Mangrove Cay Club offers a first class fly fishing experience surrounded by the vast and lightly fished flats. Andros Island is widely recognized as one of the world's most productive bonefisheries. Andros is the largest island in the Bahamian chain and also one of the least developed. The region is known for large bonefish with fish over 10 pounds not uncommon. The lodge is located in the middle of Andros along the middle bight with little competition from other lodges allowing guests to experience lightly pressured fish on a daily basis. Androsion guides are legendary for their experience and expertise and those working out of Mangrove Cay are some of the best in the islands. The huge variety of water allows anglers to find the best conditions regardless of the direction of prevailing winds. The lodge at the Mangrove Cay Club offers exceptional cuisine and comfortable guest cabins overlooking the water.
Double Occupancy/Shared Guide
7 nights/ 6 days – $5,550
6 nights/ 5 days – $4,900
5 nights/ 4 days – $4,200
4 nights/ 3 days – $3,400
3 nights/ 2 days – $2,550
Single Occupancy/Single Guide
7 nights/ 6 days – $8,300
6 nights/ 5 days – $7,200
5 nights/ 4 days – $6,200
4 nights/ 3 days – $5,050
3 nights/ 2 days – $3,700
Single Occupancy/Shared Guide
7 nights/ 6 days – $6,750
6 nights/ 5 days – $6,100
5 nights/ 4 days – $5,300
4 nights/ 3 days – $4,250
3 nights/ 2 days – $3,300
Double Occupancy/Single Guide
7 nights/ 6 days – $7,500
6 nights/ 5 days – $6,600
5 nights/ 4 days – $5,550
4 nights/ 3 days – $4,500
3 nights/ 2 days – $3,300
Fishing Rate Includes:
Accommodations; guided flats fishing; all meals; round trip airport to lodge transfer; beverages including house wines, bar liquors, beer, bottled water, soft drinks; room taxes
Air fare; some wines and liquors; gratuities; Bahamian departure tax of $29 where applicable; and items of a personal nature (telephone calls, fly shop purchases, etc.). 7.5% VAT is added to all prices.
Guest stay in one of four bungalows situated over the water. Each bungalow is divided into two suites, separated by a thick soundproof wall. The suites have high cypress ceilings and ceiling fans, an air conditioned bedroom, a sitting room, an oversized bathroom and a private porch overlooking the ocean. The lodge accommodates 16 guests. On the outside wall of each suite is a rod rack that will hold four rods, a bucket for soaking reels and a convenient freshwater hose for washing rods and all other equipment each day. Both outside and inside the entrance are hooks for wet clothes and gear. The sitting room in each suite is furnished with a sofa and chair and some small tables providing the space for laying out tackle and equipment. Fresh ice and bottled drinking water are placed in your suite each day. Each guest bathroom has its own 40 gallon water heater so there is never a shortage of hot water. The bathroom has lots of shelf, counter and hanging space and a very large walk-in shower with shelving for shampoos, razors, etc. We provide abundant towels, waffle weave bathrobes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bath soaps, hair dryer and bug spray. The air conditioned bedroom is off of the sitting room through double sliding doors and contains a bureau, a wardrobe, a night table and two queen size beds facing the sea. There are sliding doors from the bedroom out to the porch and padded lounge chairs. You can greet the day and check out the weather without seeing another guest or having to get dressed.
It is a short walk to the main lodge from. As you enter through the front door, there is a small shop and office to the right. Here you will find telephones and a laptop computer with wireless high speed Internet for your use. The rest of the lodge is open with a large bar and sitting area at one end and the dining area and entrance to the kitchen at the other. There are also bathroom facilities for men and women. The dining area opens out on to a large veranda overlooking Middle Bight followed by a few steps down to the patios and a few more steps down to the attractive wooden dock. This dock is where guests are picked up by our guides each morning and dropped off in the afternoon, and where many evenings are spent fishing for sharks.
At the west end of the property there is a small sand beach at the end of a seawall built of native limestone. A jetty, also built of native limestone is the best place on our property to practice a few casts. The chairs and lounges in the thatch roof gazebo at the other end of the seawall is the place to watch the spectacular sunset at the end of a day of adventure. The lodge is one of the finest facilities in the Bahamas and is immaculately maintained by Liz and Alton Bain. They are part owners of the operation and their attention to detail is evident throughout the property. It is a wonderful place to relax after a great day on the water.
