Posts Tagged ‘bonefish

11
Feb
17

Kiritimati in the morning…

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fly fishers chasing bonefish & trevally walk to the boats to meet their guides and head out to the flats… A nice recollection, of late, when Winter keeps blowing Springtime into the distance.

29
Jan
17

Christmas Island (Kiritimati)

on the approach, flying in over the flats. This was from a trip in 2009, but I still marvel at the surreal experience on this tropical island.

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05
Dec
16

Walking into the sunrise…

Early morning on Christmas Island (Kiritimati) headed into the rising sun and the flats boats/guides to chase Bonefish and Trevally.

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07
Mar
16

Surreal South Sea…

on a flat on Christmas Island, near Paris, searching for Bonefish.

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19
Nov
14

Christmas Island early morn…….

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01
Sep
13

Fly Fishing: The Flat…Surreal World

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Examples of Christmas Island Flats in the Lagoon area.

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On the flat. This perfectly clear water may be 6″ deep or mid thigh deep, influenced by tides. It seems one could see anything on this flat that can extend out hundreds of yards. I often had no difficulty seeing Black Tip Reef Sharks cruising toward me. But seeing the Bonefish, for me, was a difficult exercise. Seeing movement, the movement of a shadow not the actual fish was hard to grasp at first.

Here are a couple articles that helpfully explain the preparation and realities of chasing the ‘grey ghost’…the Bonefish. 

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Photo: Pine Island Angler Note the shadow beneath the fish. This is what you often notice on the flat. The shadow moving across the bottom, singularly or with luck a pod. Looking for one or two shadows moving is harder. The wind often kicks up to disturb the surface and further complicate the sighting. Of course, accomplished guides make all the difference. Sunglasses! Do not scrimp. Research and buy the best!!!

The flat and the adjoining depths are a surreal sensory experience. It is hard to explain the colors, the angles, the sky, the wind, the power of the fish. Unique experience in my fly fishing travels.

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This is your taxi. The boat is guided up onto the edge of the flat and you climb out onto the platform and down stairs onto the flat.

24
Jul
12

Going to the Edge of the Flat

In 2007, I traveled with friends to Christmas Island. I have written about the preparation and suggestions I thought of after the trip (query Christmas Island in the search box to the right). I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, much like you enjoy difficult events years later…only remembering the high points.

Standing on a flat gazing out toward the outer barriers and the edge of the flat, the darker aqua colored water. Deeper off the edge, it is the source of what creatures decide to cruise the flat in search of prey. The search for movement, shadows and contrast consumes the eyes as the relentless wind batters your ears. SwittersB

My only regret was not having more of an opportunity to have my catches recorded by the guide. Few wanted to put forth the effort to capture the events. I was often fishing alone and unable to juggle the camera and the fish. These days, you have gizmo’s like the Go Pro Hero (my son has one of these) that can capture the events, while perched atop your head.




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