Best winter bonefish spots

Select an area where there are big flats adjacent to the ocean...

Q: Because of my work schedule, the only time I can get away for a fishing vacation is during the winter. I enjoy chasing bonefish with a fly rod more than any other species. Where would you suggest I go if my trip has to be in December or January? I know that I'll probably have to fight the wind, but I'd still like to hear your opinion.

Wayne Russell,
via e-mail

A: Unfortunately, the cold-weather fronts that frequently sweep across the United States during the winter months often cause a sudden drop in water temperature on the flats in the Keys and even the Bahamas. You could go to Belize, but that's a fairly long trip.

During a cold spell, the flats are so chilled the bonefish abandon them. Select an area where there are big flats adjacent to the ocean. Despite the flats cooling down on a low tide, the ocean water remains the same comfortable temperature. In theory, each incoming tide will flood the flats with warm water and bonefish.