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Albula vulpes occurs circum global in tropical waters and is one of the most sought after saltwater fly rod fish. Bonefish have been termed "ghosts of the flats". They are indeed that. They spend much of their time
|in skinny water and are superbly adapted to it. Their biggest asset is their chameleon-like ability to change color with their surroundings. They are also streamlined and very fast. Their hydrodynamic shape gives them the capability of sneaking around with a minimum of surface disturbance and their speed gives them the chance to change locations very quickly if threatened. This speed makes them one of the worlds most sought after sport fish. Their preferred habitat makes them a premier fly rod fish. Bonefish inhabit most of the|
|world's tropical waters. The most popular bonefish destinations are Christmas Island, Florida Keyes, Bahamas, Belize and Yucatan. Bonefish are capitalistic bottom feeders. Their main diet consists of mollusks and crustaceans. They will however, eat minnows and worms.|
|Bonefish average 1 1/2
to 15 pounds throughout their range. Average
size in shallow water is 2 to 5 pounds. A ten-pound fish is a trophy
anywhere. Eight weight gear is most popular, but rods in six
weight size are also used. A six pound bonefish on six weight
gear is a real hoot. A ten ponder with the same rod will usually
clean your clock. Most bonefish will take less than 100 yards of
backing but its better to have too much than too little. Reels
that carry 200 yards might be required for big fish. Most
bonefish flies are small and easy to cast. Floating lines are
used for shallow water flats fishing. However, we once
found a huge school holding 20 feet deep and a fast sinking line
produced a hook up every cast for several hours until we got
bored. Be prepared for anything. The world record Bonefish
is 19 pounds.
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sizes that lend themselves to both wet and dry flies.
* Sandy River Fishery Information Bank
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