My first bonefishing trip ever was on Grand Bahama Island and was a blast. I landed six fish and couldn't have been happier. That whole trip consisted of fishing from a flats boat. The Cozumel trip was much different, we stalked flats on foot the entire day.
Four hours into the trip and I hadn't landed a fish. I was learning just how difficult sight casting while wading is. Needless to say, I spooked more fish than I casted to. Before we left, I read Dick Brown's book on bonefishing and tried my hand at tying some of his flies. As wonderful as his content is, no book can fully prepare you! Every time I fish flats I learn so much, there really is no replacement for first hand experience. As the day progressed I picked up on more and more of what the guide was seeing. I even spotted a few fish before he did! But after four hours, I was beginning to lose hope.
After a few attempts I felt the line go tight! The rush of a bonefish taking line is like no other. I thankfully was wearing gloves so I was able to control the line by hand and avoid bone burn until my Cheeky Mojo 425 could take over. I landed the fish and pulled it out of the water. It was much larger than the Bahamian bones I caught last year! I was stoked and I knew I was going home happy.
Enrique came over with his hands stretched at least 24"-26" apart. I believe him because I had seen plenty in that size range in this lagoon. Losing a fish like that is always awful but I certainly can't complain! I got my two biggest bonefish yet and I can't wait to keep chasing the next biggest fish!
Enjoy the video from the trip and let me know if you have fished on Cozumel before and what you thought about it!