Bonefish

Species Information

Scientific Name:Albula vulpes
Environment:Inshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:70-85ºF (21-29ºC)
Technique:Casting, Fly
Lure Type:Flies, Plugs, Spoons, Topwater
World Record:8.61 kg (19 lb 0 oz) Zululand, South Africa
Other Names:bonefish
 

Bonefish is a popular gamefish and are known as "grey ghosts of the flats" because they are stealthy, fast swimming fish that are fun and challenging to catch. Bonefish mature at three to four years of age (17-18 inches total length), may live longer than 23 years, and grow to be three feet long and 15 pounds.

Description: 

Body elongated, silvery, with darkish areas at the tip of the snout and at the base of the pectoral fin. May display faint bars. Dorsal fin single, tail deeply forked. Mouth short, underslung, ending before the eye.

Size up to 1 m.

Habitat:
Inhabits shallow coastal waters, estuaries and bays, over sand and mud bottoms, down to 84 m. Often in schools, except for large individuals that are solitary. More or less pelagic, but feeds on benthic worms, crustaceans and mollusks. Tolerates oxygen poor water by inhaling air into a lung-like airbladder.

Distribution:
Abundant to occasional South Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean; rare North Florida.

Catching:

Live shrimp and crabs make good bonefish bait, but bonefish also respond to fies and artificiallures. They also can be enticed to bite by anglerschumming with chopped shrimp. Casting is another test of the angler’s skill; casting too close to a fish will send it scurrying, whereas a line dropped too far away will never get its attention.Once hooked, a bonefish makes a mad dash for deeper water, often breaking the line on rocks or corals as it streaks across the bottom. Most anglers use 10-pound test line on bonefish. Although bonefish can be caught any time of day, tailing fish are most likely to be spotted in the early morning or evening. In the winter, bonefish are not as numerous in the shallows, and deeper waters are a better choice for the angler

Latest Bonefish Fishing Reports and Spots

Three trips two days September 9-10 2022 - 9/26/2022 8:36:00 AM

What a blast!  A group of guys were down for business meetings and some have been friends since middle school and they all wanted to fish.  The (View)


Bonefish MIA September 13 2022 - 9/13/2022 8:41:00 AM

I had Bryan today for some bonefishing but he wanted a back up plan to ensure he caught some fish.  We fished high and low for bonefish and the (View)


A day of one 'fers September 19 2022 - 9/19/2022 8:47:00 AM

Alain was back in town and as always he wanted to fish.  We've been fishing for almost ten years and it's always good to fish with him.  I pick (View)


Pregame Show September 24 2022 - 9/24/2022 9:07:00 AM

David from yesterday's trip was here to attend the Dolphins/Bills football game and so was todays clients Scott and Evan.  We stuck to the west (View)


Permit will be Permit September 25 2022 - 9/25/2022 9:24:00 AM

John fished with me last year and wanted to catch his first permit but bonefish as a back up we caught bonefish.  Today the mission remained th (View)


Wild Fly on A Tropical Island In the Caribbean - 9/21/2022 10:25:00 AM

“Welcome to our latest series the “Sailboat Diaries.” A 14-day sailing trip through the Caribbean searching for our top bucket list fish the bon (View)


Two days with Arshak September 7 2022 - 9/7/2022 4:53:00 PM

Arshak booked me for a 6 hour trip and had a blast catching a bunch of species and ended up booking me for the following day.  I have to tell y (View)


Jack got his fix August 22 2022 - 8/22/2022 12:31:00 PM

This morning I had Kathy Charles and their 10 year old grandson Jack.  They are from N.J. and Jack will be in fish camp in a few weeks so Kathy (View)


This is getting ridiculous! August 21 2022 - 8/21/2022 10:05:00 AM

Okay let me preface my next comment by saying I am NOT complaining.  Ok with that out of the way this summer has been stupid ridiculous with re (View)


Changing it up August 5 2022 - 8/5/2022 12:20:00 PM

I have to tell you this job keeps me on my toes.  Yesterday it was bonefish and permit and today I had repeat client Dave with his boys to targ (View)