Bonefish

Name: BONEFISH

Description: Bonefish are slender, silvery colored fish with a bluish or greenish back and round body. They have a long, cone shaped snout which points downward with an overhanging lower jaw. Bonefish have dark streaks between the scales on the upper half of body and faint crossbands extending down to the lateral line. Bonefish have deeply forked tails that provide power for chasing prey in lush grass beds.

Aliases: Ladyfish

Habitat: Primarily INSHORE inhabiting the shallow waters, called the flats, of the Florida Keys including estuaries, mangrove areas and river mouths. Bonefish can be found over lush grass flats and occasionally over white sand.

Tackle Used: Conventional light tackle, fly fishing. Fly fishermen patiently pole through shallow flats stalking these skittish fish.

Fight: Bonefish are known for their long, fast, unpredictable runs.  They have keen eyesight and a suspicious nature. Bonefish are a prized trophy for saltwater anglers.

Vital Stats: Bonefish are typically 3 to 5 pounds in size but occasionally can be found weighing more than 10 pounds.

State Record: 16 lb 3 oz, caught near Islamorada

Limits: minimum size 18” 1 per harvester per day

Flavor: Bonefish are very seldom eaten and should be carefully released