out on a well-landscaped property bordering Cargill Creek, with a nice bonefish flat directly across the creek and in the distance the darker blue water of the Tongue of the Ocean.
The main lodge building has a large main room consisting of a few couches and comfortable sitting area in front of a TV, a popcorn machine, a couple of large tables for dining, and two tables near the door to the kitchen which were mainly utilized in the morning for lunch fixings and coffee. A sliding glass door from this room opens up onto a large patio and deck with several adirondack chairs facing a short concrete wall overlooking the creek. Rod holders set into the wall held two large shark rods, which are sometimes used to fish for sharks at night. Fun! At the end of the patio is a covered bar area with plenty of bar space and counters and a great bar area. Drinks are not included, and they have a clipboard on the bar so you can check off your drinks on the honor system.
From the main lodge on the far side is a small protected slough where the boats are moored and the guides take off from in the morning. On the other side is the small building that serves as the lodge office, and from there a series of concrete walkways meander around the landscaped property, decorated by flowers, shrubs, and mature trees, and including some wonderful pink plastic flamingos.
There are three guest cabana buildings, each with 4 rooms to accommodate a total of 12 rooms and up to 24 guests. Picnic tables and rod racks are located outside each building, great for organizing gear each evening. The rooms are clean, the buildings freshly painted and well maintained. Each room features two queen beds, air conditioning, tile floors, en suite bathrooms, closet space and dressers.
The bonefishing mecca of Andros Island and the superb hospitality at Andros Island Bonefish Club come together in a tropical paradise. It is a place where you can fish the seemingly endless flats, relax in a shaded hammock and absorb the beauty that surrounds you at the Andros Island Bonefish Club.
Fishing at Andros Island Bonefish Club
Anglers fishing at Andros Island Bonefish club are fishing from 16-18ft modern flats skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 90-140hp Yamaha outboards and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. For your safety, all boats are equipped with life jackets, tools and radios. Fishing can be done from the boat where mobility and visibility are optimal, or by wading hard flats and white sand beaches in
order to stalk and isolate the fish. You will fish such places as Pretty Creek, Yellow Cay and Land of the Giants. These names speak for themselves when considering the many flats, bights, creeks and cays Andros Island has to offer.
The occasional and elusive permit and the resident tarpon found cruising the deeper creeks on the west side attract many serious anglers to AIBC. Barracuda are also available to the angler and can be found on the flats most of the year. Jacks, snappers and sharks are often encountered on the flats while you're stalking bonefish, permit, or tarpon. Having a rod rigged and ready to cast will greatly increase your chances of hooking these fish.
The Great Barrier Reef of Andros is only one-half mile from the lodge, and you can also explore the possibilities the deep blue water has to offer. Beyond the reef lies the Tongue of the Ocean, a deep drop-off which harbors big game, including blue marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, king fish, mackerel, tuna, snapper and grouper. Probably the most prolific offshore species is the dolphin or dorado which can be caught on light tackle and with flies.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• One of the best bonefishing destinations in the Bahamas for ligament shots a double digit bonefish, with honest ten pound fish a daily possibility. If you dreamed of hooking and landing a BIG bonefish, Andros is one of the best locations to make your dream come true.
• Andros Island is the largest of the 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands (2,300 square miles) with hundreds of square miles of firm, light bottom, flats, and perfect for classic wade fishing for skinny water bones. If your goal is stalk bonefish on foot, you couldn’t find a more appropriate destination then Andros Island.
• Andros Island Bonefish Club offers remote angling opportunities on the famed “West Side” of the island, a vast uninhabited wilderness that sees little if any angling pressure. Anglers that like the idea of fishing true wilderness flats for bonefish that are big and dumb owe it to themselves to travel to the “West Side” for a day or two and experience the magic.
• Location, location, location – Being centrally located on Cargill Creek, Andros Island Bonefish Club provides quick and easy access to the productive north and middle bights of the island. That translates into less time getting to the fishing waters and more time on the bow of the boat hunting bonefish.
• Andros Island Bonefish Club employs an experienced, well trained and seasoned guide and lodge staff, (local boys) raised on bonefishing and the water and know how to put you on the fish. There is little wasted motion and the Club, the guides know where the fish are, all you have to do is catch them.