Author: Will Rice
Sometimes the best lessons are the ones that sting the most.
Last year I was walking a flat with Captain Mike Hennessey just off the coast of Oahu. We weren't far from Waiki Ki Beach. This section of Hawaii has fairly extreme tidal shifts - when the water recedes the flats are barren and dry out in the sun. A few hours later... water three or four feet deep submerge the flats. It happens fast. The game plan was to find bonefish on the tidal rise. You could see them patrolling the deeper water, right on the edge of the large coral flat. When the water was high enough it permitted just enough room for the fish to scoot up onto the flat where they would begin foraging in the nooks and crannies of the coral and sand for shrimp and crabs.