Bonefish: Albula vulpes
Silvery, with torpedo-shaped body and conical snout.
Bonefish primarily inhabit inshore shallows of the Florida Keys,
often in water that is less than 1 foot deep
Bonefish have deeply forked tails that provide power for chasing
prey in lush grass beds. Keen eyesight and a skittish nature make
these fish a prized trophy for saltwater anglers. They travel in
small schools prowling grass beds and sand flats for shrimp, crabs
and other invertebrates. Average size is 3 to 5 pounds but fish
weighing more than 10 pounds can be found in Florida.
16 lb 3 oz, caught near Islamorada
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Live shrimp or jigs tipped with fresh shrimp are the best baits for conventional fishermen. Fly fishermen patiently pole through shallow flats stalking these elusive fish. Bonefish are very seldom eaten and should be carefully released.
Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles