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Bonefish

Fishing for Bonefish

For many, the bonefish (Albula vulpes) is the first saltwater flats fish they will catch. It is a fantastic species to target because it is so visible on the flats, very willing to take and puts up an excellent fight. They are fondly called the “grey ghosts of the flats” because they are stealthy, fast and typically grey in color, but they can also be olive, green and yellow due to their mirror scales. Bonefish live in tropical waters and typically live in shoals but you will find larger solitary fish. They feed on fry, crustaceans and mollusks. They mature at three to four years of age. They are best fished for on an outgoing tide where they are moving off the flats into deeper water. They are found across the tropics from the Seychelles to Christmas Island and beyond. Please see below our lodges that offer fishing for bonefish.

Facts

How Frontiers Can Help Your Dream Bonefish Become a Reality 

We have five decades of experience and our services are free. There are no surcharges for our efforts and advice. So why not give our team a call! Remember, we want to speak to you so we can best advise you! Below you will find a list of our fishing experts. Contact one of our consultants and they will do the following for you:

  • Talk you through the options and provide you with impartial advice that you will not receive directly from a lodge. We have 50 years of sporting travel experience!
  • If you like what you hear, we will book your trip and assist with all preparations.
  • Frontiers will provide you with our industry leading pre-trip prior to your departure, which will tell you what to pack and how things will work.
  • If you need equipment, we will put you in touch with some of the most knowledgeable people in the business. They will provide you with exactly what you need.
  • While you travel, Frontiers provides 24-hour emergency contact.

Tackle

The ideal rod for bonefish is a fast action 7 to 9 weight rod, 9-foot in length matched to a tropical saltwater floating line. Reels should have a good reliable smooth drag that can take a bit of punishment. Leaders should be in the 8 to 12 lb range about 9 foot in length; bonefish can be leader shy so care needs to be taken when presenting a fly.

Flies

Bonefish flies are typically tied to represent the local crustaceans and bait that make up their food source. Typically you want to try and match the color of the fly to the sea bed. Bonefish flies are all tied on single hooks; with that in mind make sure that your supplier uses good quality hooks. Weed guards are often added to avoid fouling your hooks on the turtle grass. When stocking up on flies try to ensure you have varying weights, bead heads vs dumbbells; this will help you greatly in the different tidal conditions you will encounter. 

 

Ask The Expert


Program Manager

Specializes in Central America and Venezuela saltwater fishing programs


Department Manager

Specializes in saltwater fishing and big game hunting.


Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Seychelles and Mexico's Yucatan fishing programs.


Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Bahamas and Christmas Island fishing, and United States wingshooting programs.


Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Belize, Cabo San Lucas and American West fishing programs.


Sporting Travel Specialist


UK Managing Director


Sporting Travel Specialist

Destinations

Mangrove Cay Club

Located on the Middle Bight on eastern Andros Island – an industry benchmark

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Cosmoledo Atoll

Perfect, once in a lifetime adventure; remote, legendary fishery

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Alphonse Island Resort

If you check one destination off your bucket list, it should be Alphonse

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St. Brandon’s Atoll

Look no further, double-digit bonefish, trevally, permit on this exotic atoll

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Turneffe Flats Lodge

Be pampered in paradise-a fly fishing, SCUBA diving and eco-adventure resort

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Belize River Lodge

Accommodating anglers on the banks of Olde Belize River for over 55 years!

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The Xflats at Tierra Maya

Experience Xcalak, Mexico and Chetumal Bay – Fly Fishing for Bonefish and Permit

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Andros South

Legendary fishing lodge and home to some of the finest bonefishing in the world

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Kamalame Cay

An oasis of laidback hospitality and extraordinary bonefishing

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Astove Island Lodge

Perfect for adventure-seeking anglers; wild, remote, fabulous fly fishing

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Ikari House

Excellent service and a diversified fishing program close to the lodge

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Copal Tree Lodge

Agritourism chic: The essence and spirit of Copal Tree Lodge in southern Belize

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Eleven Angling Andros Mothership

Your Casually Luxurious Home, Fish the Andros Tides, Sunrise to Sunset

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Delphi Club

Perfect destination on Abaco Island, Bahamas for fishermen, couples or families

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Casa Blanca Fishing Lodge

The Casa Blanca experience: top-notch fishing, accommodations, cuisine, service

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Stella Maris Resort

A relaxing venue for anglers, leisure travelers and family vacationers

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Long Caye Island Resort

Enjoy flats fishing or just relaxing on your own private tropical island!

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Providence Atoll

Species lover’s nirvana + rested waters for 5 years = Fish On!

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Grand Slam Fishing Lodge

Near the Village of Punta Allen - Great Fishing and Modern Accommodations.

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Farquhar Atoll

One of the most exotic saltwater fly fishing destinations in the world

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Bairs Lodge

Located on South Andros between Deep and Little Creek; beachfront comfort

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Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge

South Andros Island, Bahamas; bonefishing at its best with no pretense!

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Bahia Honda

Sight fish for tarpon in the Florida Keys, all-inclusive lodge based experience

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H2O Bonefishing

Trophy bones and easy access make H2O popular with anglers of all levels

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North Riding Point Club

World-class bonefishing and customized service on Grand Bahama Island since 1994

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Playa Blanca Lodge

30 minutes south of sister lodge, Casa Blanca, on Punta Pajaros, Mexico

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El Pescador Resort

Forbes Traveler voted El Pescador one of the “Top Ten Eco-Resorts in the World!”

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