Important Bonefishing Basics That You Need To Know

If you’re planning an upcoming bonefish charter trip and have never been on one before, you’re probably already aware of a few bonefish basics. For instance, you undoubtably know that bonefishing is done in shallow waters in The Caribbean and the southern part of the state of Florida. However, many bonefish basics may yet still be a mystery to you if you have yet to experience a bonefishing charter trip. Following are several bonefish basics that every fledgling bonefisher needs to know. 

Bonefish Can Be Poisonous

Bonefish and other plankton-eating fish may cause those who eat it to develop clupeotoxin poisoning. Clupeotoxin poisoning is fatal in about 50 percent of affected people. Symptoms include:

  • Blood pressure decrease
  • Light-headedness
  • Vomiting, abdominal distress, nausea, and headaches 
  • Chills, fever, and sweats
  • Elevated heart rate 
  • Blue-tinged fingers, nose, and lips

More commonly affecting fish during the summer months, the toxin that causes clupeotoxin poisoning has no taste or odor. Cooking the fish will not kill the toxin. However, the good news is is that bonefish charters practice catch-and-release fishing tecniques designed to maximize the fun for everyone involved, and after a day of bonefishing, you can relax in the evening and enjoy authentic regional food and beverages expertly prepared in classic Caribbean style. 

Bonefish Are Worth $75,000 Each!  

Even if there wasn’t a small risk of becoming ill due to toxins, bonefish are worth way too much to make a meal of them. In southern Florida, for instance, individual bonefish contribute as much as $75,000 to that state’s economy. Research shows that recreational bonefishing contributes more than $141 million annually to the economy of the Bahamas. Your bonefishing guide will show you how to practice catch-and-release techniques that ensure that the fish you catch survive so that they can continue to contribute to the local economy. 

Bonefishing is for Beginners Too!

Many people who have never been bonefishing before are under the erroneous impress that this sport is for serious anglers only. Although bonefishing presents certain challenges due to the shallow waters of their natural habitat, a professional, experienced guide will be able to make the adventure as easy as it needs to be for everyone involved. Letting your charter captain know in advance of any special requirements that you or any of your travel companions have will ensure that everything goes smoothly. 

For more information on how to get the most out of a bonefishing trip, please feel free to contact a professional charter company at your earliest convenience. Contact a business, such as Bone Fish Master, for more information.