The Perfect Mix of Guided and Non-Guided Fly Fishing in Andros
While there are indeed a large number of bonefish lodges located on Andros Island and throughout the Bahamas, few offer the “do-it-yourself” options, value and economy of Mount Pleasant Lodge. This long-time Yellow Dog operation overlooks the huge flats of Andros’ White Bight, one of the most beautiful stretches of bonefish water. With direct wading access to miles of flats, this is a great destination for anglers interested in wade fishing on their own. For those seeking a fully-guided package, Mount Pleasant can arrange guides for any or all of your days at the Lodge (essentially, “a la carte” guided fishing options). A great value and a great destination for small groups or families looking for easy access to the flats in a secluded, private, fish-it-yourself setting.
Mount Pleasant is a small, quaint lodge with comfortable duplex cottages. Each cottage houses two rooms, with double and single beds and an open living room for socializing and lounging. The bedrooms are fully air-conditioned, and the living rooms have ceiling fans and large windows to take advantage of the trade winds. Each cottage features a verandah overlooking the oceanside flats. A freshwater spigot and hose for rinsing gear, a small kitchenette area, and a private bathroom also accompany each room. The kitchen, dining room and small bar are located in the Main Lodge. Overall, the Lodge is set up as a “private compound” operation built directly on the beach at the end of a long dirt road. It is private and ideally located for literally walking out of your room and onto the flats.
Food and Beverages
The Main Lodge features a small bar, outside patio, and the main dining room, where breakfast and dinner are served each day. The food is traditional Bahamian and American dishes, and the menu can be adapted to suit any request. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the price of your package, although there will always be plenty of cold beer and liquor available. The Lodge is happy to keep a bar tab for you.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of the Bahamas makes Andros the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, Andros offers blue holes, birdwatching, kayaking, and nature trails. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and island tours may be arranged upon request. Please keep in mind that Mount Pleasant is a tranquil, secluded location with no real access to towns or structured activities.
Internet / Communications
The Lodge does offer Wi-Fi for guests. Most U.S. cell phones will work on Andros depending on your service plan.
How To Get There
Most travel to Andros Island should 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 into Andros Town Airport, a taxi will take you from the airport to Mount Pleasant Lodge at the cost of $60.00 for the first two passengers and $5.00 each for each additional passenger. Half-day guide trips are available for arrival and departure days if time allows. Add $350.00 ($175.00 per person for double occupancy) on to the package price for an additional half-day boat guide.
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 Island, located approximately 150 miles east of the Florida Keys, is a premier bonefish destination made up of vast flats, creeks, cays, cuts, mangrove wilderness and fertile fishing grounds. If you are a first-time saltwater fisherman or an intermediate angler looking to improve, Andros is a great place due to the sheer number of bonefish that inhabit the waters. Anglers new to fishing for bones can easily find areas of the island where they can tune their skills on large numbers of small to medium-sized fish, usually from one to four pounds. These smaller fish are found in large numbers on White Bight and the waters that surround Mount Pleasant Fishing Lodge.
If you are a serious angler looking for big bones, then Andros Island should strongly be considered. Andros is arguably the best island in the Bahamas – if not the best in the world – for seeking BIG bonefish! The oceanside flats adjacent to the Lodge will provide opportunities at larger bonefish cruising the turtle grass and coral. They can be difficult to spot due to the darker bottom, but they tend to be aggressive.
For those seeking diversity, there are at times limited opportunities for tarpon, permit, jacks, barracuda, sharks, snapper and several other species. In the area surrounding the Lodge, you can find good numbers of barracuda during higher tides. This can make for great action with poppers! If you opt for guided days while staying at the Lodge, you can pursue tarpon on Andros’ famed West Side, or permit on nearby deep-water flats.
Over the course of your stay at Mount Pleasant, you can either wade fish on your own, or Yellow Dog can arrange a guide for any (or all) of your days at the Lodge. Wade guides are available for full-day sessions, as are skiff guides, who will fish you throughout the area in a 16-foot Dolphin fats boat. These days can be added to your standard package “a la carte,” making for a very affordable and economical trip package.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers can arrange guided fishing on any or all of their days at Mount Pleasant. Guides utilize high-end 16 to 18-foot skiffs complete with poling platforms, 75-100HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. The Lodge does not offer any equipment, flies or terminal tackle, so it is essential that anglers bring all of their gear, 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.
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $1,552.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,000.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,447.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $2,895.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $2,365.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,075.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,785.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,495.00
Double occupancy = $210.00/person/night
Single occupancy = $235.00/person/night
Wade Fishing Guide
$250.00 additional per day (1 or 2 anglers)
Flats Boat Guide
$500.00 additional per day (1 or 2 anglers)
- All accommodations at Mount Pleasant Lodge
- All meals at lodge and bottled water
- Government room taxes
- Wading access to Lodge Flats and White Bight Flats
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare from hometown to Andros
- Taxi from Andros Town Airport to Mount Pleasant Lodge
- Alcoholic beverages, bar tab, and soft drinks
- 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%)