Andros Island Bonefish ClubAndros Island Bonefish Club now sits on property that was once a sisal plantation. Owned by the British, the plantation's main function was to make ropes for boats. In the year 1984, Captain Rupert Leadon purchased this property from the government of the Bahamas with a dream to create the lodge, which stands today.
Located approximately 150 miles southeast of Miami, Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas chain, yet it remains the least populated. The AIBC is located at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean, Cargill Creek and the eastern end of the North Bight. This places us just 100 yards from a productive, wadeable flat where bonefish are frequently spotted tailing in the nearby waters. In this ideal position we are able to offer our guests direct access to some of the best saltwater sport fishing in all the world and more fishable flats than any area of the Caribbean. These waters are renowned for both the incomparable sheer numbers of bonefish-“tousands of dem”-in large schools averaging 3-5 pounds, as well as the great potential for trophy-size, double-digit bonefish swimming in its waters. Andros has long been known as the home of the world’s largest bonefish. As your host Capt. Rupert Leadon will tell you “Here at de AIBC you will turn the agony of defeat into great trills of victory.”
Our angler’s fish from 16-18ft modern flats skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 90-140hp Yamaha outboards and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. For your safety, all boats are equipped with life jackets, tools and radios. Fishing can be done from the boat where mobility and visibility are optimal, or by wading hard flats and white sand beaches in order to stalk and isolate the fish. You will fish such places as Pretty Creek, Yellow Cay and Land of the Giants. These names speak for themselves when considering the many flats, bights, creeks and cays Andros Island has to offer.
The occasional and elusive permit and the resident tarpon found cruising the deeper creeks on the west side attract many serious anglers to our lodge. Barracuda are also available to the angler and can be found on the flats most of the year. Jacks, snappers and sharks are often encountered on the flats while you're stalking bonefish, permit, or tarpon. Having a rod rigged and ready to cast will greatly increase your chances of hooking these fish.
With the Great Barrier Reef of Andros only one-half mile from the lodge you can explore the possibilities the deep blue water has to offer. Beyond the reef lies the Tongue of the Ocean, a deep drop-off which harbors big game, including blue marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, king fish, mackerel, tuna, snapper and grouper. Probably the most prolific offshore species is the dolphin or dorado which can be caught on light tackle and with flies.
The Andros Island Bonefish Club is now recognized as one of the premier bonefishing lodges in existence today. AIBC takes you away from the distractions of everyday life and places you within a fly-cast of some of the best fishing in the world. The lodge stretches over a quarter of a mile and outside every room there is a great view of the ocean. All twenty-nine rooms are clean, comfortable and air-conditioned. Each comes with a private bath, a personal refrigerator and a ceiling fan. The rooms are modestly decorated to make room for all of your tackle and belongings. We now have single rooms, double rooms, and even two triple rooms available to better accommodate your needs. Daily housekeeping and laundry service are provided.
In May of 2003 Captain Rupert Leadon announced the acquisition and merger with AIBC’s neighbor, Creekside Lodge (formerly Cargill Creek Lodge). With this addition AIBC can now offer great new amenities. As our guest, you will enjoy the freshwater swimming pool with surrounding patio. Offering satellite television in addition to a full service bar, the indoor lounge adjoins the dining room and is a comfortable place to relax. The bonefishing mecca of Andros Island and the superb hospitality at AIBC come together in a tropical paradise. A place where you can fish the seemingly endless flats, relax in a shaded hammock and absorb the beauty that surrounds you at the Andros Island Bonefish Club.