Discover the North Bight of Andros
In 2009, after years of planning and construction, well-known Andros guide, Captain Andy Smith, opened one of the most beautiful, most exclusive small lodge operations in all of the Bahamas. Impressively well-situated on its private island in a very remote location in the “North Bight” of Andros, the Broad Shad Cay consists of two bedrooms, the main dining room and lounge, and a wrap-around deck offering unbeatable views of the surrounding waters. This one-of-a-kind destination is situated equidistant between the east and west coasts of Andros. Since the tides come from both coasts, this location allows anglers to fish optimum tides throughout the day with minimal running time in a boat. Small and exclusive, Broad Shad offers a great location, first-rate accommodations, and the opportunity to learn the subtler aspects of flats fishing from Andy Smith and his expert team of guides. Capacity is limited to four guests per week.
A boat transfer is the only way to access the Lodge. There are no other Lodges or fishing operations (or any buildings for that matter) within 20 miles of Broad Shad Lodge (except Andy’s father’s old lodge, the historic and now-closed Bang Bang Club). If you’re looking to get away from it all in a quiet, isolated setting with a first-rate fishing program, then Andy Smith’s secluded setting is hard to beat.
The Lodge was completed in Summer 2009. Andy and his brother Benry built the structures on the island themselves, and the craftsmanship is meticulous. The beautiful coral rock masonry that characterizes the exterior of the Lodge is impressive and aesthetically distinct. Two spacious bedrooms are well-decorated with all-new furniture. Each room features air conditioning, showers with plenty of hot water, and great views out every window. The deck is the ideal gathering place for post-fishing beverages and provides a great place to relax each evening. It overlooks the North Bight, where the sunsets are nothing short of spectacular. The small flats in front of the Lodge are perfect for wade fishing and stalking evening tailers. The main dining and sitting room is adjacent to the guest rooms and deck. This common area features a satellite TV, maps, comfortable couches, and chairs.
Food and Beverages
Bahamian-style meals are served at Broad Shad Lodge and include fresh, local seafood that is 100% prepared and cooked to your liking. All meals can be altered, and specialty foods can be imported to satisfy your tastes. The all-inclusive bar is well-stocked with top-shelf spirits, beers and a variety of local rums. Andy’s wife Sharon is the lodge manager and is always available to assist you during your stay at Broad Shad Cay.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. All trips are entirely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Broad Shad Cay is a fishing-focused lodge that sits on a small, remote island with nothing around it but beautiful scenery and healthy flats. The second-best reason to come to Broad Shad Cay, right behind the great fishing, is to experience the Bahamas in complete privacy at its natural, unspoiled best. The Lodge has the entire cay to itself and when there, you’ll feel like you have all of Andros to yourself. Free of roads or vehicles, Broad Shad, boasts a network of manmade trails, eco-friendly scenery, and a giant hardwood deck facing the sunset. Sit back and relax, and let nature do the rest.
Internet / Communications
Internet access is not available at the Lodge. Some U.S. cell phones may work throughout the Bahamas depending on your service plan. However, cell phones will not work at Broad Shad.
How To Get There
Most anglers that travel to Andros Island route through Nassau International Airport (NAS) due to the frequent flights and reasonable costs. Whether flying into San Andros (Western Air), Andros Town-Fresh Creek (LeAir), Mangrove Cay (Flamingo and LeAir) or Congo Town (Western Air), there are two flights daily into every small airport on Andros. The first flight is typically early in the morning (approximately 6:30 AM) and second is usually scheduled for later in the afternoon (approximately 3:30 PM). We always suggest a buffer of at least two hours between all arriving flights and departing connecting flights while in Nassau. Charter flights from Florida to Andros can also be arranged. Contact Yellow Dog for more information.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Once you arrive on Andros, any taxi at the airport will deliver you to the dock in Cargill Creek, where you will meet the transfer boat to Broad Shad Cay Lodge. The cost is around $60.00 each way. On departure day, be sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip, due to customs and immigration. Flights must be booked to arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. and depart no earlier than 12:00 p.m. to accommodate for the transfer to the lodge. Private air charters can be arranged by contacting Yellow Dog.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blanks, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Here at Yellow Dog, we have known Andy Smith for over 20 years. We can say without reservation that he is hands-down one of our favorite people in the fly fishing industry. He is a phenomenal guide, a consummate professional, and a good friend. His beautiful lodge – Broad Shad Cay – is ideally located in the middle of Andros Island’s North Bight. This location–one of the best on Andros–is a short distance to either coast of Andros, allowing anglers to fish the most productive flats all day with minimal running time in the boat.
Heading West from the Lodge dock places anglers on the famous West Side of Andros Island, an area best known for trophy bonefish, resident tarpon and expansive, unpressured flats. Since the flats on the West Side are mainly soft mud, the water can get murky during high winds and seas. Being located in the middle of the island ensures excellent fishing during just about any weather. Some of the island’s most elegant hard-bottomed wading flats await a quick run East from Broad Shad Cay. These flats are home to healthy numbers of medium-to-large bonefish and feature consistently clear water, no matter what the weather may be.
Fishing with Andy and his hand-picked guide staff is always an educational experience. They know what anglers expect due to years of guiding, and they are excellent teachers and instructors. Andy is a true historian of the area and loves to share his knowledge with his guests. The Smith family has a long tradition of fly fishing on Andros, and Andy’s new lodge has elevated that tradition to new heights.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers fish from Maverick, Hewes, and Dolphin skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 90 HP Yamaha outboards, life jackets, long-range VHS radios, and spacious casting decks. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are entirely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,963.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,969.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,975.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,982.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,988.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $11,925.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $9,938.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $7,950.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $5,963.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $3,975.00
- All accommodations at Broad Shad
- All meals at the lodge
- Daily guided fishing
- Boat transfers to and from the lodge
- All drinks (including alcohol) and bottled water
- All hotel and resort taxes
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare from hometown to Andros Town
- Airport taxi transfers to and from the dock in Cargill Creek
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Airport departure taxes
- Bahamas fishing license: $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month, and $50 for the year (Yellow Dog will ensure the lodge has your license until the online system is in place)
- Bahamian VAT Tax (12%)