Sought after worldwide, many anglers focus entirely on this elusive hard fighting shallow water fish. Mainly fished on fly but also plastic jigs and lures, bonefishing was largely ignored in Turks and Caicos until quite recently.
Fish stocks are thus plentiful and fish tend to be less nervous than in neighbouring Bahamas. Good sized bonefish reach 15lbs although most range between 2 and 5lbs. Providenciales offers many square miles of “flats” and Bonefish are even caught in inshore Sea fed lagoons. Boats are not always essential!
The sides and belly of the fish are bright silver. Parts of the fins and the snout may show a yellowish or dusky color. Bonefish are basically schooling fish. The smaller ones can be seen in large schools on the flats. The larger ones tend to form smaller schools or groups. They feed on crabs, shrimp, clams, sea worms, sea urchins, and small fish that inhabit the sandy flats and intertidal areas.
They are often seen rooting in the sand, their tails breaking the surface of the shallow water; an action commonly known as “trailing”. At other times they will plough the bottom stirring up silt and marl, known as “mudding”. They are powerful and run very fast and hard when hooked. Fishing methods include plug, fly or spin casting from a skiff or while wading on tidal flats, using shrimp, crabs or similar baits.
This species is protected under the rules of Turks and Caicos and are strictly CATCH and RELEASE.