Robby’s Place is a cozy, comfortable private fly fishing retreat on the remote northern tip of Andros Island, in the Bahamas.

Robby’s Place is located on the far northern tip of Andros Island, allowing the best access to the remote, pristine, endless miles of hard white sand flats known as the Joulters. The lodge’s perfect location means anglers have incredibly short run times to the fishing grounds, with the closest flats a mere 10 minutes away. Anglers can literally walk out the front door, stroll down to the beach to board the skiff, and be wading for tailing bonefish within minutes.  Less time in the boat, means more time fishing!

The bonefishing here is almost exclusively wading, chasing tailing bonefish in ankle-deep water.  Because of the nature of the myriad flats and channels, the tides are different on every flat. This means you can literally move around and fish an incoming tide all day long, constantly in search of feeding, tailing bonefish.

While the fishing here is focused primarily on bonefish, there are other target species available for those anglers in search of a bit more variety: there are some areas where anglers can target permit or tarpon as well; large barracuda are frequently spotted patrolling the outside edges of flats; there are also some huge mutton snapper in the area; and the offshore fishing can be outstanding for those interested in fishing the blue water just a few miles east of Andros in the Tongue of the Ocean.  Bonefish remain the main focus – and the bonefishing here is hard to beat – but there are some great opportunities to target some other fun and exciting species as well.

Moreover, Robby’s Place is a great spot for couples or families. The beautifully appointed home sits right on a private, white-sand beach. Non-anglers can relax in the sand, or enjoy complimentary use of the lodge’s sea kayaks, stand up paddleboards, or snorkel equipment. Everyone spending time here will enjoy their experience, and want to return!

Robby’s Place was built in 2016 by Dr. Nigel Lewis as a personal hideaway. “Doc” grew up just a few miles away near Red Bay, and while his full time home is in Nassau he remains closely involved with the people and community there on Andros.

On a hunting trip to the area a friend introduced him to the property. He instantly fell in love with the place, and soon Robby’s Place was born. The house started as a personal vacation home, where Doc even regularly entertained the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.

At the same time, many of Doc’s full-time staff and good friends in the area encouraged him to use Robby’s Place for more than just a personal vacation home. They recognized the incredible bonefishery just minutes away, and that while Andros Island in general is well known for its incredible bonefishing…the various lodges are a considerable distance from the pristine white sand flats of the Joulters. Those same flats can be seen from the back deck of Robby’s Place and now we have a lodge that can easily access them.

After months of research on the area, The Fly Shop visited Doc and his team at Robby’s Place in March of 2019. What we found there was far more than we’d even imagined: a beautiful vacation home perched on a semi-private, idyllic white sand beach. The lodge looks out upon a sand and turtle grass bonefish flat that opens up into a narrow bay with a short reef beyond. The waters are calm.  The flat is inviting. And beyond is a reef for those who want to snorkel. And the view is incredible, a true piece of paradise!

Even better, we found a remarkable fishery mere minutes away. The closest flats are only 10 minutes from the beach in front of the lodge, and beyond that are miles upon miles of ankle deep, white sand flats, perfect for wading all day long for tailing bonefish!

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Reservations & Rates

The 7 nights/6 day Robby’s Place package is $5,250 per person (double occupancy).
• 6 nights/5 day package is $4,400 per person
• 5 nights/4 day package is $3,600 per person
• 4 nights/3 day package is $2,700 per person
• 3 nights/2 day package is $2,000 per person

Add-on Fishing on Arrival/Departure: Full Day: $550 / Half Day: $300

• Non-angling and single occupancy options available upon request.

Your angling package at Robby's Place includes all Meals, non-alcoholic beverages (soda, soft drink, mixers, drinking water), room accommodation, guided fishing, sea kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling from the lodge beach, Wi-Fi at the lodge, airport transportation to/from San Andros Airport, Bahamas Fishing License, laundry upon request.

Not included in your Robby's Place package are airfare/travel to/from San Andros, VAT Tax (12%), Alcoholic Beverages – liquor and beer will be available for purchase, Gratuities for guides/staff, On-Call Masseuse available.

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.

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Seasons at Robby's Place

Bonefish are prevalent on Andros Island year-round, and fishing can be great every month of the year. The most popular months are typically from October through June, when weather and water temperatures are most comfortable and consistent.

