Andros South

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Andros Island

    Fish Hard Without the High Thread Count Sheets…

    Andros South is located in the settlement of Kemp’s Bay on the eastern shore of South Andros Island - miles from the busier lodges to the north of the island. Luckily, Andros South does not share its vast fishery with many competing lodges or guides. Andros South offers good, clean single occupancy accommodations with not a lot of flair, rather placing the emphasis on phenomenal fishing with the best guides around. If you are looking for high thread count this is not the spot for you… Andros South is for the anglers who are on vacation to fish and play hard in a comfortable, relaxing, laid back atmosphere.

    One of a Kind Wading Opportunities on Andros Island…

    The vast fishery on the southern end of Andros offers some of the most diverse styles of fishing found in the Bahamas. What is most unique about the area is the fact that anglers are afforded nearly endless opportunity to wade. Most Bahamian destinations are limited to fishing from the boat. Southern Andros is made up of numerous user-friendly flats very accessible on foot.

    Private Bedrooms at No Extra Cost…

    The lodge operates twelve single occupancy bedrooms, meaning that each guest have their own bedroom for the week…something uncommon and usually not cost effective at traditional fishing lodges.

    Destination Description:

    Andros South is located in the settlement of Kemp's Bay on the eastern shore of South Andros Island, approximately twenty minutes from the Congo Town airport. The southern end of Andros is miles from the busier lodges to the north of the island, and luckily Andros South does not share its vast fishery with many competing lodges or guides. Andros South is owned and operated by the same folks who operate the world famous, Alaska West Tent Camp, on the Kanektok River in Western Alaska. Andros South fits their mantra of offering good, clean accommodations with not a lot of flair, rather placing an emphasis on phenomenal fishing with the best guides around. If you are looking for high thread count this is not the spot for you… Andros South is for the anglers who are on vacation to fish and play hard in a comfortable, relaxing, laid back atmosphere.

    The Fishing

    The vast fishery on the southern end of Andros offers some of the most diverse styles of fishing found in the Bahamas. What is most unique about the area is the fact that anglers have nearly endless opportunity to wade. Most Bahamian destinations are limited to fishing from the boat, while southern Andros is made up of numerous user-friendly flats very accessible on foot. The fishery also offers numerous mangrove lined creeks and inland lakes loaded with both schooling bones in the 2-4 pound range. If you are also keen on fishing from the skiff, anglers have the opportunity to chase singles and doubles (often going double digits) found around some of the remote cayes and ocean side flats.

    The size of the fishery is very impressive, and in a week-long trip, it is extremely rare to see (much less fish) the same flat more than once. Although bonefish are the traditional target species, there are occasionally opportunities for other species such a barracuda, permit, tarpon, jack crevalle, mutton snapper, horse-eye jacks, and other reef dwelling species. It is always a good idea to head to the neighboring public pier at night and cast for cuda’, snapper, jacks, and the occasional grouper… a very fun cocktail hour event definitely good for a few laughs.

    The local guides at the lodge are clean cut, hard working guys who have fished Southern Andros Island all their lives. They are extremely accommodating to anglers of all skill levels, and safely operate standard 16 foot Dolphin, Mitzi, and Rahming skiffs with reliable 55-65 horsepower motors. Each morning, anglers load up in the lodge van for the ten minute drive to the boat launch and are usually casting to bonefish by 8:00AM. Anglers are off the water by 4:30PM and return to the lodge for cocktails and appetizers on the patio.

    Note: Andros South typically operates on a full week, Saturday – Saturday schedule, however shorter trips (4 nights / 3 days) are possible based upon availability.

    Offshore Fishing Program

    Andros South offers a bluewater fishing program that allows guests to sample the great fishing available in the Tongue of the Ocean, just to the east of South Andros Island. Depending on the season, dorado, tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, ocean barracuda, sharks and other species are available.

