02-21-2012, 02:27 PM
I too recently witnesses some bonefish behavior I had not previously observed. Was fishing a big sand flat with several feeding fish scattered about – singles, twos, and small groups of five or six. Suddenly behind me I hear this loud splashing. I turn, fully expecting to see that a cuda has hit a bonefish. Instead it’s a couple of bonefish splashing around. Not like splash, splash tailing, but more a thrashing. And instead of spooking like I’d expect, four other bonefish make a mad dash across the flat to join the melee. In a few seconds, they all leisurely head off feeding again. Thirty minutes later, this whole process is repeated, except 8 or 9 bonefish make a bee -line to the scene. Looked like the bones were fighting or something, which I doubt. Only thing I could think of is one of the fish flushed a goby or blenny or some such and caused such a fuss trying to catch it, other fish joined the chase, causing the ruckus. So I tie on a bonefish slider, splash the water five or six times with my foot (which actually sounded a lot like like what I had just heard the fish doing) and get ready for the mad oncoming rush of bonefish. There was, in fact, a mad rush – of bonefish fleeing the scene. I’ve never seen anything like this before. What were these bonefish doing?