BAHAMAS

SALTWATER

ACCOMMODATION

6 spacious rooms for 12 anglers with private bathrooms and air conditioning.

SPECIES

Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Barracuda

Bair’s Lodge

Located on South Andros Island, in the stunning Bahamas, Bair's Lodge offers a premier bonefishing experience. Renowned among seasoned Bonefish anglers, the lodge provides access to the Bahamas' most productive and scenic fishing grounds and gives anglers a great shot at a double-digit bonefish.  

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Bair’s Lodge is situated on South Andros Island in the Bahamas. It is a popular destination for fly fishing enthusiasts due to its proximity to the Andros Barrier Reef, which is known for its excellent bonefishing opportunities.

It is strategically positioned to explore the remote fisheries of the south and west sides, while also providing sheltered flats in adjacent creeks. With a focus on quality guiding, comfortable accommodation, and exceptional hospitality, the lodge has established itself as a classic destination for bonefish enthusiasts.

More about Bair’s:

  • Since its establishment in 1989, this saltwater institution has consistently delivered exceptional service and comfort, continuously improving year after year.
  • From the remote Southern Flats to the intricate creek systems and the legendary West Side, this destination offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities.
  • With excellent wading opportunities, it’s regarded as one of the premier bonefish destinations
  • Guests can skip the hassle of trailering; they can head straight from their front door to the fishing grounds each day.
  • The West Side provides an extraordinary chance to land double-digit bonefish
  • The veteran guide staff ranks among the Bahamas’ best, combining professionalism with a friendly demeanor to ensure a successful fishing experience.
  • When the tide is right, guests can enjoy an outstanding flat right in front of the lodge.
  • Equipped with the latest Maverick skiffs, renowned as the ultimate flats boats, visitors can explore the shallowest flats safely and comfortably.
  • For those without their gear, loaner rods and reels are readily available at no extra cost.
  • The à la carte menu offers an array of exceptional fresh, locally inspired dishes for guests to savor.

With 6 well-appointed rooms, guests can enjoy a restful stay after a day on the water. Each room features 2 double beds, en-suite bathrooms, and wireless internet access.

The lodge also provides amenities such as flat-screen TVs and daily maid service. Bair’s Lodge combines comfort, convenience, and island charm for an unforgettable fishing experience.

Deluxe ocean-side lodgings in an attractive plantation-style building surrounded by palm trees. The bright, airy lodge is nestled on a sparkling white sand beach. Stretch out and relax on the verandah. Enjoy a cocktail from the fully stocked bar. And take in the laidback South Andros scene.

Veranda:
Two of the six rooms in the house are open to a long veranda facing the ocean, furnished with comfortable benches and tables to sip coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. There are rod racks beside the outdoor showers, and we have a hose with fresh water to wash down your tackle. From the veranda, you can walk to the beach, where the skiffs are moored. We also have comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks for relaxing outdoors.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms:

All of the beautiful bedrooms have terracotta tile flooring, white cotton sheets, as well as tropical-weight duvets and plenty of down pillows. Spacious rooms have A/C, as well as universal outlets for recharging phones, computers, etc. En-suite bathrooms and full baths are standard, hot water is plentiful, and towels and laundry bags are provided in all bedrooms.

Guests can reach Congo Town, in South Andros, on commercial Western Air flights from Nassau, or on Makers Air out of Fort Lauderdale. Airflight Charters are also available from Florida to Congo Town.

Bair’s Lodge is located on the eastern side of South Andros Island and is an easy 25-minute drive from Congo Town.

Charter flights from Florida

Chartering is also a convenient and economical way for a group to arrive directly from Florida – Recommended charter companies include Airflight Charters, Watermakers Air, JetsetPrivate Air.

JetsetPrivate Air offers quick, efficient and cost-effective charter flights to Congo Town Airport (MYAK) from Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (KFLL) and other major Florida cities.

On arrival at Congo Town a lodge representative, who will transfer you to the lodge, will meet you. It is a short 25-minute drive and the cost is included in the package. If you are delayed or miss your flight please contact the lodge. When you arrive at the lodge, staff will greet you and show you to your room, where you will find your bags.

Commercial Flights to Nassau include the following carriers:

United
www.united.com |Ph. 800-864-8331

Jet Blue
www.jetblue.com | Ph. 800-538-2583

American Airlines
www.aa.com | Ph. 800-433-7300

Delta
www.delta.com | Ph. 800-241-4141

Air Canada
www.aircanada.com | Ph. 888-247-2262

British Airways
www.britishairways.com | Ph. 1-800-247-9297

From Nassau, there is one carrier, Western Air, which has two daily flights to Congo Town—8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Plan to arrive in Nassau no later than 1 p.m. to catch the afternoon flight. The morning flight requires an overnight in Nassau. Return flights depart Congo Town at 8:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. Book your connecting flight out of Nassau after 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. respectively to be safe. The extra time will be needed to clear U.S. Customs in Nassau.

Flights can be reserved directly with Western Air at 242-377-2222 or online.

If you would like to overnight in Nassau recommended accommodation includes Compass Pointe, The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort or the more budget-friendly, Orange Hill Beach Inn.

