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The Fishing

Big BonefishMars Bay Bonefish Lodge is located in the settlement of Mars Bay near the southern tip of Andros.  Andros is the largest of the Bahamian islands located 150 miles Southeast of Miami, and about 50 miles Southwest of Nassau, New Providence.

One mile off the coast of the island lies the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Tongue of the Ocean where the water depth plummets from 30 feet to 6000 feet. The reef runs for about 170 miles. Just off the reef in deep water are Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Jacks. On the reef are Barracuda, Snappers, and Grouper. All this is surrounded by hundreds of square miles of fishable flats known worldwide for trophy bone fishing.

It’s no secret that some of the largest populations and biggest bonefish swim the flats of South Andros. You’ll be fishing areas like Beach Cay, Grassy Creek, Hawks Nest, Cistern Point, the Curly Cuts, Jackfish, and Water Cays to name a few. Bonefish average three to six pounds with fish exceeding ten pounds. Andros has bragging rights as the Bonefishing Capital of the World. Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge provides the nearest access for those wanting to fish the southern tip of South Andros.

There are permit and tarpon but sightings are few and far between. If you come expecting to catch one you will be disappointed. There are better places to fish for those species. South Andros is primarily a bonefish fishery. Having said that, two permit were hooked last spring season.

A variety of fly patterns are effective on the flats and creeks of South Andros. There is no “best fly” although some would argue that point. Don’t believe them. Frankly, if you brought nothing but a pocket full of Gotchas you would do just fine. What is more important than the fly is an accurate cast and proper strip.


A variety of fly patterns are effective on the flats and creeks of South Andros. If you check the Recommended Tackle section you will find more information about flies.

 

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