BAIR'S LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

 

BAIR'S LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

Ideally situated on South Andros midway between the South Bight and Grassy Creek, Bair’s Lodge accesses some of the most remote flats and productive fishing areas in the entire region. Over the years, Bair’s has established itself as one of the nicest, high-end operations in the Bahamas, with excellent fishing for bonefish and occasional shots at tarpon, permit, barracuda, jacks and several types of snapper. Offshore fishing can also be arranged seasonally for wahoo, tuna, and Dorado. Perfect for small groups, the lodge has seven guest rooms, each with A/C and a private bathroom. Limiting the occupancy to twelve anglers per week enables the staff to provide exceptional personalized guest service. The cuisine includes Bahamian specialties and a regular offering of fresh seafood. In addition to the comfort of the dining room, sitting room and bar, anglers will appreciate the convenience of the fly tying table and a fully-stocked fly shop.

Typical Length of Stay

Bair’s can accommodate any length of stay. Typical change-over days are Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Accommodations and Lodging

Bair's Lodge CuisineBair's Lodge is an attractive Plantation-style building surrounded by tropical flowers and palm trees. There is a great beach right in front of the lodge, and a wonderful sand bank, sparkling white, lies just a few meters away.

Living room and dining room
The airy living room and dining room area has comfortable sofas, plenty of reading materials, and directly faces the ocean. There is a buffet where you will find breakfast laid out in the mornings. There are 2 ceiling fans and air‐conditioning.

Bar and fly‐tying room
The lodge has a main bar fully stocked with spirits, cold beers, soft drinks, plenty of ice, a blender and mixers for cocktails. Next to the indoor bar is a fully-stocked fly tying table for guests to use. Satellite television has been installed for those who wish to catch‐up on news or sports during cocktail tour.

Main office and computer area
The main office is located between the bar and the sitting room. You will find telephone facilities and a computer station with satellite internet access and e‐mail access.

Verandah
Most of the rooms in the house open on to a long verandah facing the ocean, with comfortable benches and tables to sip coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. There are handy rod racks beside the outdoor showers with a hose with fresh water to wash down your tackle in the evenings. From the verandah you just walk along the path to the beach where the flats boats are moored. Right by the verandah you will find comfortable lounge chairs and a hammock. The prevailing Southeast wind and verandah ceiling fans ensure there is always a breeze, so you can usually enjoy evenings outdoors without insects.

Bedrooms and bathrooms
All of the bedrooms are light and airy, with terracotta tiled floors, 100% white cotton sheets as well as tropical‐weight duvets and plenty of down pillows. They are fully air‐conditioned, with lots of storage space and electricity outlets to recharge appliances, and a comfortable chair. All have en‐suite bathrooms, full baths, and powerful showers with hot water 24 hours a day, lots of white towels, robes, and amenities. There are also two outdoor showers right on the beach.

Food and Beverages

The lodge serves delicious meals that include fresh local produce, fresh fish (ahi tuna, grouper, and hog snapper), conch and lobster. The chef bakes bread, pastries and cookies daily. The coffee is made from freshly ground beans and will be waiting for guests each morning. A full breakfast buffet will always feature a variety of cereals, coffee, a selection of teas, and fresh fruits. Eggs will be cooked to your preference, with bacon, sausages and grits. Hot cereals are also available. A lunch menu card allows you to choose your day's lunch and the content of the boat coolers.The lodge has an open bar policy. On your return from fishing you will find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as stacks of soft drinks. Please note that local spirits will be available free of charge at the lodge. Delicious appetizers are served in the verandah, so you can sample local specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers and conch salad. Dinner starts with appetizers such as homemade soups or conch ceviche, and all entrees are served with fresh salads. The emphasis is on mixing local dishes with light fresh recipes such as snapper with mango salsa, and some barbequed beef, fish and chicken. Desserts will vary from chocolate decadence to key lime parfaits and rum cake with coconut ice cream. House wines such as Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner. After dinner coffee and tea and liquors will be served in the sitting room. The lodge can cater to special dietary needs so please let us know so we can pass it on to the chef.

