EVA'S BONEFISH LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

 

EVA'S BONEFISH LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

Located on a remote piece of pine-forested land between Staniard Creek and a beautiful white sand beach on Andros Island’s northeastern shore is Benry Smith’s new fishing lodge. This property has been in the family for three generations, and when Benry recently completed construction on the new lodge he named the operation after his grandmother. Benry is an old friend of Yellow Dog. In fact, we’ve known Benry and have been fishing with him for close to 20 years. One of the sons of Andros’ Captain Charlie Smith (Crazy Charlie), he is the most animated of the famous Smith brothers and a truly professional, seasoned guide. Hosting and guiding fly anglers has always been a family tradition in the Smith family, and Eva’s Bonefish Lodge continues that great practice. Completed in November of 2012, this small, intimate lodge is best suited for groups of two to six anglers seeking a customized fishing and small-lodge experience. You will find the fishing program very diverse and flexible, largely due to the numerous access points that the lodge takes advantage of all throughout the Northern portion of Andros.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length can easily be arranged, and the convenience of the Bahamas makes Eva’s Bonefish Lodge the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape.

Accommodations and Lodging

Eva's Bonefish Lodge AccommodationThe lodge is located in the settlement of Staniard Creek on the northern part of Andros Island. Staniard Creek itself is an inland mangrove and flats tidal system located just north of Fresh Creek and slightly south of Stafford Creek. Eva’s is a single level plantation-style house featuring three double occupancy bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. The lodge also features a main living room with Direct TV, a small dining and bar area, a community fly tying desk, and an open kitchen and dining area. The whole lodge is wrapped and surrounded by a covered porch. The entire lodge is equipped with air conditioning.

The grounds are a mix of grass and sand, with the entire property surrounded by island pine trees and younger palms. The beach is approximately 75 yards from the back porch of the lodge and is perfect for a quick swim after a long day on the water. The lodge also features dial-up Wi-Fi access.

Food and Beverages

All the meals at Eva’s Lodge are home-cooked by Benry’s wife, Dianne. She is a wonderful chef and a true culinary master when it comes to traditional Bahamian cuisine. Breakfast each morning at the lodge typically consists of cooked-to-order eggs, various breakfast meats and Dianne’s famous pancakes. The “on the water” cooler lunches packed for each day of fishing are typically tuna, ham or turkey sandwiches, with chips, fresh fruit and cold beverages. Dinner at the lodge mainly consists of freshly caught local seafood, including grouper, snapper, wahoo, dolphin fish, tuna, and lobster (when in season). Fresh veggies, rice and beans, Bahamian macaroni, cheese, soups, and various salads are also featured the weekly dinner line-up. Deserts are generally a cake style dish or fresh fruit. The lodge always has plenty of cold beverages available, including fresh drinking water, juices, coffee, and a choice of sodas. The lodge serves cold local beer (Kalik) and Bahamian rum, and you are also welcome to bring a bottle of your favorite liquor which can be purchased at a local store or at the airport duty free in Nassau. All meals at the lodge can easily be customized to your specific needs and dietary requests.

Fishing Information

Very Nice Andros Island Bonefish!While big bonefish are the main quarry when fishing out of Eva’s, good numbers of permit and tarpon can also be found in area waters throughout the season. The guide staff is particularly fond of hunting a wide range of the different species that inhabit Andros’ shallow waters. Benry and his guide staff are all long-time guides and wonderful educators, able to accommodate the most experienced anglers as well as anglers who are new to saltwater. Not only are these guides knowledgeable and enthusiastic, they are also fun to fish with. Benry himself is a very outgoing and entertaining, keeping things light in the boat with lots of laughs.

Eva’s uses various boat ramps throughout the northern part of Andros. These ramps include Stafford Creek for access to Mastic Point, Lowe’s Sound for the Joulters Cays, Red Bays for the Joulters, and various ramps used to access the wilderness of Fresh Creek. This “drive and trailer” method enables the guides to provide anglers with a rich and diverse fishing experience while adapting and adjusting to changing weather, conditions and tides. Trailering the boats to any number of different boat ramps each morning also means that clients don’t have to get beat up or soaked in choppy seas during long, open runs to the flats. You can expect an average daily drive time of plus or minus one hour total in a truck in order to transfer to and from the boat launches.

