Late last night, I returned from another awesome trip to South Caicos. My group and I spent the past week fishing with Beyond the Blue Charters for jumbo Caribbean Bonefish. It certainly was a week of variety, with good fishing to be had in various environs throughout the week.
Earlier in the week, fishing was strong in the creeks... some of South Caicos' largest Bones live in the mangrove-lined creek environ. Some group members landed Bones of 7+ pounds here. During mid-week, some of the anglers found massive schools of Bones on the outer flats. The fish were not as large as the creek Bones, but they were certainly numerous and grabby. Finally, the week could not have finished any better... the N/NE winds started cranking hard in the last two days and that stirred up the flats, causing the bigger Bonefish showed up. Albeit tough to cast in a 25-30 knot wind, massive Bones of 5 to 8+ pounds showed up and were feeding hard on the flats. These days were quintessential Bonefishing... fishing small schools, doubles, and even singles cruising and tailing on the flats.
And finally, a nice bonus for the week was being able to cast to some resident medium sized Tarpon. We were fortunate to hook three Tarpon! But Rick Jorgensen was the only lucky angler to land one these awesome fish. Our group also hooked some Jacks and the occasional Cuda.
We had a few first-time Bonefisherman on the trip and it was very rewarding to see their progress and success throughout week. Even better, it was great to hear the many stories of successful Bonefish "hunts", and even, missed opportunities at Bonefish claimed to be as thick as your thigh. We all cast to some massive Bones throughout the week,... but as any angler knows, those trophy fish did not get that size by being easy to fool!
My personal highlight of the trip was topping my all-time personal best Bonefish on this trip... simply amazing to see 150 yards of backing disappear from your spool in seconds. I only had a few wraps left on the spool and, lucky for me, the massive Bone stopped its run. Next trip, I am going to load 200 yards just in case. Wow.
In final, here is a link to my photo journal slideshow from the trip: http://s252.photobucket.com/albums/h...view=slideshow