Safely releasing bonefish ensures a healthy population.
Renowned for their speed, wariness, and their propensity to tail, bonefish are coastal game fish.
In the minds of anglers, bonefish are synonymous with shallow flats. Their remarkable spawning behavior will surprise you.
Atlantic bonefish species in Florida and the Bahamas garner the most attention, but the largest bonefish ever caught were in South Africa and Hawaii.
Bait a bonefish over sparkling sand flats, release a sail or duel a swordfish in the depths.
Renowned for their speed, wariness, and their propensity to tail (expose its caudal fin when rooting in shallow water), bonefish are coastal game fish, commonly found in intertidal flats, mangrove areas and adjacent deeper areas in tropical and subtropical waters of the western Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, and the Caribbean sea.
Also known as the grey ghosts of the flats due to the natural camouflage that helps them remain undetected, bonefish have a lung-like air bladder that lets them inhale air to tolerate oxygen-poor water in certain habitats.
Often found in schools — of dozens or even hundreds — of similar-size specimens, bonefish become more solitary as they grow larger. With the exception of spawning periods, bones exceeding 6 pounds tend to break off into packs of 3 to 8 fish, while larger trophies (some specimens exceed 16 pounds) opt to travel and forage alone or in pairs.
In South Florida and the Bahamas, bonefish primarily feed on small crabs and shrimp, clams and snails, polychaete worms, and small finfish (primarily gulf toadfish). In other areas, like certain parts of the Caribbean and Los Roques, Venezuela, glass minnows are their main forage.
Proven fly tackle and tactics for bonefishing success
Anglers in search of bonefish in Oahu can have success if they follow these tips.
The small details make a world of difference
Learn the ways of the gray ghost of the flats.
What is it about the ghost of the flats that we all love so much?
Expert advice for selecting your next bonefish fly rod.