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Seeking Big Bonefish

August 18, 2012
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Q: “I’ve caught a number of bonefish on several trips, but none were more than 4 pounds. I would like to catch a really big one but understand that Florida Keys bones are really difficult to fool. Honestly, I am only a fair caster. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can go to have a good chance of catching a bonefish of 7 pounds or more?”

A: The Bahamas is a good choice, but you need an area near deep water. Big bones are rarely found on shallow flats, as they prefer the refuge of the depths. One of the closest places to the United States is Grand Bahama Island’s Freeport area. Many flats lie near deep water, and large bonefish are fairly common.

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