North Andros, Bahamas

Red Bay Sunset Lodge

North Andros, Bahamas

Red Bay Sunset Lodge

Located in secluded Red Bay, northwest Andros, this beachfront lodge is completely off the grid and offers the perfect blend of serenity, comfort and world-class inshore fishing. The lodge owner and head guide is Benry Smith, son of legendary bonefish guide Capt. Charlie Smith, who concocted the popular “Crazy Charlie” fly. Benry and his roster of seasoned guides have immediate access to some of the most prolific fishing areas in the region, including the famous Joulter Cays and Andros’ west side, where anglers can tangle with bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, and other coveted shallow-water gamefish.

Accommodations are well appointed, comfortable and within the lodge building, which also incorporates a spacious living/dining area with a bar and a fly-tying bench, and an exterior deck overlooking the beach and dock that makes it easy to mingle with fellow anglers and enjoy the view and the ocean breeze, while sipping a cold beer or cocktail, and munching on tasty appetizers.

Season

Year Round

Species

Barracuda, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon

Accomodations

The lodge is comfortable, welcoming and spacious enough for 6 anglers

Occupancy

6 Guests

Lodge Features & Amenities

Amazing Food

Beginner Friendly

Couples Friendly

Luxury

Remote Location

Wi-Fi

The Red Bay Sunset Lodge Experience

Red Bay Sunset is a waterfront lodge offering comfortable, well-appointed, air-conditioned rooms with private baths. The large dining/living room with a bar and satellite TV are just a few steps from the rooms. And the exterior deck is perfect for hanging out and mingling with fellow guests while enjoying cocktails, appetizers and the view. The food includes a number of tasty island favorites, and the well-stocked bar serves up cold beers and a variety of cocktails.

Benry and his roster of seasoned guides have access to a number of productive fishing areas known for the abundance of bonefish, permit, tarpon and sprinkles of various other inshore predators, including barracuda, lemon sharks and more. For starters, the lodge is located on Andros’ fabled west side, with miles and miles of flats teeming with life, including gamefish that see little or no fishing pressure at all. Here numerous freshwater creeks emptying onto the vast shallows of the Great Bahama Bank produce the most reliable tarpon fishing in the region, while also serving up the forage coveted by the many bonefish and permit that inhabit the area. And trailering the boat 20 to 30 minutes puts anglers within easy reach of other hostposts like Mastic Bay and the famous Joulter Cays, where anglers will marvel at the scenery and the bonefish, permit and the supporting cast patrolling the pristine flats. 

Some of the fishing areas hold big schools of 3- to 5-pound bones while others are home to large specimens (some reaching double-digit weights) that prefer to cruise in singles, pairs or small pods. And while much of the fishing in the region entails stalking fish from a skiff propelled by the guide with a push pole, wading is a possibility in certain spots. The bottom of many flats consists of sand, coral, limestone, or a combination of any of the above, and are firm enough to wade. Proper wading footwear, however, is highly recommended, to ensure good footing and protection against sharp coral and jagged bottom structure.

 

Fishing Schedule

Unless you prefer otherwise, guides at Red Bay Sunset Lodge base fishing hours on the tides to ensure the best possible results. Depending on the time of year, the tides and the conditions. you may board your boat at the dock in front of the lodge, or take a drive to a boat ramp close to the fishing. That could mean heading out as early as 6:00am, but don’t worry, you won’t have to start your day without coffee and breakfast. 

 

Boats 

Red Bay Sunset Lodge guides are equipped with modern, well-maintained flats skiffs from renowned brands like Action Craft, Hewes, Maverick and Dolphin, designed to reach the fishing grounds quickly and comfortably, provide a stable fishing platform and quietly sneak up on fish in skinny water.



 

Loaner Gear

While the lodge tries to keep a selection of fly outfits to lend guests in the event their gear is misplaced or damaged during the trip, its remote location can make fixing or replacing tackle difficult, so 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. 

Red Bay Sunset Lodge is completely off the grid and produces its own power and drinking water. The lodge is comfortable, welcoming and spacious enough for 6 anglers and is located in a secluded and peaceful beach. It boasts three air-conditioned double rooms, each with a pair of full-size beds and a full bath, as well as a dining /living area with a large, flat-screen TV with satellite hookup, plus a bar. The exterior deck overlooking the water is perfect for trading fish tales with fellow anglers while enjoying a cold beer or cocktail, appetizers and the ocean breeze. And a nice dock right in front makes it a cinch to load and unload your gear on the boats when fishing Andros’ west side. 

 

Cuisine

At Red Bay Sunset Lodge, anglers start the day with a nice breakfast, and lunches are packed into coolers and transferred to the boats before going fishing. Refreshing cocktails and appetizers are served on the exterior deck upon anglers’ return from the water. And dinners include an array of Bahamian specialties, featuring local seafood like snapper, grouper, conch and lobster, vegetables and fruits, chicken, pork and more. 

The main courses are always accompanied by delicious side dishes like peas ‘n’ rice or mac and cheese, and topped off with homemade desserts. 

 

Connectivity

Despite the remote location, there’s fair cell service at Red Bay Sunset Lodge and its surroundings, and the lodge also provides free Wi-Fi.

A couple of kayaks are available for guests, and the beach in front is suitable for swimming, but Red Bay Sunset Lodge doesn’t really offer non-angling activities.

Despite being the largest landmass in the Bahamas, Andros is mostly undeveloped and lacks a big airport where large jets can land. In addition, the island is divided into three sections, with water in between. Anglers headed to Red Bay Sunset Lodge must fly into San Andros, where the airport for north Andros is located. 

Depending on where your trip originates and your preferred travel dates and times, you may have to fly to Nassau, overnight there and catch a Western Air (Ph: 242-377-2222, westernairbahamas.com) flight to Andros the next morning. However, Makers Air (Ph: 954-771-0330, makersiar.com) offers direct daily flights from Fort Lauderdale, and Gil’s Fly Fishing International can also suggest some charter flight options from South Florida. Red Bay Sunset Lodge will arrange for a cab to pick you up at San Andros airport and take you to the lodge, about an hour away.

Gil’s Fly Fishing International’s services are completely free, so you never pay more than if you booked directly with the lodge or outfitter. All rates are per person and listed in U.S. dollars.

 

Double Occupancy (shared room and boat)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $5,100 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $4,500 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $3,750 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $2,875 per person
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $2,350 per person

 

Single Occupancy (single room and single angler per boat)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $8,300 per person
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $7,250 per person
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $6,200 per person
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $5,150 per person
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $3,600 per person

 

Included:

  • The number of nights lodging specified in the package 
  • Daily guided fishing
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • Complimentary house wine with dinners and local beers
  • Bahamian VAT (10% tax on goods and services)

 

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Nassau (if necessary) and Andros Town or San Andros, Bahamas
  • Hotel in Nassau (if necessary)
  • Airport transfers 
  • Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
  • Laundry service
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bahamas fishing license ($20 per angler per week)

Bookings are confirmed with a 50 percent deposit, made no later than seven days after booking a trip. Balance must be received no later than 90 days prior to the first day of the trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 90 days prior to the first day of the trip in order to receive partial or full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and nonrefundable, with the exception of a medical or family emergency, deemed reasonable at GFFI’s discretion.

Booking a trip or making a deposit represents that the client accepts all terms and conditions. GFFI’s terms are in addition to any terms and conditions of each individual lodge that GFFI represents. Please read those terms carefully—lodge terms, which may differ from GFFI’s terms, supersede any agreements between GFFI and a client.

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