There’s an old mariner’s adage that suggests nice weather is coming if the clouds break late in the day and reveal the evening sunset.
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight
Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning
Well, from the perspective of six blokes fishing Andros Island between May 20-25, 2012, that’s a big honkin’ load of crap. We saw the sunset on three different evenings and woke each of the following mornings to rain coming down in sheets. Thankfully, bonefish still show up quite nicely over white sand on cloudy days, and Andros has neither a shortage of white sand or bonefish.
Located a short drive from Congo Town, Andros South lodge has easy access to the remote West Side flats and the prolific fishery at the island’s southern horn. Bonefish and ‘cudas are the main draw, but occasional brushes with tarpon and permit are also possible. Andros South has comfortable facilities, great food, a seasoned guide staff, and the finest beachfront tiki bar this side of Tonga.
Despite only brief windows of sunshine, we had a big time with outfitter Andrew Bennett and his crew. There was no shortage of laughs, everyone had a rain jacket, and once again my underwater housing saved my bacon. We caught plenty of bonefish, but they took a backseat on day five when Andrew suggested an “any specie, any method” competition that goaded the faithful into trolling creeks, chumming blue holes, and jigging around docks. I’m proud to announce that my partner Dustin Carlson put us in the money with a foul-hooked pilchard that edged out Team Bennett/Gracie in the Inaugural Chickcharney Invitational.
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The West Side of Andros
Planning the day
Josh Willey with his first bonefish
Built for speed
Some critter lived here, until a bonefish hoovered his roof and abducted him
School kids at Little Creek Settlement
Green Turtle at the Airport Flat
Nurse sharks like it rough
Running from a deluge
The Slack Tide Bar