Surf-Casting for Bonefish

July 14, 2012 By: Gus Delaporte

On Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, the wind is blowing 30 knots out and driving rain is coming down sideways. The guide instructs his client to cast a sinking line into the surf toward the drop-off, blind.

While the Cook Islands offers more traditional sight fishing for big bones, bad weather can used to the angler’s advantage in the surf. The extreme conditions with onshore wind and large waves, while not often conducive for casting, churn up the sand on the beach and drive up food for the fish.