“My goal is to make sure that each and every person I come into contact with
enjoys meeting and spending time with me, and looks forward to doing it again”
– Benry Smith
Son of legendary fly-fishing pioneer Charlie Smith, Benry (pronounced just like Henry but with a B) has been guiding clients on Andros Island in the Bahamas for more than three decades. As a mobile guide, Benry was able to fish anywhere on North Andros from Bering Point and the Bights on the south end to the Jolter Keys on the north end – including most of the unpressured west side of Andros. Benry always realized the untapped potential of the west side and began making plans to build a lodge with easy access to these pristine flats and the unbelievable numbers of Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit that call the west side home.
After years of hard work, including negotiating a 100 year lease with the Bahamas government, Benry’s dream has become a reality. In 2018, Benry, his soulmate and spouse Diane along with his children, built a quaint, family operated lodge that accommodates six guests in three double occupancy rooms on the west coast of Andros Island near Red Bay. This is a huge advantage as it eliminates the 90 minutes of travel to the fishing grounds and allows him to use weather conditions, moon phase, tides and client preferences to his advantage. Having learned from working with his father, Charlie, he has fished every shoreline, bay, channel and flat on the west side of Andros from Loggerhead creek to the North end of the Jolter islands and in every kind of weather condition. No matter what the wind, Benry can find a lee shore with fish.
Over the last two decades Benry had used his mobility (have trailer – will travel) to search out and find new fisheries on the North and West side of Andros Island. Now, with the addition of the new Red Bay Sunset Lodge on the Northwest end of Andros Island Benry has easy access to Mastic Point Ocean flats, the Jolter Cays and the North West side of Andros all the way down to Williams and Billy Island including Red Bay. The west coast of Andros is the quietest, most pristine area in the Bahamas and it has the finest flats fishing in the world. The fisheries cover so many miles of creeks and flats that it would take TWO lifetimes to fish all the habitats.
These fisheries include large schools of Permit in the 20 to 40 lb class, Tarpon in the 30 to 70 lb class and lot’s of double digit Bonefish. Because these fish see very little pressure they can be highly aggressive and will frequently follow a fly or jig all the way to the boat.