Fishing the West Side of Andros
Unique to Andros, this 74 Hatteras yacht allows for easy access to some of the most remote fisheries on Andros Island, the largest of the Bahamian islands. Being such an expansive fishery, most of the flats are rarely fished, so if you have been dreaming of accessing those areas when flying into Andros, this is the operation for you. The boat is moored on the beautiful uninhabited west coast of the island. You will feel well-taken care of aboard the Eleven mothership with an outstanding crew, and your own gourmet private chef will prepare delicious cuisines showcasing terrific island dishes made with fresh seafood. After a long day on the water grab a cocktail and enjoy the sunset from the top deck. While motherships are not for everyone, this yacht is perfect for hardcore anglers looking for less running time and access to the pristine fisheries of Andros. Yellow Dog can also create a customized Andros Island package, where we combine this mothership operation with a land-based lodge to allow for maximized fishing time, more diversity in the fishing settings, and to create a customized price point. The boat does not typically move during your stay.
This 74 Hatteras live aboard yacht is well-equipped for accommodating small, intimate groups. There are two main social spaces aboard the Eleven mothership. The main salon is air cooled and features a wraparound couch with two swiveling captain’s chairs, DirectTV, and large windows to enjoy the views of Andros. A small breakfast parlor overlooks the aft deck and is ideal for tying flies and morning coffee. The aft deck is where you meet the guides and fish at night under the green lights, which attract the bait. The top deck is covered and sealed to prevent bugs from entering this post-fishing social area. Most of the nights are spent on this top deck, where two dining tables and the bar are located. The bar features tapped beer, an ice machine, top-shelf liquor, mixers, Yeti tumblers, and Bahamian beers. The Stand-Up Paddleboards are stored on the aft portion of this upper deck. All staterooms are located below the main deck, so guests must have the ability to navigate narrow stairwells. The master bedroom has a convertible bed that can be a king or two twin beds, two heads (toilet and sink) and one shower. The beds in the master bedroom slide to allow access to the separate heads. There is a desk, SAT TV, and ample storage for gear and clothing. The aft bedroom is smaller, with two twin beds and a single bathroom and less storage space but still suitable for this type of program. Then there is a third bunkroom for groups of six (hosted trips). This operation prefers groups of four guests.
Food and Beverage
While this is what we classify as a fishing-focused operation, the meals and social settings are exquisite. Chef Penny makes tasty appetizers after fishing, such as prosciutto-wrapped jalapeno poppers or freshly caught grouper fingers. Main courses are typically harvested fresh from the sea and prepared in a healthy manner with fresh veggies and a starch. Penny’s famous shrimp and grits will evaporate off your plate. Breakfast is American style cooked-to-order and lunch is typically on the water, but guests do have the option to come back to the boat for a freshly prepared lunch. We suggest taking advantage of the best light of the day and staying on the water to fish through lunch. All beverages (including alcohol) are included. The lodge offers a wide array of spirits, wines, sodas and the beer is mainly Bahamian. The water is treated through a reverse osmosis machine on the boat, so the tap water is safe to drink. Cold water is presented for all meals, and a water bottle is supplied each day in your accommodations. You can leave your Yeti cup at home! The boat is well-stocked with a variety of Yeti cups and tumblers.
Typical Length of Stay
All trips aboard this operation are 100% customized to your schedule. Yellow Dog can assist with direct charter flights from the USA or creating combo trips with other land-based operations on Andros to maximize your fishing time.
While this yacht is a fishing platform, they do have four stand-up paddle boards, and Andros offers world-class snorkeling, bird watching and exploring the islands vast waterways. A group of couples or a family could take the whole boat over for a Bahamas vacation consisting of fishing and family-fun activities. Yellow Dog can easily coordinate eco-guides to explore the pristine flora and fauna of Andros.
Internet / Communications
This operation does not provide any WiFi access on the boat or a cell phone signal within 20 minutes of the west coast of Andros. There is a satellite phone on the boat for emergency purposes. During your fishing day, the guides can often locate a cell signal.
