Mangrove Cay Club, Andros South, Bahamas
Ideal fly fishing on Andros Island
Andros Island, the Bonefish Mecca of the Bahamas. The Bonefish Capital of the world. Talk to any fisherman that has an interest in saltwater fly fishing and they will tell you that Andros Island is home to some of the largest bonefish in the world.
A glance at a map of Andros reveals more bonefish habitat than any other island of the Bahamas. The location of Mangrove Cay Club on the north shore of Mangrove Cay is smack in the middle of it all, giving them access to the North, Middle and South Bights, the eastern flats and the West Side of Andros, all without ever having to trailer a boat to a launch site or take you on a bone crushing ride in the open ocean.
Andros bonefish are plentyful and double digit fish landed every season
It is widely known that bonefish follow the tides, using them to feed in shallow water. Tides on Andros behave in an odd way that works to Mangrove Cay’s advantage. When the tide is low and rising on the east side, it is high and falling on the west side and vice versa. This gives the guides the advantage of being able to move through the Bights all day, never leaving you sitting on a shoreline waiting for the tide to “be right”.
Andros bonefish are plentiful and average 3 to 5 pounds with regular appearances of fish 6 to 10 pounds. Several 11, 12 and 13 pound fish are landed every season. One huge flat on the West Side of Andros has been labelled “The Land of the Giants” and justifiably so. Good numbers of very large fish can be found here on a consistent basis. Bonefish are seen in schools of anywhere from a few fish to very large numbers, often in the hundreds. Large fish tend to travel in singles and doubles although they can hang out in large schools with smaller fish.
The Bights and West Side of Andros have soft bottoms and are best fished from the bow of the skiff. Wading is done on hard, sandy bottomed flats which are all located on the eastern shores and the south west of Andros. They use 16’ Dolphin skiffs with Yamaha 85 hp engines to address the need for speed, comfort and safety while travelling from flat to flat. They have 10 skiffs: 8 on the water and the other 2 are backups. All of the boats are configured with elevated poling platforms and have fittings on the casting deck for a removable leaning bar. Two boats also have a fitting for a removable cushioned chair on the casting deck.
“What an amazing place! Loved the bones, but LOVED the opportunity to enjoy Mangrove Cay Club. Kiki put us on fish, Kenya kept the scotch flowing and Liz and Iyke and all never let us down with their fine food and warm hospitality.” M.H. Austin, TX
Spacious duplex cottages with a view of the bight from the porch
Accommodation is in four spacious duplex cottages designed for privacy and minimal intrusion from neighbors and a main lodge designed for conviviality. Each of the four cottages is divided into two suites, separated by a thick soundproof wall. The eight suites all have high cypress ceilings and a bedroom with two queen sized beds, a sitting room, an oversize bathroom and a private porch overlooking the Middle Bight.
The club can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests. It is a short walk to the main lodge. The lodge is open with a large bar and sitting area at one end and the dining area and entrance to the kitchen at the other.
The dining area opens out on to a large veranda overlooking Middle Bight followed by a few steps down to the attractive wooden dock. This dock is where guests are picked up each morning and dropped off in the afternoon. Chef Ike Moore is outstanding having been at Mangrove Cay for over 10 years, and most dinner menus are based on fresh local seafood. He practices healthful cooking such as limiting fried foods, serving most seafood grilled or poached and using only fresh fruits and vegetables. He also offer classic cuisine, Bahamian favorites and indulgent deserts such Iyke’s well known Key Lime Pie.