Al Caucci has spent two months per year for
the past 30 years flyfishing for bonefish in the
. He has fished
extensively throughout the
chain; Great Exuma, Little Exuma,
, Aklins, Eluthera,
and other areas, and spent additional time in
as well as the
. Al is known throughout the world as a match-the-hatch flyfishing
author/expert (Hatches I&II etc), however, his vast experience
with lodges, guides, tides, weather, bonefish flat locals, and
accurate long range casting ability has made Al Caucci one of the
foremost experts on bonefishing in the world!
Al started his “hosted” flyfishing trips and bonefish
schools in the
in 1985 and they have run consistently ever year since. His
bonefish schools and hosted trips and have introduced close to a
thousand trout fishermen on how to bonefish in the
. He prefers the
, for shear numbers of bonefish and for big bones (double digit
here to read bonefishing tips from Al
what Al has to say about why his bonefish trips are the best!
During the past 15 years I have concentrated
on the vast area of
for fishing and teaching anglers how to bone fish.
Except for the east coast settlements, Andros is totally
pristine and about 90% uninhabited – in fact it is considered
the largest uninhabited land mass in the western hemisphere!
It is also the greatest bonefish nursery in the
, and recently research is starting to reveal that many of the
fish might migrate from
has major populations of trophy bonefish which I target on my
trips. There are
places on the island where bonefish have never seen a human being!
Another unique aspect of
is that there are 3 major “bights” that cut through the island
which enables anglers to fish the ideal tide, any day of the week
and also any hour of the day.
When it is high tide on the East Side, it’s
low tide on the West Side – as you go through a bight from east
to west you can fish the ideal tide to your liking.
This is unique due to the vastness of the island. The North
Bight is 5 miles wide and 30 miles long from east to west. This
area alone has hundreds of large flats.
When you combine the East Coast and West Coast fishing,
plus the North Bight, Middle Bight and South Bight, as well as the
inland creeks, channels and mangroves, lakes and harbors, plus the
Jolter keys in the northern tip and the Water Keys on the south
tip and the countless islands on the east coast, Andros has
approximately 1500-2000 square miles of bonefish flats and
pristine habitat. You
could probably get all the known bone fishing destinations in the
world together and they won’t make one
. That’s why I spend two months a year here!
Through my travels in the
, I have fished with close to 100 different guides in dozens of
lodges. After spending
15 years at this I know all the top players and guides, and most
of their families. I
have selected 6 of the top “independent” guides on the island
for my trips that enable me to get to any location on the island!
Often, bone fishing comes down to fishing
conditions and when the wind is blowing you need a guide that
still locate the fish, can pole and hold the boat in 20 mph wind.
They must have reliable and fast boats that can travel to the best
spots with the best leas (out of the strong wind).
Unlike many lodge guides, these independent guides can
operate in all conditions and importantly, have great people
skills. All of my guides are excellent casters and teachers and
have great personalities and humility.
They are expert in getting even the lowest novice into
plenty of bonefish – if you can cast 40 feet, you will catch
It’s no small wonder why
produces the largest size bonefish on average in the world!
It is by far the best bonefish destination in the world,
where you can catch large numbers of bones as well as large bones,
5-10 pounds on a regular basis.
Plus, you have a chance to hook a world record bonefish
every time you venture out on the flats.
Every November and March my clients land several in the
10-13 pound class. This
is not normal with other bonefish destinations.
I hook and land about 10 bonefish between 7 and 12 pounds,
sometimes larger – up to 14 pounds.
I’ve hooked and lost a number of bones over
the years that cold have been world records.
I weigh all my fish over 5 pounds on a boga grip scale
which helps me release a fish with minimum handling.
Most people look at a 5 pound bone and think it is 7-8
pounds due to the incredible fight that they provide.
For example, if you hook a fish over 7 pounds, it will run
150-200 yards several times and it will take about 30 minutes to
land – more for double digit fish over 10 pounds.
See Al's Andros photo galleries here
– Location, Location, Location:
There are dozens of lodges in
, some are bare bones and some are very up scale.
I selected Andros Island Bonefish Lodge for the following
Great location right on the ocean flats at the
entrance of the North Bight
Gateway to top fishing grounds, North, South, East,
Best proximity to my top guides who live in the area
Clean, spacious rooms, good food and drinks,
extremely friendly staff, free laundry and shuttles to the airport
which is close by.
At the Andros Island Bonefish Club we are located
right on the North Bight. During a normal days fishing we can go
to the East coast, Middle Bight, South Bight, Spanish Wells and
West coast and well up and down each coast, covering almost 50% of
the island. At Small Hope Bay Lodge, our alternate lodge, we can
cover an additonal 30% in the north central part of the island
including the Jolter keys.
So, it’s the best bonefish destination with
the biggest fish on the planet, the best guides, the ideal lodge
location, plus hands on guidance from Al Caucci who will also
advise you on the best rods, reels, lines, flies for Andros and
will show you how to use them! Al’s “hosted” trips are held
in March, November and sometime Feb., which offer the best windows
of opportunity both for big fish and numbers!
here to learn more about Al Caucci's Andros Bonefish trips.