The vast fishery on the southern end of Andros offers some of the most diverse styles of fishing found in the Bahamas, including nearly endless opportunity to wade. Most Bahamian destinations are limited to fishing from the boat, while southern Andros is made up of numerous crystal clear, hard-bottom flats very accessible on foot. The fishery also offers plenty of mangrove lined creeks and inland lakes loaded with schooling bones in the 3-6 pound range. If you prefer 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 immense, with very little pressure, yielding obscene numbers of uneducated bonefish along with big fish. In a week-long trip, it is 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. If the tide is right, guests can utilize down time at the lodge and walk 5 minutes straight out to a sandbar that is loaded with cruising and tailing bonefish.
The local guides at the lodge are hard working veterans who have fished Southern Andros all their lives. Collectively, these guides have over 125 years of guiding for Bair’s Lodge. They are extremely accommodating to anglers of all skill levels, and safely operate brand new custom Maverick skiffs for ultimate comfort and accessibility. Each morning in front of the lodge, anglers are greeted by their guide and head out to their first spot. No trailering! Anglers are typically casting to bonefish by 8:00AM. Anglers are off the water by 4:00PM and return to the lodge for cocktails and appetizers on the patio or by the fire.
OFFSHORE FISHING PROGRAM
Bairs Lodge can arrange bluewater fishing 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 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.