    Anglers use a variety of techniques, including fly fishing, using live bait on spinning gear, and trolling. Bottom fishing for snapper and grouper can also be a great option. The fishing platforms are 25- and 30-foot power catamarans captained by Rosewell Rahming, an experienced local captain. The offshore fishing near South Andros Island is a phenomenal resource, and yet is virtually untouched. Note there is an additional charge for each day of bluewater fishing.

    Accommodations

    The lodge is situated on a beautiful white sand beach with well manicured landscape, coconut palms, and a variety of other native plants. The spacious grounds surrounding the property are ideal to practice your casting, and the occasional bonefish has been known to cruise in front of the lodge. Andros South does not pretend to be the fanciest lodge in the business, rather an extremely comfortable and peaceful spot to relax and enjoy a week of intense fishing.

    Guest rooms are clean, comfortable, and air-conditioned with a private bathroom. The lodge operates twelve single occupancy bedrooms, meaning that each guest have their own bedroom for the week…something uncommon and usually not cost effective at traditional fishing lodges. Each room has tile floors and is furnished with comfortable beds and modern dressers and nightstands. The dining room is a laid back, family style arrangement with loads of excellent seafood and other Bahamian dishes from jerk chicken to fresh lobster and of course conch. Located right on the beach is 'The Slack Tide' tiki bar, which is a favorite spot to enjoy the beach, the breeze and drinks and appetizers at the end of your fishing day.

    Capacity

    12 Anglers Per Week (based on shared guide / single room accommodations)

    How to Get There:

    Andros South is a 20-minute drive from the airport in Congo Town on South Andros. There are two main options for flying into Congo Town:

    Nassau via Western Air

    The most popular option for reaching our island is Western Air. Western operates two flights each day from nearby Nassau. Western flights work perfectly with the lodge’s schedule. These flights depart Nassau at 7:00 am and 3:15 pm daily and take 20 minutes. The flights return back to Nassau at 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. We will make these reservations for you.

    Watermakers Air

    Watermakers Air is a seat fare option offering flights between the US and Congo Town with direct, nonstop flights multiple times per week between Fort Lauderdale and Congo Town.

    Watermakers operates from the centrally located Fort Lauderdale Executive airport, allowing for easy connections with flights within the United States. Outbound guests clear US Customs in Fort Lauderdale, which is typically a smooth process.

    Charter Flight Options

    Groups of six persons or more may also consider a private charter from Ft. Lauderdale which we would be happy to arrange for you. The charter flight option is a direct one-hour flight to the island from Ft. Lauderdale International. Using the charter flight is an economical and practical option for larger group sizes.

    The cost of the Round-trip charter flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Andros is based upon the number of people in your party and the amount of baggage and passenger weight in your party. Our charter service, Air Flight Charters, operates comfortable, eight passenger Cessna 402B and 402C aircraft. To determine the cost of the round-trip airfare to/from Ft. Lauderdale and the Congo Town Airport per person, please contact us for a quote as these rates are always fluctuating due to the price of fuel. Generally speaking, a 1-9 person Cessna 402 aircraft is approximately $2500 roundtrip depending upon the equipment required in accordance with weight limits.

    Private Aircraft

    Congo Town’s air strip is well maintained and approximately 5000 feet and can accommodate private aircraft. Customs service is available here in Congo Town as well. Once you arrive in Congo Town, a representative of the lodge meets guests at the airport for the short drive to the lodge.

    Sample Itinerary

    Andros South prefers to operate on a Saturday – Saturday schedule.

    Shorter week itineraries are available on a case by case basis.

    Saturday

    Travel to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Upon arrival at Ft. Lauderdale, you will take a charter flight or Watermakers Air flight directly to Congo Town. (Commercial Flights are available from Nassau with Western Air, however for convenience we recommend the charter flight option if the group is large enough to allow this economically). If flying commercially into Congo Town with Western Air, anglers usually must overnight the night before scheduled arrival at the lodge in Nassua on New Providence Island. We suggest and can facilitate all required flight and hotel arrangements for this portion of the trip. Upon arrival at the Congo Town Airport, the group is driven twenty minutes the lodge.

