O'io Boy'o! - Bonefishing in Hawaii - Global FlyFisher

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O'io Boy'o! - Bonefishing in Hawaii



Hidden flats within minutes of Waikiki Beach yield suprising bonefishing opportunities



By Steve Schweitzer

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A nice Hawaiian Bonefish
A nice Hawaiian Bonefish
Hawaiian bones come much larger than this, but this size is very representative of an average catch you could expect.
A typical small Hawaiian bonefish!
A typical small Hawaiian bonefish!
Guide Kevin with a typical (huge) Hawaiian bonefish...for him at least!
All eyes on me!
All eyes on me!
Bonefish have eyes that pick up the slightest of movement in the murkiest of water. Don't worry that they can't see your fly!
Another bone
Another bone
Fish this size were caught all day long.
Bluebird Day
Bluebird Day
After paddling the kayak for 45 minutes out to a superb expansive flats, a look back to the shoreline revealed a stunning backdrop.
Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin trevally eagerly take a shrimpy looking fly and are a welcomed diversion to the absence of bonefish.
Bonefish Slider
Bonefish Slider
Nervous Water Fly Fishers guide, Kevin Faucheaux has a favorite fly. Guess which one it is?!
Gotcha!
Gotcha!
A popular flats fly world-wide works just fine for Hawaiian bones.
Great Trevally
Great Trevally
A rare surprise was catching a Great Trevally, or White Trevally...this is a small specimen of the species, but fought like a bonefish twice the size.
Guide Kevin logs tagged bonefish
Guide Kevin logs tagged bonefish
Guide Kevin tagged several of the fish for the Hawaii Fish and Game Department. After tagging the fish near the dorsal fin, he logged the length and particulars of where the fish was caught.
Hawaiian Highways
Hawaiian Highways
Notice there is an absence of large sandy flats...not your expected tropical flats. But notice the coral channels separated by sand...the bones love these natural "highways".
Hawaiian Mountain High
Hawaiian Mountain High
Typical Hawaiian flats have lots and lots of live coral heads mixed with grasses and seaweeds, which bones absolutely love. Even more beautiful are the landscapes surrounding.
Let Me Go!
Let Me Go!
In top-of-the-day sunlight, the bright blue iridescence of the fins shines through, even when taking an underwater picture.
No-No, Nunu!
No-No, Nunu!
Lining up near my feet, only a meter or so away, were Cornetfishes (or Nunu's as referred to by the locals). They readily took a bonefish fly as it was stripped in ready for another cast.
Sound Off!
Sound Off!
One of many cornetfish caught that day.
Steve fights off late surges by an Oahu bonefish.
Steve fights off late surges by an Oahu bonefish.
Waist deep and fighting the gentle surf is typical high-tide conditions when landing the bones. Notice there is vrey little wind; a rare day on the flats.