Pleasant Bay is located just minutes from the south end of the road on South Andros. When meeting your guide at the Mars Bay Marina, you’ll have the closest access to the massive complex of hard sand flats on the southern tip of Andros. This area is more than one hundred and fifty square miles of perfect bonefish habitat. These waters are home to giant schools of aggressive bonefish, as well as trophy, double-digit singles – the trademark of South Andros Island.
Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge is positioned on the southeastern shore of Andros Island, the largest and least-inhabited island in the Bahamas. 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. Andros itself is riddled with innumerable tidal creeks and inland flats, all home to hundreds of thousands of hungry bonefish. Variety is definitely the spice of life on South Andros. There are miles and miles of easily-waded white sand flats as well as hidden, unspoiled mangrove creeks. Inland lakes fill up with eager schools of bonefish on the change of every tide. Expansive ocean-side flats attract double digit bonefish from the deep. Remote, rarely visited cays are home to schools of bonefish numbering in the thousands. The diversity and size of this fishery offers a completely different fishing experience every day of your trip.
Reservations & Rates
The 7 nights/6 day package at Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge is $3,900.00 USD per person (double occupancy)
• 6 nights/5 day package is $3,250.00 per person
• 5 nights/4 day package is $2,600.00 per person
• 4 nights/3 day package is $1,950.00 per person
• 3 nights/2 day package is $1,300.00 per person
Additional options as well as Single Occupancy are available. Please call for more information.
Your angling package at Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge includes all accommodations, meals, daily fishing with boat and guide, transportation from Congo Town airport to the lodge and back, daily maid service, all liquor, beer and soft drinks. The Bahamian VAT tax is also included. They typically have a selection of mid-range rum, gin, scotch, etc. If you’re really specific about what liquor you want to drink (e.g. single malt scotch, high-end tequila, etc.), they advise that you bring it along, but a good general selection is provided.
Not included in your Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge package are airfare to and from Congo Town, baggage and overweight charges, fishing license, guide and staff gratuities, applicable airport departure taxes, items of a personal nature (including fishing tackle purchases, telephone calls, laundry service.
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 Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge
Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge offers year-round fishing. October thru mid-July are typically the best months to book a bonefishing trip, when the weather and water temperatures are ideal.
Late Winter - January & February:
A wide variety of fish can be caught at the beginning of the calendar year. These are some of the best months for trophy bonefish!
Spring - March and April:
This is the peak bonefish season!!! It’s also a 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 often calm and afternoon rain showers are possible.
Late Summer & Fall - July, August and September:
Morning fishing is the best for bonefish. The shallow water on the flats heats up quickly. This may be the perfect time for stalking shark, barracuda, and snapper. Except for the possibility of tropical disturbances, these months offer the calmest winds of the year. Tarpon are also available.
Late fall and winter - October, November and December:
All the flats on South Andros are very good at this time for bonefish, with the occasional shot at a permit. Resident tarpon are available on the west side of the island.
Getting to Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge
Your final flight destination will be Congo Town (also known as South Andros Airport) on South Andros Island. The most popular route is flying to the Nassau Int’l Airport and then taking a short twenty minute flight into Congo Town with Western Air. Western operates two flights daily, typically departing Nassau at 8:00 am and 3:00 pm Scheduling your flights in an out of Nassau around the ‘noon’ hour works very well and allows time to clear customs on both side of your trip. Take the afternoon flight in for your arrival and the morning flight out for your departure.
The other flight option to Congo Town is with Watermakers Air out of Fort Lauderdale. They offer direct nonstop flights multiple times per week, and operate from the centrally located Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, allowing for easy connections with flights within the United States. Private charters are available.
Once you arrive in Congo Town, a representative from Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge will meet you at the airport for the short drive to the lodge.
Lodging at Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge
This is a quaint, waterfront lodge, with a very productive flat right outside your door! With a maximum occupancy of eight anglers, it’s perfect for a small group of friends and family. Pleasant Bay is family owned and operated. Tim built the facility, his wife Orleans runs the kitchen, and their daughter Coral manages the lodge. It’s super clean, freshly painted, well maintained, and very well located. You can grab your own beer and mix your drink the way you like it. Pleasant Bay is a fly fishing lodge for sportsmen, and the perfect destination for a casual gathering of good
The seawall in front of the lodge is built from conch shells and concrete, with a large covered patio overlooking the water. The dining area and guest lounge overlook the water, with a satellite TV, music, self-serve bar with spirits, and a refrigerator filled with Bahamian beer, along with a fly tying table. The guest rooms are a mix of singles and doubles in unique configurations to fit every combination of friends and family. Wi-Fi works well in the guest rooms, and cell service is available.
Fishing at Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge
A day at Pleasant Bay The ladies have your coffee ready in the dining area at 6:30, and breakfast to order is served at 7. Lunch orders are taken the previous evening and will be waiting in your boat cooler along with drinks. Anglers take a short drive to the marina at 7:45 to meet the guides and motor out to the flats. After a day of fishing some of the finest flats on Andros, you’ll return to the marina @ 4:30. The guides will wash down your rods and reels, hanging them on the drying rack, ready for the next day’s fishing. Appetizers include traditional Bahamian conch fritters, best
enjoyed in the shade of the covered waterfront patio with an ice cold Kalik! Dinners, served at 7, feature beef steak, pork tenderloin, lobster, grouper, and cracked conch. Local beer, spirits, wine, and bottled water are all included in the package.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• Pleasant Bay guides fish the massive complex of flats and cays at the south end of Andros Island. There are miles of firm, light bottom flats, making this an ideal location for the angler that prefers to hunt bonefish on foot.
• With a maximum capacity of eight anglers, Pleasant Bay is intimate waterfront lodge. This destination is ideal for a group of friends and family looking for a private bonefishing experience.
• Unlike many fishing destinations, Pleasant Bay has single guest rooms available. For those that travel alone, or prefer their privacy, this is a great option.
• Pleasant Bay is family owned and operated, with a friendly lodge staff and experienced local guides. Your experience is certain to reflect the true Bahamian culture, far from the glitter of modern resorts.
• If you’re looking for a winter get away in the sun, or a quick summer vacation, Pleasant Bay is a good choice. Operating year round, they’ll welcome you any time of the year.