Another consideration is to choose the right flat. There’s no point in going to one where spotting is difficult even in sunlight. As such I’d be favouring a clean sandy bottom which, when waded in the right direction, can still offer pretty good opportunities to see the fish before they see you. Another option is to get high (no, I don’t mean smoking pot and sitting it out). If you can find a sloping beach that can be walked above the high water mark, it’s amazing what a foot or two of extra elevation can do for you spotting ability – it’s no coincidence that guides, stood on their poling platforms, see the fish before you do.
Cloudy or rainy evenings can also offer good fishing. Whilst they can seemingly hide during poor light, bonefish cannot disguise their big flappy tails once they’re getting stuck into crabs, shrimp and clams. Therefore selecting a flat where fish ‘tail’ often is a sound tactic. Tracy and I had such an evening yesterday – we landed 6 good bonefish, lost a couple and had some spectacular ‘spooks’ – one issue when casting at tailing bones in poor light is that it’s not possible to see the fish that isn’t tailing, but is sat directly in front of the one you’re targeting.
A further alternative is to do something completely different e.g. change species. Sharks, being big and brown, are far more visible than bones with their mirror finish. The same goes for triggerfish, these are visible (and great fun to catch) irrespective of the weather.
Finally there’s blind casting of likely looking areas such as docks or rocky features. We often do this on the way back from flats anyway – it’s great fun to see what a heavily weighted Clouser will bring up. Usually it’s various snapper species, but we’ve also had jacks, pompano, grouper and the occasional bonefish. Beware of juvenile ‘cudas nipping the fly off though. I also have a spinning rod with me for these areas, however I’m coming to the conclusion that I must be the world’s worst spin fisher. So far I haven’t landed a single fish on this outfit – I’ve had one lost plug to something big that bit it off above the wire and had two spectacular missed takes to ‘cudas (how this is possible with two treble hooks is beyond me). I’ve also cracked the plug off twice whilst casting – this goes a long way as you can imagine; one time I managed to retrieve it by fly casting to it after it had drifted back into range (good accuracy practice) and the second time Tracy was feeling a bit hot so volunteered to swim out to recover it.
Anyway, after writing this it’s still raining hard here so we’ll be looking to one of the above options. I hope you have a great weekend whatever you chose to do.