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: Bonefish on the surface?

03-22-2009, 07:03 PM
For the second time now I have experienced an interesting bonefish experience in the Bahamas. We came across a very dense school of maybe 30 or more fish on the surface in water about 6 to 8 feet deep-a mixture of fins and tails and even mouths visible on the surface. It took us several long casts form our shallower water positions to eventually get a fly near them. I caught one by casting dead center into the mix and stripping immediately and fast so that the fly would not sink. A friend who had a heavier fly on could get no action as his fly seemed to sink through the fish too fast. The fish did not seem much spooked by the fly landing in their midst.

Does anyone know what this behavior is all about?

03-23-2009, 09:43 AM
maybe krill, dense area of copepods or swimming crab fry? I would rule out glass minnows because they could escape a grazing pod

03-23-2009, 10:17 AM
Maybe spawning behavior?

There is a cool pic of a bonefish blitz on the cover of the new Orvis catalog.

03-23-2009, 11:30 AM
I have seen bonefish rolling on a number of occasions and I remember a time on Andros with a huge school of many thousand bones in deep water but just under the surface.
You could cast into the school, hook a fish without disturbing the others but a big barracuda would immediately come and eat the hooked fish.