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					         M ARS B AY B ONEFISH L ODGE
                                                              WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU DID LAST YEAR?
                                                         LOCATION: Congo Town – South Andros
                                                         Island, Bahamas

                                                         SPECIES: Bonefish, with some possibilities for
                                                         tarpon, permit, barracuda, jacks, snapper,
                                                         dorado, and more

                                                         ACCOMMODATIONS: 4 – Star
                                                         CAPACITY: Maximum of 8 anglers per week
                                                         SEASON: Year-Round
                                                         RATES: 7 night / 6 day fishing - $3,190 per
                                                         person

GENERAL INFORMATION
The largest island in the Bahamas and one of the least populated, Andros
Island has for many years been known as the bonefishing capital of the
world. Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge is a relatively new and small lodge near
the southeastern tip of Andros that affords anglers a short and easy skiff
ride to the area’s enormous and productive flats – flats that are among the
most unfished, untouched, and pristine in all of the Bahamas. This
smaller lodge is ideal for groups that want to take over a whole
destination. There is also a productive flat right out your door, making
for excellent arrival and departure day fishing.

                            THE FISHING
                        Mars Bay is the end of the road on Andros; you literally cannot
                        drive any further south. That puts you ten miles closer to the best
                        fishing grounds on Andros than the nearest lodge. What does that
                        mean to you? Well …no less than a ten mile shorter run over rough
                        open water and up to an extra hour fishing each day. There are
                        great flats just ten minutes away. You can expect to encounter
                        large schools of two-pound mudding bones, sight cast to schools of
                        five to twenty fish in the five to six pound category, as well as take
                        shots at cruising doubles and singles in excess of ten pounds. Most
of the fishing is done wading from the boat on these vast hard bottom sandy flats.

Andros, the largest of the Bahamian islands, is located 150 miles southeast of Miami and
40 miles southwest of Nassau, New Providence. One mile off the coast of the island lies the
third largest barrier reef in the world — the Tongue of the Ocean — where the water depth
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plummets from 30 feet to 6000 feet. The reef runs for about 170 miles. Cool waters from the
deep flow upward against the walls, feeding an unbelievable fishery. Just off the reef in
deep water are Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Jacks. On the reef are Barracuda,
Snappers, and Grouper. All this is surrounded by hundreds of square miles of fishable
flats known worldwide for trophy bonefishing.

During your time on South Andros, you’ll be fishing such areas as Beach Cay, Grassy
Creek, Hawks Nest, Jackfish, and Water Cays to name a few. Bonefish in the area average
three to five pounds with fish exceeding ten pounds found on an occasional basis. All of
the guides at the lodge are licensed bonefishing guides who live in Mars Bays and grew up
on the water. They’re as comfortable in a boat as they are on land, and they’ll work hard to
put you on fish every day of your trip! Mars Bay is arguably the best location for those
wanting to fish the southern tip of Andros and take advantage of an undeveloped fishery
that receives very little fishing pressure.

                                    ACCOMMODATIONS
                                    You’ll be on the water early each morning and back safely
                                    in time for dinner each afternoon. At the end of the day if
                                    you still want to fish or practice your cast, you’re welcome
                                    to step on to the flats in front of the lodge and fish until
                                    dark. Accommodations are in comfortable, air-conditioned
                                    rooms, four rooms featuring a private bath, two full-sized
                                    beds, ceiling fans and plenty of room for fishing tackle and
                                    personal belongings. The fifth master suite has a king sized
                                    bed for couples. Daily housekeeping is provided and
                                    laundry service is available upon request. The lodge is
                                    comfortable, the food is good and atmosphere is exactly
                                    what you would expect from a quality Bahamian fishing
                                    operation.

LENGTH OF STAY
Designated arrival and departure days are typically Saturdays, which means that a seven
night / six fishing day itinerary from Saturday to Saturday is the standard package. Other
schedules can be accommodated based on availability, however, and trips of any length
are available if space permits. Please contact us for details.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT OFFERED
Anglers fish from 16-foot Rahming Bonefish skiffs, complete
with poling platforms, 40-60 HP Yamaha outboards, and
spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and
comfortable.



