DO2 – Bahamas Fly Fishing Lodge with Deneki Outdoors, Andros South Lodge
Bahamas Fly Fishing Lodge on South Andros Island
This Fishing Lodge in the Bahamas is Comfortable. Casual. Awesome.
The Bahamas are known for big bonefish, and this outfitter is known to produce. I feel confident that if you want to go fly fishing for bones, this is the trip for you. They’ll get you plenty of shots. We fish for bonefish, barracuda, sharks and more, and we occasionally have opportunities for shots at permit and tarpon. Guests stay at our lodge and go fishing with our guides out of flats skiffs.
The fishery on South Andros is huge, varied and productive. We fish 4 parts of the island – tidal creeks on the East Side, hundreds of small keys off the southern tip of the island, the West Side which is known for large fish (averaging 5-7lbs with 10lbs not uncommon! Let em run mon!) and inland ponds and creeks in the middle of the island.
Some areas tend to hold large groups of fish while others are home to larger fish in smaller groups – novice and expert anglers alike have a great time on the flats of South Andros. We have lots of opportunities for both wading and poling, depending on your preferences and conditions.
This is an incredible fishery, superb guides and the service is excellent. The environment… well, it’s the Bahamas.
- Whether you are a novice fisherman, or an expert, you will have a blast bonefishing on the flats of South Andros Island.
- Fishing season in the Bahamas runs from October through the beginning of June.
- There are a lot of opportunities for either wading or poling, depending on your preferences and the conditions.
- In addition to bonefish, you can fish for barracuda, sharks, and the occasional permit or tarpon.
- The location is epic, and the food is great. The overall feel is relaxing, but not formal.
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Lodging and Accommodations
The location is epic, and the food is great. The overall feel is relaxing, but not formal. If you’re looking for linen tablecloths, you should look somewhere else. If you’re looking for clean, comfortable rooms, outstanding service and some of the best bonefishing in the world, this is the place for you.
This outfitter has some of the best guides in the business. They will know exactly how to get you into fish based on your skill set and experience. Each of them grew up fishing the flats of South Andros Island and know it like the back of their hands. They know the tides, the fish, the mangrove backwaters, and exactly where to go and how to get you shots when conditions change. You will be in good hands.
Photos: Cameron Miller, Andros South Staff, Ric Fogel/Sportfolio
You can travel to South Andros Island in the Bahamas in one day of travelling. There are many flights into Nassau, Bahamas and two flights per day between Nassau and South Andros Island.
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Suggested Gear List for Flats Fishing in the Bahamas
Suggested Gear List for Flats Fishing
- Copy of Passport
- Wallet / Cash / Cell Phone / Charger
- Travel toothbrush, toothpaste
- Bar of soap in a zip lock bag, shampoo
- Travel Kleenex tissues, packet of wet wipes
- Shaving and grooming articles
- Eye drops. Contact lens wearers should bring extra glasses (in case of irritation)
- 3M Nexcare waterproof bandages
- Moleskin with travel scissors (essential)
- Neosporin ointment
- Anti-diarrhea medicine (e.g. Imodium AD)
- Tylenol or Advil and throat lozenges
- Motion sickness pills
- Antacid (e.g. Pepto-Bismol tablets)
- Gold Bond medicated powder
- Sunscreen, at least 30SPF, (bring extra)
- After-sun aloe-vera lotion
- Packets to mix with bottled water (e.g. Mio, Crystal Light)
- Insect repellent spray, Benadryl 2% cream (bugs are seldom a problem)
- Prescription medicine (2 week – ample supply)
- (Bring any medication that you’re already taking and any that you think you might need on the trip.)
- For Airport Security, carry copies of the Doctor Rx or the actual Prescription bottles.
- Polarized sunglasses, (at least 2)
- Optical cloth cleaner or solution
- Small flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
- Travel alarm clock
- Extra luggage ID tags
- Gallon zip-lock bags for waterproofing and ice
- Small roll of Gorilla tape and zap a gap
- Snacks that don’t melt
- Ear Plugs
- Wasabi & Soy Sauce
- Universal wall plug adapter
- Flats boots, socks
- Long-sleeved flats fishing shirts
- Full length wading pants. Long pants, thin fishing pants with zip off legs are perfect.
- Fishing cap or flats long-bill cap (at least 2)
- Shorts, swim suit, rain coat
- T-shirts, underwear / socks / dinner clothes (casual nice)
- Sandals and shoes to wear around the lodge
- Sun gloves
- UV Buff to cover face
- Lip balm
- Bug spray for mosquitoes and some no-seeums
For the Flight
- Airline tickets
- Credit cards
- Ball-point pen and Sharpie
- Reading material
- Travel Insurance Documentation
General Fishing Gear
- Fly Rods 7-10 wt. Floating lines, one intermediate sink for 10 wt.
- Reel – 200 to 300 yards of backing, with reel bags and reel lube
- Leaders 5 to 10, 9 foot OX , 16 lb. Fluoro leaders, 4 Tarpon Leaders 60 to 80 lb. shock
- Tippet, 0X and 1x (12 to 16 pound fluoro) for bones and permit. 40,60,80, shock for snook and tarpon, wire leader for barracuda.
- Flies – Tarpon, snook, bonefish, and permit assortment
- Extra fly lines & backing (at least one for bonefish)
- Line cleaning kit
- Hook file
- Fishing pliers and/or hemostats
- Line clippers, pocket knife
- Small boat towel, sunglass wipe-cleaners
- Small first aid kit
- Fanny pack for wading flats
- Waterproof bag for camera equipment etc.
- Bonefish release tool
- Gravel guards
- Panatone marking pens: orange, pink, yellow
Flats boots should have thick soles that will protect your feet from bruising. Many of the flats have coral edges that can be sharp and very hard. Dive booties are not heavy enough. Heavy soled laced up styles with sewn in tongues are best. Be sure to bring plenty of moleskin.
Fly Fishing Gear
You want to fish 7-8wt fly rods with floating lines for bonefish on the flats. For Trevally on the flats, a 10wt with floating line is ideal, just offshore and around the coral heads you might consider a 12wt – 14wt outfit with fast sinking lines or shooting heads. Reels should have a sound drag system and be able to hold at least 200 yards of backing.
Bonefish leaders should be 9 ‘ fluorocarbon in 12-16-20 lb with 12-16-20lb fluorocarbon tippets. Trevally and reef leaders should be 20lb Seaguar with 50-60lb shock tippets. Some anglers go straight 60lb to the fly because of the coral. GT’s are not leader shy. Lines over 10wt should have 40lb. mono butt sections and 8wt and below should have 30lb. Fluorocarbon works best for Bonefish leaders with fluorocarbon tippets. The water on the flats is crystal clear.
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