Bair’s Lodge, located on South Andros Island, is considered by many well-traveled anglers to be the best small bonefishing lodge in the Bahamas. Bair’s reputation is built on years of offering bonefisherman access to a variety of high quality bonefish environs and consistently providing superior accommodations and service, as well as fresh, gourmet meals. This high level of service and quality bonefishing is assured by Bair’s limiting the number of guests staying at the lodge to 12 at any one time. This also means that space is limited and since repeat guests generally make their reservations a year in advance, it pays to make your reservations early.
Bair’s location on South Andros (also known as “The Bonefish Capital of the Word”) allows bonefisherman to fish all of South Andros within a ten minute to one-hour boat ride. Since the lodge is ideally situated between Kemps Bay and Mars Bay (the southern most settlement on the island) anglers can reach the expansive, firm bottomed flats of South Andros, which are some of the largest and most varied in the world. These wadable flats have excellent numbers of 3 -5 pound bonefish and are famous for the huge schools, sometimes with hundreds of bonefish in each school, that are found on the flats. The sizes of the schools are amazing sights for experienced and beginning anglers alike. Bigger bonefish in the 7 – 10+ lb range also frequent the flats in single and doubles.
In addition to the famous southern flats, there are a number of varied fishing opportunities on South Andros to keep anglers fishing new areas on a daily basis, including the many creeks (though called creeks, they are really more like giant, meandering flats systems cutting through the heart of the island), South Bight, and the West Side.
Deep Creek is just a ten-minute boat ride north of the lodge and Little Creek is approximately 10 minutes to the south. These creeks harbor good numbers of bonefish and some truly big fish (Big Creek has produced 15 pounders). The bonefish in Deep Creek are generally warier, and larger. The potential for world records in either creek is real.
Grassy Creek is further south, a 40 minute boat ride from the Lodge, or if the weather is up, Bair’s Lodge will transfer guests 15 minutes by car to a boat launch in Mars Bay where the guides meet them for the final 10 minutes into Dodem Creek (the northern arm of Grassy Creek). Grassy Creek is known for large numbers of unsophisticated fish.
The South West Cays were previously almost unreachable, requiring a 2-hour open water boat ride from the lodge, around Cistern Point at the southern tip of the island, to reach these remote bonefishing flats. The South Andros bonefishing guides discovered that they could reach the flats of South West Andros in about 45 minutes if they traversed Little Creek to the Westside. From there, angler’s will either head south towards the Grassy Cays or head north to fish uncharted flats extending up to Miller Creek and South Bight. If the tides are right, it’s possible to fish the protected waters of Little Creek on the way to the Southwest Andros. With some of the least fished flats in the Bahamas and access to the fabled West side of the island, Bair’s represents the best in sight fishing for Bahamas bonefish.
There are lots of ‘cudas on the flats, many of them over 15 pounds. Pack an extra rod rigged and ready to go for these fish. There are also mutton snapper and reports of permit out on the ocean flats. In addition to flats fishing, there is untapped blue water fishing for Wahoo, Tuna, Dorado, (Seasonal Billfish), Snapper, Barracuda and Grouper just a few miles from the beach in front of the lodge in the Tongue of the Ocean.
Bair’s Lodge itself is an attractive and comfortable guesthouse, situated on the beach, 65 feet from the ocean. Bair’s was converted into a bonefishing lodge from the residence of Stanley and Andy Bair and later ambitiously refurbished and renovated by Nervous Waters. These renovations allowed Bair’s to keep the original friendly and homey vibe of the guesthouse, but also provide to a first-class experience to satisfy even the most discerning of angler.
The lodge accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 air-conditioned rooms. All of the bedrooms are light and airy, with terracotta tiled floors, 100% white cotton sheets as well as tropical-weight down comforters and plenty of down pillows. They are fully air-conditioned, with lots of storage space, electricity outlets to recharge your personal electronics, and private bathrooms equipped with showers with pressurized hot water 24 hours a day, lots of white towels, robes, and other amenities.
On the main floor, there’s a self-service bar, 42″ satellite television and receives the major channels (please be aware that TV reception in the Bahamas can be unreliable), the kitchen, dining room, guest office (with internet access), gift and tackle shop, fly tying area, and the large, comfortable, air-conditioned common area. Most of the back doors open onto a long covered porch, however the double doors in the dining area open to beautiful covered verandah facing the ocean, with comfortable benches and tables to sip coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. The prevailing Southeast wind and verandah ceiling fans ensure there is always a breeze, so you can usually enjoy evenings outdoors without insects.
Our clients consistently rate the food at Bair’s “excellent”. Meals are prepared by a trained chef, who artfully melds traditional Bahamian flavors/dishes with modern cuisine to create a light and flavorful menu. The menu is filled with dishes like snapper with Mango salsa and barbequed beef or local favorites like cracked conch and Grouper fingers.
Bair’s Lodge has an excellent and experienced team of local “house” guides. The guides are professional, hard working, personable, and flat know the water (they’re commercial fishermen for lobster and conch in the off season). Fisherman at Bair’s will get a chance to fish with each of the guides during a standard week’s fishing – it’s Bair’s policy to rotate guides, giving each angler the opportunity to experience a fresh approach and new smile each day or every other day. In addition to be being great guides, they’re skilled boatmen and excel at navigating Bair’s fleet of new, State-of-the-Art Maverick Mirage skiffs through the creeks and to the flats of South Andros.
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Bair’s Lodge 2020 – 2021 Rates
Angler Adventures maintains close contact with Bair’s Lodge and maintains an up to date space sheet. For current availability, please email [email protected] or call 800-628-1447.
Included: transportation from Congo Town airport to the lodge, round-trip; double occupancy room; all meals; refreshments onboard the boat; beer and soft drinks and liquor at the lodge; wine with dinner and a boat and guide for each two anglers, daily; Bahamas Fishing License.
Not included: Air travel to Congo Town; tackle, lures, flies, personal items and gratuities; Bahamas Value Added Tax.
A 50% deposit is necessary to confirm a reservation. Final payment is due 95 days prior to arrival.
Additional charges can be paid at the lodge in cash. Bair’s Lodge does not accept credit cards or Traveler’s Checks.