Late Fall/Winter - October, November, December:
Late fall in the Joulters marks the end of the annual hurricane season, and typically calm weather, moderate winds, and some of the best conditions of the year on the flats. It’s not as popular for travel due to the holidays, but a great time to be on the flats of Andros!

Late Winter - January and February:
These are great months to visit the Bahamas, especially to get away from colder winter weather in the Northern climates. Because the fishing based out of Robby’s Place is primarily wade-fishing in very shallow water, it is less impacted by cold fronts during these months than other Caribbean destinations. Even if the weather is bad, fish can be found tailing on the flats!

Spring - March and April:
These are the most popular months for bonefishing in the Bahamas, as the weather is pleasantly warm and the winds light.

Early Summer - May and June:
These are often some of the better weather months of the year, after the winter cold fronts and before the summer hurricane season, so the climate is warm and conditions are fairly consistent.

Late Summer and Fall - July, August and September:
These are the locals favorite time of year, though not as popular for international anglers. The weather can be hot, but fishing remains good all summer long.

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Getting to Robby's Place

Getting to Robby’s Place is simple. First, you will want to arrange flights into Nassau, the capital and main airport hub in the Bahamas, with multiple connecting flights daily from all over the US. From Nassau, there are two flights daily on Western Air (7:00 am and 3:30 pm) to San Andros Airport on Andros Island.

Upon exiting the International Arrivals area in Nassau, you will proceed to the Domestic area of the airport to the Western Air counter for check in (you will want to reserve these flights in advance, easy to do online). 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 San Andros). Flight time is 12 minutes and cost is approximately $70 each way.

There are also options for a direct charter flight available from Ft. Lauderdale with Watermakers Air. These are usually more expensive, but may have more flexibility on flight times.

As aircraft flying to San Andros are often small twin-engine planes we recommend carrying a maximum of 40 pounds of luggage, soft sided if possible.

US Citizens are required to have proof of citizenship (valid passport) 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 San Andros at the Western Air counter.

Upon arrival at San Andros, you will have to wait a bit for your luggage, as it is hand loaded off the plane. Once you have your luggage, Evie or Ron will be waiting for you to drive you the short, 15 minute drive to Robby’s Place. Upon arrival at the lodge you will check into your room and receive a brief tour of the lodge. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

For early arrivals (or late departures) an additional half or full day of fishing can be arranged.

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Lodging at Robby's Place

The lodge at Robby’s Place features a full, 360 degrees wraparound covered porch. The front looks out on the bay and has a small table and chairs, along with a series of colorful lounge chairs. Non-anglers and families can easily spend a lot of time here in comfort. There is also a small storage shed nearby, with standup paddle boards, kayaks, and a selection of snorkels and fins in varying sizes.

Inside, the front door opens up into the kitchen and great room. Adjacent to the kitchen is the small dining table, just enough room for a comfortable meal for a group of 6. Beyond the dining table is a comfortable lounge area, complete with two sofas and a coffee table. There’s even an extra half bathroom at the end of the room.

The lodge features three spacious guest rooms, each with two queen beds.Each room has a private full bathroom. It’s a cozy space, and can easily and comfortably accommodate a group of 6 guests.

Robby’s Place is on the grid with 24 hour power, plus a backup generator if the main power line goes out. There is good WiFi as well, and cell coverage for those requiring connectivity. There’s also a ceiling fan in every room, along with an A/C unit in every room. For those who just can’t miss their favorite show or sporting event, Satellite TV is also available.

Meals are prepared by Chef Lennie, and each culinary experience pairs island flavors with a combination of locally sourced meats (wild boar, free range chicken) and seafood (conch, lobster, grouper, snapper), joined with home-grown fruits and vegetables from the gardens behind the lodge. Local beer, a variety of spirits, and tasty wines are all available (not included in the package price).

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Fishing at Robby's Place

The fishing program at Robby’s Place focuses on long days wading the endless white sand flats of North Andros and the Joulters. The bonefishing here is almost exclusively wading, though the guides can pole if guests really want to, or if they head to the deeper flats of the West Side. Otherwise, it’s all on foot, all chasing tailing bonefish in really skinny water. Fish behave differently on different flats, so some flats are home to massive schools of fish while on others you can hunt larger singles and pairs. Most of the fish are in the 2 - 4 pound range, a great average size. There are bigger fish around as well. On some flats the fish frequent can be very spooky, especially when there are a lot of sharks around. On

others they are aggressive and hungry and eat just about any well-presented fly.

