Andros South, The Bahamas
Dylan Rose June 26, 2023
I last visited Andros South in 2012, so when the opportunity arose to see this iconic operation last month, I jumped at it. I was pleased to find that many of the qualities that have made Andros South a staple in the industry were still intact and better than ever. Simple accommodations (featuring private rooms), down home Bahamian hospitality, elite and highly experienced guides, ice cold Kaliks and large West Side bonefish are all still hallmarks of Andros South.
Andros South is all about fishing! This is a no-frills camp that focuses on providing top notch fishing experiences. End of story. You do not need a collared shirt at dinner and there will be no one to wipe your brow at the end of the day, but the showers are hot, the A/C is cold and the food is plentiful.
The biggest update since my initial trip is a fleet of new Hells Bay skiffs. These boats are absolute machines and complete gamechangers for the fishing program. Powered by fuel injected Yamaha 4-strokes and complete with power poles, a jack plate and bow/stern trim they can run all out in mere inches of water. For anyone that has experienced the old days where it took hours to get to the West Side with old gas guzzling 2-strokes, and only then under perfect conditions with extra fuel tanks aboard, the new boats are mind blowing. They open entirely new worlds of access for the guides as they can cut through the island in nearly any tidal condition while making the run quickly and efficiently to the interior and fabled West Side. As well they’re able to easily outrun any approaching storm cells. The boats are incredibly quiet on the water, which allows the guides to inch ever closer to the fish and remain undetected.
New lodge managers Mia and Marty Sheppard are stalwarts in the northwest guiding/outfitting game and have brought that same attention to detail, enthusiasm, and joy of seeing others succeed on the water to Andros South. The job of managing a fishing operation in an incredibly remote location and in a foreign country demands a steep learning curve. However, they have adapted well and learned the ropes quickly. Guests are always in good hands at camp and well looked after.
The atmosphere is always lively, fun, and warm. After fishing it’s common to settle in at the Tiki Bar positioned beachside while spinning glorious tales of West Side monsters. If you’re looking for a simple, no frills bonefish camp that prioritizes fishing with great equipment and top tier guides, Andros South is still the place for you.
- November 19 - 26, 2023: 9 spots
- November 26 - December 3, 2023: 5 spots
- December 10 - 17, 2023: 10 spots
- January 7 - 14, 2024: 10 spots
- January 21 - 28, 2024: 10 spots
- February 11 - 18, 2024: 8 spots
- March 10 - 17, 2024: 5 spots
Andros South Lodge, The Bahamas
Sight-fish hard-sand flats, channels, creeks, and vast, skinny-water lagoons for bonefish