Bonefish Toe

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Photo by Louis Cahill

By John Byron

Huh? Bonefish toe? Yup, it’s a thing.

Fishing last month at Beyond The Blue, South Caicos. Four companions/new friends from Connecticut, all experienced on bonefish. One-hundred percent wading all day long.

Fifth day one of us, Mark, came up lame mid-day, his big toe bothering him a lot. Swollen. Puffy. A color somewhere between beet red and puce. Toenail gray and iffy. Day six he stayed in port, barely able to hobble around. 

Bonefish toe. 

If you wade fish and wear most any wading boot, the danger is the toenail on your big toe catching the top inside of the boot and pushing it backwards into your toe. Five of us fishing — three of us had had this happen ourselves on earlier trips. 

Lesson: trim your toenails before you got on a trip. Three of us always do and Mark will in the future. 

John Byron

John Byron lives in Cocoa Beach FL. He’s been fly fishing since he was ten. 

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  1. Holy crap, my big toe nail is black. I thought my Simms boot was a but to snug but it. This never happened before. Wow now I know I have bonefish toe cool. I will definitely trim my toenails next trip but it was so worth it. Nice to know I’m not the only one.

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