Miami Bonefishing Guide
Miami Bonefishing may be the main reason more men are seeking psychological help in current years and at the same time are responsible for gratifying the needs of challenge seekers. If you happen to be staying in Miami, Key Biscayne or anywhere near Biscayne Bay and you are seeking a challenge similar to hunting a 12 point buck, then bonefish is your target. I compare bonefishing to hunting because you are slowing stalking the flats, poling around areas you think they should be coming and sometimes staking off and quietly keeping an eye on areas of interest.
Bonefish are also known as the gray ghosts or silver fox of the flats and are genetically related to ladyfish and tarpon. They have a torpedo shaped body that is built for speed. Unlike their cousins, Bonefish do not jump when your battle ensues. Part of the excitement in catching large Miami Bonefish is the first blistering fast run of 100 or more yards. The bonefish’s secret to speed is their powerful, deeply forked tails that can propel the fish to bursts of speeds recorded by biologist of over 26 mph. That is 0 to 26 mph in 1 second on a fly fishing outfit or an eight pound inshore spinning rod screaming off drag in clear water that is only 12 inches deep.
Bonefish are covered with thousands of small shiny mirrored scales that reflect their surroundings to make them almost invisible. This incredible camouflage is one of the reason they are such a challenge to catch when inshore light tackle fishing or fly fishing.
Key Biscayne Bonefish feed in the shallow water of the flats burying their heads down in search for food while their tails break the surface of the water. This is known as tailing. Not only is it awesome to watch but it is a sign the bonefish are feeding. They have a small mouth on their underside that is used to sniff out their meals from the bottom. Inside their mouth is a small row of tiny teeth inside the rim followed by a powerful set of ceramic-hard pearl shaped molars that crush mollusks and crustaceans. When the use their snout to dig out a crustacean, they stir up the bottom and create puff of cloudy water know as a â€œmudâ€. This is a sure sign the Bonefish are feeding and can sometimes be seen 50-100 yards out on the beautiful flats of Biscayne bay Miami.
The hunt and pursuit of Biscayne Bay Bonefish is an art in itself. It is unforgettable choreography of action and adventure that will reach in and grab your soul. Once you have caught your first bonefish you’ll be addicted for life!