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Old 09-14-2010, 06:34 PM
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Default 16.5# bonefish today in Hawaii

Glenn from San Jose California on vacation in Hawaii fished with me today on Oahu and landed one of the biggest bonefish in the world. 16.5# on the boga grip, we had on 30# power pro with a #4 circle hook with a strip of squid in 2ft of water, released the monster in 15 minutes, great fun too bad it wasnt on the fly but oh well still a great fish!! first run was over 200yds we had to dump the anchor line and chase the crazed fish. We also released a 3,6,9.3# bone earlier, the 9 lb fish looked like a guppy compared to this beast.

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nice catch!
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That's the biggest boner I've ever seen!
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Great catch. Fantastic release. Kudos.
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He'd make a great bait!

Seriously, I use live bonefish as grouper bait in the Sea of Cortez. Smaller models, though -- I've never seen a toad like that one!! Congrats!!!
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That's the biggest boner I've ever seen!
How many have you seen?
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How many have you seen?


I dunno but he seemed pretty excited about this one
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How many have you seen?
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That's the biggest boner I've ever seen!
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Yes, I've heard that before.
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awesome. wishing the next one on an 8wt....
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:58 AM
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I am with you completely on wishing it was on the fly rod as that is 98% of how I fish with my clients and have hooked fish in this size range but have always ran into issues. The bone runs off the end of the reef, the angler freezes and locks up the drag, the tippet hits a coral head on the turn, the reel seizes, the angler seizes, the knots fail, and most likely the hook straightens. Yep a million excuses but if you put your time in and your there for the right pass at the right time with the right fly, the right strip, and the moon is just right then you may get one over 20lbs. It is possible here in Hawaii although it seams the bigger fish change their feeding habits and move into deep water making them obviously much tougher to find on the flats as we are sight fisherman. But it sure is fun to soak a bait sometimes with a hook you know wont fail and a reel that you know can stop a bus.

We are going after the bones today with an Australian super fly guy he says bring it on!!

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Are the bigger bones in Hawaii more boat shy? I have chased big ones off west Andros and getting inside 100-120' was never easy. (uhhh, getting a fly out 120' was )
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ive fished in hawaii for those monsters, although it was several years ago. all hookups were broke off on the coral... went with capt dave hill. would love to do it again! at the time, he was the only guide who fished from a boat. all the others were wading only. looks like that has changed. nice fish capt.

BTW, another spot with HUGE bones it bermuda. a saw many 10# plus fish there. but they were not spooky. they were indifferent, just cruised by lazily. very strange. didnt have bait to throw at them, just the long rod.
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Default Biting today too...

I am Dave Hills partner although he has left Hawaii so it's just me running the flats show now.

as far as the distance to cast we released 3 bones today tailing within 25ft of our rod tips!!

8#,8#, and a 6# fish with 2 broken leaders and a broken hook when of of the other fish hooked got the fly line wrapped around the rod base.

90% of the fish hooked in Hawaii if your sight fishing are within 40ft, if you like to blind cast then a 100ft cast is needed, I would rather sight fish personally. Accuracy is the most important part of the cast along with getting it out there with 2 false casts.

Water depth and wind speed determines fly weights and sink rates. Ambient noise from the wind is a big help.

Maui Jim Amber polarized are a must.

hope to see you guys soon, it is biting!!!!

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Wow 16 lbs. now tell him to go offshore and catch a 1000 lb. Marlin.
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Wow 16 lbs. now tell him to go offshore and catch a 1000 lb. Marlin.
Ojai shouldnt you be out dove hunting?
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Ojai shouldnt you be out dove hunting?




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