Just got back a few hours ago from a week at Long Island Bahamas. Besides a quick email check at the local phone company, I had no internet access, no phone, and no TV for 7 days. That means no updates on Saltyshores.
We did some wade fishing for bonefish at DIY lodge at Deadman’s Cay, Long Island Bahamas. Very cool concept if you are looking for Bahama bone fishing trip and want to save a few dollars.
The weather kind of beat us up a bit the first few days, but when the sun came out, the scenery was phenomenal.
Not much time to download all the images at the moment but I will be working on a write up here in the next day or two about the trip.
South Andros bonefishing trip primer, part 3: The fishing
Since I wrote this no frills article a couple months there has been lots of interest. I figure I better finish part 3: The Fishing in South Andros
A no nonsense, no fluff guide to fishing South Andros Bahamas. (mainly because I’m too lazy to type a novel)
Note: to make it easier to reference I will keep useful articles like this in the review/how to section in the menu above.
Every time I travel to different area and I always wonder what to bring with me. I know you can do your research and talked to friends. Invariably though you forget or get wrong information at times.
I’m not saying I am the expert by any means but I will do my best to help.
What to bring when you go fly fishing for bone fish in South Andros, Bahamas.
I will be breaking this down into sections. Otherwise it would take me forever and the length of a small novel.
I was there to catch bone fish via fly rod this past October. They tell me October is a good all the way through April. They tell me the reason is that during the summer months it just gets too hot on the flats and fish doesn’t stay shallow for very long not to mention the bugs are thick. Due to this fact most of the guides will probably be lobstering to supplement their income during the hot months.
There are two sporting ways to catch bone fish in South Andros. Wade fishing and via a poling skiff.
Now if you have ever tried to wade fish the flats of Miami or the Keys you know that for the most part it’s almost impossible. The main reason is that bottom is so soft and it’s very hard to stand up much less sneak up on a pod of bone fish.
This is totally different in South Andros Bahamas. 90% of the bottom there is hard and rocky. With a good pair of wading boots, If you really wanted to you could walk for miles. Plus the bonefish there is not quite as smart as the ones we have here in Florida, they just don’t spook quite as easily. I know friends of mine that catches double digit bonefish via wading in South Andros.
Besides the wading boots, you will need good polarize sunglasses. I like Amber/yellow for cloudy days and copper for sunny days. I love the Smith Optics and Costa Del Mars. I have not tried Oakley but I hear they are nice as well.
You will be wading rocky sandy bottoms no more than knee high water and most of the time probably less. The rest is pretty basic. Spot fish, cast in front of fish, strip and cross you fingers they eat.
If you’re in a good fishy area, wading is a great way to catch fish. You are in total control.
This is the best way to fish S. Andros. You get to see different waters and cover lots of ground. Not to mention it is less fatigue plus spotting fish will easier as you will be above the water.
Even though the bone fish fishery there is awesome, like any place bite moves from place to place. You have to deal with tide changes plus certain place just fish better during certain parts of the day or time of year. If it’s your first time there I highly recommend get a guide at least for your first couple days.
We fished three different guides when we were down there, they were all good but the stand out guide was Captain Marvin Miller. Well spoken, good communicator, carries himself well, timely and knows how to spot fish.
Rates for a bone fish guides are similar to that of the US. The price ranges from $400 8 hour day of fishing and $200 for a 1/2 day. Considering they pay over $6.00 per gallon for gas I believe it’s very reasonable.
The bone fishing in South Andros is nothing short of “dam good”! There are many reason for this.
- Lots of fish and many eat very willingly.
- Easy to spot on white sandy bottoms
- A pain to get to, so less pressure on the population
Even on days that was blowing 25mph, raining, zero sun, we still caught 2 to 6 bonefish on fly per boat. On good days, if you’re a half way decent caster 20 plus bone fish on fly days are very common. If you are willing to use a spinning rod you would just tear them up so bad it might be consider cheating.
The bone fishing there is so good you can literally walk out the lodge door and fish for them on low tide. Across the boat ramp there is a sand flat , there were schools and schools of bone fish constantly coming across on the good tides. I can honestly say I have never been anywhere with better bone fishing.
My friend Adrian Gray visited this Bahamian Island a couple months ago and it looks like the bone fishing there is just off the chain even after the cold that went through it this year. He gets to swim through schools and schools of bonefish in crystal clear water! (yes, I’m jealous!)
One of these days I might make it there.. once could dream right?
Enjoy the photos and here is some information about the island if your interested.
By: Adrian Gray
Chub Cay has received worldwide accolades as one of the top
bonefishing destinations in the world. Located at the southernmost
tip of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas, Chub Cay is 35 miles west of
Nassau and 125 miles from South Florida. This thousand-acre paradise
island retreat includes the Chub Cay Airport and Marina, which are
Bahamian ports of entry with on-site customs and immigration.
World-famous bonefishing guide, Captain Joe Louis will expertly guide
you across the miles of spectacular flats. Joe has been fishing Chub
and various parts of the Bahamas all his life, and has had the
pleasure of guiding the likes of Curt Gowdy, Bobby Knight, Andy Mill,
Nick Price and Jack Nicklaus. He has guided several IGFA record
holders, mostly in the fly classes. He is sure to keep you entertained with stories of record fish and old Bahamian lore.
Choose a Thursday to Sunday stay that includes ½ days of fishing on
Thursday and Sunday and two full days fishing on Friday and Saturday.
Accommodations are provided at IGFA Trustee Jack Willits’ guest beach
house featuring a spacious living room, bedroom with two queen beds,
TV, and bath. Or choose to stay in this paradise from Tuesday to
Sunday and you’ll enjoy two more full days of fishing with your
FOR TWO ANGLERS!
Three nights/four days – $2,200
Five nights/six days – $4,000
SUPPORT THE IGFA
Youth Education Programs
For every trip that is purchased, IGFA Trustee Jack Willits will
donate 50% to the IGFA to enable it to continue its youth education
initiatives. Proceeds generated by the Wits End Bonefishing Packages
will fund hands-on marine science programs for children. By providing
these children the opportunity to immerse themselves in their
surrounding ecosystems, the IGFA aims to create lifelong stewards of
the marine environment to ensure the future of the sport we love.