Forum Navigation

New Posts

Search


Go Back   Reel-Time Forums > Regional Discussion Forums > Caribbean & South America

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-06-2010, 03:45 PM
fitz fitz is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Before Nov. 1999
Posts: 15
Trip Report: Tiamo, South Andros - May, 2010

Trip Report: Tiamo, South Andros - May, 2010

(About me--been a long time since my last post. I live in Annapolis, MD and used to edit the Chesapeake FishWire here on RT back in the 90's. Ran a lodge in MX for a bit, now fish the Bay all the time and travel to fish/hunt a bunch.)

Sorry for the late trip report--things at work have been hectic all summer and I am just now able to report on what was probably the best overall fishing/vacation trip I have had to date. And this includes 10 years fishing in Abaco, 10 years in the Keys, and running a flats lodge in Mexico for a season! Other's experiences may vary depending on time of year and weather, but here is our experience in South Andros.

Background

This winter, right after the last day of duck season in Maryland, my wife and I began planning our annual fishing trip to the Bahamas in May. We go through the same routine every year--she asks "Should we look at somewhere beside Abaco year year?" After a few minutes running down the list of what we like about Abaco--plenty of DIY flats and offshore fishing, guides if you want them, snorkling, great rental houses, etc.--we usually just book the trip. Well, during that few minutes, I happened to look on Reel-Time in the Carribean forum and noticed a trip report for Tiamoon the South Bight in South Andros. The place sounded very cool--big bones, lots of medium bones, somewhat remote, luxury accomodations, and killer food. OK, so we checked out the Tiamo Resorts site. Nice site, pretty pics, blah, blah, but what was the real deal. Then we read all the reports on TripAdvisor. The overwhelming majority of reports were something like, "the best trip of my life", "5 star food, beautiful accomodations, and incredible bonefishing", etc. Come on... I was pretty skeptical, but the chance to go to Andros with my wife instead of a week in a typical lodge with the boys (which is great, but a different trip...) was too good to pass up. We booked a week, with 3 days guided. The plan was to self-guide for bones around the lodge some, slide offshore in the lodge's 27' World Cat, and snorkel, sail, swim, eat, drink, etc...

Getting There

The reason we go to the Bahamas year after year is that it feel so tropical and remote, yet is really easy to get to from Maryland/DC-area. We took a 2 hour direct flight to Nassua, short layover, then got on the all-cash (seriously!) airline turbo-prop to Congotown.

15 minutes later, we land in Congotown in take a quick cab to the Drigg's Hill harbor. We jump in the Tiamo boat and make a short run into the South Bight right up to the Tiamo dock. Pulling in, it looks like Gilligan's Island:



The Lodge

Accomodations for the week were a private cottage (1 of 11 total). We thought it was cool, comfortable, and really liked the design:


Every day we ate in the main lodge area, which was also very tastefully decorated:



Food was killer... They said 5 star chef on their site and I would agree. We are pretty snobby about food quality and preparation and this was as good as we could have hoped for. All the food was super-fresh and often include fish we caught ourselves (dolphin and tuna):




Bonefishing

We booked 3 days with a local guide, as we would not have our own boat and wanted to make sure we were covered if the fishing around the lodge was tough. The 3 days were with Marvin Miller, and it was great. From big fish outside the bight, to high numbers inside, to a bonus tarpon, we could not have had more fun. 2 of the days I ended up fishing with another guy who was at the lodge and we hammered the 3-7lb bones--doubles all day (no big schools/muds) both days, with 25-35 fish totals per day! The last day I even had about a 40lb tarpon on for about 10 minutes before jumping him off. Wes mostly fished the West Side, hitting creeks and flats right off the Bight.





We also fished DIY from the lodge and I caught a couple fish each time I went out. The folks at the lodge would drop me off on a nearby flat and come pick me up in time for happy hour... It was great.


Offshore

So I kept talking with Bill, the owner, about heading out to 6000' of water just 3 miles offshore to try and find some dolphin we could target with flies. This is one of my favorite things to do, so we loaded up the 27' World Cat and cruised around looking for birds. And we found them. And tuna...


Try as we might, I could not get football blackfins and yellowfins to eat my flies, but they nailed the trolled baits on light tackle and trolling gear. We later hooked a nice dolphin on the spinning rod and held him near the boat while we waited for his buddies to show up. And they did. Multiple hook-ups were the norm, as we danced around the boat:


The end result was some really nice dolpin on our 10 wts:


Other Stuff

In between all the fishing, cocktails, great food, and making new friends, we snorkled some incredible reefs, sailed the Hobie cats watching the sunset, and my wife went on a nature tour, checking out several in-land blue holes. Oh, and we managed to relax too!


Bugs--there are bugs all over Andros and the doctor flies and mosquitos are well documented. Tiamo has a misting system around the lodge which really helped with the bugs, though the no-seeums managed to get my wife one night. On the flats, you must wear long-sleeve shirts and pants or you will get crushed by the doctor flies. Other than that, the bugs were not really an issue, IMHO.

Tiamo, as you may have read in other reports, it not your typical fishing lodge and you pay for it. Inexpensive it is not, but I can tell you this, if you are looking to take a spouse somewhere absolutely stunning, with first-class accomodations and service, oh yeah, and some of the best bonefishing in the world, I doubt you could find something better than Tiamo.

