Boating and Fishing in Central Andros
Boating and Fishing
Andros fishermen claim the island is the best bonefishing location, and legends at Central Andros's south end are famed for pioneering the field of fly-fishing and island fishing lodges. The four main charter fishing regions include the hard-to-reach West Side flats, the creeks (particularly Fresh Creek), Joulters Cays north of North Andros, and the bights between Central and South Andros. Fishermen will find a wealth of knowledgeable bonefish guides in the Cargill Creek–Behring Point area who will take you into the Northern Bight and West Side for some of the world's best bonefishing. Full-day fishing excursions cost about $600. Bonefishing–lodging-dining packages run about $500 per person per day at the half dozen lodges in the area.
Reef and deep-sea fishing excursions are also available, but are secondary and not as spectacular as on other islands, although you can catch mahimahi, wahoo, and tuna in certain seasons.
Andy Smith. Based in Central Andros, Andy Smith is highly recommended for guiding anglers through Andros' bights and to the bonefish-rich West Side. Andy guides both novice and professional bonefishers. 242/368–4261.
Charlie Neymour. Legend and expert guide Charlie Neymour is available for fishing expeditions, namely those involving bonefish or tarpon. 242/368–4297. www.bigcharlieandros.net.
Small Hope Bay Lodge. Small Hope Bay Lodge has bone-, deep-sea, fly-, and reef fishing, as well as a "west side overnight"—a two-night camping and bone- and tarpon-fishing trip to the island's uninhabited western end. Rates run $290–$400 for a half day and $425–$550 for a full day (full-day trips include all gear and lunch). Book in advance. Small Hope Bay, Fresh Creek, Andros Island. 242/368–2014 or 800/223–6961. www.smallhope.com.
Tranquility Hill Fishing Lodge. This lodge at Behring Point is your one-stop shop for bonefishing adventure. The lodge has all of Central Andros' recommended bonefishing guides on call. Lead guides are Dwain Neymour and owner/manager, Ray Mackey. Ray is available only by special request. Other top independent guides used by Tranquility include Barry Neymour, Frankie Neymour, Deon Neymour, Dwain Neymour, and Ricardo Mackey. Behring Point, Central Andros, Andros Island. 242/368–4132 or 860/331-8467. www.tranquilityhilllodge.com.