Labor Day with ET


Labor Day weekend unofficially marks the end of summer, even if it’s hotter and sunnier than it has been all year. Despite it being a crazy crowded Sunday on the water, I thought I should squeeze out one more summertime fishing session before the calendar tells me it’s autumn.

ET, Todd and I went out to Keehi Lagoon in search of bones and maybe some trevally as well. Ed had seen several blue trevally and barjacks during the previous week’s guiding, so I thought it might be a good chance for a multi-species day.

Before I could even finish tying on my fly, ET was already hooked up. For a guy who spends most of his time getting other people bit rather than himself, he didn’t miss a beat.

Was it the magic fly this fish found so attractive, or the unwashed guiding shirt?

Before too long I managed to hook a little guy too. Something I’ve been emphasizing lately to the guys less experienced in sight fishing is the need to take your time and make a cast with a favorable angle. When you see a fish at a fair distance (over 40 feet away), don’t just start casting. Wait a second and watch the fish’s speed and direction. Then choose the angle of your cast (or move to get a more favorable angle) to best intercept the fish’s path. If you just start casting without knowing what the fish is doing, you’ll usually drop the fly short of the fish or behind it, and even if you manage not to spook it with the fly or line hitting the water, you’ll have to cast again anyway. Every cast is a chance of alerting the fish of your presence. By making a good first cast, you’ll have much better odds of hooking an unwary fish.

Next stop Zip Pac. After lunch, I wanted to switch to trevally fishing. I saw a few nice blue ones cruising the reef in the morning, but couldn’t hook them with the bonefish fly.

The only trevally I caught this time were smaller than my hand. There has been a large bloom of these little guys lately. I literally saw hundreds. It seemed like every rock or patch of seaweed held at least a few. Sometimes they zoom in to steal the fly from the bonefish you’ve been stalking. This one ate a fly nearly as big as it was. Hopefully more than a few of them survive to repopulate the reefs and make more babies.

ET saw an octopus while walking the reef and brought it home for dinner. Squid luau anyone?

Back at the boat ramp we ran into a few other folks who had been fishing the flats. Three of the bonefish’s least favorite people: Capt. Jesse, Coach Duff, and ET.

I hope all of you got to have a fun weekend on the water too. If you caught something worth bragging about on your Labor Day, send me a picture and we’ll post it for the world to see. Aloha

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