Poling along gin clear flats sight casting to tailing Bonefish in 6 to 12 inches of water can be the most heart stopping experience a fisherman can endure. As the tide falls or rises, Bonefish will move on to and invade shallow water flats in search of shrimp, crabs, and small fish. Whether spin fishing or fly fishing, the challenge of catching the world's smartest fish awaits you. When the moment arrives and you set the hook, be prepared for the most incredible spool smoking run that no other fish can match
Florida Keys bonefishing is a revered angling experience, drawing enthusiasts to its pristine flats. Renowned for its challenging yet rewarding nature, the sport revolves around the elusive bonefish, a silver ghost of the shallows. The crystal-clear waters provide a visual feast as anglers stalk their prey amidst seagrass beds. The Keys' unique ecosystem offers a habitat conducive to bonefish, known for their speed and wily behavior. Catching a bonefish, known as the "gray ghost," requires skill and finesse, making the Florida Keys a prime destination for avid fly-fishers.
Fly fishing for bonefish can be more productive than using live bait especially on calm days where the slightest disturbance can send a bonefish running. A gently placed fly can be devastating and extremely effective. The Spring and Fall are the best months for catching bonefish over 10lbs. but as far as my favorite month, I would have to go with July. Tons of bonefish averaging 5-10 lbs invade the flats in the summer time for early morning feeding. Personally, I think this is the best time to bonefish in general.
July and August are my favorite times to bonefish in the Marathon. Calm mornings and prime tides bring good amounts of bonefish. I have a lot of success fishing in March and April through the summer months but is dependent on water temp, March can bring hordes of bonefish to the boat. Multiple fish days are not uncommon. I broke my personal record with 55 bonefish in one day this time of year, with multiple triple headers.
THE GOOBMA SHRIMP
RODS: THOMAS AND THOMAS EXOCETT / SEXTANT FLY RODS
BEST LINE WEIGHTS: 7 and 8 WEIGHT FLY RODS
FLY LINES: WULFF TRIANGULAR TAPER WEIGHT FORWARD LINES
FLY HOOK SIZE: SIZE #2 Gamakatsu
LEADER MATERIAL: 15LB. SEAGUAR FLOUROCARBON