Bonefish Scientific name: Albula Vulpes, Albula Garcia
Best time to fish bonefish in Islamorada: The summer months through October, but can be found year round.
The hunt for bonefish: Sight fishing. The elusive “grey ghost” is one of the smartest and most rewarding flats fish to catch. You stand alert on the bow. Your captain polls silently over mere inches of still, crystal-clear water. On board, all eyes remain alert for “tailing” or feeding bonefish, whose transparent caudal fin pokes above the waterline as they troll nose-down for shrimp.
Once you convince a bone to eat, you’ll never forget the sound of your line screaming off the reel as he makes a long run for it – and the heart-pounding prized fight begins.