Midweek update....11 pound bonefish on fly
Capt. Chris Asaro
November 19, 2009
Oahu - Saltwater Fishing Report
This morning, i awoke to rain and winds. Not exactly ideal conditions for a guide's day of fun fishing but just being out there with Capt. Terry Duffield [aka Coach Duff] is a blast and we rarely get to enjoy sharing a day on the water. We went to one of his favorite goliath bonefish flats that he has been gracious enough to show me. Coach only fishes for trophy size bonefish with his own hand-tied flies. So we set out with a 15 + lb. fish in our sights. Hey, if you're gonna go for a slob you may as well go all the way. With Oahu having some of the Hawaiian Islands nicest flats and Hawaii being one of the furthest north latitudes in the pacific bonefish will go, seeing world record size fish is not uncommon! Coming from the Islamorda area, i have seen my fair share of monster bonefish but not nearly as common as Oahu!
Anyway, away we go with visions of grandeur into the not so friendly conditions. Immediately, we start to see very large tails. Coach said the tide was perfect for this spot and he was very right as usual. The tide was getting lower and lower but the fish kept tailing ang finning. Coach decided to jump over and go after them on foot. Fish were literally everywhere and after spooking the first couple shots, Coach had a decent size bone tail up on his perfectly presented 1/0 'Duffer Crab'. He had to work the fish for a bit [wading gives you that luxury] but tipped up and inhaled the fly. Coach was off to the races and i had a grandstand, 50 yard line seat from the poling platform. After 2 blistering runs, the very nice bonefish was boatside weighing in at 11 lbs. Minutes later Coach had another bone only much larger [over 15 lbs!] tail up on the same fly but he just didn't connect. This all happened in an hour and a half as we had to get back to our everyday grind.
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The next potential world record could be a cast away so 'get your tickets while it's hot' as they say. But seriously, don't expect perfect conditions when you pick a day on the calendar. Stay positve and be prepared for what ever mother nature deals. Adverse condtions are not easy but it's also hard for the bonefish to detect your presence!
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