Bonefishing in the Turks and Caicos

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

If fishing is a religion, and fly fishing is its high church, then Pine Cay in the Turks and Caicos must be heaven.

The shallow flats around our private island and neighboring cays are home to the bonefish, one of the most sought-after sport fish in the Caribbean.

Weighing up to 19 pounds and growing to 35 inches, the silver bonefish, is pound for pound said to be the strongest and fastest moving of any saltwater fish – a hooked bonefish can swim more than 25 miles an hour (a trout can can make a sprint of 5 miles an hour).

Fly-fishing for bonefish in Turks and Caicos is an almost sublime experience. Imagine wading in warm, shallow turquoise water, or cruising the shallows on a flats skiff.

Where to go bonefishing near Pine Cay

It’s often said that bonefishing is a lot more like hunting than it is like most other forms of fishing – you have to first find the fish, which can be difficult, as their silver-grey color makes it easy for them to blend into the shallows and flats.

Bonefish generally appear when the tide comes in. They eat shellfish, crustaceans, and other animals found in the sand of the flats.

Caicos Bank, to the south of Pine Cay, is a large area of wadeable flats that is, perfect for exploring with our guide in a skiff in search of prime bonefishing spots. The Bank side of Pine Cay, accessible from land, is also great for do-it-yourself bonefishing.

What to bring

While equipment and gear can be arranged through the Meridian Club. However, if you’re an experienced angler and you want to try fly-fishing for bonefish in the Turks and Caicos, here are some hints on what to bring:

  • Fly Rod – 7-9 wt.
  • Fly Reel
  • Weight-forward floating fly line and 9-12 ft. tapered leaders with 10 lb. tippet
  • No. 4-6 tan Gotchas or Crazy Charlies are typical bonefishing flies
  • Polaroid sunglasses with amber lenses
  • Hook hone to keep hooks sharp

Make sure all of your gear is salt-resistant and created specifically for saltwater fly fishing.

You’ll be out in the sun for quite a while, so sunscreen and a hat are a must.


The Meridian Club runs it’s own charters with our experienced guide, JR.

If you’re looking for an off-island outfitter we recommend:

  • Silver Deep: Arthur Dean – 649-946-5612 or Paula – 232-5612  (Bone and Deep Sea)
  • Catch the Wave: Ed Misick – 649-941-3037  (Bone or Deep Sea)
  • Daren Bain – 649-242-4327 (bone fishing only)

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