We still love Abaco and will probably go there for many years, but this place in South Andros was the trip of a lifetime for us and we will be back!

Fitz
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-11-2010, 07:45 AM
raggpt12 raggpt12 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Newport RI
Posts: 80
wow ! what was the cost per person ???
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-11-2010, 11:43 AM
Bonecrusher Bonecrusher is offline
Bonecrusher
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 153
Wow, great report. I've read about Tiamo many times but it's never a place I'd go to with my fishing crew just because it's way more than what we need (which is basically a bed, a roof, some food, rum and most importantly, guides with boats to get us to the flats and more rum).
I'm guessing the damage for you and the Mrs. was over $5K for the week?
If I can convince the wife to go on a bonefishing trip with me, this will be someplace I consider. Others would be on Ambergris Caye in Belize or maybe someplace on Freeport (fished there in Feb of this year and got a 12lber)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-11-2010, 04:55 PM
fitz fitz is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Before Nov. 1999
Posts: 15
It is really pretty pricey, but when you look at some of the other high-end lodges (Casa Blanca, places in AK, Argentina, Tropic Star, Seychelles, etc.), it is right their with them. With a couple days guided fishing, food, drinks, tips, lodging, eco tours, etc. you are WELL over $5K for 2 people.

Again, I feel we got what we paid for and then some. A luxury trip will phenominal accomodations, service, and fantastic fishing. There are way cheaper ways to bonefish, that's for sure (and I've done most of them), but that wasn't the point of this trip.

Fitz
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-31-2010, 08:45 AM
venture's Avatar
venture venture is offline
Veteran Reel-Timer
 
Join Date: Before Nov. 1999
Posts: 609
Hi Fitz,

I am quite impressed with your post. I am thinking about taking a trip with my wife to Tiamo possibly in January or February, to break up the winter. Any idea of how the fishing is in January? I've only fished the bahamas in March-April.

Also you mentioned something about the insects on Andros. I've been to Andros (Bonefish Club) many years ago and do not recall having any problems with bugs. I would hate to subject my wife to a beach or dwelling filled with biting insects.

Thanks in advance,
Howie
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-31-2010, 07:53 PM
pescador57 pescador57 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 5
Unless there are pkg deals, or specials the cost is...quite a bit. But it looks good.

http://www.tiamoresorts.com/rates/
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-05-2011, 02:06 PM
Spiral Spiral is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 116
Quote:
Originally Posted by venture View Post
Hi Fitz,

I am quite impressed with your post. I am thinking about taking a trip with my wife to Tiamo possibly in January or February, to break up the winter. Any idea of how the fishing is in January? I've only fished the bahamas in March-April.

Also you mentioned something about the insects on Andros. I've been to Andros (Bonefish Club) many years ago and do not recall having any problems with bugs. I would hate to subject my wife to a beach or dwelling filled with biting insects.

Thanks in advance,
Howie
Howie,

I might be able to answer that. If you go mid/late April and later through the summer bugs can be a problem. But if you are planning on going Jan/Feb/March you should be ok especially with the local 'doctor flies'.

Now on exceptionall warm nights you might have a few skeeters or no seeum's but you get that anywhere. But nothing that I'd consider a big deal.

Just be aware Jan/Feb/March if a cold front passes down from the states, that Andros is susceptible and you could run into weather which puts the fishing "off" (a relative term down there) for however long it lasts. But thats fishing isn't it....with a little luck thrown in.

Thanks to the OP for such a great post. From what I know of the island he gave a realistic review. great pix didn't hurt either
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-07-2011, 12:51 PM
teflon_jones's Avatar
teflon_jones teflon_jones is offline
<-- Bonefish, S. Andros
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Recently moved from Mass to Colorado
Posts: 672
Quote:
Originally Posted by venture View Post
Hi Fitz,

I am quite impressed with your post. I am thinking about taking a trip with my wife to Tiamo possibly in January or February, to break up the winter. Any idea of how the fishing is in January? I've only fished the bahamas in March-April.

Also you mentioned something about the insects on Andros. I've been to Andros (Bonefish Club) many years ago and do not recall having any problems with bugs. I would hate to subject my wife to a beach or dwelling filled with biting insects.

Thanks in advance,
Howie
I fished there in mid to late December a few years ago and there were good numbers of fish everywhere. I spent 11 days there checking out the flats so if you want any info on where to go for DIY, send me a PM.

My avatar picture is actually right off the dock at Tiamo. If it wasn't cropped, you'd see the dock 50' behind me.
__________________
My passion for catching fish is eclipsed only by the fish's passion not to be caught.
Scott
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Report From North Andros bluangler1 Caribbean & South America 2 05-07-2008 09:14 AM
Emerald Palms, South Andros MKDeceiver Caribbean & South America 6 03-17-2006 01:39 PM
Andros trip report kelso Caribbean & South America 12 11-25-2005 06:10 PM
fishing report, South Florida after Wilma lemaymiami Florida 2 10-29-2005 06:01 AM
South Andros in March ChemFly Caribbean & South America 12 05-01-2004 11:44 PM



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:19 AM.




vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.


Copyright 1995-2013, Cahill Digital