SEASON: October – mid-June
DURATION: 3-7 Nights
GROUP SIZE: 2-8 Guests
Bairs Lodge (South Andros) is a bucket list tick for any well-traveled fly angler. Add to the fact that any saltwater angler who has ever chased Bonefish will tell you, that the Bahamas is the spiritual home of these speedsters. Bairs Lodge adds another level to the pursuit. Wet wading on hard sand flats makes the hunt that much sweeter.
Bairs Lodge (South Andros) is perfectly located within a 5-minutes boat ride of striking distance to the remote south and west-side fisheries, and the location provides some respite against the wind should it up. This makes it a perfect Bonefish destination for a weekend getaway, to spend a full week fishing, or to introduce family & friends to the sport.
Fishing at Bairs Lodge (South Andros)
Bair’s is on the east side of South Andros Island, Bahamas. A five-minute skiff run from the lodge north or south will get anglers to Deep or Little Creek to begin fishing. As a bonus, guests walk directly from the lodge onto the boats to begin each fishing day. This means long fishing days and countless opportunities at Bonefish.
Bairs Lodge has access to 120 square miles of flats, teeming with 4-6 pound Bonefish and also a section of sheltered creeks to keep you fishing should the wind kick up.
Little Creek connects to the island’s West Side, which can be reached by flats skiff in about 45 minutes. The Creek is an undeveloped zone and protected by Andros’ West Side National Park. Don’t let the longer run deter you, as Little Creek definitely boasts some of South Andros’ largest Bonefish. It is not uncommon to get shots at Bonefish pushing the trophy 10-pound mark.
The southern flats, another fantastic option at Bairs Lodge, are home to some of the least-pressured Bonefish in the region. Grassy Creek is a 40-minute boat run from the lodge dock. Weather permitting you can ride on to Hawksbill Creek and as far as Cistern Point. Bonefish in huge numbers make this area famous.
Think endless wade-able flats, abundant schools, and few competing anglers.
We recommend 9ft, 7-8wt. rods. A 7wt rod will suffice in most conditions. However, the 8wt is preferred when a long cast is required, or when the wind dictates. To be successful at Bairs Lodge you’ll be making casts of 50 feet with a long leader and an unweighted fly.
It is imperative that you bring a great reel with a smooth drag. Bonefish will scream off into your backing and reels should have the capacity to hold a weight forward floating line and 150 yards of 20lb backing.
Weight-forward bonefishing lines should be paired off with fluorocarbon leaders.
Accommodation at Bairs Lodge (South Andros)
Bair’s Lodge on South Andros Island offers deluxe ocean-side lodgings in an attractive plantation-style building surrounded by palm trees. The lodge perches on a sparkling white sand beach and overlooks Bonefish-laden shallow flats.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Each room offers the creature comforts from home. All rooms include air-conditioning, storage space, and power outlets for recharging phones or computers. En-suite bathrooms and full baths are standard and laundry bags are provided in all bedrooms. (There is no need to overpack, as laundry is included in the package)
Living and Dining Rooms
The living areas at Bairs Lodge are airconditioned, open & comfortable with plenty of couches & reading material all facing the ocean. There is also wifi throughout the lodge and satellite TV should you wish to catch up on the news. The dining room & bar area the focal points within the main lodge and where guests share stories over a drink before mealtimes. A fully stocked bar with cold beers, soft drinks, plenty of ice, a blender and mixers for cocktails is open for guests to help themselves.
Bairs Lodge (South Andros) chefs pride themselves on serving delicious fresh local produce for the evening meal. The fresh fish dishes are incredible and include Mahi, Tuna, Grouper and Hog Snapper, Conch, and Lobster. In addition, freshly baked bread, pastries, and cookies are served daily.
Getting to Bairs Lodge (South Andros)
Guests can reach Congo Town in South Andros on commercial Western Air flights from Nassau, or on Watermakers out of Fort Lauderdale. Airflight Charters are also available from Florida to Congo Town.
The lodge is an easy 25-minute drive after landing in Congo Town and we will arrange a transfer from the airport.
Here is a sample schedule of the daily program:
- 6:30 am Coffee ready at the buffet table
- 7:00 am Breakfast
- 8:00 am Depart the dock (lunches are taken on the boat)
- 4:00 / 4:30 pm Return to lodge
- 4:00 pm Cocktail hour
- 5:30 pm Appetizers
- 7:00 pm Dinner
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing POA
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing POA
5 Nights / 4 Days fishing POA
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing POA
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing POA
Lodging, meals, open bar, guided fishing, fishing license, transportation between Bair’s Lodge and Congo Town Airport and loaner fishing equipment (rods, reels, and lines)
Transportation to South Andros, flies, gratuities and government taxes
Full day fishing on arrival and departure: $895 per boat (1 or 2 anglers) + government taxes
- Nonanglers: $650 a night + government taxes
- Payment terms: 50% deposit to guarantee the booking. Balance 60 days prior to departure.
- Single room and boat: 60% surcharge
You will need a valid passport, 2 pages and a copy of your return ticket to enter the Bahamas. No visa is required for US, Canadian, or UK passengers. Have a different passport?
The government of The Bahamas requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.