The big draw of the Bahamas is the sight fishing for Bonefish and South Andros offers some of the best bonefishing in the world. Bairs lodge, located on the southernmost part of South Andros, is a veritable fly-fisher’s paradise offering anglers direct access to an unimaginably large fishing area of totally unspoiled and for the most part seriously underfished Bonefish flats.
Andros Island is considered to be the largest unexplored tract of land in the western hemisphere: at 100 miles long by 40 miles wide it covers an area of roughly 2,300 square miles. Andros sits in the middle of the Great Bahama Bank and is flanked to the east by The Tongue of the Ocean, a deepwater trough that drops to more than five thousand feet less than a mile offshore. Along the edge of “the drop” lies the third largest barrier reef in the world. Andros Island itself is riddled with innumerable tidal creeks and inland flats, all home to an incredible diversity of marine life. This environment has resulted in some of the best, largest and most under-exploited Bonefishing Flats in the world. South Andros has been named the ‘World’s Bonefishing capital’ for good reason.
When it comes to stalking big Bonefish, there are few locations that offer as many opportunities as those surrounding Bairs lodge on South Andros. Likewise, it would be no exaggeration to say that the area is simply teeming with Bones, so whether your focus is on catching one of the trophy double-digit Bonefish, for which South Andros is renowned, or simply enjoying the seemingly limitless opportunities, the experience will be second to none. Departing by skiff from the waterfront every morning, you will very quickly find yourself winding in amongst the huge expanses of uncharted waterways interweaving the patchwork of shallow sandy flats interspersed by broken mangroves. Relative saltwater novices can seek huge enjoyment from the numbers of Bonefish that thrive in this area, however for the dedicated 'trophy' hunter, seeking the reward of a bigger fish, delving deeper into the shallow mangroves is the place to be.
Bairs fishing lodge is everything you would expect of a top quality fly-fishing lodge. It exudes laid-back Caribbean style whilst offering guests a comfortable and welcoming base from which to enjoy the charms of South Andros. Eastwards facing, each morning the lodge and rooms are filled with sunlight whilst the pink façade reflects a warming glow back out to sea and the expanse of flats immediately in front of the lodge.
Guests are accommodated in six large rooms each with twin double beds, ensuite bathrooms and hot showers. All the rooms have both air conditioning and ceiling fans. The main living space consists of a comfortable lounge area, communal dining table, fly-tying bench, computer with wireless network and shop with fishing essentials and basics. Breakfast and evening meals are held communally with a menu from which to choose and a range of appetizers available each day on return from the day’s fishing. And for those who want to enjoy themselves as well as fish, an open fully inclusive bar with wines, beers and spirits will ensure that guests can spend the week in style should they so wish.
A saltwater classic since 1989, providing the highest levels of service and comfort, and getting better each year
Perfectly situated with access to infinite flats. From the remote Southern Flats to the intricate creek systems, and the fabled West Side
Excellent wading opportunities, one of the best ways to target bones!
No trailering: you’ll run from the front door to the fish each day
Our bonefish see little pressure. It is not unusual to see fish turn to eat flies that land just short
The West Side offers one of the best opportunities in the world to land double digit bonefish. You’ll see them!
Veteran guide staff is one of the best in the Bahamas –professional and personable they can put you on the fish and help you iron out that double haul
An excellent flat in front of the lodge when the tide is right
The latest Maverick skiffs, widely recognized as the ultimate flats boat, allow us to access the shallowest flats safely and in maximum comfort.
Loaner rods and reels are available free of charge
Single rooms at no extra charge when available
A la carte menu with exception fresh, local dishes
Guests typically either fly into Nassau and from there take a scheduled flight with Western Air to Congo Town on South Andros or fly out of Fort Lauderdale with Watermakers. Private charters can also be arranged from Florida to Congo Town. On arrival, you will be collected and driven to Bairs lodge, a short and scenic 20-minute drive.
- Fly into Congo Town from Nassau or Ft Lauderdale
- Met and driven to Bairs
- 6 Full days fishing
-Flight from Congo Town
There are no scheduled arrival or departure dates. Min stay 3 nights
- High Season March-End of June
- Fall Season Mid Oct-End of Feb
- $5,950 Oct-Feb-Seven nights/6 days fishing
- $6,150 Mar-June -Seven nights/6 days fishing
- All rates based on 2 people sharing
- Shorter stays at Bairs are available-Full pricing info on request
- Non-Fisher -$460/night + Govt Tax
- Single room and shared boat -$125/night extra
- Single room and single boat -60% surcharge on regular rate
- 1/2 day Fishing on day of arrival or departure -$550/boat
- Full Board at Bairs including all alcoholic drinks.
- Loaner fishing rods as required.
- Local Transfers from Congo Town.
Price does not include international flights, domestic flights, govt taxes or gratuities.
The season runs from October to mid-June. Bonefishing is consistently good although April–mid June may be considered the most prolific months. November & December are usually the best months for a shot at a Tarpon.
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