Alright, I told Aaron Adams that I’d make this week’s posts all about handling bonefish correctly… so… that’s what I’m going to do. Monday to Friday will be dedicated to showing fish being handled and released well.
As far as the catching part goes, just fish as heavy a tippet as you can and have enough drag to make progress in getting the fish in. Don’t overplay the fish… that’s a pretty easy concept.
In terms of the release portion of the issue goes you just have to be aware that every little bit longer you keep the fish out of the water increases the likelihood that it will get munched on when it is released. These aren’t trout. Just because it swims away doesn’t mean everything is OK. If it swims away, but is tired… well… the odds that a cuda or shark will eat it go up a fair bit.
Here’s Dr. Adams…