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, April 26, 2011

Dolphin's on the Flat

It's early in the morning, the sun is just coming up. You back your skiff off the trailer as your best fishing buddy parks the truck. Soon you're motoring out of the inlet at low speed before turning the corner of the mangrove labryinth and now you're looking at the sun coming up from the ocean. Your hat is pulled down low and your Costa's are on, so when you pull up your sun mask, you now look like a full out bandit. You look over at your buddy and see his smile through the mask. Ready, you ask. Ready, he replies. You firmly hit the gas and in no time the skiff is up on plane heading out to your favorite flat to catch a big tarpon.

I don't have a boat...yet. But as you can tell, its definitely something I dream about. I've added Dolphin Skiff's to the gear section here because I've fished out of several of their boats and their reputation is flawless. Maybe there is a Dolphin in my future sometime.

Oldie, but goodie!


It's been a slow couple of months here on the Bonefish Flat and I'm sorry that I haven't gotten much new content out. As you get older, moving isn't about throwing a bed, dresser, and TV (and your fly gear) into the back of your truck and just going. Add in two kids and a wife and it's an all consuming thing.

Consequently, I haven't been fishing much. I have found a local pond in my new community and it's stocked with bass and sunfish. I've had the kids out several times and we've had some good success with the Zebco.

Last night I finally snuck out with my old 7 wt. and caught two good size sunfish on poppers right at dark.

View of the new "flat."

I am excited because now I have a garage and can keep my 7 wt. strung up with a box of poppers ready to go. This is fishing in it's most simple form. Grab the rod, throw it into the back of the truck, drive five minutes and go fishing.

So I'm finally trying to get back into my grove to do some fishing and write some blogs. As I was thinking about what to write last night, it occurred to me that for the last several years my New Years resolution has been to fish more. Each year I've failed miserably. So maybe I've turned a corner here and can get back on track.