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.
Overlooking the ocean and fresh creek which feeds an extensive inland flats system sits this four bedrooms private home. The Coakley House rests on a point surrounded by water on three sides, and the settlement of Fresh Creek on the backside. The three master suites all have king beds and private bathrooms. There is an additional bunk room for four guests in two bunk beds. There are spacious living and dining rooms that overlook the water for interior social spaces. The up-to-date kitchen is perfect for preparing meals. The outside patio offers expansive views of the ocean and creek. You will find the lounge chairs, BBQ grill, and fire pit a perfect setting for intimate group gatherings. A dock and small cove allow for swimming, but there are numerous pure white sand beaches within a 15-minute drive. Night fishing for resident tarpon is a prime activity from the dock.
Food and Beverages
Meals are prepared for you by a local chef, or you may choose to cook on your own. There is a local grocery store with limited supplies. The liquor store is just a few blocks away in Fresh Creek. Typically prepared meals are fresh seafood consisting of snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, wahoo, conch, and spiny lobster. Fresh veggies, soups, and salads accompany all meals. Breakfast is cooked to order eggs, bacon, and your choice of pancakes or traditional Bahamian grits. Lunches are customized, but typically sandwiches are prepared.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of the Bahamas makes the Coakley House the perfect getaway for a week-long excursion or just a quick weekend escape.
Non-Angling Activities & Options
The Coakley House is surrounded by the natural wonders of Andros Island, otherwise known as the “Big Yard.” Once you drive out of the settlement of Fresh Creek, you will find pristine beaches for beachcombing. There are minimally organized eco-activities based out of the Coakley House, but snorkeling and dive excursions may be arranged at Small Hope Bay Lodge which is only 20 minutes away. The private patio is ideal for those seeking a quiet, private setting to enjoy a good book or just take in the vast ocean views.
Internet / Communications
The lodge does offer complimentary Wi-Fi for guests.
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 the 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 at Andros, any taxi will deliver you to the house, a short 10 minutes from the airport. 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 trip 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.
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 at 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.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely 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 are per person and listed in US Dollars. Rates below are based on double occupancy in the room and with the guide. Please contact Yellow Dog for single angler pricing.
Group of two (2) anglers
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $5,400.00
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $4,920.00
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $3,960.00
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $3,120.00
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $2,280.00
Group of four (4) anglers
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $4,380.00
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $3,960.00
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $3,180.00
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $3,000.00
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $1,800.00
Group of six (6) anglers
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $4,020.00
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $3,600.00
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $2,940.00
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $2,400.00
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $1,620.00
- Accommodations at the lodge as specified
- All guided fishing as specified
- Breakfast and dinner
- Cooler lunch on the water with your guide
- Bottled water, tea, coffee, and juices
- Complimentary WiFi
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to and from Andros
- Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
- Taxi to and from lodge and airport
- Alcohol and sodas (can be purchased at the local store)
Coakley House (Andros Island, Bahamas)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all cancellations, written notice must be sent to and received by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 90 days from beginning of the trip, full amount minus a lodge cancellation fee of $250 per person (in addition to a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing) can be refunded, or a full credit applied to a future trip booked within one year. No refund will be given for trips cancelled inside of 90 days from start of trip, regardless of reason, although a trip credit may be applied to a future trip to be taken within one year of original date. Again, this decision will be made by the lodge. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by the lodge (in addition to a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.) Coakley House and Yellow Dog strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Coakley House will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Customer Reviews
“Overall fishing and the trip experience were top-notch, the only issue we had was our skills but those were corrected quickly with the help of our guides. A fantastic place if you are there to fish which was exactly what we were there to do. Our guides fit nicely with our group – they understood what we wanted and we understood what they were trying to accomplish, plus we simply had a great time getting to know them.” – Bradley M.