“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
Captain Benry Smith has been in the Sports Fishing business for over 33 years. He is the son of legendary Charlie Smith, one of the early pioneers of fly-fishing in the Bahamas and for whom the “Crazy Charlie” bonefish fly is named. Benry worked with his father for 15 years, fishing and doing what ever it took to keep their guest happy at Charlie’s Haven, his fathers first lodge in the North Bight of Andros Island.
After working in the north bight of Andros for almost two decades, Benry branched out and began trailering his boat to the Northwest side of Andros to fish and explore little known and rarely fished flats and creeks.
What he found were miles of flats teeming with highly aggressive schools of Permit, big Bonefish and Tarpon. The abundance of fish, lack of competition and the added bonus of a primarily off-shore wind made it a fly-fisherman’s dream come true. In 2018, Benry (with the help of his wife Diane and his family), built The Red Bay Sunset Lodge, this six-person operation specialized in trophy bonefish, resident tarpon and occasional large, ocean permit.
An experienced Androsian guide, Benry covers the entirety of Northwest Andros – from the Joulters on the north end of the island through to Red Bay and all the way to Williams Island on the West side.
While fly fishing is his passion and preference, he will happily guide people with spinning rods. His goal is for you to thoroughly enjoy your day and sometimes that means using the tackle with which you are most comfortable.
Guiding for Bonefish Tarpon and Permit with the occasional Barracuda and Mutton Snapper, he is an exceptionally professional, hardworking and personable guide. He is also an excellent fly caster and a patient instructor, often giving casting lessons during the day.
Benry Smith lives at The Red Bay Sunset Lodge with his lovely Wife Diane and their three beautiful kids, daughter LePeach and two sons Benry Jr. and D’Ondre. Whom Benry say inspires him on a daily base to always do his best.
The wind may blow and the clouds may come but you will always enjoy your day on the flats with Capt. Smith.