Trip Overview 

Ideally situated on South Andros midway between the South Bight and Grassy Creek, Bair’s Lodge sits poised to access some of the most remote flats and productive fishing areas in the entire region. Over the years, Bair’s has established itself as one of the nicest, high-end operations in the Bahamas, with excellent fishing for bonefish and occasional shots at tarpon, permit, barracuda, jacks and several types of snapper. Offshore fishing may be arranged seasonally for wahoo, tuna, and Dorado. Perfect for small groups, Bair's Lodge limits occupancy to twelve anglers per week, enabling staff to provide exceptional personalized guest service. The cuisine includes Bahamian specialties and a regular offering of fresh seafood. In addition to the comfort of the dining room, sitting room and bar, anglers will appreciate the convenience of the fly tying table and a fully-stocked fly shop.

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation FoundationLOCATION:  South Andros Island, Bahamas



SEASON:  Late-October through July

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 12 anglers

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Nassau International Airport (NAS)

TARGET SPECIES:  Bonefish, with some possibilities for barracuda, tarpon, permit and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS
Lodging Details

Bair's Lodge is an attractive plantation-style building surrounded by tropical flowers and palm trees. A beautiful beach with a beautiful, sparkling white sand bank is adjacent to the Lodge.  The airy living and dining room area provides comfortable sofas, plenty of reading materials, and directly faces the ocean.  An indoor bar sits directly next to a fully-stocked fly tying table for guests' use. Satellite television has been installed for those who wish to catch up on news or sports during cocktail hour. In the Main Office, you will find telephone facilities and a computer station with satellite internet and email access.
 
Most guest rooms open directly to a long ocean-view verandah with comfortable outdoor benches and tables at which to sip coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. All bedrooms at Bair's Lodge are light and airy, with terracotta tiled floors, 100% white cotton sheets and plenty of down pillows. They are fully air‐conditioned, with lots of storage space and outlets to recharge appliances. All have en‐suite bathrooms, full baths, and powerful showers with hot water 24 hours a day. The beach and flats boats are a quick walk from rooms.
 
For returns from fishing or beach lounging, convenient rod racks sit beside outdoor showers, which feature fresh-water hoses to use in washing down your tackle in the evenings.
 
Food and Beverages
Each morning at Bair's Lodge begins with a full breakfast buffet, featuring a variety of cereals, coffee, a selection of teas, and fresh fruits. Eggs will be cooked to your preference, with bacon, sausages, and grits. The chef bakes bread, pastries, and cookies daily. Coffee is made from freshly-ground beans and will be waiting for guests each morning.  Guests complete lunch menu cards nightly to select the next day's lunch and the content of the boat coolers.
 
The Lodge maintains an open bar policy. Upon your return from fishing, you will find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as stacks of soft drinks. Delicious appetizers are served on the verandah and guests sample local specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers and conch salad.
 
The Lodge serves delicious dinners that include local produce, fresh fish (ahi tuna, grouper, and hog snapper), conch and lobster.  A first course such as homemade soups or conch ceviche is typical. The chef emphasizes mixing local dishes with light ingredients, such as snapper with mango salsa. Desserts are made with equal Bahamian flair: chocolate decadence, key lime parfaits, and rum cake with coconut ice cream. House wines such as Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are appropriately paired with each meal. After-dinner coffee, tea will be served in the sitting room. 
 
The Bair's Lodge chef will cater to any dietary needs. Please let Yellow Dog know if you have any special requests for the chef. 
 
Typical Length of Stay
Bair’s Lodge can accommodate any length of stay. Standard change-over days are Saturdays and Wednesdays.
 
Non-Angling Activities and Options

Although Bair’s Lodge is primarily a fishing destination, there is the beach, as well as a beautiful patio and grassy area behind the Lodge for lounging, reading, or relaxing. Hammocks strung between palm trees are always a memorable place to pass the time and relax. 