    Sunday - Friday

    Fishing Days! Anglers enjoy continued single occupancy overnight accommodations at Andros South and six full day of fishing.

    Saturday

    Transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Ft. Lauderdale or on board a daily Western Air flight to Nassau for the connection back to Ft. Lauderdale. Upon arrival back in Ft. Lauderdale, return to the commercial terminal for your flight home.

    When to Go

    Andros South is CLOSED from the first week in June through mid-October.

    One thing people often neglect when considering a trip to the Bahamas is the weather. The Bahamas are actually in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea. As a result the islands are more susceptible to northerly cold fronts than their Caribbean neighbors to the south. There are a few loose weather guidelines you must consider.

    December – February

    Cool weather and windier conditions can be a factor. The fish are of course always there, but you run the risk of getting cooler weather from the States. However, it is equally as possible to have 80-degree days and little wind. Some of the best bonefishing occurs following the passing of a cold front when water on the flats warm inviting rested bones back on to feed. This is a great time for trophy bonefish.

    March - June 15

    The prime spring months to fish the Bahamas. Consistently warm (not too hot) weather dominates the forecast. There is typically less wind as well.

    June 15- August 1

    The fish are there, however hotter conditions and little breeze often exist. If you don’t mind the heat, the fishing can be excellent and is a good time for beginners to learn because of the lack of wind.

    August 1 - October 15

    Peak Hurricane Season! There is a serious risk of lousy weather, however we have had wonderful trips during this time frame --- especially if you are flexible and able to book on short notice.

    October 15 – November

    The best time to fish in the fall. Conditions are very similar to March - April type conditions.

    2011-2012 Rates:

    October - December, 2011

    $3250 Per Person for the 7 Night / 6 Day Package

    (based on single / private accommodations and a shared guide)

    January - June, 2012

    $3950 Per Person for the 7 Night / 6 Day Package

    (based on single / private accommodations and a shared guide)

    $2350 Per Person for the 4 Night / 3 Day Package

    (based on single / private accommodations and a shared guide)

    ***Shorter 3 day stays available based on availability

    Note: Singles who are willing to share a boat with another guest are welcome to at no additional charge. All lodging is single-occupancy.

    What's Included

    7 Nights SINGLE occupancy accommodations; 6 Days of fishing with shared guide; All Alcoholic Beverages; Backup fly rods / reels and spinning tackle; Terminal Tackle & Flies; Laundry Service

    What's Not Included

    Round-trip Airfare to/from Congo Town, Andros Island; Gratuities; Items of personal nature including telephone calls; Airport departure taxes; Misc travel expenses

    Terms and Conditions:

    Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Andros South’s policy follows: A $500 deposit is required to hold all reservations made outside of 180 days from the trip. This $500 deposit is fully refundable for thirty days following receipt of deposit. 180 days prior to scheduled trip, a 50% deposit less the $500 deposit is due to confirm each angler’s spot. 30 days prior to the trip full payment is required. All monies received within 180 days from trip are NON-REFUNDABLE. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.

    Consider Travel Insurance!

    Given the inherent strict refund policies associated with nearly all fishing packages, we cannot stress the importance of obtaining travel insurance to protect your investment. Travelers can obtain coverage for pre-existing health problems (related to yourself, your family, business partners, or your traveling partners), emergency evacuation, lost baggage, delay, life insurance packages; even “no questions asked” or “for work reasons” coverage.

    We will provide you with more detailed information about travel insurance from our sponsored provider, Travel Guard, when you book a trip with Tailwaters Travel. We can conveniently process a very comprehensive insurance policy for you in-house after asking a few simple questions.

    Call today to protect your investment: (888) 824-5420

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    Non-Angling Activities

    Fishing is the predominant activity at Andros South, however the beautiful beaches in the area are a peaceful place for a jog, swim, or just for the rest and relaxation.