South Andros Fishing
An angler’s fantasy realized. Remote southwest Andros, part of the West Side National Park, is a pristine saltwater wilderness, uninhabited and wild, bursting with bird and sea life. Miles of wadable sand flats, mangrove-lined creeks, and a zig zag of countless islets create a home for schools of bonefish that can color acres of flats a shimmering silver. These masses of fish swim in waves that ripple the water across a hundred square yards, while their larger kin cruise the edges of sand bars that drop off into turquoise cuts. The plentiful population of resident tarpon layup in the creeks and on the outer Grand Bahama Bank, then roam across the white-bottomed flats with the tides.
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.
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.
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.