COACH DUFF'S HAWAIIAN BONE FISHING
HAWAII, UNITED STATES
Coach Terry Duffield and his wife Stefanie operate their guide service out of Lanikai on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
There are two species of bonefish in Hawaii and the target species for Duff is Pacific Bonefish (Abula Glossodanta). Bonefish on Oahu average 6lbs with 7-9 lb fish common but anglers can expect daily opportunities at fish over 10lbs with some fish running close to 20lbs. These fish are thugs that live in big currents and big water so anglers familiar with Atlantic bonefish will find they are more streamlined with bigger tails then their Atlantic cousins. There are also limited opportunities for ladyfish, trevally (black, blue, golden, "GTs" or whites, queenfish, big eye jacks, ect), small barracuda, goatfish, coronet fish and other inner reef species but trophy bonefish are the main target.
Anglers should bring mantis shrimp imitations in various sink rates ranging from no weight to light beadchain in sizes 10-8 to big lead or tungsten offerings in size 1/0. Recommended fly rods are 9 & 10wts and amber or copper polarized sunglasses are a 'must bring'. Clothing colors should be subdued so leave the pinks and yellows at home.
Note from the guide: "I can't guarantee anyone a single trophy bonefish but I can guarantee I'm going to fight my butt off to get you shots no matter how the conditions from dark to dark!" - Coach Duff
Accommodation is situated on top of a bluff in the beautiful neigbourhood of Lanikai where there are incredible 180 degree views of Kailua and Lanikai Bays and of the Mokalua Islands. There are two units and each sleeps one or two people comfortably as both have bathrooms with hot showers and their own kitchenettes. Coach Duff can accommodate two anglers at any one time with or without 'significant others' and it is important to note that there are plenty of activities for non-fishing partners such as kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, surfing and kite-surfing.
A typical day begins at 7am with pickup by Coach Duff and a short run to the boat mooring. The Coach takes the anglers to the market for a breakfast burrito and coffee while his wife Stephanie drops off pastries and fruit and other breakfast foods to significant others who stay onshore. Lunch is a big homemade grinder and dinner is usually at the Coach's house where guests receive a home cooked barbecue meal that often includes Mesquite smoked, grass fed Maui ribeyes, baked potato with chives and salsa, fruit salad and steamed vegetables or a home-made Hawaiian clambake served with iced cold beer. Due to the fact fishing can be late dinners are often late. Non anglers are taken care of earlier if needed. Meals may not be 5-star but the food is home-made served Hawaiian style. Guests will also attend a local restaurant once in a 3 or 4 day stay.
Guests typically fish Kaneohe Bay when weather permits because the ocean side fish are the biggest and most aggressive. After a lunch served either in the boat or on the fly the second half of the day is spent hunting big tailing bones on foot on the South Side of the island. Sometimes this is reversed with South being fished first, than East second. Guests are transported in a custom Andros Boatworks flats boat as much as possible but wading is often done. The fishing day often ends at dark or just before as Coach Duff does not have a clock in his boat. The motto here is "FISH HARD UNTIL THE TIDES END, THE FISH DISAPPEAR OR GUESTS COLLAPSE, WHICH EVER COMES FIRST!"
Rates are quoted in USD.
- Single Angler with food and lodging: $850/day
- Second angler: $425/day
- Non anglers: $200/day
- Children stay free but space is very limited
- Any and all activities are separate, but remember there are dozens of free amazing things to do here (ie: Lanikai beach is rated one of the top 3 beaches in the world!).
* Leader and flies are provided at no cost.
* Prices do not include tips and alcohol
* Payment: 100% up front - no deposits
* Cancellations must be made one month in advance or angler forfeits half of the balance
* As with any trip travel insurance is recommended
* Prices subject to change without notice
Directions & Contact Information
There are dozens of airlines that fly to Oahu including Air Canada, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Hawaiian, Jetstar, US Airways, United and Westjet. Rental cars are strongly recommended for couples with a non-angler but they are not needed for single or double anglers who have no sightseeing aspirations. Guests are picked up at the airport and directions are provided to those who are renting cars.
Captain Terry Duffield ("Coach Duff")
SKYPE - Hawaiian.duffields
435 Manono St
Kailua Hi. 96734