Andros, Bahamas

 

Overview

Location:

Remote Southwest Andros, Bahamas

Target Fish: 

Tarpon, Permit, Grouper, Snapper, Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo

Time of Year: 

October 15 - June 30

Lodge Capacity: 

Live Aboard 74 foot Hatteras

4 Guests

Nearest Large Airport: 

Congo Town, Bahamas

Documents Required: 

U.S. Passport

 

An angler’s fantasy realized. Remote southwest Andros, part of the West Side National Park, is a pristine saltwater wilderness, uninhabited and wild, bursting with bird and sea life. Miles of wadeable sand flats, mangrove-lined creeks, and a zig zag of countless islets create a home for schools of bonefish that can color acres of flats a shimmering silver. These masses of fish swim in waves that ripple the water across a hundred square yards, while their larger kin cruise the edges of sand bars that drop off into turquoise cuts. The plentiful population of resident tarpon layup in the creeks and on the outer Grand Bahama Bank, then roam across the white-bottomed flats with the tides.

No lodges, no people, and the only way to access this region is by enduring long boat rides from southeastern Andros or even longer runs from the North and Middle Bights. Our Mothership liveaboard experience will take you to some of the most productive flats in the world, where you can fish hard all day, then relax in style surrounded by the tranquil splendor of the West Side National Park.

WHERE IS THE MOTHERSHIP ANCHORED? In South Andros we anchor at the West Side mouth of Miller Creek, and at the tip of the island in the Water Cays. Up north, Williams Island is another home base.

Fishing Program

The Andros Island fishery is massive and the West Side is legendary. Known as the “Bonefishing Capital of the World”, this is more than just a slogan. Want casts at trophy double-digit bones? There is no better place to take your shots. And while bonefish are king here, there are plentiful resident tarpon, plus permit and other species available. This is remote fishing at its best, yet only an hour from Florida.

The Andros Mothership calls the fish-filled waters of southwest Andros home. Our unique fishing opportunities range from the Water and Curly Cut Cays at the southernmost tip of the island, on up the west coast to the Middle Bight and Spanish Wells. Seasoned Bahamian guides captaining custom-built ultra-skinny water Beavertail skiffs will lead you on daily explorations across this magical seascape. Fish from the skiffs or take off wading. Novice anglers will be spoiled with numerous shots at schools of feeding bones, while accomplished fly fishers can hunt and stalk larger singles and doubles. The renowned Water Cays is a saltwater wilderness surrounded by vast flats and protected creeks, and is a bonefish haven, ideal for anglers who love to wade. Heading north to Cormorant Point you’ll encounter more jewel-like cays, mangrove-lined creeks and shorelines; rich habitat for cruising bones, mutton snapper, sharks, barracuda, and the occasional permit. The coastline up to the South Bight and Big Miller Creek, then beyond to Little Miller and Honeycutt Creek, is a seemingly endless series of half-moon bays and sandy points that concentrate bones, tarpon and permit. Every time you approach one of these jutting fingers of land you feel a building sense of anticipation. You know you’re going to see fish. And out on the Grand Bahama bank the water blends intense shades of blue and green over white sand and coral. This is the land of tarpon, strong resident beauties that range from forty to one hundred pounds.

We take the live-aboard lifestyle to a new level, and while being out on the flats always takes top billing, why not hang-out, relax, eat, drink, sleep in unmatched comfort and style. And the key here is the outstanding crew—professional captain, gourmet chef, guest experience specialist, plus superior guides. The dedicated crew is there to pamper you. Your private chef prepares creative and fresh Island cuisine each day on board, and packs your Yeti coolers with savory lunches, snacks, and ice cold drinks to keep your energy up when out on the skiffs. At the end of the day, compare notes on the open upper deck while sipping your favorite beverage and watching the sunset. And for supper? Enjoy artistic presentations of just-caught seafood and locally-grown produce in the spacious air-conditioned lounge cabin. Sleep peacefully in the well-appointed en suite staterooms.

WHAT IF I’M JUST LEARNING TO FLY FISH? Novice anglers will be spoiled with numerous shots at feeding bones, so you can learn while catching fish. Our Bahamian guides are excellent instructors and well versed in the art of spotting fish, hooksetting, tactics, and casting.

Seasons

October 15 - June 30

WHAT ARE THE BEST TIMES OF YEAR TO FISH? Year-round for bonefish, resident tarpon, barracuda, sharks and snapper. Late April through the summer for migratory tarpon. May through the summer for permit.

Accommodations

We take the live-aboard lifestyle to a new level, and while being out on the flats always takes top billing, why not hang-out, relax, eat, drink, sleep in unmatched Eleven comfort and style. And the key here is the outstanding crew—professional captain, gourmet chef, guest experience specialist, plus superior guides. The dedicated crew is there to pamper you. Your private chef prepares creative and fresh Island cuisine each day on board, and packs your Yeti coolers with savory lunches, snacks, and ice cold drinks to keep your energy up when out on the skiffs. At the end of the day, compare notes on the open upper deck while sipping your favorite beverage and watching the sunset. And for supper? Enjoy artistic presentations of just-caught seafood and locally-grown produce in the spacious air-conditioned lounge cabin. Sleep peacefully in the well-appointed en suite staterooms.

74 foot Hatteras. Capacity: 4 guests. 3 guest staterooms including: Master Stateroom with a king or two twin beds, VIP Stateroom with a king or two twin beds, Bow Stateroom with two twin beds. Large air-conditioned living room with satellite TV. Spacious air conditioned upper deck with bar and dining area. Fully equipped Beavertail skiffs. 27’ Scorpion guest transport. 26’ Regulator for reef fishing

Getting There

WHERE IS THE MOTHERSHIP ANCHORED? In South Andros we anchor at the West Side mouth of Miller Creek, and at the tip of the island in the Water Cays. Up north, Williams Island is another home base.

Once you arrive at the Congo Town or Mangrove Cay Airport, you will be met by your Host for land and water transportation to the Mothership.

For South Bight Anchorage: A 5 minute drive to Driggs Hill dock and then from there, a 40 minute water transfer to the Mothership

For Water Cays Anchorage: A 5 minute drive to Driggs Hill Dock and from there, a 60 minute water transfer to the Mothership.

Rates

4 NIGHTS & 4 DAYS Starting at $23,200 based on four people

5 NIGHTS & 5 DAYS Starting at $29,000 based on four people

Season: November 10 - June 30. Maximum of 4 guests/anglers. Guided fishing with two anglers per guide. Custom options and longer stays may be available upon request.

INCLUSIONS: Round trip ground and water transfers to the Mothership from Congo Town Airport, all guided fishing, fishing equipment and flies, chef-prepared breakfast, lunch, après, and dinner, and beverages.

EXCLUSIONS: All round trip airfare from your hometown to Congo Town Airport, optional reef fishing in the 26’ Regulator, gratuities to crew and guides.

Prices subject to change prior to booking.


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