Making the catch
Seeing a Bonefish is half the battle, but once spotted and when you’ve got yourself into a good position, an accurate cast is needed. It is far more productive to lead the fish by three to four feet, rather than trying to get too close. Presenting the fly too close will increase the chances of the fish spooking off, greatly reacting to your fly.
stripping the fly slowly should entice an eat. Like all flats fishing, it is very visual. Seeing the fish, making the cast and seeing the fish react and eat the fly makes it very exciting. With all this heart-thumping adrenaline, it is easy to make silly mistakes such as landing the fly on the head of the fish, stripping too fast, or the ultimate mistake: a rod-lift upon setting the hook. Once you are comfortable with the hook-set, you need to anticipate that the fish will dart off with incredible power and speed. Holding onto the line with definitely result in the leader popping.
Setting the hook with a strip-strike and keeping the rod tip down, will almost ensure a good hook-set.
Setting the hook with a strip strike and keeping the rod tip down will almost ensure a good hook-set. Once you are comfortable with the hook set you need to anticipate that the fish will dart off with incredible power and speed. Holding onto the line with definitely result in the leader popping.
Getting the loose loops onto the reel as the fish screams off is probably where the most concentration is needed during the fight. Loose loops that jump up are notorious for catching and hooking on pliers, cameras, nips etc… resulting in lost fish. Once the line is on the reel, its crucial to have a reel with a smooth drag as these fish are immensely powerful. If you are not an experienced Bonefish angler, I can guarantee that you’ll be surprised how hard and long Bones fight for.