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May 09, 2011

Doug Kelly

Many bonefishing experts resort to blind fishing as a dependable fall-back tactic when all else fails. True, lots of sight-casting purists say they wouldn't be caught dead staking out and waiting for a bonefish to bump into a rigged shrimp - or at least won't admit to doing it. But the fact is, blind fishing can be very productive on days when the wind keeps flags blowing straight out. "Look for areas where lots of fish often come into deep areas and stake out," says Miller. "I wouldn't suggest chumming though, because it draws in junk fish.
Although in Florida you're allowed to keep one bonefish per day at least 18 inches in length, it's customary to release them all. You probably wouldn't want to eat a bonefish anyway, especially considering many other game fish and seafood treats of much higher culinary quality that you should enjoy when visiting the Keys. The tastiest, most succulent seafood I've ever encountered anywhere in the world - and I've done my share of traveling - can be found at Bentley's in Islamorada.
April through June represents the best hunting time for blue marlin in the Bahamas. Marsh Harbour and Harbour Island offer a good variety of accommodations, but the more remote or private islands do not, albeit those available usually are more than satisfactory and even quite nice. The private resort at Walker's Cay features its own air service, comfortable rooms, good dining and an excellent marina. Same with the Chub Cay Club on Chub Cay, although the Pocket is also accessible from Nassau and Fresh Creek on Andros.
Action Galore from Snook, Snapper and More - And it Starts Just Minutes from the Belize Airport!
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