How To Get There
Nassau is the main hub for international travel to Andros. Two flights daily to Congo Town or Mangrove Cay is the best method of commercial flights to Andros and the Eleven mothership. Yellow Dog can also assist you with private charter flights from Fort Lauderdale. From the mainland, a center console bay boat with Bimini top will transfer you to the yacht.
We consider this a fishing-focused destination unless you charter the whole boat. The guides can provide eco-tours where flora, sea turtles, dolphins and a large array of birdlife will entertain outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Four stand up paddle boards, two of which have five horsepower motors, allow for exploring the shallow flats, blue holes, and inland lakes. Guests may bring their own snorkel gear. We are cautious about non-anglers on Andros from May through October due to the biting bugs.
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.
Andros is roughly 100 miles long and up to 30 miles wide, has three bights that bisect the island east to west and is one of the only islands in the Bahamas that is surrounded by shallows flats. This is one of the main reasons there is little development, no large-scale resorts or golf courses, and the area is so pristine. Andros is incredibly difficult to navigate a deep drafting boat through any of the bights or into the few deep, east coast harbors. Even the pirates avoided Andros like the plague. Andros is also known as the “Big Yard” and the “Bonefish Capital of the World.”
Most all the fishing lodges and small boutique resorts on Andros are all located on the east coast since the land is stable, hard bottom. As you move west through the island, the land softens and is more unstable, hence the lack of development. The western portion of Andros is so remote and offers no infrastructure like road access, power, roads, phone lines, or potable water. Most of the west coast is protected against development via the Bahamas National Park system.
The three bights (natural waterways that connect the east and west coasts) that bisect the island create an optimal environment for flats anglers, due to how the tides flow around and through the island. The tides are always the opposite on either coast, so with minimal running through the bights, the guides will position you in optimal tides throughout the days. This is a massive value when targeting bonefish since they feed with the incoming and outgoing tide. Whether you want to target pure numbers of schooling fish or target trophy bones that Andros is so well known for, the guides can always find a productive tide within the bights. You will never have to wait out a high or low tide, as with many other flats fisheries. This is a huge factor for shorter trips and maximizing your angling experience.
The west side of Andros is a silty, mud bank with a gradual sloping flat that extends for dozens of miles to the Great Bahama Bank. Numerous bays and creeks that define the actual coastline enable anglers to scan towards the beach for bones, and offshore for permit and tarpon. The grand slam can be seen during settled weather any time of year, but again, we recommend the warmer months to avoid the flats of the west coast to be off color from a rare west wind.
Bonefish average between two and four pounds with solid opportunities at five to six pounders and trophy fish can be targeted with consistency. The guides can focus on quantity or quality.
The resident tarpon range between twenty and fifty pounds. Larger migratory poons arrive in April and the peak of the run is during the hot summer months. They can be very aggressive and feed in shallow water. While we do not categorize Andros as a “tarpon destination” the west coast is as dependable as it gets in the Bahamas. As with tarpon, targeting permit might not be as consistent as Central America, but we can assure you that there is very few small permit. We are consistently impressed with the size of the Bahamas permit that average around twenty pounds. We suggest planning well ahead if you want to target permit and tarpon so that we can research the tides, moon phases, and hand-pick your guide.
The angling day is realistically 8 AM to 4 PM so the SUP boards allow for post guiding do-it-yourself fishing on flats very close to the yacht. Most of the flats on the west coast are very soft so wade fishing is very difficult. The guides can run east for wade enthusiasts.
Boats and Equipment
New Beavertail skiffs complete with rod holders, lean bars, YETI coolers, rod holders, and padded seats are excellent for fishing this shallow water environment. 70 HP Outboard engines keep you moving quickly and comfortably. Four stand up paddle boards, two with five HP engines, are excellent for accessing the inland lakes and DIY fishing. The transfer boat is a 24-foot, center console contender style boat outfitted with twin 175 HP engines and a Bimini top.
Please contact Yellow Dog for custom rates.