Saltwater Edge Travel: Andros Island Bahamas

Andros Island, Bahamas: March 18-24, 2017

Swain’s Cay Lodge

andros bonefising

Many think Andros might be the worlds best bonefishing destination. It is by far the biggest island in the Bahamas, largely uninhabited and loaded with prime bonefish habitat.

The Fishing:

The South Bight of Andros is unique in that it is narrow compared to the rest of the island, affording the opportunity to fish two incoming tides in one day without a long boat ride. At Andros, you should expect to see plenty of small to medium sized bonefish, making it the ideal place for the beginner or intermediate angler.  The possibility of casting to a double digit bonefish during your stay is very real in the South Bight of Andros.

andros bonefishing

andros island bonefishing

Swain’s Cay Lodge also offers excellent access to the uninhabited West Side (an area known as the “Land of the Giants”). Unlike other locations, there is no fuel surcharge as the boat ride is about half as long as it would be from a North Bight location. There are big bonefish all over Andros, but west side fish see less angling pressure.

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The guides at Swain’s Cay Lodge typically meet at 8:00 AM on the beach to begin the guide day. Boats typically return by 5:00 PM, whereupon you can fish until dark on the home flat stretching before the lodge.  The Guides working for Swain’s Cay Lodge are excellent captains with many years of experience. They run 16 and 17-foot Action Craft and Dolphin Skiffs with 75 HP Yamahas.

andros island bonefishing

The Lodge:

Swain’s Cay Lodge is a full-service bonefishing operation and beach resort that is ideally situated and built to cater to anglers and non-anglers alike. The home flat spans the water just beyond the Lodge, where you can fish independently after a full day of guided fishing, as well as on arrival or departure days.

Andros

Conch Fritters

Food and Beverages

Andros Island is one of the main producers for vegetables in the Bahamas, and all seafood is caught daily by local fisherman.  American-style breakfasts are served in the dining room each morning, cooked-to-order.  It is the place to try some of the freshest conch salad in the entire Bahamas. A packed cooler lunch is sent with guides for your day on the water, and includes sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookies, sodas, cold beer, and bottled water. The food is as good as it looks.

andros bonefishing

Getting There:

Swain’s Cay Lodge makes getting there very easy. You fly to Nassau, Bahamas, and they will get us to Andros as part of an Out Islands Promotion that provides free transit from Nassau to Andros. This arrangement saves the angler the cost of flights that usually run around $125.00 for the round-trip ticket. There are flights from Nassau to Mangrove Cay twice daily. Upon arrival on Mangrove Cay, a representative from Swain’s Cay Lodge will meet us and transport us the short three miles to the Lodge.

Why We Love It:

Swain’s Cay Lodge is a full service lodge with great food that is easy to get to.  Once there, Mangrove Cay on the South Bight is a bit more off the beaten path and avoids the long boat ride needed to get a second incoming tide when fishing the North Bight.  If your goal is a fishing focused getaway with the chance to cast at a truly large bonefish, you will not be disappointed.

The Numbers:

The trip cost of $3650 per person is based on double occupancy and includes airport transfer fees, all meals at the lodge and a cooler lunch while fishing. The fishing portion will include five guided days with the customary ratio of two anglers per guide.  The cost does not include tips, alcohol, airport departure taxes, Bahamian VAT Tax (7.5%) or any fishing license (anticipated to be $30) that may be in place by our arrival in April.

A 50% deposit per angler of the total package cost is due within 14 days of booking to secure the reservation. Full payment is then due 90 days prior to departure.

Contact your host, Saltwater Edge owner, Peter Jenkins at peter@saltwateredge.com or by phone 401-842-0062 if you have any questions.

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