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.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bimini Big Game Club is Back

A couple updates today. I've seen that the Bimini Big Game Club is back and better than ever. This is the club made famous back in the day by the likes of Hemingway and Zane Gray. I'm sure there are other famous folks who fished there, but I'm a huge Hemingway fan and have read stories of Papa taking court at the bar of the club. It was Bimini where he set Islands in the Stream and Thomas Hudson as a painter and antisubmariner in the Gulf. It really is a great book.

Unfortunately, the original club burned down a few years ago and has been closed ever since.

Papa and his Marlin at the Club

Guy Harvey is the new owner of the club and has reopened the joint and apparently it is better than ever. By the way, Bimini is a world renowned location for catching BIG bonefish so if you want to try a new place, give this place a go and let me know what you think.

I also just got a new pair of the Costa 580P's in the new Jose style and man am I excited. They are super light, look good, and of course come with Costa's 580 lenses which are the best polarized sunglasses for flats fishing. Period.

Look for an update here soon.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Lenses from Costa Del Mar

I've said before I wouldn't be caught on the flat's without my Costa 580's. Now Costa has found a way to make the lenses even better. The new Costa 580P's are plastic lens meaning they are lighter and more impact resistant.

Look for a review in the near future on the new shades. In the meantime, here is Costa's release on the 580P.


Feather Light, Impact Resistant Costa 580P™ Lens Lands in July
Costa’s Color Enhancing Lens Now Available in Polycarbonate as well as Glass

Daytona Beach, Fla. – July 15, 2010 – It’s rare for lightening to strike twice. But Costa Sunglasses has done it again with the introduction of its new Costa 580P™ lens: a super lightweight, impact resistant injected polycarbonate alternative to Costa’s existing 580 glass lens.

All of the patented Costa 580 lenses block yellow light at 580 nanometers on the light spectrum. The result for consumers is unparalleled visual clarity, the highest levels of polarization efficiency and razor sharp color enhancement.

Until now, the Costa 580 lens has only been available in glass. While glass is the most optically correct and most scratch resistant material, it is not as impact resistant and lightweight as polycarbonate or other plastic lenses on the market.

Costa developed C SHELL, a highly specialized, oleophobic and hydrophobic coating on the new 580P lens to make it as virtually scratch resistant as glass, while also repelling water, oil and dust. Consumers will now have an extremely lightweight, impact resistant Costa 580P option available with the same visual clarity and durability of glass.

“Many of our customers requested a more lightweight, impact resistant Costa 580 lens for use during fast-paced, aerobic activities,” said Chas MacDonald, Costa Sunglasses president. “The challenge was to develop a polycarbonate lens that lived up to Costa 580’s high standards for visual clarity and durability, and that’s what we’ve done. Now, there’s a Costa 580 lens for everyone.”

Costa’s 580P lenses are available in gray, copper or amber, and initially will be available in 18 of the “forget-they’re-on” comfortable frame styles, including the popular Fisch, Blackfin, Zane and Corbina. Prices range from $159 to $199, depending on frame choice, and will be available in retail outlets and online in July.

About Costa™
As the leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology and unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa creates what has been referred to as the highest quality, best performing sunglasses on the planet for outdoor enthusiasts.

For Costa, conservation is all about sustainable fishing. Many fisheries that should be vibrant and healthy are all but devoid of native fish because they have fallen victim to poor fishing practices, unregulated development, lack of watershed protection or all of the above. Costa works with partners around the world to help increase awareness and influence policy so that both the fish and fishermen of tomorrow will have healthy waters to enjoy. Costa encourages others to help in any way they can.

For more information, contact 1-800-447-3700 or visit the company’s web site at www.costadelmar.com, or join in the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/costadelmar.com or Twitter @CostaSunglasses.

Media contact
Liza Jones, 864.672.9615 (office), 864.270.0722 (cell)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sup With the Flat

Sorry it has been so slow getting out new posts. Lots going on in the real world continuing to take my mind off fly fishing. In some good news, the new Bonefish Flat logo is on the way and a preview is up as the profile pic on the Facebook page.

If you don't "Like" me on Facebook, then what's the matter with you? Be sure to check out the fan page here. This also means that as soon as it's ready, I'll have some t-shirts made so you can be "stuntin" the Bonefish Flat, to use the parlance of our times. Or maybe I should say you would be a Bonefish Flat "stunna."

At any rate, look for some cool bonefish flat schwag soon.

In the meantime, here's a pic I like.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shout Out to The Fiberglass Manifesto

I want to give some props to my friend Cameron for his podcast on The Fish Explorer. He talks about his blog, The Fiberglass Manifesto and about his other project, Fishy Kid.org. These are both great sites that you should check out.

I'd also like to say thanks for Fishy Kid. As anglers and fly anglers, we need to make sure the next generation is interested in fishing and protecting our outdoors. Fishy Kid is a new and innovative way to try and help us get um' out there.

Be sure to check out the podcast and to check out T.F.M. It's a great thing.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Couple of New Links

I want to give props to two sites that I really like. The first is to Key West on Fly which is a group of fishing guides in the Keys. I've fished with Drew Delashmit and truly think he's one of the finest guides I've ever fished with. If you're in the keys, there is no one else I would book.

Me, Drew, and my Permit, Nuff said

The second site is my friend Rob Snowhite. Rob teaches casting lessons, ties flies, and will take you fishing. He's an all around good guy and I highly recommend checking out his Web site.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dude Without a License

I meant to post this story the other week. Apparently there was a guy fishing a marlin tournament in the Outer Banks, NC, and caught a whopper weighing in at almost 1,000 lbs. Only problem is that everyone on the boat needed a license to fish and this guy didn't have one, sooo, he lost $1 million.

So my thought is that this one is the Captain's fault. I would assume on a big charter boat like that that the boat provided the license. Plus, when there is that much on the line, the Captain needs to double check that everyone is playing by the rules.

Easy come, easy go. Man, i think Papa would have been proud of that fish.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Bonefish Flat is Back

Sorry I haven't had any new posts up on the flat. Lot's going on here in the real world which unfortunately doesn't include fishing. Yes, my mind is still often making a cast to bonefish as I wade a flat in the Bahamas. And no, I'm not anywhere close these days except to wade through the masses in the city.

I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about my next trip. I may hit Florida next year as its been a while and Mr. Tarpon is calling my name. I'd also like to nail a Key's bonefish and a Permit wouldn't be bad either. Doesn't that sound like every guides nightmare!! I'm sure my favorite Florida guide Drew Delashmit can hook me up with a slam no problem :) If you are going fishing in the Keys, check him out. Just don't steal my date, which I haven't set yet but is in my head.

I was supposed to fish New Orleans for some reds next month, but thanks to our friends at BP, that's now a bust. August now looks busy with lots of work travel, none to particularly fishy places but we'll see. Maybe I can wet a line somewhere.

Here's a picture to start off the work week. Hope everyone had a great July 4th Holiday.

Don't I look happy!!