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  • When Trade Winds Shift

    On a typical day in May, there are the normal trade winds from the southeast. These blow, usually between five and 15 knots and help keep the climate bearable as the temperature rises. One grows accustomed to this pattern, particularly if you are inclined to be on the water. For a backcountry fisherman, this means […]

  • Do It Yourself Bonefishing, a review

    Do It Yourself Bonefishing, a review

    Rod Hamilton is an interesting guy. A former professional something or other, but that is not important, what is important is what he does now. Rod is living the dream, for the past several years he’s spends three to four months traveling around the Caribbean chasing bonefish. I don’t know if he calls it research […]

  • Is Red the new Gray?

    Over the past few trips into the back country, I’ve noticed a lack of the grey ghost and a surprising number of redfish.  The redfish stocks appear to be doing better but the bonefish as still having a hard time. Does this mean that decline in the grey ghost will being filled by redfish?  Will […]

  • Good news for Florida’s reefs

    Some encouraging news for South Florida’s reefs in the Sun Sentinel.  While there is still a great deal to do, this indicates all is not lost. Preserving the reefs and surrounding inshore environment is an important part to maintain and improve the flats ecosystem. Although there is some debate about the Everglades Restoration project, this […]

  • Reasons to fish the Florida Keys

     It’s the Florida Keys The birthplace of modern flats fishing. The pioneers of the sport fished here first, even going back to the early greats like Zane Gray. I figure if it was good enough for Zane Grey (read the Bonefish Brigade) and Lefty Kreh, then it’s good enough for me.   Its near by: […]

  • Chasing Tarpon from a Kayak

    Coming from New England I learned about the whaling ships and the tales of sailors in long boats being pulled across the sea by a harpooned whale. A “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is the term the whalers used. A typical whale boat held a crew of six, one steering, one on the harpoon and four men […]

  • Back after a long time….

    It’s been a while since I waded this flat and several tides have ebbed and flowed.  I figure that I should start back where I started, with the Walker’s Cay Chronicles.  Fortunately the good folk at Hells Bay Boats have done a great public service and bringing back several episodes of the fishing classic.  Just […]

  • Guest Post for Do It Yourself Bonefishing

    Originally posted on Do It Yourself Bonefishing:
    Thanks to Ernie Ferraresso of Bonefish Zen for his “guest” blog about a wonderful trip he took with his Dad last fall.    He and his father visited Inagua and fished with the only guide on the island Ezzard Cartwright (242-339-1362).  Though not a DIY destination, to see…

  • Petition to help Hawaii’s Bonefish

    I’ve got a special place in my heart for Hawaiian Bonefish or O’io as the Hawaiian’s call them. There is a move to give them gamefish status in Hawaii. This would make it illegal to net bonefish and I think it’s a good idea. There are a couple of articles out there about this, and […]

  • 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 […]