Trophy Bonefishing in Famous South Andros
Opened in 2011, Da Bay Area Bonefish Lodge overlooks the expansive Mars Bay, the southernmost settlement on Andros Island. Not only is Mars Bay ideally located for easy access to the southern tip of the island’s extensive flats system, but the bay itself is a massive home flat system. You may wade fish until you drop after your guided day or take a relaxing day off, allowing the ultimate flexibility in customizing your trip package to fit any budget. Da Bay Area Bonefish Lodge is the most reasonably priced lodge in South Andros, with comfortable accommodations and a quiet beach setting. A day or two with the independent, knowledgeable guides who are fun to fish with and know the area well, can get you oriented for wade fishing to substantial numbers of schooling bonefish.
Da Bay Area Bonefish Lodge offers all beach front rooms and suites, with the flats right out your door. The main lodge provides a comfortable social area with a fully stocked and complimentary bar, dining area, reading areas, and a deck overlooking the flats of Mars Bay. Their motto is “relax, fish hard and make yourself at home.” Managing partners Melinda Black and Rolle Smith are friendly hosts and will ensure you are well taken care of while vacationing at Da Bay Area. The single rooms have a queen bed and plenty of room for gear. The double room suites offer guests two twin beds and a separate sitting area room complete with a small dining table and couch. All the rooms have remote controlled A/C, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, and satellite TV.
Food and Beverage
Local legend, Chef Candy (because he is so sweet) first started cooking in Nassau but since has come home to work full time at Da Bay Area Bonefish Lodge. The meals at Da Bay are well-prepared and tasty. You can expect plenty of fresh seafood, such as conch, snapper, grouper, and lobster, when in season. The lodge also prepares chicken dishes, fresh salads, and can customize any menu and facilitate any dietary requirements (be sure to fill out your Yellow Dog pre-trip questionnaire so that we may advise destinations of your needs well before you arrive). Breakfast is cooked to order, but if you are lucky Candy will whip up his special grits and lobster or conch. The on-water cooler lunches consist of tuna or ham sandwiches, chips, cookies, fresh fruit, and plenty of bottled water. Again, the lodge can customize lunches if you are on a special diet.
Typical Length of Stay
A trip of any length can be arranged to start on any day of the week. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Although Da Bay Area Bonefish Lodge is primarily a fishing destination, there is a beautiful beach for lounging, reading and relaxing. Be advised, however, that this is a destination that is perhaps best suited for anglers.
Internet / Communications
The Lodge does offer Wi-Fi for guests. U.S. cell phones do work on South Andros Island depending upon your service plan.
How To Get There
There are several options for flying into Congo Town Airport (TZN). Please contact Yellow Dog for ticketing and scheduling assistance. Our recommended choice for reaching this part of Andros Island is through Nassau with Western Air. Western flies two flights each day to Congo Town from Nassau International Airport (NAS). Groups of more than six people may consider a private charter from Ft. Lauderdale or Nassau. Yellow Dog works with several charter companies in Ft. Lauderdale and Nassau and would be happy to work with you to arrange a charter flight. Please allow at least two hours between your inbound Nassau flight and your connecting flight to Andros Island to pass through customs and immigration. On the way home we suggest three hours between the Andros flight and your international flight back to the USA.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The flights from Nassau (NAS) to Congo Town (TZN) depart at 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and take 20 minutes. The flights return to Nassau (NAS) at 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Reservations can be made with Western Air (or Yellow Dog can make these arrangments for you). You may now book your Western Air ticket online or over the phone, but we do insist you check-in one hour before departure time. Once you arrive in Congo Town, a taxi will meet you at the airport to take you on the 40-minute drive from the airport in Congo Town on South Andros to the Da Bay Area Bonefish Lodge. This taxi is included in the package price.
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.
Southern Andros is ideal for anglers seeking strong numbers of bonefish. The guides at Da Bay Area Bonefish Lodge will customize the day if you want to wade the expansive hard white sand flats, or fish from the skiff while the guide poles the boat. The guides often feel wade fishing is the most productive strategy to access the super skinny water many of the bonefish prefer to feed in. This makes for excellent stalking opportunities for tailing fish and schools creating nervous water as they push across the flat. There are plenty of inland flats inside southern Andros to get out of the wind. The guides access these areas via Grassy, Deep, or Jack Creeks. Dozens of intricate creeks feed expansive inland lakes that provide the perfect habitat for juvenile bones, which is an educational setting for anglers new to saltwater fishing. Huge schools of bonefish circulate these inland areas, which allows for consistent action to fish that rarely see flies. A day or two of inland fishing practice and you may graduate to the ocean bays where the bigger bonefish swim the rocky shorelines and flats adjacent to deeper water.
One of the main advantages of South Andros is that you can usually find a good tide, due to the way the water flows around the Curley Cut Keys and the southern tip of the island, the numerous inland creeks, and both coasts of the island itself. You can expect to wade fish during low tide and keep moving east or west to “follow” that low tide. In southern Andros the bonefish average around two to three pounds, with good numbers of four to six pounders, and occasional seven pounds plus fish. We feel south Andros is one of the more accommodating fisheries in the Bahamas for pure numbers of fish when conditions allow. You will find strong numbers of large barracuda as well, which are often overlooked as a legitimate gamefish on the fly or conventional tackle.
The home flats system right off the lodge’s beach is around six square miles and allows for guests to fish as long and hard as they choose. After your guide day, you may fish as the sun sets over the island. This is a fun time to stalk tailing fish whose tails shimmer in the evening light, or schools pushing water as they chase prey. Around low tide, you will need to walk pretty far east to find enough water to hold fish, but as the tide comes in, there can be fish right off the lodge beach. This allows for the ability to fish almost entirely through low and high tides at the lodge. We can customize a fishing package with guided days and do-it-yourself days since there is a productive flats system right out your door. This flexibility allows for package pricing that will match your budget.
At Da Bay Area, the guides do not include trailer skiffs or use a van to meet the boats unless the winds are unusually high. The boats are kept anchored in front of the lodge in Mars Bar. You can expect a bit of a walk to get to the skiffs in the morning or afternoon each day, due to tides. At low tide, you walk approximately four hundred yards, but at high tide, the boats can be within 50 yards of the beach. The guides handle all the fuel and cooler preparation, so you just need to carry your gear between the boat and your room. At low tide, when the walk is further, you may fish your way back to the lodge along a sandbar edge. The guides are happy to deliver your gear bag back to the lodge while you continue to fish.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers fish from locally made Rahming Skiffs with 60 and 80 HP Yamaha outboard engines. Each boat is equipped with internal rod holders, push poles and poling platforms. The lodge has a rod rack outside your room and an outdoor shower for rinsing your gear.
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing = $1,500.00
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $2,050.00
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $2,550.00
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,150.00
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $3,750.00
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing = $5,350.00
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $4,500.00
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $3,650.00
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $5,050.00
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $5,625.00
Non-Angler Rates (Year-round)
Double Occupancy = $300.00
Single Occupancy = $350.00
- All meals
- Airport transfers
- All guiding specified in the package
- Access to home flats
- All beverages (including alcoholic beverages). We always suggest if you are going to drink a lot to tip well. You can also BYOB your favorite spirits if you are going to go big. Not necessary but polite.
- Bottled and treated water
- All hotel and VAT taxes
What’s Not Included:
- International Airfare
- Western Air flights between Nassau and Congo Town – Andros Island
- Gratuities for lodge staff and guides
- Tackle, flies, and fishing equipment
- 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 on-line system is in place)
- Bahamian VAT Tax (12%)