Here’s a cool picture of a bonefish! Thanks to our good friend Wayne Walts for the inspiration on this one.
Last week we shared a bonefishing tip from South Andros veteran Wayne Walts – describing how to loosen your drag so a bonefish on the end of your line can escape a shark. One finer point that Wayne shared at the lodge was to lift your rod as high as you can when you do this to avoid having your backing or line cut on coral.
Wayne told another remarkable story. Wayne’s buddy hooked up with a bonefish and soon found a shark chasing it. Wayne instructed the angler to loosen the drag and lift the rod. The angler didn’t end up lifting the rod fast enough, and before he could the backing got cut off on some coral on the bottom – the fly line was gone.
A few hours later, Wayne and his buddy were on a different cay 5 or 6 miles away. They saw some backing and a fly line floating in the water. They strung the backing through the snake guides and reattached the broken backing with a six-turn blood knot. When they got the line on the reel they recognized the fly line as theirs, but unfortunately lost the fish about 20 feet from the boat.
Bonefish can cover a lot of ground in a small amount of time!
More Bonefishing Stories
Wayne Walts and The Troutfitter Crew from Central New York joined us at Andros South for a couple of weeks this month, and Wayne shared some good knowledge we thought we’d pass on to all of you.
In his more than 25 years of fishing on South Andros for bonefish, Wayne’s seen some interesting stuff. He spoke of multiple times he has seen bonefish beach themselves when being pursued by a shark. The bonefish would beach themselves, lay on the beach dead still for an honest minute and a half, and then flop back in the water and swim away safely.
Fish story? That’s up for you to decide, but there is a lesson in this story that can help us be better anglers.
Bonefish are good at getting away from sharks! When a shark is in hot pursuit of a bonefish on the end of your line, loosen your drag and let the fish run. Give the bonefish a chance to get away from the shark – watch, learn, and possibly even land the fish afterward.