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SEASON
Mars Bay Lodge offers year-round fishing and guest accommodations. October through
mid-July is peak season for fishing in Andros, when the weather and water temperatures
are ideal.

January – February
A wide variety of fish species can be caught at the beginning of the calendar year. Best
months for trophy bonefish! Lots of big barracuda on the flats as well.

March – April
Peak bonefish season, as well as a great time for tarpon.

May – June
Bonefish, tarpon, and barracuda are plentiful. Winds are calmer and cooling afternoon rain
showers are possible.

July – September
Morning fishing is best for bonefish, as the flats heat up quickly. Great months for stalking
barracuda, sharks, and snapper. Calm winds, with the exception of the random Caribbean
storm. Tarpon are also available.

October – December
All of the bights of Andros are great during these months. Good time of the year to find
the elusive permit.

HOW TO GET THERE
There are three ways to reach Mars Bay Lodge and Congo Town. The first is via the
regularly-scheduled Western Air flight from Nassau, and the second is via private charter
from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. The third and easiest way to get to Congo Town is Lynx air
that now flies on Wednesdays and Saturdays DIRECT from Fort Lauderdale.

If you are planning on traveling via Western Air you will first need to travel to Nassau.
Once you arrive in Nassau head for the domestic terminal, where you will catch a short 15
minute flight to Congo Town Airport (TZN), South Andros. Western Air flies there twice a
day. The first flight is at 7:30 AM and the second departs to Congo Town at 3:00 PM. A
round trip ticket is approximately $100.00 Incoming parties are asked to arrive on the
afternoon flight into Congo Town whenever possible.

You can also fly directly from Florida to South Andros by booking a private air charter.
These charters are available from either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. Please call us for a
complete listing of charter services that fly to Congo Town.



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Upon arrival on the island, a cab will be waiting at the Congo Town airport for you and
your party. From there it’s a 22 mile drive on new road to Mars Bay Bonefish Club, the
most southern located club on Andros.

NON-ANGLING ACTIVITIES
Because South Andros is completely undeveloped, there are not a lot of non-angling
activities to take advantage of – unless of course a person wants to do nothing but relax,
swim, soak up the rays, and read a good book! There is no night life, no place to shop, and
no quaint villages to explore. Non-anglers will find the accommodations at Mars Bay are
clean, comfortable, and air conditioned, and the relaxation potential is limitless.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
As of 2006, all U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire
within 6 months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank,
unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in
any way.

RATES* All rates listed below are per person.
                      2 Per Boat and 2 Per               1 Per Boat and 1 Per          Non Angler
TRIP LENGTH
                      Room                               Room                          Rate
7 Nights / 6
                      $3,190                             $4,250                        $1,400
Days
6 Nights / 5
                      $2,840                             $3,750                        $1,200
Days
5 Nights / 4
                      $2,490                             $3,250                        $1,000
Days
4 Nights / 3
                      $2,140                             $2,750                        $800
Days
3 Nights / 2
                      $1,790                             $2,250                        $600
Days
* Remember that our services are completely free! When you book a trip with us, you
never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

OTHER INFORMATION
Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge is a small operation. Availability is extremely limited. Most
dates are filled a year in advance, so plan on booking early! During the peak months of
March, April, and May, a minimum 5 day / 6 nights stay is required.

The lodge will close for the summer season June 30th, 2007 and re-open for the fall season
October 1st, 2007. They also close for the holidays December 15, 2007.


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WHAT’S INCLUDED
All accommodations and meals at lodge, guided fishing with boat, daily lunch and bottled
water, alcoholic beverages and bar tab, soft drinks in boat, transfers via taxi from Congo
Town to lodge and back, and government room tax.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare from home town to Congo Town, South Andros, overweight baggage charges,
gratuities for guides and staff, airport departure taxes, and telephone calls.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Our international travel experts can assist with the travel arrangements for all destinations
that we offer! Contact Us for details on airfare, itineraries, and details.




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