Welcome to The Bonefish Flat
"OK, Mon, Bonefish 50 feet at 10 o'clock. Cast when you're ready."
Cast when you're ready. And with that you drop your fly, roll out a cast, false cast once, and then...
Welcome to the bonefish flat.
Friday, February 26, 2010
When day's begin like this, you never know what to expect. Turns out, it really did go up from there. My wife gave me the new Zac Brown Band CD for our Anniversary. The Bonefish Flat gives it four stars.
Zac Brown blends Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, and Waylon Jennings together to come up with some laid back, island country fusion sounds that are perfect for the car ride to the bonefish flat. The music will get you relaxed and ready for your day to tailing bones in "Chicken Fried" flat. The song "Where the Boat Leaves From" is a country revved island tune that will have your head bobbing. "Whatever it is" will have you missing your wife, provided you didn't bring her along on your trip.
Be sure to check out this CD.
You've got to listen to something on your way fishing, right?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
People, don't just turn your snake's loose. In fact, you shouldn't have a snake anyway. Get a dog or something.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
The Bonefish Flat is going to be getting even better. I've heard from some fans and will start including more pictures. I'm also going to try and include more videos that are out there.
Conservation will continue to play an important role on the site so you can expect more updates on issues affecting the salt water environment.
On that note, the flat is going to be covering all things saltwater fly fishing, which of course, means the bonefish flats we all love, too.
I'll alsobe sharing some fiction that I have been working on. I'm no Tom McGuane, but I do love to write.
We also have a new logo in the works that will make us a bit more cool. And finally, I'm working to get more trip reports from some friends who also love the flats and the salt.
So please tell your fishing buddies, join us on Facebook, and sign up for my e-mail alerts.
This is The Bonefish Flat, it's all about to happen.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I first heard of Will on Zach Matthew's Itinerant Angler Podcast which can be found here. I'll be sure to tune in and watch him fish with Jose. If you can't watch it, be sure to set the DVR.
If I would have known that Will was fishing with Jose, I would have asked him to ask Jose why he doesn't fly fish on the show anymore. It looks like Jose will be using the long rod with Will, but be sure to tune in and see.
My guess is that guys like Jose and Tom Rowland use the fly rod less and less on TV because sponsors demand that they use there products. The fly rod and reel companies just can't compete.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The answer is you can't.
In this article from Florida Today, outdoor columnist Bill Sargent talks with a living legend about fishing in Florida.
For those of you who don't know, Captain Huff is the guide who famously named Del Brown's Permit crab the Merkin. Huff guided Brown often and one day Brown showed up with the new fly. Huff said something like, "that looks like a Merkin." History was made. From what I've read, the late Brown wasn't particularly happy with the name of the new fly, but that's what Huff called it and so that's what it became.
This fly has revolutionized fly fishing for Permit. Before the crab fly, the success rate for catching a Permit was so low that many fly anglers didn't bother fishing for the species. With the Merkin, it was discovered that yes Permit will eat a fly and so a new flats game began.
The next time you run into Captain Huff, be sure to say thanks.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
His site can be found by clicking here: Jan Bach Kristensen.
His pictures have been featured in Fly Fishing in Salt Water as well as ad's for Scott Fly Rods so be sure to check out his site
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Slam by WorldANGLING fly fishing South Florida for Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish from WorldANGLING on Vimeo.
Will Benson and Dave Teper from WorldANGLING in the Florida Keys are the real deal. They guide for our beloved big three and make killer movies. This one is a short film that is on their Web site which I urge you to check out.
Also, they have several videos at the bottom of their page which you can put on your iPhone or iPod. These are great fun.
Monday, February 15, 2010
If any of you have read any of Hall's books, be sure to leave a comment below on which one's are the best.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
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The article, from KeysNet.com, is talking about the devastating effects that the cold spell has had on Tarpon and Bonefish in the keys.
According to Ault in the article, "The bonefish population was estimated at about 326,000 fish, basically concentrated in the Florida Keys, before the January chill."
