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Season

October to early June

Capacity

12 rods per week

Species

Bonefish, Barracuda, Tarpon…

LOCATION
Bair’s Lodge is located on South Andros Island, in the Bahamas. This is the least developed of the ‘Family Island’ group. It is 30 miles west of Nassau, the Bahamian capital, and 175 miles south-east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Florida Keys are about 150 miles to the north.

PRIMARY SPECIES
Bonefish: also barracuda, tarpon, permit, jacks, snook, and snappers. Bair’s Lodge has an offshore program that can be integrated into your week of flats fishing. Offshore species include marlin, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, and dorado.

SEASON OF OPERATION
The lodge operates from mid October to early June. The low season is Oct. 21 to Feb. 28, and the high season March 1 to May 31.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
Any length of stay may be arranged. For the traditional week-long stay, Saturday and Wednesday tend to be the turn-around days. There is usually no organized fishing on arrival or departure days.

ACCOMMODATIONS
The Lodge is a spacious, elegant Plantation-style building 65 feet from the ocean, surrounded by tropical flowers and palm trees, and very near the moorings. It has 7 guest rooms with en-suite bathroom. A complete fly-tying bench is available, and the well-stocked fly shop has many rods, reels, lines, fishing wear, and flies [and loaner rods], but no lures. There is a beautiful patio, and a fire-pit on the beach. There is Satellite TV, full air-conditioning, telephone, and internet available. A typical day includes a 7 am breakfast, fishing from 8 am to 4 pm, cocktails and appetizers at 5, and dinner [usually seafood] at 7.

DESTINATION CAPACITY
Angling capacity at Bair’s is 12 rods per week.

THE FISHING
Bair’s Lodge is situated within 120 square miles of inland flats, cays, creeks, large connecting channels known as ‘bights’, and mangrove lagoons, all superlative bonefish habitats. Andros Island boasts the ‘biggest bonefish in the Caribbean’ and 15-pounders have been caught in South Andros. The lodge is beautifully positioned half way between the South Bite and Curly Cut Cays, providing access to some of the most remote and pristine flats that Andros has to offer. We like this operation because it can almost always provide shelter from the elements in terms of finding some areas to get out of the wind if it’s ripping out on the flats. There are many tidal basins and creeks that can be fished, both wading and fishing from the boat will be experienced during your trip. If you are looking for big bonefish, with high standards for accommodations and guiding, then Bairs and South Andros should be high on your list of places to go. The lodge is also equipped with a larger boat for offshore fishing, which tends to be more restricted by the weather and the season. With notice, a day of offshore fishing may be arranged to break up a week of flats fishing. The ‘Tongue of the Ocean’, and the world’s third-largest Barrier Reef, run along Andros.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
17’ Rahming Bonefisher skiffs with poling platforms and ‘leanbars’; 85 HP Yamaha Outboards.

GETTING THERE
Western Air flies from Nassau to Congo Town, a 20-minute flight, at 7 am and 3.15 pm daily, returning at 8 am and 4 pm. Tickets are $140 return [cash please]. Lynx Airlines flies from Fort Lauderdale at mid-day Saturday and Wednesday. For groups of 6 or more a private charter from Fort Lauderdale can easily be arranged with one of the charter companies we frequently use. We will be happy to handle this aspect of your trip for you.

Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle international airfare, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 if you’d like assistance with international and domestic flights to and within the Bahamas.

INCLUDED IN PRICE

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

A valid passport good for 6 months AFTER the trip has been completed. Please note that the Bahamian Government is very strict about the 6 month stipulation and they’ve been known to turn anglers away who don’t have sufficient time left on their passport.

RATES FOR 2015-16

High Season : October 15 2016-March 31, 2017

7 nights / 6 days fishing $4,995 USD
6 nights / 5 days fishing $4,495 USD
5 nights / 4 days fishing $3,925 USD
4 nights / 3 days fishing $3,195 USD
3 nights / 2 days fishing $2,250 USD

Peak Season: April 2-July 30, 2017

7 nights / 6 days fishing $5,250 USD
6 nights / 5 days fishing $4,895 USD
5 nights / 4 days fishing $4,350 USD
4 nights / 3 days fishing $3,525 USD
3 nights / 2 days fishing $2,475 USD

Single room/shared guide : $125 US per night subject to availability
Single skiff, single room : 60% surcharge

Arrivals after 2 pm and departures before 10 am