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Getting to Andros Island, The Bahamas is very easy!
We may be slightly off the beaten path, but that's a big
part of our appeal. Even though we're not in the center of a big tourist hub (thankfully!) we're really quite accessible.
(more info on getting to Andros)
Imagine this… You are standing on a small boat in clear blue water shallow enough to wade in, with the whitest sand under it. The Caribbean sun warms you and the sea breeze cools you. There is no one but you for as far as the eye can see, and the only sounds you hear are the call of the birds, the chuckle of the ocean, the gentle breeze… and the voice of your guide quietly saying 30 yards, 12 o'clock!
And thus starts the hunt for the elusive Bonefish!
Bonefishing is not a hobby. It is not even a passion, really. It is an addiction. What other sport combines the stealth of hunting, the planning of chess, and the exhilaration of fighting the strongest pound for pound fish in the world?
The bonefish is hunted by stealthy sharks and speedy barracudas, and therefore is a very wary animal which can be spooked easily, and it’s also a very strong fighter. The smaller fish move in schools of up to four hundred, and as they grow bigger, the size of the school reduces as the bigger fish move off in to pairs as the need for the protection of the school reduces. Also, the bigger they grow the more experienced and warier they are. This is why catching a larger bonefish is such a challenge! The cast needs to be perfect (or as near-perfect as possible!), the bait needs to be convincing, the fly’s ‘behaviour’ needs to be natural, and once the bait is taken, the strip needs to be long and slow.
What makes Andros Island the perfect place for Bonefishing? Well, the first is the absence of nearly any kind of traffic on the water. Unlike Florida, Andros waters are devoid of multiple boats zooming across and scaring the fish away with their loud engines. Most of the time, you will be perfectly alone in the ocean or inland waterways and creek systems with your guide, and that brings us to the second advantage … Your Guide. Andros has a long history of Bonefishing, with fathers handing down the tradition to sons. Most Andros guides have been Bonefishing since they were kids. They know the waters, they know the fish, and they know the flats.
On Andros, there are so many locations where Bonefish frequent. The abundant sea grass, the mangroves, the flats are all places where the Bonefish abound at various stages of their lives. With so many Bonefish-rich areas to choose from, the guides can ‘customize’ the Bonefishing trip based on the fisherman’s experience. Here at Small Hope Bay Lodge, we have some of the finest Andros guides who are world-class fishermen themselves, and have the patience and knowledge to teach the first-timers.
One of the biggest advantages of Small Hope Bay Lodge for Bonefishing, however, is that your family can have a good time while you are out fishing. There is a wide range of activities for them to choose from, and because the rates are All-Inclusive, you don’t have to worry about payments for food and drinks.
You go out and enjoy your day and come back for dinner and drinks by starlight and the ocean as you all compete to tell your stories of how amazing your day was.
Now that is a truly relaxing fishing holiday!