Coffee and tea delivery is now available between 6:00 am and 6:15 am. Breakfast begins at 6:30 am with coffee made from freshly ground beans (roasted for us in Nassau), an assortment of teas, fruit juices, cold cereals and fresh milk, yogurt, fresh fruit and freshly baked pastries (muffins, biscuits, bagels). Hot breakfasts of eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes or French toast are served beginning at 7:00 am. Feel free to request anything you like – hot oatmeal or a fruit salad perhaps?
Lunches are packed in coolers of ice and taken out on the boats. Guests are invited to create their own lunches from a selection of breads and rolls, tuna salad, ham, roasted turkey breast, smoked turkey, salami,roast beef, beef bologna, with cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions and of course, peanut butter and jelly. A fresh green salad is also an option. All are laid out buffet style so you can make your lunch to your preference. Freshly baked cookies, granola bars, potato chips, and fresh fruit complement the selection and make for a great lunch. Bottled water is packed in your cooler by the guide and soft drinks and cold beer are picked up at the bar. Let us know if you would like iced tea or hot coffee on the boat with you.
Snacks are on the bar when you come in from fishing and can be a bowl of mixed nuts, freshly made guacamole with just fried tortilla chips and salsa, seasoned potato chips, cheese and fruit plates, pates, crackers and dips or quesadillas. The bar is well stocked with beer, house and premium wines, quality liquors, liqueurs and sparkling waters. Most beer, wine, liquors, and mixers are complimentary. We do charge for premium wines and liquors. You are also welcome to bring them with you.
Dinner begin with hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour, 6:00 pm. Cracked conch, conch fritters, grouper nuggets, stone crab claws, hot lobster dip, crudités and chicken wings are some of the items you will find on the hors d’oeuvres table. Dinner begins with a salad or a soup. Favorite soups include Bahamian conch chowder, cream of lobster, ginger and carrot. A house salad of crisp greens with a variety of salad vegetables, Caesar, spinach and grilled shrimp salad with mango dressing are some of the salad course offerings. Seafood entrees are Lyke’s specialties, and he prepares fresh fish and lobster to perfection. Grilled fish with fettucine, sauteed grouper in lemon broth with risotto, grilled lobster in cognac sauce, and snapper in pineapple sauce are some of the dishes you will see posted on the menu board. All deserts are homemade. In addition to Lyke’s killer key lime pie, desserts include Grand Marnier Soufflé, mango cheesecake, coconut pies, homemade ice cream, and outrageously fudgey brownies served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. A selection of red and white house wines are poured with dinner and the list includes chardonnays, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, and pinot noir. You may also choose from our premium wine list.
Andros Island, the largest of The Bahama Islands, is actually several islands of which there are three main inhabited islands: North Andros, South Andros and Mangrove Cay. Mangrove Cay is in between North Andros and South Andros and is surrounded by the waters of the Bights, wide and meandering waterways that bisect Andros from east to west. The Bights, known as the North, Middle and South Bight are themselves dotted with countless uninhabited cays and islets with shallow shores. One huge flat on the West Side of Andros Island “The Land of the Giants” has incredible numbers of very large fish can be found here on a consistent basis. Mangrove Cay Club is located on the north shore of Mangrove Cay which is the south shore of the Middle Bight. The lodge is tucked just inside the Bight far enough from the windward east side of the island to provide us with sheltered access to the flats and estuaries of our fishery.
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 our 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”. There is no tide or moon phase that cannot be successfully fished at Mangrove Cay Club.
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. 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.
Your assigned guide will choose the flats you will fish from an almost unlimited number of options and his choices are based on tides, wind, weather and where experience tells him he will find fish. Please note that, if you have a preference of which type of fishing you prefer (wading or boat fishing), you should let both your guide and Liz know before you go out so your guide can plan accordingly. Guides are rotated during your stay, and you can generally expect a new guide to be assigned to you every third fishing day. The rotation is a good way to match guides with guests and provides the opportunity to enjoy old favorites, as well as learn from different guides during your week.
Most fishing is done from the bow of the boat giving you and your guide the elevation to see fish and the mobility to move from flat to flat. For some anglers, wading is the preferred option. It may be your choice to wade alone or with your guide. Let your guide know, and he can plan to include as much or as little wading in your day as you desire.
Occasionally, wind can make fishing from the boat impractical and even getting to the flats uncomfortable. On these days, we have the option of using The Big Boat (our 26’ twin hull with twin 150 hp engines) as a ferry to transport you and guides to lee shores and creeks for wading. This program has saved the day when many of our guests were resigned to a good book or a day at the tying table. These ventures can be very satisfying – in February of this year an 11# bonefish was caught, minutes from the lodge on a day that most lodges could not even get to the flats