VIDEO: Why do we love bonefish?

Some of you will know that four of us headed over to Cuba in November 2014 to catch the legendary bonefish and tarpon there. We fished in the Jardines de la Reina. This is an 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. Luckily, we got so much footage (thanks to a couple of new cameras we were eager to try!), that we’ve split the footage into two. This is the first and, as the title suggests, it’s all about bonefish. We hope you enjoy it. If you can, click on ‘HD’. 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.

Jim Green wading with a bonefish, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

While these other anglers caught bonefish and tarpon like we did, they also had the option of heading outside the reef to spin for pelagic fish. They caught large jack crevalle and kingfish, some of which they brought back for dinner. Next time I think we’ll do the same. if nothing else, it’s a great bad weather option. This time we got lucky – the weather was perfect – but the conditions in November aren’t always so kind!

Catching bonefish in Jardines de la Reina, 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.