Ascension Bay is well known for it’s endless wading flats, mangrove lagoons, channels and coral reefs. Pesca Maya is located right on the northern side of the bay, having access to over 100,000 acres of flats, some wadable, some soft, that request a boat. Renowned by anglers for their wariness and fighting spirit, bonefish are stealthy and speedy residents of these shallow flats. Although they are not usually consumed by people, bonefish are a major target of sport anglers, becoming a pillar of the recreational fishing industry.
Without any doubt, the great bonefishing pleasure is to spot the fish, cast, strip, see the fish following, feel the bite, set the hook and listen your reel scream while bonefish pulls your line, stronger, pound per pound, than most fish. It sounds simple, but it takes angler’s best skills to catch bonefish.
Your eyes have to learn to read the water, flashes, waves, moog, birds, mantaray, sharks and many other signs. Your cast will make your fly go for 30 feet and land nice and smoothly at the right place, the proper stripping and sensitivity to feel the fish and set the hook with your hand, not lifting the rod. It takes a good guide to help you with each step. The way to work the flat with the wind on your back, directions to spot the fish and strip.
These details will make the difference when chasing bonefish. At Pesca Maya we are very much aware of it and for that reason we have two guides per boat. A head guide and an apprentice will be very helpful. For beginners it works very well when casting from the boat, the guide will be behind you, pointing and helping with the line, solving knots and keeping the line off your feet. For expert fisherman it will be very helpful especially when wading, each angler will have aid to spot the fish and to tell you where the soft soil is, so you don’t burry yourself in the moog. When catching the fish you will appreciate very much to have help to take the hook out of the fish’s mouth and you won’t have to walk all the way back to the boat, he will bring it to you.