That’s a shark, probably a blacktip from what I could tell, all eight feet of him. Swam about 6 feet from me just cruising along. As I tried to keep up with it to take more photos, it spotted me and spooked. It was a pretty sight.
I wrote an article for the Orvis News about my trip with Capt Jesse in Oahu. I’ll add here that the bonefishing in Oahu is the best in the world that is easily accessible from a major airport. Usually it’s another little plane and a boat ride and another ride in some sketchy vehicle and some bed that you’re sharing with a lizard or something. Anyway here’s the link:
Read it then go there.
Watched some football then drove over to the beach. When I got there it was rough so I kept the flyrod in the car and used the 8 foot light action stick I use for surf plugging. Hung a 1 1/4 oz crazy chicken Stingsilver on there and started tossing it. 2 cast I’m hooked up. Wasn’t sure right away what it was but then I saw this guy:
They can move fast but can be pretty careful when feeding. All the bites I got were when my fly was barely moving.
They don’t like it when your fly is anywhere but on the bottom. Actually saw a fish spook because my fly was coming up off the bottom.
Flies need to be heavier than you think because of above. They wanted the fly dragging on the bottom.
They don’t like it if you land too close. I made casts that would have been perfect for redfish that sent them heading for the ocean.
Did I mention that the fly needs to be on the bottom? Redfish will chase about anything that jumps in front of them because shrimp. Not these guys.
In fact forget everything you think you know about sight fishing when you go to Hawaii for bones (because you are). And just do everything Capt Jesse tells you. Long leads and soft casts.
It’s gonna be windy and you’ll be wading. Don’t bring cheap wading shoes because of the coral.
You probably won’t need to make many long casts but you’ll have to make only accurate ones.