Fishing Guides of Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros, Bahamas
We, at Small Hope, take a lot of pride in our fishing guides. All of our guides have been fishing for many years and are not only knowledgeable in techniques and equipment, but they have extensive experience in all the fishing sites and areas around Andros. Whether you are an experienced fisherman looking for a guide who knows his way around the waterways, or just starting to take an interest in fishing and looking for someone to help develop your skills and experience the guides of Small Hope Bay Lodge can help. They are all mobile and can access all areas of North Andros, Joulters, West Side through Red Bays, the Bights, West Side through Bights, Stafford Creek, Fresh Creek, and Ocean Flats.
The Importance of a Good Guide
As any Bonefisherman will tell you, Bonefishing is a skill, an art, and an obsession, all rolled into one. You need to know the technicalities of equipment to determine what would be the best to use. You need to know how the weather conditions will affect the equipment and your strategy. You need to know the behavior of the fish and its prey to effectively stalk and hunt it. You also need to know where the fish is, and what to do once you have snared it.
This is where a good guide comes in handy. Like a caddy in golf, the importance of a good guide in Bonefishing cannot be ignored. A guide can make or break your trip. A guide will take you to the right spot, where the Bonefish are ‘hangin’ out’, so to speak. He will point out where the fish is, and will probably also give you instructions on how to hook it and reel it in.
At Small Hope, we understand Bonefish, and we understand the need for excellent guides. It is not for nothing that our guides are called some of the best in the world. Most of our guides have either been born on Andros Island, or have lived here most of their lives. They know the water, and they know the fish. They know where you have the highest probability of finding fish, how to spot them, what to do to get them to bite, and how to reel them in!
Our guides have years of experience behind them and they are now equipped to deal with novices as well as seasoned Bonefishers. Take a look at their profiles below and decide which one of them you would like to go fishing with!
Equipment for Bonefishing on Andros
What Equipment Should I bring?
At Small Hope we have all the fishing gear you will ever need. But if you would like to bring anything of your own – rods, flies, lures, etc.- feel free!
While the fishing tackle is important, our guides also stresses that the appropriate clothing can make the difference between a good trip and a bad trip. If you aren’t wearing pants and long sleeves, then bring something to cover yourself up. Two items which most people forget, and which are very important, are bug spray and sunscreen! Also recommended are a hat with black lining, and sunglasses with UV protection. Carry a light waterproof jacket too, in case it starts raining and you don’t want to get wet, although when fishing, getting wet is something you should expect. Wading boots are also a good idea in case you have to wade in the water.
Recommended Flies and Tackle
Guide Glaister recommends bringing a variety of flies because what works on one day might not work on another. “One day one type of fly may work beautifully. The next day, with the same fish in the same spot you may catch nothing”, he says.
- Spawning Shrimp (with small lead eyes)
- Any kind of Gotcha
- Clousers; all 4's and/or 6's
- 8 weight fly rod with 9 foot tapered leaders
- The recommended range in Tippet size is 8-16 lbs.