At Andros South we launch our boats from the mouth of Little Creek, and that’s no coincidence – Little Creek provides the best access through the center of South Andros to the fabled West Side, and we take advantage of that access whenever we can.
The West Side is exactly as it sounds – the entire west coast of South Andros. It’s totally uninhabited and filled with countless creeks and bays. Call it 16 miles north-to-south of prime bonefish habitat.
For reasons not well-understood, the bonefish on the West Side are big. Single, doubles and small groups of fish are the norm. Since one man’s pound seems to never equal another man’s pound we tend to shy away from bragging about numbers, but let’s just say that your average fish in The West is over several pounds and bonefish much bigger than 10 pounds have been encountered here. Unlike in our fishery in The South, large schools of fish are rare.
For reasons that are well-understood (a mind-blowingly massive fishery with maybe a handful of boats on any given day), the fish on the West Side eat. This is sightfishing for bonefish at its finest – a few big fish, generally moving in one direction, requiring you to make a good shot, but rewarding you when you do.
Most of the flats on the West Side have soft bottoms, so wading is rarely an option – we almost always pole in The West. That’s not such a bad thing though – with the likelihood of encountering the biggest bonefish of your life, the advantage that comes from client/guide teamwork is a good thing over here.