If we’ve learned one thing over the years of stomping around our flats at Andros South, it’s that bonefish on South Andros aren’t leader shy. In fact, we’d go out on a limb to say that bonefish in our neck of the woods hardly, if ever, refuse a fly because of tippet size. Fly selection? Maybe. Presentation? Absolutely. But tippet size? Probably not.
There are a lot of big bonefish on South Andros. Most of which receive very little angling pressure throughout the course of the year, and losing them because you weren’t fishing the heaviest tippet you can get away with is a shame.
Many of our first-time anglers are surprised to hear we actually prefer tippet in the 14-16 lb. range for most situations, and generally consider anything less than 12 lb. test a bad idea on our flats. In fact, some of our long-time anglers swear by tippet as heavy as 20 lb. test! Certainly not the norm by traditional bonefishing standards.
Regardless, bonefish in our neck of the woods, don’t appear to recognize the difference.. And to that we say, leave the 8-10 lb. test at home, fish what you can get away with, and reap the benefits!