MOUNT PLEASANT LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

 

MOUNT PLEASANT LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

While there are indeed a large number of bonefish lodges located on Andros Island and all throughout the Bahamas, few offer the “do-it-yourself” options, value and economy of Mount Pleasant Lodge. This long-time Yellow Dog operation overlooks the huge flats of White Bight, one of Andros’ most beautiful pieces of bonefish water. With direct wading access to mile upon mile of flats, this is a great destination for anglers interested in wade fishing on their own for bonefish. For those looking for a fully guided package, Mount Pleasant can also arrange guides for any or all of your days at the lodge; basically "a la carte" guided fishing. Accommodations are in spacious cottages with air-conditioning, full kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and shared living rooms for socializing and lounging. A great value, and a great destination for small groups or families looking for easy access to the flats in a secluded, private, fish-it-yourself setting.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of the Bahamas makes Andros the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape.

Accommodations and Lodging

Mount Pleasant Bonefish LodgeMount Pleasant is a small, quaint lodge with comfortable duplex cottages. Each cottage has two rooms, with double and single beds and an open living room for socializing and lounging. The bedrooms are fully air-conditioned and the living rooms have ceiling fans and large windows to take advantage of the trade winds. Each cottage has a veranda overlooking the Oceanside flats, freshwater spigot and hose for rinsing gear, a small kitchenette and a private bathroom.

The main building is where the kitchen, dining room and small bar is located. Overall, the lodge is set up as a "private compound" built directly on the beach at the end of a long dirt road. It is private and ideally located for literally walking out of your room and onto the flats.

Food and Beverages

The Main Lodge has a small bar, outside patio and a main dining room, where breakfast and dinner are served each day. The food is traditional Bahamian and American dishes and the menu can be altered to suit any dietary restrictions.

Fishing Information

Bonefish FlatAndros 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 in places up to 40 miles wide, consists of a vast area of flats, creeks, cays, cuts, mangroves, and fertile fishing grounds.

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 easily find 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 on White Bight and the waters that surround Mount Pleasant Fishing Lodge.

The oceanside flats adjacent to the lodge will provide opportunities at larger bonefish cruising the turtle grass and coral. They can be difficult to spot due to the darker bottom, but they tend to be aggressive. 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! For those seeking diversity, there are opportunities for tarpon, permit, jacks, barracuda, sharks, snapper, grouper, dolphin, and many other species. In the area that surrounds the lodge, you can find good numbers of barracuda during higher tides. This can make for great action with poppers! If you opt for guided days while staying at the lodge, you can pursue tarpon on Andros’ west side, or permit on nearby deep-water flats.

Over the course of your stay at Mt. Pleasant, you can either wade fish on your own, or we can arrange a guide for any or all of your days at the lodge. Wade guides are available for full day sessions, as are skiff guides, who will fish you throughout the area in a 16-ft. Dolphin fats boat. These days can be added to your standard package "a la carte," making for a very affordable and economical trip package.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers can arrange guided fishing on any or all of their days at Mount Pleasant. Guides utilize high-end 16-18 foot skiffs complete with poling platforms, 90-140HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. The lodge does not offer any equipment, flies or terminal tackle, so it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

For non-anglers, Andros offers blue holes, bird watching, kayaking, and nature trails. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and island tours can be arranged upon request. Please keep in mind that Mt. Pleasant is a very quiet, secluded location with no real access to towns or structured activities.

How To Get There

Conch Fritters!Direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Andros Town Airport are available through Continental Gulfstream on Saturdays and Tuesdays mornings. Make sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip, due to customs and immigration - at least 1.5 hours. For daily commercial flights, fly direct to Nassau and use service from LeAir to Andros Town Airport (twice daily). Private air charters can also be arranged by calling Ian Davis at Yellow Dog.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Once you arrive into Andros Town Airport, a taxi will take you from the airport to Mount Pleasant Lodge at a cost of $60.00 for the fist two passages and $5.00 each for each additional passengers. Half day guide trip are available for arrival and departure days if time allows. Add $350.00 ($175.00 per person for double occupancy) on to the package price for an additional half day boat guide.

2012 Rates / Package Costs

A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $1,470 $1,645
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $1,260 $1,410
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $1,050 $1,175
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $840 $940
Fishing / Lodging Options Cost
Non-Guided Package $210 per person, per night (double occupancy)
$235 per person, per night (single occupancy)
Wade Fishing Guide $225 additional per day (1 or 2 anglers)
Flats Boat Guide $475 additional per day (1 or 2 anglers)

* 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 Mt. Pleasant Lodge
  • All meals at lodge, and bottled water
  • Government room tax
  • Wading access to Lodge Flats and White Bight Flats

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Andros Town
  • Taxi from Andros Town Airport to Mount Pleasant Lodge
  • Alcoholic beverages, bar tab, and soft drinks
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Airport departure taxes

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

This unique location also offers access to three of Andros' most famous blue holes. These inland blue holes are subterranean cave passages, which are the most extensive in the world. These are favorite spots for snorkeling, scuba diving, breathe-taking jumps and social gatherings. These blue holes were first studied by Jacques Cousteau in a 1970's television documentary.

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