10-18-2007, 06:56 PM
It usually takes me 3-4 days to get my bonefishing form together. I'm not really sure what it is, but some combination of casting, fishspotting, flyseeing and not sure what else always seems to take about that much time to come together, and my catch rate takes off.
Doesn't bug me much, since I usually have a lot of time to do this, but how do folks on a week-long bonefishing trip deal with it? Is there some way to get oneself in form more quickly, or even before flying down?
10-19-2007, 01:34 AM
It sometimes takes me a day to get back into it. My next trip is in 2 weeks and I have not been bonefishing this year since April, all my other trips have been for salmon and my trip to the Cape.
I think I may have a problem reacting quickly and coolly to fish, but there again most of my fishing will be wading so I may have more time.
The strip strike may take a bit of getting used to.
I can honestly say that Monomoy keeps me in form year round.
Sounds crazy I know but ask the first wave of Acklins veterans about the first cast fish.
We put our luggage away, got water and gas, and headed to find a flat on the day of arrival. We pulled over at any flat and walked out on the flat. Within a few minutes I saw three fish pass, next pod I made one cast and landed/released a four pound bone.
The only thing that bridged me from my previous bonefishing trip a year earlier was a season of sight angling on the Cape Cod flats.
10-19-2007, 07:39 AM
It usually takes me about a day. I find that if you prepare ahead of time you can cut the you can cut the time it takes to get into bonefishing form.
The hardest thing for me to get down is seeing the fish. My catch rate goes up and down depending on the number of fish I see. I am sure part of it is that somedays there are more fish there, to see, but there are other days I just do not see the fish well. It usually takes me about a day on a flat to start seeing fish well but I have also had that leave me during the week. I don't know if that is due to change in bottom or water depth or what. If I get to a destination, even if I only have a couple of hours, I wll get to the nearest fat or just shore line and work on trying to spot fish in the water. You have to make your eyes look into the water instead of looking at the surface like you do in most types of fishing.
I also practice casting on the lawn. Making quick casts, from 40 to 60', to different spots each time. To the the left, right and in and out. Sometimes you have a lot of time to set up for a fish but others you have to get that fly out quick, especially if the one, you were setting up for, didn't take or you made a bad first cast.