Settled on Andros' Famed Northwest Coast
Located a few miles north of the historic sponge settlement of Red Bays on Andros’ famed northwest coast is Benry Smith’s new Red Bay Sunset Lodge. Built in 2018, by Benry himself, this six-person operation specialized in trophy bonefish, resident tarpon and occasional large, ocean permit. Benry is the son of Captain Charlie Smith, The Godfather of bonefishing on Andros, and also known as Crazy Charlie. Benry has been in the fly fishing industry since he could walk and tie flies for his father. Yellow Dog has been close friends with the Smith family and Benry for decades.
Red Bay Sunset Lodge is a small, quaint, family operated lodge that accommodates six guests in three double occupancy rooms. Each bedroom has two full sized beds, reading lamps, AC, a private bathroom, and plenty of storage for your gear. An exterior deck, that overlooks the flats of the west side, connects the bedrooms to the living and dining rooms. The lodge has a fly tying bench and plenty of comfortable social space. This lodge is totally off the grid, so the fresh water is treated from Andros pure groundwater, and all power comes from the lodge’s generator.
Food and Beverages
Benry and Diane Smith will be your friendly hosts during your stay at Red Bay Sunset Lodge. Breakfast is typically American style cooked to order eggs, meat, and fresh fruit, with plenty of juice, treated water, tea or coffee. A cooler lunch is provided for your days on the water. You can expect plenty of fresh seafood during the evening meal. Traditional Bahamian dishes are served with pride. Cocktail hour appetizers include conch salad, grouper fingers, conch fritters, chicken wings or a soup. Fresh conch, crab, lobster, fish, chicken or pork are the main dishes that are accompanied by a starch and veggie. You will not go hungry at Red Bay Sunset Lodge. All meals can be customized provided you fill out your Yellow Dog on-line questionnaire.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. All trips are completely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is a fishing-focused destination with few non-angling options.
Internet / Communications
The lodge and flats have fair cell service for those with an international plan. The lodge has a cell-based wifi connection and DirectTV.
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), there are two flights daily into every small airport on Andros. The first flight is typically early in the morning (approximately 7:00 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 Times / Details
The Lodge’s location in Red Bays is one hour and thirty minutes from Andros Town Airport (ASD), and thirty minutes from San Andros Airport (SAQ). A cab driver will deliver you to the Lodge from either airport. This taxi transfer is not included in the fishing 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.
Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas and is surrounded by pristine saltwater flats. The northwest coast is one of the most unexplored or fished zones of Andros. There are no other fishing lodges close to Red Bays. Freshwater leeches onto the flats of the west coast from hundreds of island freshwater blue holes. This freshwater acts like a magnet for a variety of saltwater species, including resident tarpon that are accessible any time of year during settled weather. The true target species are large bonefish. The guides pole the vast white, silty bottomed flats that extend from the coast to the Great Bahama Bank many miles offshore. Massive bays and inland lagoons provide unlimited opportunities for both solid numbers of schooling bones or for anglers seeking truly large fish. Seven pounds to double-digit bonefish are common when visibility is good. Benry’s guide staff are excellent instructors, very relaxed, and tons of fun to fish with.
During the warmer months and when the weather is settled, this is one of the most productive permit areas on all of the Bahamas. Large singles and doubles can be fished to with crab and shrimp flies, but occasionally large schools of floating permit can be targeted early in the mornings. These fish are rarely fished for, so if you get a shot it might be the first fly these ocean permit have ever seen!
Resident tarpon cling to the blue holes and creeks since they love freshwater. Larger migratory fish move through the area in the late spring and summer months. These tarpon are aggressive to flies since they rarely see flies. While we do not consider Andros to be a permit or tarpon fishery, this operation can produce solid opportunities when the weather cooperates. Specific tides and moon phase can hedge the odds and Yellow Dog can easily get you dialed in.
Since the flats on the west side of Andros consist of mainly soft, silty mud; the flats are temperamental and susceptible to getting stirred up on a rare west wind. It is also difficult to wade fish this soft bottom. Fortunately, the Joulters Cays and Mastic Point are a short trailer ride from the lodge and fish well for bones during any weather. These are also the areas for wade fishing enthusiasts since they are both made up of hard white sand flats. The prominent trade winds come from the north and east, making Red Bay Sunset Lodge on the lee side of the island that is around 20 miles wide in the north. That land mass can knock down the strongest winter winds.
The lodge can accommodate anglers that are new to saltwater or those seeking a remote, trophy fish hunting vacation. Rest assured you will be very well taken care of during your stay at Red Bay Sunset Lodge. The Yellow Dog Andros pre-trip planning guide will ensure you are well-prepared for this specialized fishery.
Boats and Equipment
The Red Bay guides run Actioncraft, Maverick, and Dolphin Super Skiffs that all have poling platforms, 75 HP Yamaha engines, rod holders and plenty of dry storage. Each guide has cell phones, radios, first aid kits, and emergency equipment.
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, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars.
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,800.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,250.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,550.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,725.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,250.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $8,000.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $7,000.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $6,000.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $5,000.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $3,500.00
- All accommodations at the lodge
- All meals. bottled water and soft drinks
- Complimentary house wine
- local beers
- Daily guided fishing
- Fishing equipment is available for use at no additional charge.
- All VAT taxes and resort fees
What’s Not Included:
- Air transportation
- Airport transfers (Taxi)
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Gratuities for Guide and Staff.
- Bahamas fishing license: $15 per day, $20 per week, $30 for the year: (The lodge will purchase your license until the online system is in place)