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Bonefishing 101

September 14, 2020

When traveling to the Bahamas, especially for the first time, there is so much to do. You’ll be hypnotized by the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. In addition, the area is known for having some of the best bonefish on the globe. If you have not gone bonefishing before, you are in for a treat! Learn more about this fun activity so you can add it to your list of things to do for your trip to Exuma, Bahamas.

What Are Bonefish?

Bonefish are large fish that can live for up to 20 years, grow anywhere from 20 to 30 inches and weigh up to almost 20 pounds. They live in tropical water and usually go to shallow waters with the incoming tide to eat crustaceans, mollusks and other small creatures. This fish is almost silver and green in color and can easily hide and disguise itself amongst other fish, plants and more. Because of this advantage they have, they are not easy to catch, even though they may be close by in shallow waters. This makes catching them a sport! They often are not eaten and thrown back into the water because of the high amount of bones in their body.

Bonefish Fishing & Fly Fishing Techniques

For first time fly fishers, you can work with a guide to take you through the process. With fly fishing, you essentially take a fishing rod and use an artificial fly on your cast that will serve as bait. You will take your fishing rod into shallow waters and then cast your rod. This will lure the bonefish to your bait and they will bite at it. Obviously, it is not that easy which is why many love the sport of it. To go fly fishing, you’ll simply go into shallow clear waters where they can be found. You’ll hunt for them and cast your line when you find an area they might come to. Some days you might find several, others none. That’s the beauty of the Bahamas, no matter what happens, you will be happy to be there! To Learn more about these fish read the five secrets you must know about bonefish.

Best Places for Bonefish Fishing

The Bahamas is one of the best places for fly fishing. There are a few areas that have bonefish come in making it the perfect place for this sport. Those who come to the area treasure the soft sand and clear waters to see what is going on in the sand they stand on. It’s also great for fly fishing because it enables you to see a potential catch. One of the most common areas to fly fish in the Bahamas are the Exumas. The Exumas are made up of three areas within the Bahamas. It is home to so many types of plants and species—a trip definitely worth taking!
For your first bonefish fishing trip, book a reservation and request a bonefish guide with Bonefish Drex. Whether you’re an experienced bonefish fisherman or new to the sport, our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be sure to make your experience memorable! Call us today at 242-357-0243 to make your reservation.