Bonefish on Artificial Lures

How to trick the ghost of the flats with artificials.

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A Bone to Pick

Ditch the live shrimp next time you hit the flats for bonefish. (Photo Credit: Jason Arnold)Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)
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A Bone to Pick

Jigs and scented soft baits tempt bones in the right conditions. (Photo Credit: Doug Olander)Doug Olander
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A Bone to Pick

Sight-fishing takes a back seat to other tactics when bonefish vacate the flats during the heat of the summer or the chilling temps of winter. (Photo Credit: Aaron Adams)Dr. Aaron Adams
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A Bone to Pick

Try these artificial lures for bonefish, even if they’re usually associated with catching other inshore species. [A] Doc’s Goofy Jig with teaser; [B] D.O.A. Shrimp; [C] Berkley Gulp! Peeler Crab; and [D] Hookup Lures Weedless Bucktail. Match the lure color to the local prey and flats’ bottom.
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A Bone to Pick

This bonefish eyes a flats jig worked over sandy bottom. Tipping the hook with a fresh-shrimp tail can help increase the lure’s productivity. (Photo Credit: Jason Arnold)Jason Arnold (jasonarnoldphoto.com)