Bonefish are the number one game fish on the islands for fly anglers. These elusive, spooky fish are one of the most exciting fish to hook with a fly rod. Pound for pound, they are the fastest fish in the world, being clocked at 64km/h (40mph). They have explosive speed and power that can crash into your backing in heart beats!!! Bonefish are native to many coastal tropical waters and are heavily pressured in many fisheries. BoneFish travel solo, in small schools and in large schools, depending on the size of fish time of year, and the phase of the moon. Its not uncommon to see schools of over 300 Bonefish during certain times of year. Bonefish grow up to around 14lbs (the world record is just over 20) but most of the fish you will find around the Corn Islands are in the 3.5 to 5lb range, although double digit fish have been caught on Little Corn. Bonefish eat crustaceans and small fish they can find while foraging in the sand and turtle grass. Bonefishing is done by sight in good conditions, stalking your fish before casting, and blind casting when conditions are less favorable. Guiding includes instruction in sight fishing and bone-fishing techniques.
Permit, another fierce fighting fish. Born tough, these spooky fish have have incredible speed and power. Permit can grow up to 65lbs and usually live alone or in small schools. They live on flats and over muddy/sandy bottoms,a prime feeding location for them, as their diet is mainly small shell fish and other small fish. Permit can be extremely aggressive when they get into large schools often causing a feeding frenzy. We catch many juvenile Permit on shore while we are fishing for Bonefish, but the bigger fish come in more seldom. They are find-able though with several flats and tides holding this elusive powerhouse.
The last component of the Grand Slam is the Tarpon and they are world class fighters. The Tarpon that visit the Corn Islands are semi migratory and we see a good population during most of the year. Although you will not generally find huge fish, we have fish ranging upwards of around 80lbs. Tarpon are well known in the saltwater fly fishing community as a fierce fighting fish. Many Tarpon anglers don't count how many fish they catch, but how many fish they "jump". Having one of these pre-historic fish on the end of your line is a lesson in aerial assaults with even small fish putting on huge displays of power as they breach the water over and over again. Unfortunately they are one of the toughest fish to catch on the island due to timing and their skill at spitting hooks.