Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas. It’s also the most sparsely populated and, not coincidentally, the island with the best bonefishing.
Andros is really a collection of islands. It’s split down the middle by three large waterways called Bights – the North Bight, the Middle Bight and the South Bight. The main sections of Andros are North Andros, Mangrove Cay and South Andros. North Andros and Mangrove Cay are more populated than South Andros, and also have more pressure from anglers fishing for bonefish.
Andros Island Bonefish
The main reason to visit Andros Island is to fish for its bonefish. The land mass on the island is vast. Most of the settlements here are on the eastern coast of the island, and just a mile or two from the east coast, the island turns into a gigantic mangrove swamp. Most of the island goes underwater on a high tide!
This environment creates perfect habitat for bonefish. They’re able to swim into huge flats when the tide comes in. These flats are typically bordered by mangroves, which provide a perfect combination of protection from predators, and habitat for the many shrimps, crabs and baitfish bonefish feed on.
Some parts of Andros are home to huge schools of bonefish. Other ares tend to host large bones in smaller numbers – the classic ‘singles’ and ‘doubles’. There are ocean flats, inland flats and tidal creeks. Some areas have hard white sand flats – perfect for wading – while others have soft bottoms – requiring anglers to target bonefish from a poled skiff.
Deneki Outdoors operates a bonefishing lodge on the southern part of the island called Andros South. South Andros has a massive fishery with very little pressure from anglers. We’d love the opportunity to help you plan your bonefishing trip – just click here to get in touch!