Back Bay Bonefish on the Chew

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  1. Risentidefishing

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    We’ve gotten into some fun Bonefish bites for our clients over the last few weeks. As a whole the bay has been fishing pretty slow and the area we had been working dried up and sent us searching the back bay. Poked around a few muddy bottom spots and found some hungry Bonefish. We caught them on the the fly the first day. Full sinking line, small tan ghost shrimp fly, and short 3 inch strips produced 5 first time drag peelers in the 1-2lb range. The other days we caught them on a 3/8oz Carolina rig with 2ft 8lb Flouro leader and a small Zman grub or Crusteaz in Pink or White. Slow crawling along the bottom did the trick. A lot of people don’t realize but Winter can actually be one of the best time to target Bonefish in the Back Bay. We still have plenty of availability over the next few months of you’re interested in learning how to tap into this unique fishery!

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    nice, was thinking about targeting bonefish on the SUP my next time out. What's the ratio of spotties to bonefish when slow-rolling the grub on the bottom?
     
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    Muddy bottoms in the back bay have always produced for me
     
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    If you are fishing in the right areas and they are in a biting mood you will catch them about 2:1 on Spotted Bay Bass. They will usually come in short flurries and then move on once you’ve caught a handful. Knowing the areas they frequent is the key to success when blind casting for Bonefish. I look for muddy bottom that’s 2-5ft deeper then the surrounding eel grass beds. Where there’s one Bonefish there’s almost always more
     
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    Nice! I still havent caught my first bonefish. Is there a good place to fish for them from shore? And will 10lb flouro leader be ok? I dont know if there line shy..
     
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    Will they eat the 10#? Probably but if your targeting them use a 6#-8# flourocarbon leader on a carolina rigged ghostshrimp. Try the shore access areas in the south bay. Good luck.
     
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    Man.. that photo in your avatar there, Medicated fisherman ... Lol.. ghost shrimp on the split shot rig, bonefish aren't scared of the shallows...
     
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    I’ve caught them in the Liberty Station channel with ghost shrimp.
     
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    Bottom feeding fish in muddy water are not normally line shy. But since they are not large fish, no need to go heavier than 6 lb. unless that is what you are already rigged for or you are fishing from the shore and need to pull the bait or fish out of grass.

    Think they would eat Gulp sandworms? That sounds like fish caviar (pun intended) from all the replies to that post. I know some people call it "perch crack".

    What size grub, 2" or 3" best?

    I am thinking that rubbing some scent on the soft plastic grub is a good idea. If ghost shrimp work better than soft plastics, could indicate that scent is important.

    Comments? Your wisdom is much appreciated.
     
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    Like 2in grubs with a 1/16oz jig heads

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    I have caught five at a time on a sabiki baited with shrimp in MB... Pretty sure I caught a three sabiki in SDB, with one big one...
     
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    Oh I’m sure, I just want the challenge of of a grub.
     
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    Real ghost shrimp is king when targeting Bonefish but if you don’t want to spend the time pumping or if the tides aren’t right you can catch them on artificials just fine. I’d say a 3” grub in pink/white is plenty small enough for them and i’d imagine gulp sandworms will work. Look at the Zman Crusteaz, that’s one of their favorites. That’ being said if you are in a good area of them and they are hungry they will eat just about any small life presented properly. Small baitfish patterns will also work and I’ve even caught one throwing a shallow diving jerkbait in 12ft of water (go figure).
     
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    Gotta love bonefish, they put up such a good fight for their size
     
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    I bet that sabiki was trashed afterwards
     
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    I used pretty hefty weight on my sabiki... It helps a lot
     
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