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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bonefish Travel Series: It's In the Bag

Keeping with our new series on how I'm going to get ready for my upcoming bonefish trip, I wanted to talk about an essential piece of gear. When fishing from a skiff with your favorite guide in a far off land, you're going to want a boat bag. Skiff's tend to get wet from spray or rain or chop or what have you. Several manufacturers make nice bags that will keep your stuff dry.

I use mine to store wallet, keys, phone, flies, camera, and other stuff you don't want to get wet. I like the bag to be on the smaller side just because the skiffs tend to be pretty small, and if you're fishing with a buddy, he or she will want to have a bag or storage too.

I use a bag from Bass Pro Shops because the price is right and it folds down so I can pack it into my carry-on bag. It has done a great job on several trips now and I use it to store saltwater gear when not on the boat. I've included a few pictures.

If you want a fancier bag, take a look at Simms or Patagonia. They have some great gear too.

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