Andros Island in The Bahamas is the largest of 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands. Whilst it is considered a single island it is actually made up of hundreds of small islets, cays and three main islands connected by a series of mangrove estuaries. There are three main bights that split the major islands that provide a gateway between the east and west side of the island and Andros South Lodge is situated on the South Eastern shore of the island.
It is the myriad of tidal lagoons and access to the shelter west side and the expansive east side that make Andros one of the finest bonefishing destinations on the planet. With a wonderful mix of smaller schooling bonefish through to big singles and doubles cruising the oceanside flats, this is a bonefisher’s paradise and one of our favourite places to be based is Andros South Lodge.
Andros South – Fishing Focused with single rooms as standard
Andros South very proudly claim that they are not a luxury lodge but far more a lodge for people who love fishing. The accommodation is comfortable but casual, the service is excellent, the food is good, the guide team is excellent and the focus is on fishing. Two fishing friends recently returned from Andros South having landed a personal best 7lbs bonefish for Gabriel and a chunkier 9lb fish for Jim.
The fishery on South Andros is huge, varied and productive. They fish in four parts of the island; tidal creeks on the East Side, hundreds of small keys off the southern tip of the island, the West Side which is known for large fish, inland ponds and creeks in the middle of the island. Remote cays can be home to schools of bonefish numbering in the thousands.
Ideally located, Andros South has excellent access not only to the many flats but to sheltered fishing, irrespective of wind direction. Oceanside flats are home to big bonefish, taking advantage of the flats proximity to the deep blue water. There are miles of sand flats to wade if you choose to, mangrove creeks to quietly pole through, and hidden cays and coves in which to search our your quarry. It is a rare destination that can offer such a variety of environments once out on the flats.
Unlike the majority of fishing lodges, single room accommodation at Andros South is standard. The rooms are clean and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and all have air-conditioning. The rest of the lodge is equally laid back and welcoming with a central dining area for your main meals. The Tiki Hut on the beach is a perfect spot at which to relax and enjoy a cold beer after a day out on the flats. Where better to share tales of the day than on the beach, looking out over the water?
The flavours of the Bahamas are very evident in all of the meals; fresh local fish, lobster, chicken and conch feature regularly accompanied by fresh deserts including that stalwart of the Caribbean, Key Lime Pie.
It is our experience that first-time and experienced anglers alike have a great time on the flats of South Andros. There are lots of opportunities for both wading and skiff fishing, depending on your preferences and the conditions.
For more information on The Bahamas please contact Alex Jardine or Charlotte Chilcott call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.