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Bonefish inhabit tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. They are predominately a coastal species, commonly found in intertidal flats, mangrove areas, river mouths, and deeper adjacent waters. Western Atlantic bonefish are most plentiful in south Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. On the eastern Pacific coast, bonefish can be found from San Francisco Bay, California, south to Peru and west to Hawaii. Studies show the daily patterns of bonefish consist of a movement to shallow water during the rising tide, and a retreat into deeper water during a falling tide. Bonefish taken from Hawaii may attain weights over 20 pounds and may live in excess of 19 years. Bonefish feed near or on the bottom on various baitfish, crabs and shrimp. They are renowned for their sustained, powerful runs after the hook set.