Preparing for your Trip
RECCOMENDED EQUIPMENT LIST
FLY FISHING LIST
Bring 2 rods. Suggested is 8 or 9 wt. for Bonefish. 4-piece are more convenient for traveling.
Should be anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater models with a high quality drag. Must hold a fly line & at least 200 yards of backing.
Weight-forward floating fly lines are necessary. The Flip Pallot line in the "Teeny Professional Series" is great for quick pick up and delivery.
Leaders & Tippet
Knotless tapered leader of 9-12 feet are recommended. Bring spools of 8, 10, 12 & 15 lb tippet. Wire shock tippet is mandatory if fishing for Barracuda.
Most Situations call for flies with standard bead-chain eyes, or small lead eyes. Gotcha and Clouser Minnow are the most popular patterns here. Sizes #6, #4 and #2. The Gotcha is definitely THE BEST!
SPIN FISHING LIST
Bring 2 rods. Should be light to medium action, suited for 6-8 1b line designed to cast lures from 1/8 0z to ½ 0z is best.
Should be able to hold at least 200 yards of 8 1b test. A smooth drag is essential to avoid breaking off fish.
A limp monofilament in 8 1b test. The new super-strong braided lines would be excellent choice.
Barracuda-Tube lures (green and orange) are especially effective. Bonefish-The most popular jigs are 1/8 0z. Colors of pink, tan, white/brown, and sand/brown. Grub colors: White, yellow, Chartreuse, pink and yellow pearl.
Live small crabs and frozen shrimp are excellent. A #4 bait hook works well.
Polarized sunglasses: two pair
Clippers for cutting monofilament AND nail knot tool
Fly line dressing
Waterproof “boat bag” for storing tackle, camera, clothing, etc., on boat
Long sleeved shirts, long and short pants, in lightweight cotton or supplex
Lightweight rain gear for the occasional shower and morning/evening boat runs
Fishing hat with a long front visor or big rim for the sun protection on the face, neck and ears
Rubber-soled shoes for wading or while in the boat
Camera/lens/flash/film, polarizing filter, fresh batteries, waterproof case
Sunscreen, waterproof, with a SPF of at least 30-chap stick of same SPF
Any medications you may require, also to include Pepto Bismol
Items of personal nature…toothbrush/paste, deodorant, lotions, razors, etc.
Travel alarm clock