One of the best saltwater fisheries on the planet, and it’s only an hour from Florida. Miles of wadable sand flats, mangrove-lined creeks, and a zig zag of countless islets create an ideal home for bonefish, including those famous double-digit monsters. The plentiful population of resident tarpon roam across the white-bottomed flats with the tides. Seasoned Bahamian guides will lead you on daily explorations across this magical seascape. Fish from the skiffs or take off wading. Novice anglers will be spoiled with numerous shots at feeding bones, while accomplished fly fishers can hunt and stalk flashing silver tails.
A Letter From Your Captain
Tom McLaughlin, Mothership Captain
A Florida resident since 1986, I’m passionate about fishing and it’s my goal to make your Eleven angling experience an adventure you’ll always remember. As captain of the Mothership, 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 the rich waters of the Bahamas and beyond.
To me, fishing has always been far more than dropping a line and catching a fish. Finding that elusive and raw connection to the sea is an essential element of the sport. The Mothership is a unique vessel, one that provides us with the means to create a special connection to nature. There’s nothing afloat that rivals it.
Day 1 - WELCOME AND LET’S START FISHING
Morning arrival at Congo Town airport, South Andros. Greeting by Eleven staff, ground and water transfer to the Mothership. Get settled, enjoy snacks and refreshments, meet your guides and hit the nearby flats. Full day of fishing, lunch on the skiff. Back on board, enjoy the Mothership experience; evening cocktails, cold beer, selected wines, locally-sourced 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 start times every day. Head out on the skiffs to chase bonefish and other species with the tides. Your guide will have your boat’s coolers stocked with home-made lunches and drinks. Fish in the Water Cays for bones, some of the best wade fishing on the planet, with regular shots at tailing fish. Or head further south to the Curley Cut Cays. Then we change it up. The shorelines and offshore bars from Cormorant Point to Miller Creek are loaded with big bones, plus tarpon and some permit. Lots of sharks and barracuda too. Each day, choose to head back to the ship for lunch or eat in the field aboard the skiff. At day’s end, return to the oasis of the Mothership. Delicious après snacks and dinners invented by your chef each evening, paired with fine wine and craft cocktails.
Day 4 - FULL DAY OF FISHING – MILLER CREEK, LITTLE MILLER and LAND-LOCKED LAKES
Fuel up on coffee, eggs, and bacon before setting out to the West Side shorelines and the vast Grand Bahama Bank. From Miller Creek north to Little Miller and Spanish Wells, the variety of flats, creek systems and offshore bars is hard to imagine. All the flats gamefish roam this area; especially big bones and resident tarpon. Then you have the endless lake systems where Stand Up Paddle boards are used to access tailing bones, plus other species in super skinny water. This is adventure fishing at its best. At the end of the day, return to the Mothership and share stories over beers on the bow, followed by the chef’s selection of fresh seafood.
Day 5 - DEPARTURE DAY
Enjoy a special send-off breakfast before your water and land transfer back to Congo Town airport for your departure, or on to your next Eleven island adventure.
Note: Customized trips of any length are available. Depending on the customized itinerary you choose, there can be flats fishing on your departure day also.
- Polarized sunglasses
- Fly rod and reel if you prefer to use your own, otherwise, Eleven will provide
- Sun protective clothing (buff, baseball hat, capilene shirt)
- Rain jacket and pants
- Non-marking, white soled shoes for skiff
- All necessary wading/diving gear will be provided by Eleven