Mangrove Cay Club, Bahamas

Central Andros, fish all three bites

Perfectly situated ....

The location of Mangrove Cay Club on the north shore of Mangrove Cay is smack in the middle of the best bonefish habitat on Andros, giving access to the North, Middle and South Bights, the eastern flats and the West Side of Andros, all without ever having to trailer a boat to a launch site or take you on a bone crushing ride in the open ocean. The next goal was to develop more comfortable accommodations, finer quality meals, more attentive service, more hands on professional management, and more attention to detail than had ever been seen in Andros before.

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Simply an amazing place ....

Talk to any fisherman that has an interest in saltwater fly fishing and they will tell you that Andros Island is home to some of the largest bonefish in the world. A glance at a map of Andros reveals more bonefish habitat than any other island of the Bahamas and, in fact, the world. Years ago, when bonefish lodges were first being established on Andros, the thinking was that anglers came to fish and did not care what they ate, where they slept, or whether the shower water was hot and abundant. Locations for lodges were chosen without thought to the ease of access to the fishery but chosen instead because they were in the home settlements of the founders on the eastern shores of Andros and often on land they already owned. Access to the Bights is sometimes possible from these locations by boat rides on the ocean, windward side and rough deep channel crossings. In some cases, the ocean ride is simply too far to be safe, practical or comfortable and boats must be pulled on trailers to launch sites. When planning the development of Mangrove Cay Club, the first priority was to find a location closer to the Andros fishery than any other Andros bonefish lodge. We believe this is the best situated fishing lodge on Andros.

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Experience all of Andros with ease ....

One huge flat on the West Side of Andros Island “The Land of the Giants” has incredible numbers of very large fish and they can be found here on a consistent basis. It is widely known that bonefish follow the tides, using them to feed in shallow water. Tides on Andros behave in an odd way that works to our advantage. When the tide is low and rising on the east side, it is high and falling on the west side and vice versa. This gives guides the advantage of being able to move through the Bights all day, never leaving you sitting on a shoreline waiting for the tide to “be right”. Andros bonefish are plentiful and average 3 to 5 pounds with regular appearances of fish 6 to 10 pounds. Several 11, 12 and 13 pound fish are landed every season. Our daily recorded statistics prove that the waters just minutes away from the lodge are equally productive in both size and numbers. In fact, some of the largest fish have been taken within sight of the Mangrove Cay Club just across the Bight around Big Wood Cay and Moxey Creek. Bonefish are seen in schools of anywhere from a few fish to very large numbers, often in the hundreds. Large fish tend to travel in singles and doubles although they can hang out in large schools with smaller fish. The Bights and West Side of Andros have soft bottoms and are best fished from the bow of the skiff. Wading is done on hard, sandy bottomed flats which are all located on the eastern shores and the south west of Andros.

Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit
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Mangrove cay raises the bar ....

Opened in 2015, Ascension Bay Lodge is located in a nicely appointed 3 bedroom house on the Punta Allen beach. Our air-conditioned guest rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Hosting a maximum of eight anglers at a time, the lodge is private and offers a good level of personal service . In house cooks prepare delicious mayan inspired cuisine that can be enjoyed in a private dining room. Beer is always ice cold and fresh-squeezed margaritas are top notch.

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