At Andros South our guests are often surprised at how often we fish the West Side of Andros Island. It’s an amazing fishery, our access is really easy, and fishing on the West Side is a totally normal part of our fishing program.
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An Amazing Fishery
The West Side of South Andros (that’s the part of Andros south of the South Bight) is completely uninhabited. The island itself in this area is really a gigantic mangrove swamp – there’s very little land here that would support buildings, let alone roads. It’s remote, pristine and beautiful.
No one knows why, but there are a lot of very big bonefish on the West Side. Very few fish over here are less than a few pounds, many are in the high single digits, and there are definitely fish in the mid double digits.
Bonefish on the West Side tend to travel in smaller groups – singles and small groups up to 5 or 6 fish make up the bulk of the shots over here. Unlike some other parts of our fishery, we don’t see many huge groups of bonefish. This makes the West Side particularly attractive to more experienced anglers – big, smart fish in small groups mean good shots help.
Besides bonefish, the ocean teems with life on the West Side. This is where we see most of our tarpon. Sharks, turtles, sponges, you name it – it’s a big, healthy chunk of ocean.
Unlike almost every other lodge on Andros Island, at Andros South our access to the West Side is simple, smooth and pretty darned close. We launch our boats every day at the mouth of Little Creek, which provides access to the West Side through the middle of South Andros Island.
The path to the West Side goes over shallow water. It’s protected from the wind since it’s not wide open water like in the Bights of Andros. Getting to the beginning of the West Side from our boat launch takes about 30 minutes most days. Now the fishery over there is massive so you might run further than that, but there are no hour-plus, pounding boat rides involved here.
There are sometimes days on which recent wind has blown the water out of Little Creek, meaning that we can’t make it through to the West Side. But overall, we have at least some anglers fishing on the West Side on about 75% of our fishing days.
It’s a totally normal part of our fishing program.
Totally Normal Part of Our Fishing Program
This is such a surprise to most folks that we’re pounding you over the head with it.
Fishing on the West Side is a totally normal part of our fishing program.
- There’s no extra charge.
- It doesn’t need to be scheduled in advance.
- There’s no long, pounding open-water boat ride.
- We fish on the West Side on about 75% of our fishing days.
We love the West Side, and we fish it all the time!