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Andros Island Bonefishing Trips

The bonefish is pound for pound possibly the strongest fish in the world. When hooked, they take off so fast that 100 yards of line disappears in only a matter of seconds.

The bonefish of the Bahamas are among the largest in the world. Their average weight is 6 to 8 pounds, but some exceed 14 pounds. Bonefish reside in the waters around Andros Island in good numbers year round. Sight casting the shallow flats with 8 to 9 weight fly rods, accounts for most of bonefish releases. Stalking feeding bonefish in mere inches of water is one of sport fishing’s greatest challenges.

These fish are masters of camouflage; they can disappear from sight in the blink of an eye. They are also very nervous and wary when feeding on the shallow flats. These factors combine to make more like hunting than traditional fishing. Catching fish is just part of it. Good company and a beautiful area makes Andros a memorable place to fish, and an adventure anytime.

Andros has hundreds of miles of shoreline near very deep ocean waters, protected by a hundred mile long barrier reef. The vast middle bights of Andros Island in the Bahamas hold record shattering bonefish. You can expect to find dependable numbers of trophy sized fish.

Andros Island Bonefish Club

The Andros Island Bonefish Club is located at Cargill Creek on the East side of Andros Island near the legendary north and middle bights of Andros. The lodge is on the threshold of some of the most pristine and undisturbed bonefish flats in all of the Bahamas. Although Andros is the largest of the Bahamian Islands it is the least inhabited. There are good hard-bottomed wading flats, starting directly in front of the lodge and along the east side of the island which is home to the great barrier reef of Andros, the world’s third largest coral reef. The hard bottom flats are formed by the breakup of the coral formations.

History
As a young man Rupert was ambitious and hard working. He worked for many years for AUTEC, the U.S. Naval Base nearby. Rupert, known then as “Gas Boy,” spent his days as a diesel mechanic. He also worked part-time for Andros Town Yacht Club, where he learned to guide, and would dive for lobster and grouper to sell for extra cash.

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Captain Rupert Leadon

Over the years he met many fishermen who immediately appreciated his guiding abilities and knowledge of local waters. Rupert established relationships with clients eager to see him succeed as a professional guide. Because he had nowhere for his clients to stay overnight, he purchased the property that Andros Island Bonefish now sits. With machete in hand and a lot of hard work, Rupert built from scratch a moderate guest house for his anglers. As the word spread of the great fishing Andros had to offer and of Rupert’s talent as a top notch guide, more business headed his direction. Additional exposure was created when well known figures in the fishing industry came to fish with him. Lefty Kreh’s articles and his respected opinion quickly spread the word that Rupert’s Lodge was a hidden treasure for all who seek bonefish.

Rupert’s dreams of a world-class fishing lodge have become a reality.

 

Andros Island bonefishing trips you will not soon forget; a beautiful setting, astounding fishing, and Rupert’s own “playing of the saw.” It is an old tradition taught to him by his father, and is sure to be one of your fondest memories.

Fishing
Our anglers fish from 16-18ft modern flats skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 90-140hp Yamaha outboards and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. For your safety, all boats are equipped with life jackets, tools and radios. Fishing can be done from the boat where mobility and visibility are optimal, or by wading hard flats and white sand beaches in order to stalk and isolate the fish. You will fish such places as Pretty Creek, Yellow Cay and Land of the Giants. These names speak for themselves when considering the many flats, bights, creeks and cays Andros Island has to offer.

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Fishing the flats

The occasional and elusive permit and the resident tarpon found cruising the deeper creeks on the west side attract many serious anglers to our lodge. Barracuda are also available to the angler and can be found on the flats most of the year. Jacks, snappers and sharks are often encountered on the flats while you’re stalking bonefish, permit, or tarpon. Having a rod rigged and ready to cast will greatly increase your chances of hooking these fish.

With the Great Barrier Reef of Andros only one-half mile from the lodge you can explore the possibilities the deep blue water has to offer. Beyond the reef lies the Tongue of the Ocean, a deep drop-off which harbors big game, including blue marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, king fish, mackerel, tuna, snapper and grouper. Probably the most prolific offshore species is the dolphin or dorado which can be caught on light tackle and with flies.


Accomodations
Each room comes with a private bath, a personal refrigerator and a ceiling fan. The rooms are generously sized for all of your tackle and belongings. We now have single rooms, double rooms, and even two triple rooms available to better accommodate your needs. Daily housekeeping and laundry service are provided.  In May of 2003 Captain Rupert Leadon announced the acquisition and merger with AIBC’s neighbor, Creekside Lodge (formerly Cargill Creek Lodge). With this addition AIBC can now offer great new amenities. As our guest, you will enjoy the freshwater swimming pool with surrounding patio. Offering satellite television in addition to a full service bar, the indoor lounge adjoins the dining room and is a comfortable place to relax.

Andros Island bonefishing trips and the superb hospitality at AIBC come together in a tropical paradise. A place where you can fish the seemingly endless flats, relax in a shaded hammock and absorb the beauty that surrounds you at the Andros Island Bonefish Club.

Package and Rates

Package Includes:
All accommodations and meals at the lodge, fishing with a boat/guide/lunch, in-room internet access and bottled water. Government room tax, Taxi transfer to and from the Andros Town airport and laundry service.

Packages do not Include:
Airfare, airport departure taxes, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, gratuities, and items of personal nature.
Cost of fuel for “Westside” trips.

Payment Policy:
To secure reservations, 50% deposit per angler, is required to Andros Island Bonefish Club (AIBC). Reservations that are not secured with a deposit are not valid, and AIBC reserves the rights to cancel unsecured reservations. AIBC representative may contact clients before cancelling a reservation. Final payment is due 14 days in advance of your arrival date.
All deposit and payments are non-refundable. AIBC recommends that all clients take out travel insurance. We work with Travel Guard International at #800-826-1300.

Cancellation Policy:
We would request that anglers provide us with a written cancellation. Any changes made to an existing reservation will be charged a $50 per person handling fee. Any cancellations made outside of 30 days of your reservation, AIBC will deduct a $50.00 handling fee per person/ per day from the deposit payment received. Any cancellations made with in 30 days of your reservation, AIBC will deduct a $100.00 handling fee per person/per day from the deposit payment received. The remaining funds will be applied to a future trip to be taken with in one year of the original arrival date. New dates will be based on availability.

To book your trip please contact us.

 

2012 Rates
In-Season Off-Season*
3 Nights/2 Days Fishing
Single $ 2,060 $ 1,648
Double $ 1,354 $ 1,083
4 Nights/3 Days Fishing
Single $ 2,943 $ 2,354
Double $ 1,893 $ 1,514
5 Nights/4 Days Fishing
Single $ 3,830 $ 3,064
Double $ 2,427 $ 1,942
6 Nights/5 Days Fishing
Single $ 4,718 $ 3,774
Double $ 2,961 $ 2,369
7 Nights/6 Days Fishing
Single $ 5,605 $ 4,484
Double $ 3,500 $ 2,800
* Off-Season: 20% Discount: June 15-September 30