Fatiha & Big Charlie Neymour
CHARLIE & FATIHA NEYMOUR
Big Charlie is arguably one of the best bonefishing guides in the world, specializing in hunting double-digit trophy bonefish. He’s even guided other guides, like “Crazy” Charlie Smith’s son, Andy, in the cult classic In Search of A Rising Tide, one of the best bonefish-on-fly films ever made.
If I had one day left to fish it would be with Big Charlie in Andros.
The culmination of generations of guiding wisdom and culture, Charlie is known for his professionalism and humor on the water, and his genuine love of fishing. His bonefishing career started at the age of 13 when he caught blue crabs as bait for older guides (all legends of the sport) like Ruddy, Ivon, Erold, William, Carl Cockley, to name a few. After years exploring the flats on his own, Charlie moved to Florida to study the art of fly fishing and professional guiding in the Florida Keys. When he’s not personally available he hand picks the best Andros guides for his guests. Under his experienced eye the lodge’s guiding and fishing operations run as smooth as the drag on a quality reel. In the words of Stephen Vletas (author of The Bahamas Fly-Fishing Guide), “Charlie is my personal favorite saltwater guide, and if I had one day left to fish it would be with him in Andros.“
Fatiha has a way of bringing a uniquely personal touch to the fishing lodge experience. She is the founder and developer of Big Charlie & Fatiha’s Bonefishing Lodge. Originally from Morocco with a degree in Hotel Hospitality she can converse in 5 languages. There are no “stock” trips here! Every detail is considered. Fatiha acts as liaison for guests regarding transportation to and from the airport and confirmation of local flights. Having an intimate knowledge of Andros culture helps her run a smooth operation from touch-down to take-off for every guest. Fatiha’s knowledge in guest services includes fine foods and wine. She’s in charge of the lodge’s famous cuisine, and under her watchful eye the kitchen staff prepares some of the most delicious meals found at any fishing lodge in the Bahamas. Fatiha also handles any special needs guests might have—food alergies, etc.—and her personal touch makes the lodge feel like home.