Bonefish, tarpon, and permit are all on the menu. The lodge’s prime location provides access to a variety of fishing grounds, including the remote Southern Flats, intricate creek systems, and the renowned West Side. Whether wading or fishing from a boat, guests can experience the thrill of stalking and casting to these prized game fish.

Fishing Season: The fishing season at Bair’s Lodge extends throughout the year, with each season offering unique opportunities:

  • Fall Season (October and November): The fall season showcases some of the finest bonefishing, with fish that haven’t seen a fly in months. Tailing fish and larger bonefish are prevalent, and shots at permit and juvenile tarpon add some spice!
  • Winter Season (December, January, and February): Winter brings pleasant weather and high visibility. Larger bonefish frequent the flats, along with opportunities to target barracudas and baby tarpon. The oceanside fishing for tailing fish can be particularly rewarding during this season.
  • Spring Season (March, April, and May): Springtime at Bair’s Lodge offers arguably the best bonefishing in the world. Comfortable temperatures and stable water conditions attract large schools of tailing fish, providing exhilarating angling experiences. Mutton snapper and tarpon sightings increase.
  • Summer Season (June and July): The summer season boasts calm waters and excellent visibility. Fish are eager to feed, especially in the mornings, and opportunities to target large Permit increases. Tarpon fishing becomes more rewarding, with migratory fish making their presence known.

Bonefish is the bread and butter with seasonal shots at Tarpon and Permit.

  • Other Species: Barracuda, Jacks, several types of snapper and shark
  •  Offshore Fishing is Available: Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna and Dorado.
  •  Professional and personable local Guides.
  •  7 Maverick HPX 17’s with 70 Yamaha 4 strokes available, all moored next to the lodge, so there’s no trailering needed.
  •  Short skiff runs to Deep Creek, Little Creek, and the famous West Side. 1-hour ride to the pristine Southern Cays.
  •  Southern Flats offer great wading opportunities.
  •  The West Side is famous for its monster bonefish.
  •  Close-by creek systems offer protection from
    the wind.

With its year-round fishing opportunities and diverse species, Bair’s Lodge ensures that anglers can enjoy a thrilling fishing adventure in the Bahamas, regardless of the season.

A Typical day at Bair’s

    • 6:30 am – Coffee ready at the buffet table
    • 7:00 am – Breakfast
    • 8:00 am – Depart dock.
    • 4:00 / 4:30 pm – Return to the lodge
    • 4:00 pm – Cocktail hour
    • 5:30 pm – Appetizers
    • 7:00 pm – Dinner

By providing a comprehensive selection of rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippets, and flies, Bair’s Lodge ensures that anglers have the necessary equipment to maximize their fishing opportunities and enjoy a successful and memorable flyfishing experience in the Bahamas.

Rods:

For delicate presentations on lighter wind days, a 7-weight 9′ rod is recommended. On days with stronger winds, an 8-weight 9′ rod with a fast action can help punch through the gusts. For targeting barracuda and tarpon, a 9 or 10-weight 9′ rod is ideal.

Reels:

Strong saltwater reels with adjustable drag and capacity to hold 150- 200 yards of 20 lbs. test backing.

Lines:

7wt. and 8wt. bonefish line with a tropic taper for bonefish and 9 or 10wt. tropic taper for tarpon

Leaders and Tippets:

8, 12, and 16 lbs. fluorocarbon tapered leaders and some 30 lbs wire and 30-50 lbs flouro for barracuda and tarpon

Flies:

Some essential “must-have” flies for bonefish include the Gotcha (Pearl), Bunny Hair Gotcha (Pearl/Tan), Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp (Tan), Puglisi’s Spawning Shrimp (Olive, Tan, White), Miehieve’s Flats Fly, Kwabbit, Mink Shrimp, and Spawning Mantis. For predator species, such as barracuda, needlefish imitations, baitfish imitations, and large poppers in attention-grabbing colours are recommended. For tarpon, small EP Peanut Butter or Purple Cockroach flies can be effective.

Season 

Fall Season 2024 – October to December 2024

7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $ 7,750 per person + Gov Tax

6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $ 7,200 per person + Gov Tax

5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $ 6,650 per person + Gov Tax

4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $ 5,550 per person + Gov Tax

Season 2025 – January to June 2025

7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $ 8,250 per person + Gov Tax

6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $ 7,550 per person + Gov Tax

5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $ 6,950 per person + Gov Tax

4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $ 5,800 per person + Gov Tax

  • Included: Lodging, meals, open bar, guided fishing, fishing license, transportation between Bair’s Lodge and Congo Town Airport and loaner fishing equipment (rods, reels and lines)
  • Not included: Transportation to South Andros, flies, gratuities and government taxes
  • Full-day fishing on arrival and departure: $950 per boat (1 or 2 anglers) + government taxes
  • Half-day fishing on arrival and departure: $850 per boat (1 or 2 anglers) + government taxes
  • Non-anglers: $ 650 a night + government taxes
  • Payment terms:  50% deposit on booking. The trip should be paid in full 120 days before the start date. At this point, the guest is responsible for total land costs and no credit will be applied. All deposits & payments are 100% non-refundable under any circumstances.

All Rates are based on 2 anglers sharing a room and a skiff. Single room AND boat: 75% surcharge

 

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