Mo Estevez

I was looking forward to fishing with long time client Maria and throwing a fly with her.  We started off focusing on bonefish and 5 minutes into the trip she hooked and landed a tiny 10" bonefish, so cute and a great sign of the health of our bonefishery.  OK, cool start but let's get an upgrade.  Ha, we had to work for that upgrade!  Finally the tide turned and under perfect conditions I set up on a spot I like but hadn't fished in a while.  I had a good feeling about this spot and it lived up to its history.  School after school of bonefish started to move through and Maria kept getting solid shots.  After too many shots and casts that should've rewarded her, it finally happened.  

A school cam in perfectly at her 11 o'clock. I point them out and tell her to cast at 11 o'clock.  She makes a good cast but it was off by a few feet and by this time the school pushes towards her 12 o'clock and moving straight at us.  I tell her to pick up the fly and just roll cast at her 12.  She did just that and dropped that fly right in the face of one of the fish in the school.  I thought they would blow out but they didn't and as Maria stripped the fly we watched the big bonefish chase down the fly and eat it a few feet from the boat!  What???!!!  Awesome!  Oh, and the big bone starts to smoke the fly reel and got deep into the backing twice causing me to have to pole after it to recover some line.  After an awesome fight Maria released her biggest bonefish to date, a solid 10-11 pounder.  Wow!   The rest of the trip was pretty and slow but the fish of the day was taken care of and anything after would have been icing.  


Capt. Mo Estevez


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Fish Species: Bonefish
Bait Used: Fly
Tackle Used: Fly
Method Used: Sight Cast
Water Depth: 2'
Water Temperature: 73
Wind Direction: Variable
Wind Speed: 0

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Mo Estevez

About The Author: Captain Mo Estevez

Company: Miami Bone Fishing

Area Reporting: Biscayne Bay

Bio: I was born and raised in Miami, FL and have been fishing my entire life. I specialize in light tackle sight fishing Biscayne Bay for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon as well as fishing for snappers, groupers, mackerels, and snook. I own a 16\' Hewes and accept anglers of all experience levels as well as kids. My primary goal is to ensure my clients have a great time enjoying our beautiful and bountiful Biscayne Bay. You can read my monthly column in Coastal Angler Magazine and am the host of the upcomimg nationally televised show Tailing Silver.

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