STAFFORD CREEK LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

 

STAFFORD CREEK LODGE - ANDROS, BAHAMAS

For anglers seeking first-rate accommodations and some of the best guides and bonefishing in the Bahamas, we put Stafford Creek Lodge at the very top of the list. Owner Prescott Smith is one of the most experienced and respected guides in the Bahamas, and over the past 18 years, he and his staff have developed one of the best-run lodges and most highly-acclaimed fishing programs in the Bahamas. Using the lodge as your base camp, you can explore the area’s numerous creek systems, endless flats, the famous West Side of Andros, and the Joulters to the north. Guests at Stafford stay in large, comfortable cottages, each featuring A/C and a direct front porch view of the creek. The food at the lodge is excellent, and the head chef and kitchen staff are among the most experienced in the Bahamas. Stafford Creek is a small operation, accommodating a maximum of eight anglers at a time.

Typical Length of Stay

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

Accommodations and Lodging

Stafford Creek AccommodationThe cottages are very spacious for two anglers per cottage. All rooms are furnished with Andros pine hand made furnishings, two queen size beds, a spacious bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fans, rod holders, and wading boot drying racks. Each room has a mini-refrigerator stocked with sodas, beer, water, a coffee maker, and fresh coffee for your convenience. Every amenity has been considered, including a hair dryer, a basic first aid kit, boat towels, bath robes, and an alarm clock and radio in each room.

The lodge also offers complimentary laundry services so that anglers can travel light. Each cottage has a private deck overlooking the magnificent view of Stafford Creek. Guests have access to free internet and computer use in the main office (upon request), and Wi-Fi is available for those that want to bring their own laptop.

Food and Beverages

The lodge serves a hearty breakfast early each morning to get your day started right. Lunch on the boat includes sandwiches, fresh fruits, fresh lemonade, home made bread, and anything else you request – from lobster salad to ice tea, Gatorade to fresh home baked cookies. The lodge's exceptional chef will meet all your taste bud needs with dishes such as fresh conch fritters and the finest seafood dishes, caught fresh from local waters. There is a fully stocked bar at the lodge with all the finest brands available, including wines. The bar is also stocked with a varied selection of beer and of course the local favorite, Kalik.

Fishing Information

Stafford Creek BonefishAt Stafford Creek, bonefish are the preferred target, and the fish in the area are among the largest found anywhere in the world. Good numbers of permit and tarpon can also be found in area waters, especially in the Joulter Cays and on Andros' West Side.

Prescott and his staff of veteran guides work hard to provide the very best fishing opportunities possible based on the time of year, weather conditions, and their clients' skill level and expectations. For this reason, Stafford Creek is a great destination for both beginning and expert anglers alike.

Unlike many Bahamian lodges, Stafford Creek Lodge uses numerous different boat put-ins throughout the northern area of Andros. These boat ramps in areas such as Red Bays (West Side), Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek, North End (Joulters), and Fresh Creek enable the guides to provide anglers with an optimum experience with less running time in a boat. This is a nice when the seas are rough. Expect to spend up to one hour daily in a car for transfers to and from the boat launches.

Andros 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 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.

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 12+ 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 and permit. Tarpon fishing is usually best during the warmer months.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from Maverick Mirage 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

Bahemian SunsetStafford Creek Lodge is primarily a fly fishing operation. They do not normally cater to non-anglers, due to the fact that they are a small resort with space that is usually taken up by anglers. For the non-angling companions in a party, however, or for those who wish to fish a few days and then take advantage of another activity while others in their party continue to fish, there are a handful of activities available. For non-anglers, Andros offers fabulous blue holes, bird watching, sea kayaking and paddleboarding on Stafford Creek, and nature trails. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and island tours can be arranged upon request. Call Yellow Dog for details.

How To Get There

Direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Andros Town Airport are available via Sun Air. Thsee flights are on Tues, Fri, Sat, and Sun. 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 to the lodge. There are flights daily from Nassau to both airports with local pilots or with the local airlines. The local airlines are 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 - 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 included in the package price. 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.

2013 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. * Rates are valid January 1, 2012 to December 2012.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $2,180.00 $4,360.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $3,075.00 $6,150.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,975.00 $7,950.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $4,898.75 $9,797.50
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $5,927.50 $11,855.00
8 Nights / 7 Fishing Days $7,482.50 $14,965.00
9 Nights / 8 Fishing Days $8,510.00 $17,020.00

* 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 Stafford Creek Lodge
  • All meals at lodge
  • Guided fishing with boat and packed cooler lunch
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, and coffee
  • Taxi from Andros Town Airport (ASD) to Lodge
  • Government room tax
  • Laundry service
  • Wi-Fi internet access

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Andros Town Airport
  • 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

The water at Stafford is drinkable right from the tap. The lodge has a well system with filters making their water the best on Andros. They do not use plastic water bottles, as part of their recycling program and are encouraging the reduction of use of plastic on the island. Plastics are still not recycled on Andos and Stafford Creek Lodge is one of the only lodges that is trying to reduce the amount of plastic used. If a customer requests bottled water, the lodge will accommodate, but the water at Stafford Creek Lodge comes from the same source as the bottled water company that supplies all of the Bahamas.

In the unlikely event that a hurricane warning is issued over the island, Stafford Creek Lodge will do their very best to reschedule your trip for a later date in the immediate future. With Stafford Creek Lodge 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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