Stalk tailing Bonefish on the world-famous flats and marls South Andros Island — the first choice of seasoned Bonefish anglers in pursuit of the most productive and scenic flats the Bahamas offers.Bair’s Lodge is ideally located within striking distance of the remote south and west-side fisheries, while also offering wind reprieve across endless miles of flats in the adjacent creeks. Our lodge has come to represent the benchmark in terms of quality guiding, delicious food, comfortable accommodations, and courteous hospitality.
Bair’s Lodge on South Andros Island offers deluxe ocean-side lodgings in an attractive plantation-style building surrounded by palm trees. The bright, airy lodge is nestled on a sparkling white sand beach. Stretch out and relax on the veranda. Enjoy a cocktail from the fully stocked bar, and breath in the laidback South Andros scene, where you’ll spot friendly locals and bonefish tails for miles along the adjacent shallow-water flats.
Living and Dining RoomsOur unpretentious and air-conditioned living room and dining room areas have comfortable sofas, plenty of reading material and face the ocean. Here you will find your buffet breakfast laid out each morning. The lodge has a main bar fully stocked with spirits, cold beers, soft drinks, plenty of ice, a blender, and mixers for cocktails. Satellite television has been installed for those who wish to catch up on news or sports during cocktail hour. Wi-Fi is available at the lodge.
Bair’s is located on the east side of South Andros Island, Bahamas. The lodge is a five-minute skiff run north or south to Deep or Little creeks. Advantage: no trailering required. These easily accessed “cuts” open up to more than 120 square miles of flats, swimming with impressive populations of bonefish in the 4-6-pound class. Our sheltered creek systems are both habitat and fish rich, and they offer anglers appreciated weather reprieve if the wind kicks up. Little Creek connects to the island’s West Side, which can be reached by flats skiff in about 45 minutes. There you’ll find some of South Andros’ largest bonefish—adult specimens that have been known to reach the trophy 10-pound mark. This is where anglers with sharp skills go to stalk larger singles and doubles pushing into skinny water on favorable tides. The pristine, undeveloped zone is protected by Andros’ West Side National Park.
The southern flats, on the other hand, are home to some of the least-pressured fishing in the region. Grassy Creek is a 40-minute boat run from Bair’s. Weather permitting you can ride on to Hawksbill Creek and as far as Cistern Point. This area is renowned for bonefish in high numbers. Home to endless wadeable flats, abundant schools, and very few competing skiffs and anglers.
Our guides are some of the best in Andros, and we’re proud to have them working with us at the lodge. Between them, they have more than 125 years of combined guiding experience at Bair’s and have extensive knowledge of the South Andros flats. They are professional, hard-working, and sincerely personable.
They also understand how tides affect bonefish feeding behavior and know where to go under different weather conditions. With their skills as captains and great eyes developed over years of spotting bonefish, they will put you on fish and give you as much or as little guidance and instruction as you want.
Each day, your guide will decide where to go based on the weather conditions and guest preference discussed with the lodge manager. You should express any special preferences to the lodge manager, such as wading versus boat fishing. If you only want to target large individual bonefish, or if you prefer to fish large shoals of fish, just let us know. We will work with your guide and try to tailor your day accordingly!
Our rotation policy gives anglers the opportunity to fish with all six of these top-notch guides. Bonefish are pound-for-pound one of the strongest, fastest-running saltwater fish anywhere. They are also one of the coolest to have your photo taken with. Their scientific name is Albulidae, which means “white fox.”
Bonefish are noted for moving from deeper water onto shallow tidal flats to feed, where you can find and cast to tailing fish—one of the most challenging (and rewarding) saltwater experiences available. They typically retreat back to deeper water as the tide ebbs. Bahamas bones can reach upwards of ten pounds, but a more representative size would be about a third of that. A big bonefish, a lifetime fish, would be any fish equal to or in excess of ten pounds. Larger, adult fish break away from schools, traveling in singles and doubles and offering great sight-fishing opportunities on the flats of Abaco and South Andros islands.
As prolific as Bahamas bonefish are, relatively little is known about them. The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) aims to change that and has been heavily involved in scientific research in conjunction with our lodges. For more information, BTT is an excellent, angler-friendly source. Visit tarbone.org
The typical trip does not fish on arrival or departure, but if time allows and guides are available, half-day trips can be arranged prior to getting here. Typically you’ll be shuttled from the airport to the lodge (20-minute drive) where you can check into your room, prepare gear, and spend an afternoon relaxing on the lodge grounds.
