Dealing with changes… Winding down for Winter…

Sneak Preview of Hells Bays new Skate
Sneak Preview of Hells Bay's new Skate

We were continually blessed with bluebird skies this past weekend.  I walked outside in the morning to look at my boat and immediately noticed a difference… a slight chill was in the air, winds were out of the North, and dew had formed on the deck of my boat.  This was a definite sign that things are changing as we transition from Fall to Winter patterns.

I joined my buddies Tony and Juanki the first day of fishing as we took out Tony’s new Hells Bay skiff.  This new skiff in our arsenal will change the way we fish as well as give us that edge we need when having to pole down a school of speeding bonefish.   Today’s mission was to break in the new skiff so we decided we should take the day of fishing more seriously (yeah right).  Our seriousness on the water extends only to the point in the day where we start busting each other’s chops.  It is always a gauranteed fun day on the water amongst this company.  We started out our day with a first shot at a quadruplet of very big bonefish.  Tony makes the perfect presentation and gets the eat, only to loose the fish while clearing line.  The day was then filled with more exciting moments from, hooking and loosing big bonefish, poling down wads of fish, missing some bites, loosing balance and making a watery entries, and finally breaking in the skiff with Tony’s new signature move… the Islamorada bonefish toss and plunge.  There was never a dull moment out on the water this day.   I look forward to our next day on the water…


The next day on the water was a definite eye opener.  Tim and I decided to take my Mirage out today for a change.  Have you ever heard the superstition about your day being over after catching the fish on your first shot of the day?  Well, besides only having less then half the bonefish shots as the previous day, both Tim and I caught a bonefish on each of our first shots.  This sealed the deal for us as we delt with loosing fish, mising bites, and having to work harder to find fish.  These are days you learn a bunch about the bonefishery…especially when you have a bonefish guru (Tim) on the boat with you.  Winter is definitely on it’s way.  Skies are becoming less cloudy, the water levels are slowly dropping, the air is becoming drier and cooler, fish are starting to get into a transitional phase, and bonefish are getting FAT.  Life is good indeed…


Let’s change the pace up a little the next week… until next time…

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