Vaughn's Fly Box Picks:
Stafford Creek is one of the northern most lodges on Andros and therefore has lots of choices of fish to catch. Bonefish is number one and the menu includes Charlies and Gotchas size 2 through 6 in pink, tan, gold and white. Please throw in a shrimp pattern in your box like Veverka's Mantis Shrimp, it seems to work everywhere. We also recommend the trusted Clouser size 1 through 6 ( size 1 for deep water fish ) in chartreuse and white and olive and white. Yes, you'll always include pink and tan ones too. There are some big jacks, cudas and sharks around so take along deceivers, baitfish patterns, poppers and something red for the sharks.
Wire leader is a must! Tarpon can be found and you should have a few standard patterns like the cockroach, the toad and some bunny flies with a little weight.
At Stafford Creek, bonefish are the preferred target, and the fish in the area are among the largest found anywhere in the world. Good numbers of permit and tarpon can also be found in area waters, especially in the Joulter Cays and along the west side of the island. Prescott and his staff of veteran guides work hard to provide the very best fishing opportunities possible based on the time of year, weather conditions, and their client’s skill level and expectations. For this reason, Stafford Creek is a great destination for both beginning and expert anglers alike.
Unlike many Bahamian lodges Stafford Creek Lodge uses numerous different boat put-ins throughout the northern area of Andros. Such areas as Red Bays (West Side), Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek, North End (Joulters), and Fresh Creek anable the guided to provide anglers with an optimum expereince with less running time in a boat. This is a nice when the seas are rough. Expect to spend up to one hour daily in a car for transfers to and from the boat launches.
Andros Island, located approximately 150 miles east of the Florida Keys, is a premier bonefish destination. This Bahamian Island, which is over 100 miles long and in places up to 40 miles wide, consists of a vast area of flats, creeks, cays, cuts, mangroves, and fertile fishing grounds. If you are a serious angler looking for big bones, then Andros Island should strongly be considered. Andros is arguably the best island in the Bahamas – if not the best in the world – for seeking BIG bonefish! If you are a first-time saltwater fisherman or an intermediate angler looking to improve, then Andros is a great place due to the sheer number of bonefish that inhabit the waters. Anglers new to fishing for bones can be taken to areas of the island where they can tune their skills on large numbers of small to medium-sized fish, usually from one to four pounds. These smaller fish are found in large numbers and – for the most part – are easily fooled. For those seeking diversity, there are opportunities for tarpon, permit, jacks, barracuda, sharks, snapper, grouper, dolphin, wahoo, and many other species.
One of the main draws for anglers visiting Andros is the uninhabited “West Side” of the island. A good portion of unexplored territory still remains on the west side, and the fish are rarely pressured. This equates to a large population of fish, many of which reach world-class size. (Some bonefish on the west side will push 15+ pounds!) This side of the island is acknowledged as one of the premier “trophy bonefish” areas in the world. The west coast is also one of the better destinations in the Bahamas for tarpon. Tarpon fishing is usually best during the warmer months.
The cottages are very spacious for two anglers per cottage. The rooms are appointed with Andros pine hand made furnishings, two queen size beds, a spacious bathroom, air conditioning and ceiling fans, rod holders, and wading boot drying racks. Each room has a mini refrigerator stocked with sodas, beer, water, a coffee maker, and fresh coffee for your convenience. Every convenience has been considered, including a hairdryer, a basic first aid kit, boat towels, bath robes, and alarm clock/radio provided in each room. The lodge also offers a complimentary laundry service so that anglers may travel light. Each cottage has a private deck overlooking the magnificent view of Stafford Creek. Guests have access to free internet and computer use in the main office (upon request), and Wi-Fi is now available for those that want to bring their own laptops!
Anglers fish from Maverick Mirage skiffs, complete with poling platforms, 90-140hp Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable.
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