Jul 6th, 2016
Andros South is a laid-back Bahamian operation located in the heart of southern Andros’s prime bonefishing grounds. If a “bonefish bum” could design their ideal lodge, Andros South would be it. Guests grab their own beers out of the fridge and relax post-fishing in a beach side tiki hut to watch the sun go down and exchange stories. Don’t get us wrong, they take their fishing very seriously and offer highly experienced guides, high quality boats, a friendly staff, complimentary loaner tackle, long days on the water, and warm Bahamian hospitality that is hard to beat.
The southern portion of Andros Island offers bonefish anglers an expansive bonefishing playground complete with hard sand flats, channels, creeks and vast skinny water lagoons. Access to the west side is possibly with good tidal conditions and if the wind comes up, the interior creeks offer a productive respite from the wind. If you’re looking for an affordable, simple and quintessential Bahamian bonefishing experience with a proven fishing program then look no further than Andros South.
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Andros South Lodge – South Andros, Bahamas
Andrew Bennett hoists a beauty from the famed waters surrounding Andros South.
A key aspect of Andros South is the vast and varied habitat available to both bonefish and anglers.
All anglers enjoy simple single occupancy rooms with attached bath.
Good wading opportunities exist for anglers keen to chase bonefish on foot.
Lodging at Andros South is modest, simple, affordable and comfortable.
Expert Interview with Dylan Rose
1. Andros South is a fun, affordable, all-inclusive Bahamian bonefish destination.
2. If you prefer a casual, more “bonefish bum” style camp, this is your place.
3. The south end of Andros Island offers anglers good options for wading, boat fishing and shelter from the wind.
4. Andros South offers complimentary use of loaner equipment.
5. All anglers enjoy single occupancy rooms with attached baths.
Where is the lodge?
Andros South Lodge is located in Kemp’s Bay on the east side of the southernmost island of Andros in the Bahamas.
How do I get there?
Guests fly in to Nassau and connect via Western Air to Congo Town on Andros Island. Options also exist for a scheduled charter seat with Watermakers Air, direct to Congo Town from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
When should I go?
Andros South operates from October – early June. Peak months of interest remain March and April, however, more and more anglers are realizing the benefits of the fall season October – January. Anglers that can pull away during this time often experience less pressured, more responsive fish, lower rates and slightly cooler temperatures.
Where do they fish?
The guides at Andros South focus on a vast area of southern Andros, including several large lagoons that cross the island, the South and the famed West Side.
Who is best suited to this destination?
Andros South is perfect for beginners and advanced anglers alike that do not require luxury surroundings and appreciate affordability.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
Angling packages include private single-occupancy accommodations. Rooms are simple, spacious, air conditioned and have private bathrooms. Meals feature simple, hearty Bahamian favorites including fresh fish, conch, rice, poultry and pork.
What is the atmosphere and style of the lodge?
Andros South is a fun, friendly and welcoming destination with good service, simple and casual surroundings and highly experienced fishing guides. In the evenings you can have dinner in shorts and a t-shirt and grab yourself a cold Kalik beer from the fridge. No one will be there to wipe your brow for you at the end of the fishing day, but in the same breath Andros South is a professional, punctual, hardworking operation positioned on world-class bonefish grounds.
Is the owner on site? If not who is the manager?
Andros South’s on site manager Jordan does a fantastic job of keeping everything on track, looking after requests and helping out around camp. If there’s anything you need, Jordan or Kyle are there to assist in any way possible.
Is there internet or cell service?
Andros South does have basic wi-fi available at the lodge. Cell service is spotty so you’ll have to check with your provider.
How do they fish?
Two anglers and a guide set out on a flats skiff each day. These boats are well equipped for fly fishing and have all the needed safety equipment. Opportunities for wading are also possible depending on tides and weather.
What fish will I catch?
Bonefish, bonefish and more bonefish! There are also regular encounters with barracuda, sharks, snapper and on rare occasions permit and tarpon.
How many fish will I catch?
An average angler on an average day stands a good chance to land double digit numbers of bonefish.
Will we see other anglers?
There are several other operations in the area, but the guides do a great job of staying out of each other’s way. Rarely will you ever see another boat, but occasionally you will encounter another guide motoring on the horizon. The area is vast with a ton of available terrain.
Is there wade fishing?
Some wade fishing is possible depending on tides and weather. The far southern end of the island has good wading when the wind is not too strong to get down there. Ultimately, the guides will feel like more ground can be covered more effectively from the boat but wading is possible most days.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
Productive flats can be reached in as little as 15 minutes, however, runs of up to 1.5 hours are possible depending on wind and tides.
Do guides speak English?
Yes, all of the guides and staff at the lodge speak English as their first language.
What are the guides like?
Bahamian guides have a reputation for being “passionate” and Andros South’s guides are no different. This means they show their emotions, especially disappointment at poorly executed casts or missed opportunities, more than we might like. This is their nature. They are also quick to laugh, smile and tease but they are always on your team. My advice any time when dealing with foreign guides is to try and relax, realize that many cultural differences are at play and that when things get heated in the boat, try to smile and laugh your way through it the best way possible. As always, never suffer in silence. If you ever have an issue, be sure to bring it up with lodge management.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
Yes, the lodge has a great selection of high quality equipment for loaner use.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
Sage 9′ 8wt Salt!
Are there other activities?
Yes, but only if you count sitting on the beach drinking a cold Kalik and watching the sun go down. This is a bonefishing camp and little else.
What are the physical demands?
There are no serious physical demands for this trip. Decent balance is required to cast from the bow of a flats skiff and properly preparing for hot days out in the sun is important.
Are there other special skills required?
Saltwater fly fishing inherently requires special skills to be highly successful. Contrary to a lot of public perception, it’s not necessary to be able to cast a long distance. Sure, it’s great if you have the ability to cast 70 plus feet, but if it takes you five or six false casts to reach that distance, the length is worthless because the bonefish will typically be gone. It’s far more important to be accurate and speedy from 40 feet to 60 feet. Meaning, it’s far better to be able to consistently deal with the wind from any direction and make your presentation to the fish in three false casts or less to a hula hoop size target.
Dangers and annoyances?
Sand fleas and doctor flies (biting black flies) can be a nuisance. It’s recommended to bring long sleeves and pants and a good bug repellent on the trip.
Are there health concerns?
There are no immediate health concerns for the Bahamas. It’s always a good idea to check the CDC guidelines before traveling internationally.