Andros Island Bonefish Club
Cargill Creek, Andros, The Bahamas
Andros Island Bonefishing Club is recognized as one of the premier bonefishing lodges in existence today. Let AIBC take you away from the distractions of everyday life and place you within a fly cast of some of the best fishing in the world. All rooms are clean, comfortable and air conditioned, with private bath and refrigerator.
Andros 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, wadable flat where bonefish are frequently spotted tailing in the nearby waters.
In this ideal position we are able to offer out 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 - thousands of them - 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 thrills of victory.
As a young man Rupert was ambitious and hard working. He worked for many years for AUTEC, the U.S. Naval Base nearby. Rupert, known then as "Gas Boy," spent his days as a diesel mechanic. He also worked part-time for Andros Town Yacht Club, where he learned to guide, and would dive for lobster and grouper to sell for extra cash.
Over the years he met many fishermen who immediately appreciated his guiding abilities and knowledge of local waters. Rupert established relationships with clients eager to see him succeed as a professional guide. Because he had nowhere for his clients to stay overnight, he purchased the property that Andros Island Bonefish now sits. With machete in hand and a lot of hard work, Rupert built from scratch a moderate guest house for his anglers.
As the word spread of the great fishing Andros had to offer and of Rupert's talent as a top notch guide, more business headed his direction. Additional exposure was created when well known figures in the fishing industry came to fish with him. Lefty Kreh's articles and his respected opinion quickly spread the word that Rupert's Lodge was a hidden treasure for all who seek bonefish.
Rupert' dream of a world-class fishing lodge have become a reality. Join Rupert and his crew for a fishing adventure you will not soon forget; a beautiful setting, astounding fishing, and Rupert's own playing of the saw. It is an old tradition taught to him by his father, and is sure to be one of your fondest memories.