Author: Ernie Ferraresso

  • Thomas McGuane and Bonefish from Sports Illustrated, 1972

    Here is a story by Thomas McGuane from 1972. It’s an oldie but a goodie.  This one is for bonefish what the Longest Silence is for Permit.   He really captures bonefishing in the Keys. I  like his thoughts on the mind of the fisherman who takes to the flats after bonefish, the impact of the […]

  • Cigars and bones, early morning fishing at the entrance to Pearl Harbor.

    When I think of some of my best times on the flats, more than just snap shots of fish and places come to mind.  In particular, it’s more a movie, or series of events all running in front of the backdrop of fantastic locations, sights and sounds.  Add the smoke of a good cigar carried […]

  • South West Florida Snook

    The no take ban on Snook in South West Florida will expire in September this year. I think that this is a bad thing. I’m no fisheries expert, but maintaining a species as catch and release appears to be a good thing over the long haul. There is a petition to extend the ban. Please […]

  • Boca Paila Fishing Lodge, still one of the greats

    Putting it all together in Boca Paila is a trip worth taking.  Located way off the beaten path in the Sian Ka’a n Biosphere Reserve, Boca Paila Fishing Lodge served as my base of operations for chasing Yucatan Bones.  The spot couldn’t be more perfect.  Every morning, I watched the sun rise over the Caribbean […]

  • Boca Paila, from zero to hero

    From the bow of the skiff, staring into the water. Luciano, my guide, quietly directing my vision to a dark spot in front of the boat. There, the spot moves, a black spike rises above the surface. “Palometa, 40ft cast now!”, Luciano says. Cast now, cast now he says, I can barely stand up.  Permit […]

  • Boca Paila Fishing Lodge: Yucatan Bonefish and Margaritas, think warm.

    It’s cold, real cold.  Cold and snowy, wait cold and now rainy.  The best of everything, cold and wet.  The ice in my glass seemed to be warmer than the weather.  Sipping tequila and thinking about warm tropical places, my mind traveled a long way, across el Caribe to the Yucatan.  The Boca Paila Fishing […]

  • Lessons from Chasing the Fox; Cast Again

    Cast, strip…strip…wait…he’s on it…no he’s not…he’s headed to some other island, most likely due you your fly.  Or, he’s on and running and then pop, the line goes slack.  Traveled all the way here, and blow it on this.  I can’t believe it.  Even though you miss a lot more than you catch, you continue […]

  • Good organization, doing good work

    Not chasing bones on the flats, but giving something back to some folks who gave more than their share for all of us.  This story captures what fishing is about, too bad it takes some guys going though some rough neighborhoods to put it into perspective.

  • Minimalist flats shoes

    Chico Fernandez says in his book Fly Fishing for Bonefish that wading barefoot is the quietest way to stalk bonefish.  It might be the quietest method, but it’s only practical in a few places with clear sandy bottoms.  So what’s the answer?  Minimalist shoes, and one rises to the top of the Google search, Vibram Five Fingers. […]

  • Another great film

    This tells the tale of seeking giant bonefish French Polynesia.  No luxury here, bring only what you can carry.  What a great trip, a true flats expedition.  This is one for any zen bonefisher’s list.