SEASCAPE INN.....outdoor adventure or peace and solitude...it's your vacation, you decide.
An Affordable Bonefishing Vacation!
While The Seascape Inn is not a bonefishing lodge our Beachfront Bed & Breakfast Hotel offers many options for both the casual and dedicated fisherman/woman.
We are located on the beach with a productive flat in front that can be fished on both the incoming and outgoing tides. We have a tide chart available to determine the best fishing times. Additionally there are flats in Lisbon Creek and Little Harbour that can be waded. Those flats are just ashort taxi ride away.
For those who would like to fish with a guide, we have been working with a number of independent guides since our opening in 1997. The independent guides can be booked for a single day or your entire stay. Just let us know if you'd like to use a guide and we can provide you with their contact information. In order to accommodate our guests that are booked with aguide (which is an 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM day) early breakfast will be provided at 7:15 AM and a cooler with lunches can be packed and ready to go by 7:45AM.
Those wishing to enjoy bonefishing on a budget should seeTHE FIELD Magazine article"Bargain Bonefishing". Some of the advantages to the independent guide vs. a lodge are:
- unless you have secured the guides time with a deposit for specific fishing days, you can change plans. If the weather forecast is not promising you can re-schedule for another day.
- you can have the same guide every day and not go into the lodge rotation.
Do It Yourself Bonefishing
Fishing the flat in front of the Inn
From The Angling Report/Dec 2013 - Bill Horn writes:
“Finding a place to fish that is truly ‘out the front door’ is the Holy Grail for DIY bonefish anglers. And with good reason. DIY bonefishing commonly entails slogging through gumbo-like mud, squirming through mangrove thickets, relying on junker rental cars or leaking boats, or fishing heavily pounded accessible flats with lock-jawed bonies. The Seascape Inn on Mangrove Cay in the Bahamas provides a charming and funky antidote to these problems. There are indeed willing bonefish out the front door of the Seascape Inn - often no more than 150 feet away across a sandy beach under swaying palm trees.
“Mangrove Cay, of course, is the center island of the three that make up Andros Island, the largest island in the Bahamas. The cay is bounded on the north by the Middle Bight, the south by the South Bight, and the east by Oceanside flats reaching to the reef and the indigo Tongue of the Ocean. The Oceanside and South Bight flats in par- ticular are accessible by foot, bicycle, car, or boat, providing excellent oppor- tunities for wading anglers.
“The Seascape Inn, presided over by Brooklyn ex-pats Joan and Mickey McGowan, offers modest accomodations and delightful access to this shoreside fishery. Five small cabins and a rickety upstairs open-air bar and restaurant front the Tongue of the Ocean. A stone’s throw from the bar are the home flats, a genuinely excellent sandy bonefish flat right out front. About 300 yards to the northeast is Swains Cay (a privately owned island), which offers more bonefish wading opportunities on its south, west, and north shores. The area around a small blue hole on the north side of the cay almost always holds a few bones. You can wade right out to Swains Cay from Seascape Inn, no kayak or boat required. Other flats are available via bicycle or taxi off Mangrove Cay’s single road. Joan and Mickey provide bicycles, allowing a visitor to pedal along the road and hit the beaches and flats down any number of trails off the road. I can personally testify to both its safety and relative ease, having done it multiple times with my daughter and my spouse. The locals are used to seeing folks cycling along with their fly rods.
“The key to successful DIY fishing here is a mid- to late-morning low tide. The best wade fishing is the hour or two on each side of the low tide. Fish are present on high water but wading can be difficult and the fish spread out, making them harder to find. Various tidal Web sites offer predictions for Fresh Creek, Andros Island. These tides are very close to those at Mangrove Cay and can be used to pick optimal tides for a DIY visit. “Gear is relatively standard. An 8-wt. fly rod, a reel with a good drag, bonefish taper floating line, and nine- to 12-foot leaders tapered to 12- or 15-pound test tippets are good bets. The local fly of choice is the red-headed Gotcha in sizes #2 or #4; this is a regu- lar Gotcha tied with hot red/pink or red thread rather than the traditional coral pink head. Other good patterns are a #4 tan/white Greg’s Flats Fly, small tan Merkins in #4, or #2 to #6 Clousers in tan/white or chartreuse/white. Bead chain eyes or unweighted versions are needed for the shallow water. Good wading shoes/boots are a must, as coral outcrops among the sand and marl will chew up your feet. Quality polarized sunglasses, in brown or copper shades, are another requirement for spotting the elusive fish.
“Guided skiff fishing is also an option at the Seascape Inn. The Mc Gowans can put you in touch with local guides if you want to fish deeper into the bights or make the long run to the justly vaunted west side of the island. Prime time is late October (after hur- ricane season) into June. There are daily 20-minute flights from Nassau to Mangrove Cay. Small groups of anglers might want to charter out of Ft. Lauderdale for direct flights to the cay.
“My spouse and I fish Mangrove Cay every year. We spend a week at the full service, five-star Mangrove Cay Club but always come early to enjoy a couple of days on our own at the Seascape Inn with Joan and Mickey."
Bonefishing with a guide
Fishing with Capt. Mark Bastian
If you'd like to fish with a guide just let us know and we can provide you their contact information.
First, the Seascape Inn is great.You get very wonderful accommodations and the food is terrific.The very first year we went to Andros we stayed in a very average motel style place that wasn’t very comfortable and the food wasn’t much better. They have great cabins built of wood with high ceilings, fans, deck with chairs and crisp, clean private baths.And the cabins and deck are built off the ground (about 2 ft up – many fewer bugs).
Having discovered the Seascape Inn that year, we arranged to get our own independent guides and always went back to the Seascape Inn.
We mostly cast from the deck of the boat.It’s what we prefer.However, sometimes conditions are such that wading is called for – depends on tides and the bottom.If the water is skinny and the bottom hard and flat, then wading is okay.
I haven’t yet stayed at a bonefish club that was as good as the Seascape Inn.