Aug 30th, 2018
Strategically located on the east side of South Andros Island, Bair’s Lodge benefits from accessing some of the most remote and productive flats in the Bahamas. Bair’s offers a superb mix of high numbers of fish, some larger fish, wade opportunities and wind-protected fishing areas. This intimate and cheerful lodge caters to 12 anglers per week and offers beautifully appointed air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Fresh seafood is prepared daily along with Bahamian and American favorites. Bair’s pays excellent attention to detail and the staff’s reputation for friendliness is well deserved. The operation offers a perfect mix of high-quality bonefishing, a veteran staff of guides, delicious food, comfortable accommodations, and warm hospitality. The lodge sits on a picturesque white sand beach that is perfect for campfires and lounging. Anglers that can not get enough time on the water can also test their skills on the wary fish on the flat directly in front of the property. Additionally, Bair’s is suitable for guests keen on enjoying the Bahamas without fishing. When it comes to fine amenities, great bonefishing, and comfortable accommodations look no further than Bair’s Lodge on South Andros.
For more information please contact Dylan Rose at 800.552.2729
Expert interview with Fly Water Travel’s Alaska destination manager, Dylan Rose
1. Bair’s Lodge offers comfortable, beach-side accommodations with fine cuisine.
2. The fishery offers a diverse mix of available terrain.
3. South Andros features large numbers of fish and plenty of opportunities.
4. Bair’s is a good location for both expert and novice saltwater anglers.
Where is the lodge?
Bair’s Lodge is located 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?
Bair’s operates from October through early June. Peak months of interest remain March and April, however, more and more anglers are realizing the benefits of the October through January time window. 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 Bair’s Lodge focus on a vast area of southern Andros, including several large lagoons that cross the island, the south end of the island and the famed West Side.
Who is best suited to the destination?
Bair’s Lodge is perfect for beginners and advanced anglers alike that prefer comfortable surroundings, fine cuisine and good attention to detail.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
Guest room at Bair’s Lodge are air conditioned, beautifully decorated, comfortable and feature ocean views. Meals are rooted in Bahamian cuisine with ample amounts of fresh seafood.
How would you describe the general vibe and atmosphere of the lodge?
Bair’s Lodge is like staying at a high-end bed and breakfast on the sea. The staff is friendly and the surroundings are intimate. Bair’s feels more like a luxurious guest house, rather than a fishing lodge.
Is there an onsite manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
Yes, the management team is always on site.
Is there Internet and cell service?
Bair’s Lodge 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 in 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?
The prime focus at Andros is bonefish. There are also regular encounters with barracuda, sharks, and snapper.
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 available fishing area is vast.
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 water can be covered more effectively from the boat but wading is possible most days. For wading enthusiasts, it’s reasonable to expect 60% of your fishing from the boat and 40% from your feet. This ratio depends highly on the tides, your preferences, and your guide.
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. Generally, it’s reasonable to expect runs from 35 – 50 minutes on average.
What are the guides like?
Bahamian guides have a reputation for being “passionate”. This means they show their emotions which may mean they could express disappointment at poorly executed casts or missed opportunities. However, they are also quick to laugh, smile and tease you 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. As always, never suffer in silence. If you ever have an issue, be sure to bring it up with lodge management.
Do the guides speak English?
Yes, English is the first language of the guides.
What does it cost?
Please see the Rates and Details section of our Bair’s Lodge web page for the current rates: https://www.flywatertravel.com/destination/BairsLodge
Does the lodge provide equipment?
It’s best to bring all of your own tackle. The lodge does have a selection of rental equipment and a small fly shop for forgotten odds and ends.
What is your favorite rod 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.
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.
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. We recommend Ultrathon from 3M or Sawyers with picaridin.
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.
The picturesque Bair’s Lodge sitting sea-side in the Bahamas.
A nice bonefish from a typical south-end flat.
The manager’s flat directly across from the lodge.
Bair’s has plenty of room for lounging and reminiscing about great fishing.
Rooms at Bair’s Lodge are spacious and beautifully appointed.
A flats skiff at rest and waiting for its anglers at dawn in front of Bair’s Lodge.
A nice bonefish from the interior of the island.