"What does that mean in terms of what the population used to be? That's the million-dollar question," Ault said.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Here is the link: Tarpon & Bonefish Trust
Pirates of the Flats continues to be my favorite fishing show on Sunday morning. Be sure to check it out if you haven't done so.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Here is a link to the podcast
There is also podcast on there about fly fishing in Campeche, Mexico, for baby tarpon and that is worth checking out, too.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
If we want to catch these fish, they have to be there in the first place.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I like to take a photo of fish, but also want to make sure that I'm being responsible. I thought the best way to look at this issue is to go to the Bonefish and Tarpon trust and get their recommendations.
I think this is an issue where common sense rules the day. If it is a small fish, let it go in the water. If it's photo worthy, keep it in the water, have your buddy get the camera ready, take the fish out and take a pic, and put it back in the water. Boom, this can be done in 5 seconds.
If you have been watching Pirates of the Flats, this is how Val Atkinson and Bill Klyn of BTT said to do it.
Another thing to do is use an underwater camera and work on getting the fish that way.
Here is the official page from BTT on how to practice good catch and release...of which I plan to do a lot of this year!
Although catch and release fishing is a valuable conservation tool that can lead to more and bigger fish in the fishery, just because a fish swims away doesn't mean that it lives to be caught another day. The tips below for increasing the chances that a released bonefish survives are based on scientific research focused on bonefish. Be a responsible angler - use Best Practices for Bonefish Catch and Release.
Hooking location and time needed to remove a hook affects survival rates
- Always use barbless hooks
- When fishing with bait, use circle hooks
Shorter fight times increase survival because a fish fought to exhaustion is more vulnerable to predators. Conversely, a bonefish reeled in too quickly may thrash about, increasing its chances of injury.
- Tackle should match conditions and the size of the fish so that the fish can be landed quickly, but not until their head can be lifted slightly above the water surface and their movements controlled.
- Always land a bonefish before it is exhausted and loses equilibrium when released (cannot swim, nose dives, or rolls over).
- If a bonefish loses equilibrium after you land it, revive it until it can swim upright, then shorten the fight time on future fish.
- High water temperatures may negatively impact bonefish survival after relesae; in warmer water, reduce fight time and handling time.
Minimize handling of all fish; slime and scales can be removed or damaged with excessive handling, thereby greatly increasing the risks of infection. In addition, recent research has shown that mechanical lip-gripping devices can cause damage to mouth tissue if the bonefish struggles against the device, so their use is best avoided.
- If you have to handle a bonefish, use clean, wet hands and gently support the bonefish from beneath the head and belly. Nets, mechanical lip-gripping devices, and wet cloths can cause injury to the bonefish.
- Use hemostats, pliers, or a hook-removal tool to quickly remove the hook while keeping the fish in the water, and have your pliers ready and available to facilitate a quick release.
- Avoid exposing bonefish to air, even when taking a photo. If you must remove the bonefish from the water, limit it to a maximum of 15 seconds.
- Touching the gills can cause damage and impair the ability of a bonefish to breathe.
- If a lip-gripping device is used, it's best to use them only to restrain a calm fish in the water while removing the hook. If a fish's weight is desired, attach a sling to the device, and cradle the bonefish in the sling rather than hanging the fish vertically by the jaw.
The survival of released bonefish decreases severely when predators such as sharks and barracudas are abundant because these predators often attack a bonefish soon after it is released. In fact, fish that lose equilibrium are six times more likely to be attacked by predators.
- When predators become abundant and appear to be attracted to your fishing activity, consider moving to another fishing location.
- If you have caught a bonefish and potential predators are near, if you have a livewell consider using it to hold the fish for a short time and release it some distance away.
Download your own copy of the Best Practices for Bonefish Catch and Release brochure.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
When I do practice, I have 4 cones and I measure them out to 25, 40, 60 and 80 feet and try getting to each with one to two false casts.
One of the keys to true distance casting is measuring your casts. If you don't measure, chances are you'll cheat yourself.