This part of Andros Island is far off the beaten path and anglers interested in a remote bonefish adventure should take a serious look at Andros South Lodge.
Andros South (Google Earth at: 24.00.22.08N and 188.8.131.52W) is located just north of Little Creek, where their boats are moored for quick and easy access to both Little and Deep Creek, the fabled Westside with its large ocean bones and all of the south-end cays, creeks and flats. Their location couldn’t be better. The southern tip of Andros Island, beyond Mars Bay, is a vast, uninhabited, trackless saltwater frontier, with little fishing pressure and few humans. These waters are home to giant schools of hungry, unsophisticated bones as well as trophy, double-digit singles – the trademark of Andros Island.
On a recent trip to Andros South, we waded flats that had rarely if ever been fished before, targeting small and medium size schools of bonefish that averaged 2 1/2 – 4 pounds. It was truly an unbelievable day as school after school was encountered – all day long. While there are lots of fish on the flats most of the time, they are not totally stupid. You still have to stalk, cast, present the fly and fight fish correctly to successfully land these strong bones. But, when you blow a cast and spook a fish (or the whole school) it is not the end of the world. There will be other shots at other fish. The guides grew up in this area and know their playground well. There is not a tide you cannot fish. One flat or another will be perfect at just about any time of the day.
Reservations & Rates
October - February 10th (double occupancy):
• 7 night/6 day - $4,100.00 per person
• 6 night/5 day - $3,800.00 per person
• 5 night/4 day - $3,250.00 per person
• 4 night/3 day - $2,550.00 per person
• 3 night/2 day - $1,850.00 per person
Your angling package at Andros South includes all accommodations, single-occupancy lodging (you get your own room) and meals at lodge, daily fishing with boat and guide (two anglers per boat), loaner fly rods, reels and lines, transportation from Congo Town airport to lodge and back, daily maid service, all liquor, and soft drinks are complimentary. They typically have a selection of mid-range rum, gin, scotch, etc. If someone's really specific about what liquor they want to drink (e.g. single malt scotch, high-end tequila), they advise them to bring it along, but a good general selection is provided.
Not included in your Andros South package are airfare to and from Congo Town, baggage and overweight charges, guide and staff gratuities, applicable airport departure taxes, items of a personal nature (including fishing tackle purchases, telephone calls, etc laundry service) and Bahamas 7.5% VAT Tax.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.
• Travel Guard Insurance
Seasons at Andros South Lodge
Andros South Lodge is open from October through May, preferring to close during the summer months.
Their whole season is prime time on the flats with exception of the few cold fronts that can creep in during winter. And even then, it would have to be a severe storm that would knock this lodge out of fishing. They keep their boats moored at Little Creek for quick access to sheltered waters
and flats to the west where even in poor conditions, one can find plenty of fish to cast to. This lodge is filled most of its open days from repeat guests. They enjoy the relaxed, casual atmosphere of the lodge and the great fishing in the creeks, on the west side (home of monster bones and some big tarpon) and in the flats wilderness of the island's south end. There are flats there that don't see anglers for years at a time.
Getting to Andros South Lodge
Getting to the Bahamas from the States, especially from the East Coast, is relatively simple and painless.
One convenient and direct option is a private charter flight from Fort Lauderdale directly to the Congo Town Airport, where anglers can clear immigrations and customs, transfer to the lodge and often be fishing on the morning of arrival. Charter flights also make it possible to arrive
quickly and comfortably to the lodge in a single day from practically anywhere in the country. And charter costs for 4, 6, or 8 anglers actually are quite competitive when compared to commercial flights.
Andros South is a 20-minute drive from the airport in Congo Town on South Andros. There are several options for flying into Congo Town. The most popular one for reaching our island is Lynx Air International. Lynx Air flies nonstop flights multiple times per week between Fort Lauderdale and Congo Town. Lynx Air's mid-day Saturday flight matches up well with our weekly changeover. Lynx Air flies from the Fort Lauderdale International airport, allowing for easy connections with flights within the United States, and outbound guests clear US Customs in Fort Lauderdale, which is typically a smooth process. Tickets on Lynx Air can be booked online at www.lynxair.com, or via telephone at 888-596-9247.
As a third option, two flights each day arrive from nearby Nassau with Western Air. These flights depart Nassau at 7:00 am and 3:15 pm, and take 20 minutes. The flights return back to Nassau at 8:00 am and 4:00 pm respectively. Reservations can be made with Western Air at 242-377-2222.
Western Air accepts only cash for payment. When checking in with Western Air in Nassau, you will need $140 in cash, either US or Bahamian ($1 US = $1 Bahamian), to pay for your round-trip ticket.
Once you arrive in Congo Town, a representative of our facility will meet you at the airport for the short drive to our lodge.
Lodging at Andros South Lodge
Andros South is a friendly, laid-back bonefishing lodge that concentrates on providing a fishing experience that is second to none. If you are looking for white linen tablecloths, you should look elsewhere.
If you're looking for a very comfortable place to spend the week fishing, relaxing and enjoying a remote, quiet island in the Bahamas, you've come to the right place.
