Caption: Florida has terrific bonefishing
in Miami and the Keys, but the allure of big schools of unpressured fish on hard-sand, wadable flats draws many anglers east.
is a popular sport in south Florida and the Bahamas, there's no need to catch a plane to enjoy the fruits of the salty waters.
Ecotourists come to Andros to see the wildlife, fish in the waters (Andros is world-renowned for bonefishing
) and to go diving on the nearby reef, one of the world's largest.
"Belize is probably the premier spot to hook all of the grand slam fish," says Randall Kaufmann, a fly-fishing authority and the author of Bonefishing
! "If you are going to target these fish, Belize and the neighboring Yucatan are hard to beat."
For fishing enthusiasts, this is one of the world's top spots for bonefishing
. It is also popular with scuba divers and snorkelers.
What's needed: the same as for bonefishing
except in longer, heavier lines (10- to 13-weight), braided monofilament or hard single-strand monofilament cores, hard surface, relatively short head, and short back and front tapers for fast casting and turning over large air-resistant flies.
The fishing package is an extra $215 for two half-days of bonefishing
or $465 for two full-days of deep-sea fishing, which includes a half-day of bonefishing
can be a pretty short-lived game once the water temps reach the high 80s and low 90s and stay there.
Topics for the series include trout fishing on Montana's Bighorn River, carp fishing on Montana's Bighorn Lake, a Ilama pack trip into Wyoming's Wind River Range, a Lewis and Clark theme show (Montana's Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Jefferson rivers), landlocked salmon fishing in Maine, trout fishing on New York's Neversink, striper fishing in Massachusetts, bonefishing
in Florida, and redfishing in Texas.
Since the original Redbone was a two-day contest, the strategy was to anticipate incoming weather and tides, spending one day redfishing and one day bonefishing
. At one time the Redbone itself boasted over 90 boats and because of two very different gamesters, Gary had not counted on the added benefit that the field was spreading out over such a broad area of extreme South Florida.
However, due south a few score miles in Cuba, there are some of the most pristine flats in the hemisphere, and they produce good bonefishing
John's Holy Book is Rod Hamilton's DIY Bonefishing
. "It's spot on," he said.