Bonefish

The Bonefish is a part of the Albulidae family and can be found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a famous game fish for people in the South of the US.

They are medium-sized fish with a long dorsal fin and have black stripes across the upper part of their bodies. It has a long body with silver-colored scales reflecting brightly in the sunlight and a pointed snout.

Appearance

As mentioned above, the Bonefish has a long body with black stripes across its upper back. It is silver in color and has a long dorsal fin that looks similar to a shark?s. The tail fin helps the Bonefish swim smoothly.

Males are smaller than females and can weigh up to 2 KGs with a length of around 1.4 ft long.

Habitat and Lifestyle

The Bonefish will change its location a couple of times during the day. They live in the deeper parts of the ocean when they are not looking for prey.

However, as the time approaches to hunt for food, they will go to the shallow waters and wait for the tide to come in. That is because the wave brings with it many small preys.

They like to feed on prey like small fish and crabs, and one of their favorite foods is shrimp.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Tailing is the best way to find bonefish as they are not easy to locate due to their ability to camouflage themselves in the water.

When it feeds on prey, it will stoop down, making its tail rise above the water?s surface. That is the most effective method to spot a bonefish. The Fly Fishing technique is used to catch these fish, but patience is required.

Peak Season

The peak season for catching bonefish is from November to June.

Best Bait

  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Conch
  • Skimmer Jigs