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 Bonefish
(Albula vulpes)


 Distribution & Size

"ELECTRIC BLUE" does not target this species, you need a Flats Boat Captain for this.
Bonefish are primarily found inshore inhabiting the shallows of the Florida Keys, Biscayne Bay and Greater Miami often in less than a foot of water, in mud or grass flats.  The fish averages 3 to 5lbs and moves in loose schools.  Strugglers are sometimes caught further north in the surf.  The Long fin variety is usually rare in Florida.
Common size is from 2 to 10lbs. 
The Florida record is 15lbs 6ozs.  The World record is 19lbs.

 General Information

A  fish highly prized for its legendary long distanced runs in shallow water.   Also a very strong fighter if caught in deeper waters.

 Tackle and Baits

Sight fishing is the classic method of catching this specie. The most productive method is a light spinning tackle rig using 8lb test line.  Bonefish are amongst the top favorites of fly fisherman.  Live shrimp is the bait of choice among spin fishermen.   Conch or crab also works well.  Best artificial lures are skipper jigs.   Bonefish may also be caught using traditional bottom rig in deeper waters.

 Eating Qualities

Although popular in the Bahamas and tropics Bonefish are seldom eaten in Florida.   They are indeed as their name indicates, extremely bony.

 State Limits and Regulations

Size Limit 

Closed Season 

Daily Rec. Bag Limit 

Remarks

 

None

None. Catch & release only

Illegal to buy or sell. Possession limit NONE.


 
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