A letter from your captain

Tom McLaughlin, Mothership Captain and General Manager

As captain of the “Eleven Mothership,” your Eleven Experience floating base camp, I’ll be standing by to welcome you aboard as we set off to explore the legendary sport fishing grounds that have drawn generations of anglers to Florida and the rich waters of the Bahamas and beyond.

A Florida resident since 1986, I’m passionate about fishing. It’s a passion nurtured by years of experience, a bounty of local knowledge and a lifetime spent on the water. It’s my goal to make your Eleven Angling Experience an adventure you’ll always remember.

My dedication and devotion to the sport are, perhaps, best illustrated by my ongoing fisheries conservation efforts along with my drive to push the boundaries, to venture above and beyond. To me, fishing has always been far more than dropping a line and catching a fish. I’ve spent my years at the helm expanding the limits of equipment and technology – as well as my own knowledge – to seek and find that elusive and raw connection to the sea and its life. It is, I believe, an essential element of the sport. And it’s one your crew aboard the Eleven Mothership is eager to share.

Throughout my years on the water, fishing has always been an emotional and personal experience. Even life-changing at times. Sharing this feeling with others has always been my mission. It’s what drives me. And it’s what drives the Eleven Experience.

I firmly believe that through example and education we can help preserve and protect nature’s unique and special places. For me, the move to the Eleven Mothership was a natural evolution. It’s a unique vessel, one that has furthered my commitment to conservation and sportsmanship. The Mothership has provided us with the means to create a unique connection to nature through the rich opportunities the Eleven Experience offers. There’s nothing afloat that rivals it. And no, I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

What will your trip look like?

The Challenge: No lodges, no people, and the only way to access this region is by enduring long boat rides from southeastern Andros or even longer runs from the North and Middle Bights.

The Solution: The Eleven Mothership liveaboard experience; your casually luxurious home on the most productive flats in the world, where you can fish with the tides, sunrise to sunset

The 74’ Hatteras Mothership takes the live-aboard lifestyle to a new level, and while being out on the flats always takes top billing, why not hang-out, relax, eat, drink, sleep in unmatched Eleven comfort and style. And the key here is the outstanding crew—professional captain, gourmet chef, guest experience specialist, and seasoned Bahamian guides who will lead you on daily explorations across the magical South Andros seascape. Fish from custom-built ultra-skinny water Beavertail skiffs, or take off wading. Bonefish and tarpon are the main quarry, with permit, mutton snapper, barracuda, and sharks in the mix.

Day 1 - WELCOME AND LET’S START FISHING

Arrival at Congo Town airport, South Andros. Greeting by Eleven staff, ground and water transfer to Mothership. Get settled, snacks and refreshments, meet your guides and hit the nearby flats. Back on board enjoy the Mothership experience; evening cocktails, cold beer, selected wines, gourmet dinner, and a great night’s sleep.

Days 2 - 3 - FULL DAYS OF FISHING – WATER CAYS, CURLEY CUT CAYS, CORMORANT POINT

Chef-prepared breakfast each morning, with flexible fishing start time. Head out on the skiffs to chase bonefish and tarpon with the tides. Your guide will have your boat’s coolers stocked with home-made lunches, water and drinks. The Water Cays offer some of the best wade fishing on the planet as do the Curley Cut Cays. Or head up the west coastline to Cormorant Point in search of cruising tarpon. Any day you can choose to head back to the ship for a chef’s special lunch in the middle of the day, or eat in the field aboard the skiff.

Day 4 - FULL DAY OF FISHING – WEST SIDE, MILLER CREEK

The West Side shorelines and creeks await, along with the vast Grand Bahama Bank – home to resident tarpon, big bones, plus permit, snapper, barracuda and sharks. And at the end of each day, return to the oasis of the Mothership and enjoy après, share some amazing stories, and savor delicious dinners created by your private chef.

Day 5 - DEPARTURE DAY

Chef’s special send-off breakfast, then water and land transfer back to Congo Town airport for your departure, or on to your next Eleven island adventure.

Note: Depending on your airport departure time, and customized itinerary you choose, there can be a morning of flats fishing on your departure day.

Getting Here

BY PLANE

Most arrivals are by charter or commercial flights into Congo Town Airport from either Ft. Lauderdale (1 hour charter flight) or Nassau (15 minute commercial or charter flight.)

LAND AND WATER TRANSPORTATION

Once you arrive at the Congo Town Airport, you will be met by an Eleven staff member for land and water transportation to the Mothership.

FOR JACKFISH CHANNEL ANCHORAGE

There will be a 35 minute drive along the Queen’s Highway which will take you to Mars Bay. From there, a 20 minute water transfer will take you to the Mothership.

FOR SOUTH BIGHT ANCHORAGE

There will be a five minute drive to Driggs Hill dock, and a 30 minute water transfer to the Mothership.