Having so much access to different areas of Andros enables the guides to fish you where the tides are best at any given time. The Mastic Point flats provide solid opportunities for larger ocean bones that can be targeted on foot or boat depending on the tide and wind direction. The Joulters are an expansive island and flats system just north of Andros; an area that is ideal for wade fishing and for targeting tailing bones, schooling fish and larger fish found cruising on the edges of the flats. Fresh Creek on Central Andros is a vast inland fishery; the perfect place to focus on when the winds are blowing hard and the weather turns. This creek system stretches for ten miles inland, with numerous lagoons and interior flats that are home to some very large bones. Perhaps the most exciting fishing option is the famous West Side of Andros, a vast wilderness area that is accessed via Red Bays. While most lodges on Andros must make long runs through open water to access the unpressured white flats of the West Side, with Eva’s you simply back the boat down the ramp after an easy, 35-minute drive from the lodge. From there, you are poling the flats of the West Side without a long, grinding and bumpy boat run. Not only is the West Side of the island home to larger-than-average bonefish, but resident tarpon can be targeted any time of year during settled weather. The occasional permit can also be found swimming around West Sides sandy points, blue holes, and coral outcroppings.

Here at Yellow Dog, we do like to consider moon phases and tide charts for those who area really interested in targeting and focusing on permit and tarpon. We also recommend the late spring through fall months for peak action for these species.

Overall, Eva’s Lodge is a fine destination for a stand-along bonefishing trip or as a part of a longer Andros combo trip. Eva’s can easily be paired with a stay at any of the other North Andros operations, including Big Charlie’s Lodge, Stafford Creek or Broad Shad Cay Lodges. Since the “Bights” of Andros and the waters of Northern Andros are so different, this type of combo trip will give you a great understanding of why Andros is known as the “Bonefish Capital of the World”. The transfer between lodges is typically done after fishing one day, which means that you will not have to miss a single day of fishing. The drive time is around one hour. Yellow Dog can customize any itinerary for yourself or your group, allowing you to experience several different fisheries in one single trip. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

Boats and Equipment

While staying and fishing with Eva’s Lodge, anglers fish from Action Craft, Maverick and Dolphin skiffs, each set up with poling platforms, 90-140hp Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. These boats 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

While staying and fishing with Eva’s Lodge, anglers fish from Action Craft, Maverick and Dolphin skiffs, each set up with poling platforms, 90-140hp Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. These boats 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.

How To Get There

Conch Fritters and Kalik!Direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Andros Town Airport are available via Watermakers Air. These flights vary throughout the course of the week based on the month and time of year. For daily commercial flights, there are two local airports. San Andros Airport in North Andros, and Andros Town Airport in Fresh Creek. Both airports are a 25-minute taxi ride from the lodge. There are flights daily from Nassau to both airports with local pilots or with several local airlines, including Western Air and Le Air. Travel from Nassau is an easy, 15-minute flight from airport to airport. Make sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip, due to customs and immigration in Nassau. We recommend at least an hour and a half. Private air charters can also be arranged by calling Ian Davis at Yellow Dog.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Upon arrival on Andros Island (into either Andros Town or San Andros), a cab driver will deliver you to the lodge from the airport. This cost is NOT included in the package price.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay Double
Occupancy
Single
Occupancy
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,500 $5,400
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $3,750 $4,500
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,000 $3,600
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,250 $2,700
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,500 $1,800

* 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 based on selected length of stay
  • All meals at lodge
  • Guided fishing with boat and packed cooler lunch
  • All soft drinks, bottled water, and coffee
  • Government room tax
  • Laundry service
  • Wi-Fi internet access

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Andros Town Airport
  • Taxi from Andros Town Airport (ASD) or San Andros Airport (SAQ) to Lodge
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Fishing equipment, flies, terminal tackle, and other items of a personal nature

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

While the water at Eva’s is safe to drink we suggest consuming only bottled or treated water. All drinking water is included in your package rate.

In the unlikely event that a hurricane warning is issued over the island, Eva’s Bonefish Lodge will do their very best to reschedule your trip for a later date in the immediate future. With Eva’s being booked up in advanced, however, it may prove difficult to slot you in a new space right away. If this happens, your entire payment will be transferred to a later booking. As with all of our operations in the Caribbean, we strongly recommend trip insurance.

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