One of the truly unique features of the Joulters is that because of the nature of the myriad flats and channels, the tides are different on every flat. This means you can literally move around (short run times again, 5 - 10 minutes max) and fish an incoming tide all day long, constantly in search of feeding, tailing bonefish. It’s unique and amazing!

The lodge is located right on the northern tip of Andros Island, on a semi-private beach. Anglers will walk right out to the boats in the morning, and can be fishing in as short as 10 minutes from the beach. The longest run times would be 45 minutes to North Josie Cay, the furthest cays in the Joulters. There are miles and miles of expansive flats here; more than one angler could hope to fish in a lifetime. And because there are very few other lodges on this end of the island (none right on the water), it is rare to see another angler or skiff.

If anglers wish to fish the flats of the West Side, guides can trailer boats about an hour to Red Bay. There are fewer wading opportunities on the West Side, but these flats are home to some of the largest bonefish in the Bahamas. The West Side would be a great diversion from the wade fishing flats in the Joulters, just to keep thing interesting…

While the fishing here is focused primarily on bonefish, there are some areas where anglers can target permit or tarpon as well, and large barracuda are frequently spotted patrolling the outside edges of flats. There are also some huge mutton snapper in the area, and the offshore fishing can be outstanding for those interested in fishing the blue water just a few miles east of Andros in the Tongue of the Ocean.

Typical Fishing Day:
The guides will typically either leave their boats anchored in the bay in front of Robby’s Place, or launch at Morgan’s Bluff or Low Sound to motor 10 minutes around into the bay to meet guests at the beach in front of the lodge. There often isn’t a huge rush in the morning as the better light, water temperatures, and fishing is often in the late afternoon, so guests typically enjoy a relaxed breakfast and meet the guides sometime between 8:00 and 8:30 am depending on the time of year.

Lunch is taken on the fly and usually consists of delicious sandwiches, fresh fruit, homemade cookies, chips, waters and sodas. If you like the cooler can be filled with a few cold beers.

After a full day of wading flats, guests typically return to the lodge around 5:30 pm, in time for a quick swim and snorkel, shower, cocktails and appetizers (the best conch fritters we have ever tasted) on the veranda.

What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?

• Robby’s Place is located on the far northern tip of Andros Island, allowing the best access to the remote, pristine, endless miles of hard white sand flats known as the Joulters. The lodge’s perfect location means anglers have incredibly short run times to the fishing grounds, with the closest flats a mere 10 minutes away. Anglers can literally walk out the front door, stroll down to the beach to board the skiff, and be wading for tailing bonefish within minutes. Less time in the boat, means more time fishing!

• The bonefishing here is almost exclusively wading, chasing tailing bonefish in ankle-deep water. Hunting bonefish on foot is one of the best experiences in saltwater fly fishing, stalking these wary fish in very shallow water, searching for tails glimmering in the sunlight. Moreover, you don’t have to share time with another angler in the bow of a boat, so you get more time with the rod in your hand and more shots at feeding fish.

• One of the truly unique features of the Joulters is that because of the nature of the myriad flats and channels, the tides are different on every flat. This means you can literally move around (short run times again, 5 - 10 minutes max) and fish an incoming tide all day long, constantly in search of feeding, tailing bonefish. Bonefish tend to feed most actively on an incoming tide, so having access to such optimal feeding conditions all day long allows for more consistent opportunities for hungry, happy bonefish on the end of the line.

• While the fishing here is focused primarily on bonefish, there are other target species available for those anglers in search of a bit more variety: there are some areas where anglers can target permit or tarpon as well; large barracuda are frequently spotted patrolling the outside edges of flats; there are also some huge mutton snapper in the area; and the offshore fishing can be outstanding for those interested in fishing the blue water just a few miles east of Andros in the Tongue of the Ocean. Bonefish remain the main focus – and the bonefishing here is hard to beat – but there are some great opportunities to target some other fun and exciting species as well.

• Robby’s Place is a great spot for couples or families. The beautifully appointed home sits right on a private, white-sand beach. Non-anglers can relax in the sand, or enjoy complimentary use of the lodge’s sea kayaks, stand up paddleboards, or snorkel equipment. Everyone spending time here will enjoy their experience, and want to return!

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Making Reservations To Robby's Place

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours (Monday - Friday • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM), or email us at travel@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.