ANDROS ISLAND BONEFISH CLUB - BAHAMAS

 

ANDROS ISLAND BONEFISH CLUB - BAHAMAS

One of the oldest and most famous lodges in the Bahamas, Andros Island Bonefish Club is a great destination for anglers looking for a classic Bahamian bonefishing experience. If you’re searching for a great first-time Bahamas experience, then keep in mind that Andros’ huge offering of flats, creeks, cayes, mangroves and fertile fishing grounds all together create the largest and arguably the best fishery in the Bahamas for anglers seeking both numbers and size. Andros Island Bonefish Club features air conditioned rooms, private baths, satellite TV, internet, and a great waterside bar. Wade fishing can be found a short walk from the lodge, making it possible to fish on arrival and departure days or after daily guide hours (for those who just can’t seem to get enough!). The lodge can also accommodate up to 40 guests at a time, making this a great destination for larger groups.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of the Bahamas makes Andros Island Bonefish Club the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape. You can also arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Accommodations and Lodging

Andros Island Bonefish Club AccommodationAccommodations are in spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned cottages, and all rooms feature a private bath, refrigerator, two queen-sized beds, ceiling fans and plenty of room for fishing tackle and personal belongings. Daily housekeeping is provided and laundry service is available upon request. The lodge is well equipped for comfort with an indoor sitting room, a game room and library, and a new outdoor waterside bar. The lounge area is also equipped with satellite TV, a well stocked bar, a well-outfitted fly tying table, and hand-rolled cigars available upon request. Wi-Fi is available in the lounge and bar. The atmosphere on Andros is very laid back and easy going, and the locals are extremely friendly and welcome visitors with open arms. Built on the site of a 250-year old sisal plantation, A.I.B.C. puts you within a fly cast of some of the best bonefishing in the world.

Food and Beverages

A.I.B.C. has a large dining room and lounge area that overlooks the water where delicious homemade meals are served daily. The food at Andros Island Bonefish Club offers a lot of culinary variety, from seafood and chicken to conch and other Caribbean staples. The club is well known for preparing delicious meals with a focus on fresh local seafood.

Fishing Information

Searching for TargetsAndros Island, located approximately 150 miles east of the Florida Keys, is a premier bonefish destination. This Bahamian Island, which is over 100 miles long and up to 40 miles wide, consists of a vast area of flats, creeks, cayes, cuts, mangroves, and fertile fishing grounds. If you are a serious angler looking for big bones, then Andros Island should strongly be considered. Andros is arguably the best island in the Bahamas – if not the best in the world – for seeking BIG bonefish! If you are a first-time saltwater fisherman or an intermediate angler looking to improve, then Andros is a great place due to the sheer number of bonefish that inhabit the waters. Anglers new to fishing for bones can be taken to areas of the island where they can tune their skills on large numbers of small to medium-sized fish, usually from one to four pounds. These smaller fish are found in large numbers and – for the most part – are easily fooled. For those seeking diversity, there are opportunities for tarpon, permit, jacks, barracuda, sharks, snapper, grouper, dolphin, wahoo, and many other species. Want to spend a couple of days fishing offshore? Ask ahead of time as the angling can be excellent for a variety of offshore fish from dorado and wahoo to sailfish and tuna. Permit, tarpon, barracuda, and sharks can also be found on the flats throughout the year. Specify your interest and your guide will lead you in the right direction!

One of the main draws for anglers visiting Andros is the uninhabited West Side of the island. A good portion of unexplored territory still remains on the West Side, and the fish are rarely pressured. This equates to a large population of fish, many of which reach world-class size. (Some bonefish on the West Side will push 15+ pounds!) This side of the island is acknowledged as one of the premier “trophy bonefish” areas in the world. The west coast is also one of the better destinations in the Bahamas for tarpon. Tarpon fishing is usually best during the warmer months. A boat ride from Andros Island Bonefish Club to the West Side will average one to one and a half hours.

A.I.B.C. offers year-round fishing and guest accommodations. October through mid-July is peak season for fishing in Andros, when the weather and water temperatures are ideal.

January – February
A wide variety of fish species can be caught at the beginning of the calendar year. Best months for trophy bonefish! Lots of big barracuda on the flats as well.

March – April
Peak bonefish season, as well as a great time for tarpon. Ideal months for chasing tarpon on the famous West Side

May – June
Bonefish, tarpon, and barracuda are plentiful. Winds are calmer and afternoon rain showers are possible.

July – September
Morning fishing is best for bonefish, as the flats heat up quickly. Great months for stalking barracuda, sharks, and snapper. Calm winds, with the exception of the random Caribbean storm. Tarpon are also available.

October – December
All of the bights of Andros are great during these months. Good time of the year to find the elusive permit. Resident tarpon fishing on the West Side.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from 16-foot Dolphin Super Skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 90-140HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Amenities at the lodge include a freshwater swimming pool, on-site masseuse, dive shop, and dive and snorkel programs.

How To Get There

Direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Andros Town Airport are available through Continental Gulfstream on Saturday and Tuesday mornings. For daily commercial flights, fly direct to Nassau and use service from Western Air to Andros Town Airport (twice daily). Charter flights from Florida to Andros can also be arranged. Contact Yellow Dog for more information.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Make sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip, due to customs and immigration. We recommend at least 1.5 hours to deal with departure and immigration procedures. Private air charters can be arranged by calling Ian Davis at Yellow Dog. Upon arrival on Andros, an A.I.B.C. shuttle van will deliver you to the lodge from the airport. Half day guide trip are available for arrival and departure days if time allows (add $300.00 onto the package price for the additional guided half day.)

2012 Fishing Package Rates

All rates listed below are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,354 $2,060
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,893 $2,943
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,427 $3,830
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,961 $4,718
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,500 $5,605
8 Nights / 7 Fishing Days $4,035 $6,493

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All accommodations at A.I.B.C.
  • All meals at lodge
  • Round-trip transfers via taxi from Andros Town Airport to A.I.B.C.
  • Daily guided fishing
  • All bottled water
  • Laundry service
  • Government room tax

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to Andros Town
  • Overweight baggage charges
  • Alcoholic beverages, bar tab, and soft drinks
  • Gift shop purchases and telephone calls
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Gas surcharge for West Side trips (optional)

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Selecting the Right FlyThe team at Andros Island Bonefish Club is first rate. Owner and head guide, Captain Rupert Leadon, has long been considered an expert on fishing the vast flats and waterways of Andros Island. He loves hosting and guiding and has passed his enthusiasm and commitment to service on to the rest of his staff. Rupert personally leads and trains his competent staff of native guides. As proficient anglers themselves, they are highly capable of putting you on fish as well as helping you to perfect your saltwater angling technique. They work as a team sincerely caring about the success of each angler. When at the lodge, be sure to ask Rupert about his "rake-and-scrape" skills. He is always happy to break out his saw and entertain guests at the bar!

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