Capt. Rick Grassett’s Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, South Andros, Bahamas Fishing Report, November 2019
I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas recently. Stewart Lavelle from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Jerry Tipper from Port Charlotte, Rusty Chinnis from Longboat Key, Bill Crelin, from Milwaukee, WI and I drove from Sarasota to FXE in Ft. Lauderdale where we met up with John and DJ, from NY, and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air. 
We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of hundreds of fish. Conditions were good and action was also good, including quite a few fish in the 4 to 6 or 7-lb category and several close to double-digit fish. Jerry caught and released a memorable bonefish, an estimated 9-lb fish! Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. Like fishing anywhere, there were some great days and some slower days, but overall it was a great trip to a great lodge!
Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly during our stay at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch. One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south. South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips, so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.
Back home in Sarasota, tripletail in the coastal gulf has been a good option depending on conditions. Deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with Shad tails and Clouser flies. Reds and snook on shallow flats of Tampa Bay have also been a good option.
Tight Lines,Capt. Rick GrassettFFI Certified Fly Casting InstructorOrvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater OutfittersOrvis Outfitter of the Year-2011Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service,, and E-mail 923-7799 (office)

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