VIDEO: Why do we love bonefish?

Some of you will know that four of us headed over to Cuba in November to see if we could land some of their legendary bonefish and tarpon. We fished in the Jardines de la Reina archipelago – an amazing strip of islands and mangroves, situated about a 3-hour boat ride from the south coast of Cuba’s mainland. Our two target species were bonefish and tarpon, but we got so much footage (thanks mainly to a couple of new cameras we were eager to try!), that we’ve split the footage into three. This is the first and, as the title suggests, it’s all about bonefish. We hope you enjoy it and, if you can, click on ‘HD’, as it’s much better in full screen, high definition!

As the tackle in the video suggests, for the four of us, this was a fly fishing trip, although this was not the case for everyone. We shared our very homely and comfortable houseboat, La Tortuga, with six other fishermen – a mixture of Brits and Americans – some of whom had brought along not just fly rods, but also lure outfits. While they caught bonefish and tarpon like we did, they also had the option of heading outside the reef to spin for pelagic fish like large jack crevalle and kingfish, of which they seemed to catch plenty. (Next time I think we’ll do the same, if only as a bad weather option. This time we got lucky, but the conditions in November aren’t always so kind!)

Watch the second video here: tarpon fishing in Cuba

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James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.