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.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Check out this article and pictures of a possible new world record tarpon. I'm curious as to what bonefish flat readers think, but there has to be some way to record these fish and not kill them. I'm good with catching a fish and then eating it, but the only thing you would do with that tarpon, after weighing it, is toss it.
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There is also a new pending record on a 48 lbs roosterfish. That is one species that is on my list. I went stealhead fishing on the Sandy River outside Portland a few years ago with a guy named Jad Donaldson who was a FANTASTIC guide. He also does trips to Christmas Island for bonefish and Baja for roosters. The roosterfish trip is definitely in my future at some point. What a cool looking fish.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The podcast is great and Andy really tells some of his secrets. He fishes with his son quite a bit when he is on the platform and his rule is that if his son doesn't land the fish in 5 minutes, he's got to hand over the rod. His techniques have really changed the sport of tarpon fishing.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Full disclosure here, I used to play a lot of golf and could hold my own on the links. Because of time, work, life I really don't get to play much anymore and since I can't play competitively, I've sort of lost interest. I love fly fishing because it gets me outdoors and you can really clear your head and focus on you vs. fish. Man, I'm really starting to want to go fishing right now.
Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time, loves to fly fish. In fact, he was an honorary chairman of the Federation of Fly Fishers. I've also read that Tiger Woods likes to fly fish too (I was going to make a joke here, but really, why bother). I don't picture the Angling Exploration Group playing golf...at least not seriously.
If you read a lot about fly fishing, you'll see a lot of comparisons to golf.
For starters, you can do both in some pretty average places and some really beautiful places. For us saltwater fly fisherman, fishing the Seychelles would be the equivalent to playing Pebble Beach. Fishing the old pond behind the barn? You're playing the public course in the city (think Hain's Point if you've ever been to DC).
I think too that these two sports are similar because they are both highly individual. In the end, its you and the golf ball or you and the fish. What about a guide, you might say? Ever heard of a caddy? Same difference, you see.
Both sports are also really gear-centric. You really don't need that new driver to shave a few strokes off your game. And you really don't need another 8 wt to replace the other fast action stick you bought 2 years ago. But both groups want them, and in fact may "have" to have them. I really have to have a new S4S 8 wt, but my old T3 will really do just fine. New fly line, what about new golf balls or a new bag?
Probably the best comparison is both sports take practice. You wouldn't play Pebble Beach without bringing your "A" game. I wouldn't go to the Seychelles, Florida Keys, or Belize unless you been practicing, too.
So there you go, fly fishing and golf have a lot in common.
Happy fathers day to all the dads out there. And dad, since you're one of the millions of bonefish flat fanatics, happy fathers day.
Mothers and kids, your father probably wants a new S4S 8 wt for all he does for you every day. But what he really needs is just for you to take him fishing.
Monday, June 14, 2010
They also have a great logo for the site, some cool videos, and a great picture gallery.
They even gave a shout out to my review of their shades. As I've said before, you won't catch me on the water without my Costa's.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Lots of interesting things you pick up on this episode if you watch closely. I like Will's line about why he likes fly fishing. He says, "You never can master it. You learn something new every day."
This is how I feel about fly fishing, too. It's always something new and its a challenge. Me against the fish...or the wind...or whatever.
Here's a picture from my last trip that I like. I hope everyone has a great Friday and a fish filled weekend. Don't forget, if you have a fishing report you'd like to share, please send it along to me, JT, at email@example.com.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
A big advantage to fishing with North Riding guides is they trailer their boats to locations that they feel will provide the best action for they day. I’m not going to give away where we went, but our days were extremely windy, and our guide took us to a location to help get us out of the wind.
In 2009, I spent a day on the water with Captain Bully. Bully is a quiet guide who can find the fish. When he speaks, you can bet it is to call out a bonefish. We had a great day with Bully.
This year, I fished with North Riding’s head guide, Stanley “Stan the Man” Clinton. On the way to the flat, Stanley told us that his boat has a penalty box for anglers who don’t listen or who blow their shots. While I blew a few shots, I was fortunate enough not to land in the box.
We caught some really nice sized bones with Stanley and he is a great guide. He can spot a fish a mile away and has a great sense of humor.
If you’re going to Grand Bahamas and want first class accommodations, then I highly recommend North Riding Point Club. If you just need a guide for a day or two, then email Tim and Mercedes and they will take care of you, too.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Me and the Zanes landing a bonefish
My Zanes and Sharky
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Crabs right out the trap
Straight to the table
My kayak, the Wilderness Ride
The Ride and some local scenery. Looks fishy anyway, right?
Me shooting some line to a school of fish. No dice, but check out the boil in the water.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I wish I could say that the fishing was great, but then again, that's why they call it fishing. I'm working up a trip report that I should have up tomorrow or Thursday. I'm also working up a review of Costa Del Mar's Zane Sunglasses which I've been testing for a while now so that should be ready for Friday.
In the meantime, I wanted to pass along this story by Chris Santella. Chris wrote 50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die and North Andros is one of the places on this list. I got the book as a gift a few years ago and I think I've hit roughly 5 of the places. I need to go back and review where I'm at, but it's a great read and lays out some benchmarks as to where to fish. Pick up a copy if you haven't already.
I haven't hit North Andros but it may have just vaulted to the top of my list. The recommendation is from one of my personal fly fishing hero's, Brian O'Keefe of Catch Magazine fame.
Here is a pic from the Chris's Web site and is one of Brian's. You can check out more of his pictures here.