Species: Bonefish


Bonefish are in our waters all year. They forage for shrimp and small crabs on the flats, but require water temperatures above the lower seventy degrees. Bonefish are incredibly elusive. They rarely sit still and constantly change direction while foraging on the flats. As a result they can really test your casting skill. However, they do take a fly much more readily than a Permit. The bonefish fishery of the Lower Keys does not provide fish in the numbers as they are seen elswhere in the Carribean, but the size of the bonefish we have down here rival all others. The bonefish of the Lower Keys range in size from four to eight pounds, but larger bones, up to fifteen pounds cruise the flats. The state record is fifteen pounds, six ounces.