Fishing Information

Bair's Lodge BonefishThe flats of South Andros are some of the most un-pressured flats on an island known as the “bonefish capital of the world”. The location of Bair's - surrounded by inland flats, creeks, the south end, the South Bight, the West Side, and numerous mangrove lagoons - means that the lodge can accommodate anglers who love to wade for bonefish, as well as those who prefer to fish from the boat. The guides can customize any fishing day to meet your expectations and requests. The sandy-white, hard-bottomed flats of this area are vast and productive, meaning that this is a particularly good area for those looking for great wade fishing. The same characteristics also provides for consistent fishing during most weather conditions. When wind is an issue, the inland flats are more protected and calm, enabling the guides to spot bonefish tailing in the shallows. Even on cloudy days, the brilliant white sand flats make spotting fish considerably easier. If you enjoy fishing from the boat there are many keys, shorelines, and creeks to keep you busy with shots at larger, deep-water bonefish.

The average size bonefish in the area will be in the two to four-pound range. These "smaller" fish inhabit the shallow inland flats and can often-times be found in large schools - sometimes in the hundreds. A typical day at Bair’s consists of a morning run in the boat that varies between fifteen minutes and one hour, depending on what you want to do and where you want to fish. Once there, you typically fish your way back towards the lodge throughout the course of the day. All of the guides at Bair's are friendly, experienced and professional, and all are certified by the Bahamian Guide Association. All the flats skiffs have aluminum "lean bars" on the deck giving Bair’s anglers more stability and comfort for long days of fishing. There is always a fishing and lodge manager on site to keep all aspects of the lodge running smoothly and professionally.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from 16-foot Dolphin Super Skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 85 HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks outfitted with angler braces ("lean-bars"). The lodge has loaner rods that can be used by guests free of charge (there is however a flat charge of $250 for any breakages that need to be sent back to the US). They also have spinning rods and reels for bonefishing or for an outing on the reef for barracuda, jacks or grouper. The shop is stocked with Sage rods, Hatch reels, Rio lines, backing and tippet, a good selection of flies, sunscreen and lip protection, Mangrove sungloves, dry bags, Costa del Mar polarized sunglasses, and a large assortment of Bair's Lodge fishing shirts, caps and t‐shirts.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Although Bair’s is primarily a fishing destination; there is a beautiful patio and grassy area behind the lodge for lounging, reading, or relaxing! Hammocks strung between palm trees are always a memorable place to pass the time and relax.

How To Get There

There are several options for flying into Congo Town. Please contact Yellow Dog for ticketing and scheduling assistance. Our recommended option for reaching this part of Andros Island is through Nassau with Western Air. Western flies 2 flights each day to Congo Town from Nassau. Groups of more than 6 persons may also consider a private charter from Ft. Lauderdale. Yellow Dog works with several charter companies in Ft. Lauderdale and would be happy to work with you to arrange a charter flight.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Vacation SettingThe flights from Nassau to Congo Town depart at 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and take 20 minutes. The flights return back to Nassau at 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Reservations can be made with Western Air at 242-377-2222 or Yellow Dog can set that up for you. It is important to note that Western Air accepts only cash for payment. When checking in with Western Air in Nassau, you will need $140 in cash to pay for your round-trip ticket.

Once you arrive in Congo Town, a representative from Bair’s Lodge will meet you at the airport to take you on the short 20-minute drive from the airport in Congo Town on South Andros to the lodge.

2012 Fishing Package Rates

Rates are listed per person based on double occupancy. Please contact Yellow Dog for additional rates and rates for single anglers.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
High Season (Oct. 15, 2011 - March 31, 2012)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,850 $7,760
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $4,195 $6,712
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,650 $5,840
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,950 $4,720
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $2,220 $3,552
Peak Season (April 1 - July 31, 2012)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,995 $7,992
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $4,395 $7,032
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,825 $6,120
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $3,095 $4,952
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $2,250 $3,600

Single room and shared boat = $125.00 additional fee per, night added to double occupancy rates.

* 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

  • The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package
  • Round trip land transfers between Congo Town and the lodge
  • All meals at lodge
  • All beer, local spirits, and wine
  • All taxes and service charges

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Congo Town, Bahamas
  • All terminal tackle (flies, lures, leaders, and lines) and other items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

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

Bair’s offers a fairly high-end and comfortable Caribbean lodge setting. The lodge provides anglers with spacious sitting areas, a complete fly tying bench, social dining area, and an outdoor patio with deck chairs and hammocks for post-fishing socializing. Pretty much every area of the lodge has an expansive eastern view of the flats and nearby tongue of the ocean. The grounds are private and quiet, providing guests with a very relaxing atmosphere. We recommend this destination to those seeking a well-run, high-end lodge that knows how to caters to clients who expect above-average service, fishing and amenities.

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