 
Internet / Communications


The Lodge does offer Wi-Fi for guests. Some U.S. cell phones will work on South Andros depending on your service plan. 
FISHING
General Information
The flats of South Andros are some of the least-impacted flats on the island known as the “Bonefish Capital of the World.”  The location of Bair's Lodge - surrounded by inland flats, creeks, the south end, the South Bight, the West Side, and numerous mangrove lagoons - allows guides to accommodate anglers who love to wade for bones, as well as those who prefer to fish from a boat. Guides can customize any fishing day to meet your expectations and requests. Sandy-white, hard-bottomed flats are vast and productive, meaning that this is a particularly good area for wade fishing. Those same characteristics provide for consistent fishing during most weather conditions. When the wind is an issue, the inland flats are more protected and calm, enabling the guides to spot bonefish tailing in the shallows. Even on cloudy days, the brilliant white sand flats make spotting fish considerably easier. If you enjoy fishing from the boat, there are many cays, shorelines, and creeks to keep you busy with shots at larger, deep-water bonefish. The average size bonefish in the area will be in the two to four-pound range. These "smaller" fish inhabit the shallow inland flats and are often found in large schools, sometimes numbering in the hundreds.
 
A typical day at Bair’s Lodge consists of a morning 15-minute to one-hour boat run, depending on what you want to do and where you want to fish. Once at your destination, you typically fish your way back toward the Lodge over the course of the day. All guides at Bair's are friendly, experienced and professional, and all are certified by the Bahamian Guide Association. There is always a fishing and lodge manager on site to keep all aspects of the lodge running smoothly and professionally.
 
Boats and Equipment
Anglers fish from 16-foot Dolphin Super Skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 85 HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks outfitted with angler lean bars. The Lodge offers loaner rods that can be used by guests free of charge (there is, however, a flat charge of $250 for any breakages that need to be sent back to the U.S.). The Lodge also provides spinning rods and reels for bonefishing or an outing on the reef for barracuda, jacks or grouper. The shop is stocked with Sage rods, Hatch Reels, Rio lines, backing and tippet, a good selection of flies, sunscreen, Costa del Mar polarized sunglasses, and a large assortment of Bair's Lodge fishing shirts, caps, and t‐shirts.
TRAVEL DETAILS


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 persons may also consider a private charter from Ft. Lauderdale. Yellow Dog works with several charter companies in Ft. Lauderdale and would be happy to work with you to arrange a charter flight.
 
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). It is important to note that Western Air accepts only cash for payment. When checking in with Western Air in Nassau, you will need $140 in money to pay for your round-trip ticket. 

Once you arrive in Congo Town, a representative from Bair’s Lodge will meet you at the airport to take you on the short 20-minute drive from the airport in Congo Town on South Andros to the Lodge.
 
Documents Required
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.
 
Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
RATES
Package Rates
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. Please contact Yellow Dog for rates for single anglers.
 
High Season (October 15  - March 31)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,995.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,495.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,925.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,195.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,250.00
 
Peak Season (April 1 – July 31)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,250.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,895.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,350.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,525.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,475.00
 
What's Included
  • All lodging at Bair’s
  • Number of days of guided fishing specified in your package
  • Round trip land transfers between Congo Town and the lodge
  • All meals at lodge
  • All beer, local spirits, and wine
  • All taxes and service charges
 
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to Congo Town, Bahamas
  • All terminal tackle (flies, lures, leaders, and lines) and other items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • 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)
  • 7.5% VAT Tax
OTHER INFO

Client Testimonials

"I had a thoroughly enjoyable time staying and fishing at Bair's Lodge on South Andros. The hospitality at the lodge and the company of the other anglers was outstanding. Our fishing ranged from 2-5 tailing bonefish back in the mangroves to schools of hundreds on the flats and everything in between. My fishing partner and I had several periods during our four days of fishing where while he was landing a fish I stepped up on the bow to cast to more fish and this was repeated numerous times. I have been to South Andros before and plan to continue to make it a regular trip."

- Adam S. (Chicago, IL)