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, December 22, 2010

Costa Employees Walking the Walk

It's always good to hear when companies that have great products also do things to give back in the community. Costa Del Mar is a great example of this.

I heard recently from Costa that their employees helped deploy oyster mats into the Atlantic Ocean in conjunction with the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. The oyster shells were collected from oysters eaten at the Halifax Oyster Festival held this past March in Daytona Beach.

Costa employees work alongside a local Eagle Scout troop and to deploy oyster mats off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Florida recently. Company representatives worked to string together empty oyster shells produced from the first annual Halifax Oyster Festival held in Daytona Beach in March. The oyster mats, once deployed, serve as the ocean’s natural filtration system to clean pollutants from the water.

What a GREAT way to recycle!!

Thanks folks!

So a big thank you to the good folks at Costa Del Mar. Not only do they make the world's best shades, but they step it up when it comes to corporate responsibility.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas List 2010

I'm here at the keyboard and man it feels good to be back.  The new Bonefish Flat HQ is just about complete out in Ashburn, VA.  Moving is an all consuming process, but I'm in the home stretch now so hopefully i'll be moved in another month and half.

So what's been going on?  It's Christmas, and for the ladies that read the Flat and are looking to buy a great Christmas gift, I'm going to give you my top 8 list of things to give the numba one angla in your life.  And guys, if your lady friend throws a mean line, we don't discriminate here, so feel free to get her one of these gifts too.

Here we go:
1. Costa Del Mar 580s-You gotta see the fish to catch the fish, and Costa 580's are the cats meow of shades.  I honestly would wear nothing else on the flats.  Check out the Zanes in a 580, or the new 580p lens.  Amber or green mirror work best on the flats.

2. Scott S4S- You want to throw a mean loop on the flats, right?  Then you're gonna want a stiff rod (ha) to to get the job done.  The S4S is as good as it gets and Scott is the preferred rod of the Bonefish flat.

3. Simms Flats Pack- Anything from Simms rules, and these packs are a great gift.

4. Simms Wading Boots- Planning a trip to the Bahamas this Spring?  You're gonna need a pair of boots to wade.  While I confess I don't have these boots, I saw a pair today while doing some Christmas shopping and they are the real deal.

5. Tibor Everglades- The reel has it all.  Cork drag, which is highly endorsed here at the Flat, and it plays that sweet Tibor song to boot when that bonefish is screaming line off your reel.  Plus, they put your name on it which adds a bit of class to it.  To full out bonefish bling this thing up, add a bonefish engraving.

6. Hell's Bay Marquesa- This one is a longshot, but if you've been good this year, maybe you'll stumble out on one of these babies in your garage on Christmas morn.  My fingers are crossed, but I'm about as optimistic as a democrat on election day (OK, so I keep this non-political, but that's a fair analogy, right??)  Tell your wife that you've got to have a boat to catch fish, and if you buy this one you'll never need another boat.  If you're single, then just go buy it already.  

Stocking Stuffers:
7. Uptown Angler T-Shirt- This one is on my list.  It features a bad to the bone original drawing by world famous artist Tim Borski.  Buy this shirt and you're sure to look like you know what you're doing.  And, it can remind you of your summer in New Orleans.  Who Dat!!

8. Scott Digi Camo Hat- Don't have the coin for a new S4S?  That's OK, get a Scott camo hat and they won't see you coming anyway.  

So that's what I got for the Flat Fanatics today.  Hope you get some cool stuff for Christmas, but if you don't, that's OK, too.  Just remember the reason for the season. 

Merry Christmas!!