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“Manex- A True Local Bahamian”

Tides

Whether incoming or outgoing tides It’s always good to fish…depending on what side of the island you’re fishing on

Different Flys Used

Flys used for bone fishing

Types Of Rods Used For Bone Fishing

Fishing Tour Guide Manex Uses Sage Fly Rods

We Use Fly Rods to catch Bone fish, Why?? You might ask…

Well, The Reasons are.

Fly fishing in General is less destructive to the habitat and to the fish itself. Bone fish are aggressive fish when it comes to feeding “they tend to swallow your lure/hook deeper then most fish. With a Fly type lure its easier to unhook, release your catch.

Little History of the Bone Fish Habitat

Bone fish are predominately a coastal species, commonly found in inner tidal flats, mangrove areas, river mouths, and deeper adjacent waters. The flats vary in composition from sand or grass to rocky substrates. Bone fish are known to be bottom feeders. Bone fish can tolerate the oxygen-poor water they sometimes encounter in coastal habitats by inhaling air into a lung-like air bladder. Bone fish typically school, sometimes in groups of up to 100 individuals. Studies in the Bahamas using ultrasonic telemetry demonstrated the daily patterns of bone fish consist of a movement to shallow water during the rising tide “incoming” , and a retreat into deeper water during a falling “outgoing” tide. Bone fish are also known to move from particular sites (creek, channel, bay, etc.) after inhabiting the location for a maximum period of several days. Over the long-term movements between such “favorite” sites seem to occur without any discernible pattern. During summer months, larger individuals tend to remain in deep water, rarely moving onto the flats; they reappear in autumn, as water temperatures grow cooler.

Size and Age

In the Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic Ocean, the bonefish reaches a maximum length of about 31 inches and a weight of 13 or 14 pounds. Floridian and Bahamian fish often range from 4-6 pounds, with fish over 8 pounds regarded as large. Bonefish reach sexual maturity between 3 and 4 years of age, at which point they are typically between 17 and 19 inches in length. Bonefish may live up to or more than 19 years.

Usual Food Habits

Bonefish use its conical snout to dig through the benthos to root up its prey, which it crushes and grinds with its powerful teeth. Bone fish feed on benthic and epibenthic prey, often in water less than (12 inches) in depth. Bahamian populations of bone fish appear to feed more heavily upon bivalves than do Florida Keys bonefish. Bone fish feast primarily on the flats, entering shallow water on rising tides. While in motion, schooling bonefish travel at the same speed and at a constant distance from each other. When feeding, the bone fish disperse slightly from the school but will reunite if frightened, again traveling in a patterned formation. Bone fish do not always travel in schools, but may also be found singly or in pairs. Schools of similar sized fish may consist of 4-6 individuals, or may number in the tens or hundreds. Large adult specimens are solitary.

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