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Hawaii Bonefishing with Coach Duff

Let me introduce you to your quarry

The Quarry
There are two distinct species of bonefish in Hawaii and we have caught both of them. One is scientifically designated as Albula virgata (Jordan & Jordan) or the "deep water" Hawaiian Bonefish. The second and by far the most common on our guided flats is Albula glossodanta (Forsskal, 1775). The two species can be identified by the distance between the tip of the snout to the end of the upper jaw. Albula glossodanta has a shorter distance relative to the length or the head. Albula glossodanta also has a more rounded lower jaw than his deep water relative. Also, the deep water bone (virgata) has a small yellowish mark under each pectoral fin. The deep water Hawaiian Bonefish is somewhat rare but is caught at times, usually in deeper cuts or closer to the surf by flyrodders. This beauty is endemic only to Hawaii. That in itself makes them a special catch for any fly-angler. You cannot catch this species anywhere else in the world. They have a tendency to be somewhat longer and thinner in proportion to the glossodanta. They will show on the flats, but uncommonly.

Hawaiin Bonefishing with Coach Duff

Aloha Bones! Some interesting new facts about Hawaii’s bonefish
Download our PDF "Aloha Bones ", Some interesting new facts about Hawaii’s bonefish

Our Hawaiian Bonefish are "thugs". Our fish average 6 to 9 pounds landed by clients on the fly. We do catch smaller fish, and much larger fish. We see an all-tackle World Record size bonefish (over 19 pounds) on average once a week, sometimes two amongst all of our guides. With that in mind, we really do feel the Hawaiian Bonefish is the greatest trophy bonefish opportunity in the world of fly angling today. These fish are true bluewater bonefish. They are surrounded by hundreds of feet of blue water. The Hawaiian Bonefish we target do not hang out in lagoons or in calm bays waiting for changing tides. They run the back alleys of the fish world with Tiger sharks, Hammerheads, GTs and dozens of other big predators. Hawaiian Bonefish are street fighters. They live in one of the toughest environments in the fishing world. Because of this, Hawaiian Bonefish are hard charging, hard running rocket ships. They are genetically designed to run to survive. A ten pound Hawaiian Bonefish will rip off 200 yards of gel-spun in 9 seconds or so. They do not quit lying down and will answer every bell of every round until you've landed them. Hawaiian Bonefish will challenge every aspect of your fly-fishing abilities. We'll be there every step of the way, making sure your experience is a memorable one.

Other Species
We occasionally hook other species while fly-fishing for Hawaiian Bonefish. Mongoose fish, cornet fish, milkfish, stick fish, lady fish, Pacific threadfin and the hard hitting trevally. In island "talk", any trevally fewer than ten pounds is called a "papio". Any trevally over ten pounds is called an "Ulua". We find papio in the one to three pound class quite commonly in the summer months. Ulua are not common enough to be targeted, but now and then one of our anglers feels a heavy take and accompanying headshake that rattles the teeth. The runs are hard and into the nearest structure. These fish are brutes and a worthy challenge for any angler. There are Giant or White Trevally caught in Hawaiian waters over 150 pounds, (the Hawaiian state record is 191!) and we also see Bluefin Trevally, and in some areas we run into Golden Travelly. Although fly anglers covet the "GT" or Giant Trevally, the Bluefin Trevally is the most revered fist fighter of the trevally family here in paradise to fly anglers. We see more of them than other species and they show up ready to fight. Their runs are blistering and they can reach a very respectable 25 pounds. We will change to flies geared to trevally and stalk trevally when sighted, but do not advertise them as a viable targeted fish due to lack of opportunities. Trevally and Hawaiian Bonefish habitat do overlap, and a big trevally is a thrilling surprise but not common. Once again, trust and honesty are everything to our guides and to our anglers.

Hawaii Bonefishing with Coach Duff
Hawaii Bonefishing with Coach Duff Hawaii Bonefishing with Coach Duff

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