Welcome to The Bonefish Flat

There's a stiff wind in your face as you squint in the sun trying to see what the guide sees. "Bonefish at 12 o'clock about 90 feet, do you see it, mon?" You don't and keep squinting, your hat pulled low to keep the sun out of your eyes. "Bonefish at 11 o'clock 70 feet out. Come on man, do you see it?" As the guide is calmly shifting the skiff into position, this time you spot the fish, "I got, it," you reply.

"OK, Mon, Bonefish 50 feet at 10 o'clock. Cast when you're ready."

Cast when you're ready. And with that you drop your fly, roll out a cast, false cast once, and then...

Welcome to the bonefish flat.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bonefish: The Most Valuable Fish in the World

Here's a link from a recent meeting in Florida in which Jerry Ault, a marine researcher at the University of Miami, said that bonefish are, "the most valuable fish, per fish, in the world" due to its effect on the sportfishing and tourism economy.

The article, from KeysNet.com, is talking about the devastating effects that the cold spell has had on Tarpon and Bonefish in the keys.

According to Ault in the article, "The bonefish population was estimated at about 326,000 fish, basically concentrated in the Florida Keys, before the January chill."

"What does that mean in terms of what the population used to be? That's the million-dollar question," Ault said.

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