Comfortable Beachfront Lodging in the French Creek Settlement
The Coakley House is an oceanfront, private, two-acre, ocean home located at the point where the Fresh Creek waterway meets the tongue of the ocean. Located in the heart of Northern Andros, this four bedroom home is ideal for anglers and non-anglers alike. This is a perfect destination for those seeking total privacy from other anglers and guests. Whether you are looking for a short add-on fishing vacation from Nassau (since Andros is a short 15-minute flight from Nassau), or an extended stay, the Coakley House provides the perfect private experience for small groups. Yellow Dog will match you up with the island’s finest independent guides, such as Benry Smith, Solomon Murphy, Shaun Riley, or Ricardo Mackey.
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 travel to Andros Island’s Andros Town/ Fresh Creek Airport (ASD) should route through Nassau International Airport (NAS) due to the frequent flights and reasonable costs offered there. 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 adding 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 will deliver you to the house, which is 10 minutes from the airport. The cost is around USD 25.00 each way. On departure day, make sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip to account for time spent in customs and immigration (we recommend at least 1.5 hours). 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.
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Yellow Dog will hand-pick your independent guides for your stay at the Coakley House. They can trailer the skiffs to numerous boat ramps located throughout the northern part of Andros. Some of the top guides in the Bahamas work from the Coakley House. It is advisable to book your guides well in advance.
Fresh Creek would be considered the Coakley’s home water, and the guides would pick you up right at the house’s dock. This large, east coast creek is fed by the Tongue of the Ocean and nearly reaches the west coast of Andros. Having a fishery migrate roughly 18 miles inland allows anglers to fish optimal tides throughout the day and always be able to find protection from the wind. Even though Fresh Creek is one of the more populated settlements on Andros, this fishery experiences minimal angling pressure. The bones in the area average between three and five pounds, but trophy fish can be targeted any time of year. This is an excellent fishery in which to target double-digit bonefish and particularly dynamic in that the guides can wade or boat fish during any tide. Barracuda are plentiful and tons of fun for anglers of all ages.
Made up of small islands and flats that are protected by the reef, the Mastic Point/Staniard Creek area is another coastal fishery in the area. Larger ocean bonefish inhabit this area because all of the flats are adjacent to deep ocean water. This is an excellent wade fishing area since the bottom is hard white sand.
Also, the famous Joulters Cays—a collection of small islands just north of Andros that is surrounded by endless white sand flats—is only 45-minutes away. The Joulters Cays are framed by the Tongue of the Ocean and Great Bahama Bank, making it one of the most highly-populated areas for bonefish in the world. Tailing and schooling fish can be found in abundance and can get large. The northernmost cays and flats are well known for big ocean permit during settled weather. Barracuda and sharks are also plentiful in this region.
The Red Bays boat ramp, just 30 minutes away, allows easy access to the Andros’ famed West Side. This side of the island is renowned as one of the top “trophy bonefish” areas in the world, and it also offers opportunities for tarpon and an occasional permit from April through to October. The flats are a soft silty bottom, so all the fishing is done from the skiff.
Do-it-yourself anglers can rent a car and drive to Mastic Point, Staniard Creek, Sommerset Cove, Young’s Sound, and White Bight. These areas are very tide dependent and all oceanfront, so the flats are hard white sand with big bones.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers targeting the flats with the island’s independent guides fish from Dolphin, Action Craft and Maverick skiffs with 75 horsepower Yamaha engines. You must furnish all your equipment and tackle.
Guided package with all meals included and prepared by a local chef. All rates are per person and based on two anglers per guided boat.
3 nights and 2 days is $1,900 per person for two guests, $1,500 for four, and $1,350 for six guests
4/3 – $2,600 for two, $2,500 for four, and $2,450 for six
5/4 $3,300 for two, $2,650 for four, and $2,450 for six
6/5 – $4,100 for two, $3,300 for four, and $3,000 for six
7/6 – $4,500 for two, $3,650 for four and $3,350 for six
- All meals and appetizers
- Bottled water, tea, coffee, and juice
- Guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare between home and Andros
- Gratuities for fishing guides and staff
- Airport transfers
- Bar tab (liquor and beer can be purchased at the local store)
- Any taxis
- Rental car