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Species Information

Scientific Name:Albula vulpes
Common Names:bonefish
Environment:Inshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:70-85ºF (21-29ºC)

About 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.


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.

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.

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


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

Bonefish Fishing

World Record:8.61 kg (19 lb 0 oz) Zululand, South Africa
# Fish Caught:64353 documented in database.
Earliest Record:7/2/1758 12:00:00 PM and located at 11.00000, 72.50000.
Latest Record:4/23/2024 7:01:00 PM and located at 25.78888, -80.25030.
Common Techniques:Casting, Fly
Popular Lure Types:Flies, Plugs, Spoons, Topwater
Fishing Spots:10 Bonefish fishing spots.

Latest Bonefish Fishing Reports and Spots

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 10 May 2024 🎣 - 5/10/2024 12:07:49 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 10/05/24 Chasing an easy and delicious feed? Not only are (View)

More Fire April 23-30 2024 Report - 4/30/2024 7:14:00 PM

Wow wow wow!  What a way to end the month!  These last 7 days have been solid with just a slow trip mixed in.  We begin this week's report with (View)

Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 26 April 2024 🎣 - 4/26/2024 3:15:33 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 26/04/24 The 69th National Spearfishing Championships have (View)

On Fire Report April 15-23 2024 - 4/23/2024 7:01:00 PM

Well what can I say it's been good this week!  From bonefish to snook and everything in between.  The first two trips of the week was with Ben (View)

On Fire! Week of April 12-14 2024 - 4/15/2024 10:30:00 AM

What a way to end the week!  I love the mullet migration and I love April for so many reasons.  It started with Chris from Sarasota wanting to (View)

Fun week of April 7-11 2024 - 4/11/2024 10:19:00 AM

Oh yeah this has been a fun week.  The early part of the week had great conditions and then the wind increased as the week progressed but that (View)

First week of April report April 1-6 2024 - 4/6/2024 6:10:00 PM

This first week of April I had mainly all charters where clients wanted to just caught anything and have a good time.  It started with Brian Ga (View)

Easter 2024 Fishing Report and Newsletter - 3/31/2024 12:24:20 AM

96 Easter 2024 Fishing Report and Newsletter View this email in your browser Happy Easter! Jan Feb March 2024 It’s been a fantastic start to 20 (View)

Ending with a bang Week ReportMarch 18-31 2024 - 4/1/2024 5:21:00 PM

This last week was both awesome and challenging.  The last few days of the month were really windy but even then fishing was solid and the firs (View)

On Fire Report Week of March 11-17 2024 - 3/18/2024 1:30:00 PM

 It's been on fire!  This past week has been absolutely solid when it comes to fishing and the weather has been great as well.  Water temp have (View)