We have had such great response to our initial week that we have added a second week! We will also be hosting a trip the week of February 23rd-March 1st, 2014. This week will feature Scott Silvers, whom many of you have worked with over the years. Don’t miss out!
Fishwest is heading back to Andros South Bonefish Lodge for the week of March 1st-March 8th, 2014! Come join us for an amazing week of bonefishing on the beautiful island of South Andros in the Bahamas. Whether you have never seen the ocean or you are a salty vet, South Andros Island will fit the bill. With endless sand flats for wading, beautiful poling flats and fishing opportunities for all skill levels, Andros South Bonefish Lodge has so much to offer to every angler. With easy access from either from Ft. Lauderdale or Nassau, Bahamas, this an exotic getaway that is easy to get to and is a trip you will never forget! Andros South is truly an amazing destination and this will be a great week with your favorite fly shop.
Your host on this trip will be Dustin Carlson, the founder of Fishwest. He will be there to help with fly selection, give casting pointers on the beach and to ensure that everyone has a great time. Dustin has spent time at Andros South to personally scout out this incredible destination.
While Fishwest will be there all week, you are welcome to come for as much (or as little) of the week as you want/can. Space is limited.
Here are few shots from our 2013 trip!
Location, location, location. When it comes to bonefish, no amount of preparation, equipment or planning can replace the natural bounty that the productive, unexploited bonefishing location of Andros South delivers.
South Andros Island is widely known as the Bonefishing Capital of the World. With the island’s endless, diverse flats, the opportunities are boundless. You want to fish to giant schools of hungry bonefish? No problem. Have your sights set on casting to large tailing bones? We can make it happen.
Expect to fish to schools of bonefish that average 2 to 4 pounds, with larger fish often swimming with the school. You will also have many shots at tailing and cruising bonefish ranging from 5 to 10 pounds plus. These opportunities will come while wading hard sand and marl flats or being poled along in one of our fully equipped flats skiffs. We’re not big on keeping score, but expect some days where you lose count of the number of bones you hook and land.
Most of your encounters with bonefish will be on extensive shallow flats or winding mangrove creeks in 1 to 2 feet of water. The fish will often be moving quickly on the tide and grubbing as they go looking for shrimp, crabs, worms, shellfish, baitfish and small invertebrates. A bonefish’s mouth, unlike that of most other gamefish, is located underneath the head, enabling the fish to easily root around the bottom for food. While you will often see (and cast to) larger schools of relatively easy-to-catch fish, the bruisers will often be traveling in singles or pairs and they offer some of our more challenging fishing.
Since bonefishing is often viewed as a combination of fishing and hunting, it is important that you stay alert and watchful for inbound fish. Your guide will put you on the ‘clock’ system to guide your shots at the fish – meaning that if he says look to 1 o’clock at forty feet, that’s where your cast needs to be, pronto!
If at all possible, attempt to spot the fish prior to laying down your cast. You will need to lead the fish a bit as bonefish can easily spook if you ‘line’ them or plunk a fly right on their heads. Bonefish can be nervous critters (as everything considers them a delightful meal) and learning to spot the fish, even with your guide’s assistance, will greatly enhance your success rate in hooking up.
In addition to the great bonefishing, South Andros has many other species to offer, such as barracuda, shark and the occasional permit or tarpon.
The focus at Andros South is on providing the best fishing experience possible – an incredible fishery, great guides and excellent service – in an environment that we describe as ‘comfortable but casual’. We are not a ‘luxury lodge’. The location is beautiful, the rooms are clean and comfortable and the food is great. The overall feel is relaxing and certainly not formal.
If you are looking for white linen tablecloths, you should look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a very comfortable place to spend the week fishing, relaxing and enjoying a remote, quiet island in the Bahamas, you’ve come to the right place.
Our grounds are well-maintained and filled with coconut palms and a variety of other native plants. Our beach is the perfect place to practice your casting in preparation for your next day of fishing.
To the south of us are the cottages and homes of some local families as well as a few Spanish fishermen. They are warm friendly folks and you’ll find them to be a wonderful addition to your experience.
An evening walk over to the public dock north of the property can be worth your while. This is where the locals head off for a day at sea and return in the evening to clean their catch. Remember to bring your rod, as this is also a great place to fish at night for snapper, barracuda or the occasional shark.
3 nights / 2 days of guided fishing $1845
4 nights / 3 days of guided fishing $2565
5 nights / 4 days of guided fishing $3265
6 nights / 5 days of guided fishing $3945
7 nights / 6 days of guided fishing $4635
The pricing is structured a little differently (we think more straightforward) than others out there – it’s pretty much all-inclusive. Our prices include transfers to and from the airport, single-occupancy lodging (you get your own room), guided fishing with 2 anglers per boat, food, all drinks including beer wine and liquor and backup gear. Your only additional costs during the trip are travel to the island and gratuities for the staff.
Questions? Ready to go?
Give us a call at 801-617-1225 and we can answer all you questions and help you reserve your spot. We look forward to having you join us on our adventure.