Looking for a unique Caribbean beach activity besides the watersports, snorkeling, and scuba that we’re famous for? Check out the unique sport of bonefishing, one of the most exciting angling adventures you can do right from the beach.
The bonefish, also known as “phantom” or “gray ghost”, is said to be, pound for pound, the strongest and fastest moving animal of any salt-water fish.
Thanks to economic development which has led to changing diets (people no longer have to depend on the sea for all of their sustenance), the Caicos Islands boast one of the largest bonefish populations in the Caribbean. These beautiful fish, are considered to be among the world’s premier fly game fish and are highly sought after by anglers, and live in inshore tropical waters, moving onto shallow mudflats to feed with the incoming tide, and retreating to deeper water as the tide ebbs.
Anglers can pursue this prized fish right from the shore, wading out into the surf. Of course, it’s always a good idea to seek out a professional guide, who can take you out in a boat to all of the best locations. What will you need? A fly fishing road for one thing. Other items you might bring along are wading boots, sunscreen, flys and a camera.
Where to go for bonefish near Provo? Chalk Sound, just to the southwest of the airport, on the windward side of the island, is a great place to start, as are nearby Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Bay. Of course, Bonefish Point, on the extreme southwest corner of the island, would also be a choice destination.
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