Catching Bonefish is Easy.
August 3, 2007
Catching bonefish on your own is easy. Just spend hundreds of days on the water, casting at everything that moves: jacks, pinfish, needle-fish, barras, mullet and boxfish; divine their locations from the mysterious cycle of the moon; stalk the flats for sunburned days — scurrying in the mud like a bonefish yourself — trying to figure just what they’re feeding on; tie an imitation, cast it just so, twitch it just right, and bang, fish on. Easy. Nothing to it.
Or, like one of my recent clients, you can drive to a random place in a country you’ve never visited before, walk a strange beach, see a shark and (for reasons I hesitate to speculate on) assume that means bonefish are around, tie on a shrimp fly – thinking all the while it’s a crab imitation – cast it out there and hook a nice bone… that you don’t instantly snap off but land a few minutes later after a series of thrilling forays into your backing. Release it and cast out there again because, sure, the rest of the school hasn’t cleared out for Cuba yet – but never mind, you’ll catch another one anyways.