The lodge is situated on a beautiful white sand beach, taking advantage of the intoxicating trade winds of the Bahamas. Take a relaxing swim each evening, or maybe a walk or a run. You may even want to wade in with your fly rod and hone your casting skills while gazing out at azure blue water. There are also hungry barracuda and the occasional large bonefish cruising along the white sand. If you find yourself in need of a longer beach to run on, you can head just north of the marina/public dock and find yourself on a white sand beach that stretches as far as you can see.
The rooms are clean, comfortable, and air-conditioned. Each has its own bathroom, which awaits you with a warm relaxing shower at the end of your fishing day. Did we mention each guest gets his own room? Yes, it is true! No listening to your "good buddy" snore all night. Each room has tile floors and is furnished with comfortable beds and modern dressers and nightstands.The dining room is welcoming and laid back. It is perfect to enjoy cocktails, great meals and conversation with friends, both new and old.
Andros is proud of their kitchen staff and rightly so. While specializing in seafood you'll sample many other great dishes too, like the lodge's famous jerk chicken and ribs. During your stay you will be treated to all the best, fresh seafood our bountiful waters have to offer. From fresh fish, to lobster and conch, you are guaranteed to enjoy it all.
You will enjoy a variety of dishes, with an emphasis on traditional Bahamian cooking. The main dish is always complimented with rich, flavorful side dishes and topped off with a variety of truly sinful desserts. You definitely won't go hungry here. Homemade key lime pie, anyone?
Located right on the beach is our tiki bar that we affectionately call 'The Slack Tide'. This is a favorite spot to enjoy the beach, the breeze and drinks and appetizers at the end of your fishing day.There is a capacity of ten anglers.
Fishing at Andros South Lodge
Here at Andros South, we pride ourselves on employing the best professional guides and investing in the best possible gear to ensure your trip exceeds your expectations. Your enjoyment and safety are our top priorities.
You will find that our guides know exactly how to fit the experience to your skill set and your fishing objectives. You'll also find that our top-
notch equipment ensures your safe, comfortable enjoyment of the bounties of the South Andros flats.
South Andros is flanked to the east by The Tongue of the Ocean, a deep-water trough that drops to more than five thousand feet not more than a mile offshore. Along the edge of the drop lies the third largest barrier reef in the world. South Andros Island itself is riddled with innumerable tidal creeks and inland flats, all home to hundreds of thousands of hungry bonefish.
Variety is most definitely the spice of life here on South Andros. There are miles and miles of easily-waded white sand flats as well as hidden, unspoiled mangrove creeks peppered with large singles and doubles. Inland lakes fill up with eager schools of bonefish on the change of every tide. Expansive ocean-side flats attract bruisers from the deep (no, that's no shark - it's a bonefish, mon - cast now!). Remote, rarely visited cays are home only to schools of bonefish numbering in the thousands. The diversity and size of the fishery mean a completely different fishing experience every day of your trip.
South Andros Island is widely known as the Bonefishing Capital of the World. With the island's endless, diverse flats, the opportunities are boundless. You want to fish to giant schools of hungry bonefish? No problem. Have your sights set on casting to large tailing bones? We can make it happen.
Expect to fish to schools of bonefish that average 2 to 4 pounds, with larger fish always swimming with the school. You will also have many shots at tailing and cruising bonefish ranging from 5 to 10 pounds plus. These opportunities will come while wading hard sand and marl flats or being poled along in one of our fully equipped flats skiffs. We're not big on keeping score, but expect some days where you lose count of the number of bones you hook and land.
If you grow tired of catching bonefish during your stay with us there are other fishes to target. Large, aggressive barracuda are plentiful and hungry. If you have never experienced the explosive strike of a "cuda", be prepared for your heart to stop. If you've never had the chance to tackle a shark on a fly rod, be prepared for your arms to fall off. Finally, through the week you may find the opportunity to cast to willing jacks, tarpon, permit and snapper. Reef structures, blue holes, mangrove creeks and the flats themselves offer shots at a variety of the bonus species. While the bonefish gets top billing here on South Andros, there are many other fishing opportunities available on your trip.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• One of the best destinations in the Bahamas for a double digit bonefish, with honest ten pound fish a daily possibility. If you have dreamt about hooking and landing a real trophy bonefish, in the double digit class, this is as good a place there is to make that happen.
• Andros South has easy and quick access to miles of firm, light bottom flats, perfect for classic wade fishing for skinny water bones. If you like bonefishing on foot, this is the place. There are flats here that stretch to the horizon and you can wade and fish as far as your legs will take you.
• Andros South 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.
• At Andros South all anglers are accommodated in single and private rooms. No need to share a room with another guests and no need to bring ear plugs to insure a good night’s sleep. You’ll get a solid and good night’s rest and be fresh each morning for a full day of fishing.
• Andros South’s location is perfectly situated to take advantage of tidal difference between the east and west side island during fishable hours. This allows anglers and guide to target different flats at virtually any tide phase throughout the fishing day and not be hemmed in by slack tides.