Da Bay Area guides have access to a vast fishing area that stretches from Dodem Creek (near the north end of famous Grassy Creek) to the cays off the southern tip of the island and from the oceanside shores of South Andros all the way to the west coast. The combination creates a broad range of productive spots from wide-open flats to protected coves and mangrove-laden creeks. Here anglers will have numerous chances to tangle with bonefish of all sizes, including large schools of 2 to 5 pounders, small pods of 6- to 8-pound specimens, and even double-digit-weight trophies. There’s also always the occasional chance at permit, tarpon, and other inshore species like barracuda, lemon sharks, various jacks, and mutton snapper.
Much of the fishing in Andros is done from flats boats specially designed to float in skinny water, but wading is a possibility in certain spots where the bottom consists of sand, coral, limestone, or a combination of the three and is firm enough to wade. You should bring good wading shoes or boots if you want to wade, in order to maintain good footing and protect your feet from sharp coral.
After breakfast, anglers meet their guides and board the boats at the beach right in front of the lodge for a full day of fishing. That begins around 7:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Da Bay Area has a roster of superb local guides, some of whom have been fishing the area for more than 20 years. All guides all equipped with locally built, 17-foot Rahming flats skiffs, designed to carry two anglers comfortably, float shallow, and quietly sneak up on fish in skinny water.
While the lodge tries to keep a couple fly outfits to lend guests in the event their gear is misplaced or damaged during the trip, the remote location makes it difficult to fix or replace tackle. It’s best to bring at least one spare rod and reel as well as plenty of flies, leaders, and other essentials. You should also bring your own rain jacket, flats-wading footwear, and polarized sunglasses.