Best Bonefish Release Practices

Here’s a great video from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Learn the best bonefish catch and release practices from BTT Bahamas Initiative Manager Justin Lewis. Proper fish handling is essential to the survival of your catch, and to the overall health of the fishery, especially when you consider that research has shown that a bonefish kept out of the water for more than 15 seconds is 600% more likely to die! That is a shocking statistic.

Be a part of the solution and help preserve our fisheries for our daughters and sons. Educate. Share. Practice.

Bonefish Release Technique

  • Bonefish Release Technique
  • Bonefish Release Technique
  • Bonefish Release Technique

It’s common knowledge that bonefish are no good to eat; as their name suggests, they are full of bones. All Cayman bonefishing is catch-and-release. We all want these fish to be here the next time we hit the water; we want them here for our kids to enjoy just as much as we have. It’s up to us—the anglers—to keep our fish healthy with proper care.

Good release practices actually begin before you actually hook a bonefish, starting with the fly itself. Barbless flies will actually hook more fish and makes releasing them soooo much easier. Due to their rubbery mouths, bonefish almost never throw barbless flies.

Bonefish exposed to air
for more than 15 seconds
are 600% more likely to die.

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Fish Bones Guide Advocates for Shark Protection

Shark Sanctuary Map

Dead Shark Pic on Social Media Sparks Backlash


“I would love to see the day where we can really say that Cayman has a shark sanctuary. I think it sounds great now, it’s a great idea, but it’s not a sanctuary until we can say we’ve changed our attitudes to sharks 100%,” — Joel Jefferson, Fish Bones Guide.

Shark conservation was thrust into the spotlight this week as a picture of a woman posing with a dead shark caused a firestorm on social media.

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