ANDROS - MIDDLE   BIGHT - MANGROVE CAY CLUB

Location

Mangrove Cay Club, East side of Middle Bight, Andros, Bahamas.

The Fishing

A glance at a map reveals that Andros has more bonefish habitat than any other island of the Bahamas and the island of Mangrove Cay is smack in the middle of it all. The mystique of this part of Andros is held in the ever-consistent opportunity to cast a fly or jig to the "ghost of the flats", with good sized fish landed every week. Mangrove Cay is an island in the centre of Andros, separated by waterways that bisect the island from east to west. These are the North, Middle and South Bights, themselves dotted with countless uninhabited cays. Combined with the vast banks and mudflats of the West side of Andros, this is the largest area of bonefish habitat in the world, establishing Andros as the "Bonefishing Capital of the World". Mangrove Cay has no shortage of nearby creeks, flats, bays and estuaries to fish. The position of the lodge also offers a fairly sheltered run to the Western side of the islands (about 45 minutes) to get at the some of the more renowned flats that are famous for holding very large fish. One huge flat on the West side has been labeled "The Land of the Giants" and justifiably so. Due to its remote location and lack of any settlements, good numbers of very large fish can be found here on a consistent basis. However do not be tricked into thinking that the "grass is always greener on the other side of the island", our daily recorded statistics prove that the home waters just minutes away from the lodge are equally productive in both size and numbers. In fact, some of the largest fish to date have been taken within sight of the Mangrove Cay Club just across the Bight around Big Wood Cay and Moxey Creek.

The bonefish in the Bights are plentiful and average 3-5 pounds with regular appearances of fish 6-10 pounds and several 11,12 and 13 pound fish are landed every season. Fish are seen in schools of anywhere from a few fish to very large numbers, often in the hundreds. Large fish tend to travel is singles and doubles although they can hang out in large schools with smaller fish. First and foremost, the Andros ecosystem is principally a bonefish location. Both tarpon and permit do swim these waters but they are more species of serendipity than anything else. Tarpon can be found rolling in the deeper channels and cuts between islands during the late spring and into early fall, but this is not the kind of fishery where bringing your tarpon gear makes a lot of sense. Permit are occasionally seen and even caught in the Middle Bight area but its one of those situations where you don't want to dedicate days to searching them out as their numbers just don't justify this kind of dedicated pursuit when there are 10 pound bonefish lurking about. Far more common and bankable are the large predators like barracudas and sharks which share the same


Trip Information

Documents Required

For American, Canadian and EU members, a valid passport good for 6 months after the trip has been completed is required. 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.

Boats and Equipment

Dolphin Flats Skiffs powered by 85 h.p. Yamaha engines

Species

bonefish, barracuda, jack crevelle, mutton snapper, permit

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Season

mid-October through June

Capacity

16 anglers

Accommodations

The essence of Mangrove Cay Club is attention to detail in relaxed comfort. Eight identical suites with verandas overlooking the sea are contained in four duplex cottages spread along the shoreline. Tropical landscaping around the cottages is complemented by natural vegetation on the 10-acre property. Each suite provides spacious and comfortable accommodation for two fishermen. Bright rooms with vaulted ceilings feature two queen-sized beds, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, plenty of storage space, and an adjoining sitting room that allows the early-riser to prepare for the day without disturbing a roommate. Bathrooms are spacious with an over-sized walk-in shower, plenty of hot water and basic toiletries are provided. All bedrooms have air-conditioning. Each room has its own rod racks with freshwater hoses for gear cleaning and maintenance.

The main lodge, which adjoins the fishing dock, has high cypress ceilings with both fans and air-conditioning. Its large open space is divided into a dining area at one end and the hub of social activity around the bar at the other. Amenities include a fly-tying table, ladies and gentlemen's washrooms, a sitting area with satellite television, and books and magazines that guests may borrow during their stay. A well-stocked tackle shop with everything that fishermen need on the water, from rods all the way to sunscreen, film and sunglasses, also lends outfits to guests as emergency backups. Fresh local seafood is the focal point of many of the dinner menus. Local fishermen actually pull up at the lodge dock with their catch of lobster, grouper, snapper, conch and even stone crab to have the chef prepare.

Getting There

Guests will need to fly into the Nassau Bahamas International Airport and then catch the commuter flight up to Mangrove Cay. Many major US, Canadian and European air carriers fly into Nassau daily. Mangrove Cay enjoys twice-daily commercial air service from Nassau to the Clarence A. Bain Airport via Western Air and Caribbean Aviation. If you do fly through Nassau, please be aware that Nassau's International airport is divided into two sections: the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal. They are located in different buildings and you have to go outside the International terminal (where you'll arrive) to make your connecting Domestic flight. Don't worry, the airport staff are used to dealing with the confusion and most baggage handlers or security personal will be happy to point the way. Just remember, you must clear Bahamas Customs with your luggage in Nassau before you make your connection or your luggage won't make it. Charter service can be arranged from south Florida or Nassau, Bahamas. Private planes are also welcome at Mangrove Cay and the 5,000 foot asphalt runway can accommodate most private aircraft. While there is no Bahamian customs currently available on Mangrove Cay, anglers choosing to travel by private aircraft or charter from the US can find ports of entry on North and South Andros as well as Nassau, Bimini or Chubb Cay. You will be met at the airport and driven to Mangrove Cay Club, a journey of 10 minutes.

What's included

  • Round trip ground transportation to the club and airport
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • All meals, soft drinks and bottled water
  • House wines, beer, most mixed drinks
  • All applicable room taxes

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Mangrove Cay
  • Gratuities for hotel staff and guides
  • Personal expenses at the lodge (telephone calls, tackle shop purchases, laundry, etc.)
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline

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