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Old 03-02-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Well...We had intentions of catching Sailfish. The trip was organized around chasing sailfish. However, the best laid plans need a solid backup, otherwise you risk a disastrous trip. We arrived to decent seas, but the wind quickly made offshore fishing not possible. Friday brought us potentially good weather and with that we had the option of trying offshore again or going inshore to make the trip better for the weekend which was definitely going to be heavier winds and seas. Given that, we went inshore to scout a spot. The morning was spent catching 1-2lb jack crevalle on top water plugs, trout on paddle tail jigs and lookdowns on sabiki rigs. My brother was in deeper water throwing lures when he managed to stick an errant hook in his thumb from dehooking a hound fish. One cry for help later and we were paddling back in. It was precisely that hooked thumb that put us on a school of bonefish. Most were smallish, but there were some mogan 9-10lbers in the school. I stood up in the cuda and poled that flat until I found them again. One cast later and I was hooked up with a 5-6lb bonefish, my second of the trip and the first from the kayak. Luke found the school again and pulled a nice 4lber out of it. The next day we got on them again after teasing 4ft barracuda for 2hrs without a hookup. Luke scored a nice 2lber from the school first. I found a lone 5lb single that took my skimmer jig on the first toss. And without further talk...here are the pics:
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Vinny Stalking a flat:

Luke Stalking a flat:

My second bone and the smaller of the three:

Close up of same fish:

In closing, I've got the bonefish sickness. There is positively nothing like these fish. I will be back to chase these buggers from the kayak.

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Old 03-02-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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Great report! In the keys I'm assuming or Biscayne Bay area?
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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The flats stalking photos were Key Biscayne near miami. The bones were caught in Biscayne Bay.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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That looks like fun. Can't wait to try and get down there sometime.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:47 PM   #6
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Very nice, bucket list item for me man. Thanks for the pics-JEALOUS-but thanks.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
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Awesome catching! Yes, once you catch the bonefish bug, you're addicted for life.
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Sorry about the sailfish trip but good friggin job on the bonehead!

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Old 03-02-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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awesome trip and great pics!
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:35 PM   #10
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I will be down that way soon! Good job!

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