Here is a sample schedule of the daily program:
Bonefish are pound-for-pound some of the strongest and fastest saltwater gamefish. Their scientific name is Albula vulpes, which means “white fox.” But to anglers, they’re also known as “grey ghosts” due to their elusive nature and their ability to show up then seemingly vanish in an instant.
Bonefish are noted for moving from deeper water onto shallow tidal flats to feed, where you can find and cast to tailing fish—one of the most challenging (and rewarding) saltwater experiences. They typically retreat to deeper water as the tide ebbs. Bahamas bones can reach upwards of ten pounds, but a more representative size would be about a third of that. Trophy bones are generally considered any fish equal to or in excess of ten pounds. Large adult fish break away from schools, traveling in singles and doubles and offering great sight-fishing opportunities on the flats of South Andros islands.
- 7 weight 9’ (for delicate presentations on lighter wind days)
- 8 weight 9’ (fast action helps to punch into the wind)
- 9 or 10 weight 9’ (Barracuda and Tarpon)
Use saltwater capable reels with adjustable drags and capacity for 150 yds. of 20lbs. test backing.
7wt. Bonefish Line (tropic taper)
8wt. Bonefish Line (flats taper)
9 or 10wt. Tropic Taper (tarpon)
- Tippet Spools: 8, 12, 16lbs. Fluorocarbon
- Tapered 9’ to 12’ Leaders (8, 12, 16lbs. – Fluoro)
- Wire Tippet: 30lbs. or 40lbs. for Barracuda/Sharks
- Fluorocarbon Leader Material: 30-50lbs.
The list of options is endless and selections depend on the kind of flat you are fishing, its bottom color (turtle grass or sand), and depth. All flies should be size 2 and 4 hooks. A few “must-have” BONEFISH flies include:
- Barracuda: Needlefish, Baitfish imitations, Large poppers in blood-red or other bright, attention-grabbing colors. The topwater takes are awesome.
- Tarpon: Small EP Peanut Butter or Purple Cockroach.
A brand new fleet of high-performance Maverick 17 Mirage HPX-Vs awaits you at Bair’s Lodge. These technical poling skiffs have stealthy, extremely quiet hulls that draw minimal water when pushing toward tailing bonefish in the ultra-skinny stuff. Open Water handling, on the other hand, is unparalleled, fast and smooth in the surliest conditions. Additional angler-appreciated details include lean bars and removable cushioned YETI coolers—because nobody wants lukewarm beers.
There are quality fly rods, reels, and fly lines available at the Lodge for you to use if needed at no extra cost. Please advise us if you need a rod/reel prior to arrival to ensure availability. Flies and leaders are also available for purchase at the Lodge.
While the lodge has a well-stocked shop, we recommend bringing the following:
Food in the Bahamas is the magical encounter between the treasures of the sea, history, culture and its people. We pride ourselves on serving delicious fresh local produce, specializing in fresh fish (Mahi, Tuna, Grouper, and Hog Snapper), conch, and lobster. We carefully stock our larder with fine quality foods from the US and Nassau.
Every day begins with a full breakfast featuring a variety of cereals, as well as fresh fruits. Eggs will be cooked to your preference, with bacon, sausages, and grits. Hot cereals are also available to order. Our chef bakes bread, pastries, and cookies daily. Our coffee is made from freshly ground beans.
A daily lunch menu card allows you to choose the next day’s lunch and the contents of the boat coolers. After you return from fishing, you will find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as stacks of soft drinks. A wide range of local spirits will be available free of charge at the lodge.
Delicious appetizers are served before dinner on the veranda, so you can sample local specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers, and conch salad. Dinner starts with appetizers such as homemade soups or conch ceviche. Our culinary emphasis is on mixing local dishes with light fresh recipes such as snapper with mango salsa, and some barbecued fish. Desserts will vary from chocolate decadence to key lime parfaits.
House wines such as Malbec from Argentina, Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner. We can happily cater to special dietary needs. When you complete your pre-trip questionnaire please mention any requirements or food allergies you might have, so we can inform the chef. Salads are offered in our cooler lunches for those on low-carbohydrate diets. The lodge has a good supply of drinking water from our reverse osmosis system. You will find water in your bedroom and your boat, and you can drink the tap water. In our arid climate, conservation is always appreciated
Fall Season 2023: October – December 2023
Season 2024: January – June 2024
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