When bonefish are hooked, they make a very strong opening run pulling out line unbelievably fast. This first run has helped make this fish one of the most beloved fish to catch on the flats. Bonefish are found mostly in the warm waters of Florida, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean islands, Cuba, Mexico, Hawaii and many Pacific islands.
Bonefish are found on shallow water flats and seagrass beds.
How to Catch Bonefish
Most anglers sight fish for bonefish on the flats while wading or being poled along on a flats boat. They spook easily making them tough to approach. To consistently catch bonefish, you must have good vision or be with someone that has good vision so you can see the fish before you spook them. Once you see the fish, you have to make a precise cast to get a strike. Fly rods and spinning rods are most commonly used. Shrimp and crabs are the most popular baits; however, many fishermen use artificials such as jigs and flies.
Bonefish are edible, however, most anglers practice catch and release with bonefish.
Bonefish Fishing Basics