Jako Lucas shares his passion for tropical flats fishes that are not frequently targeted by clients. He says: “I love the idea of promoting the trash fish of the flats. Every day I spend fishing the flats with clients I wish they’d be more open minded about the fishes they target. Whenever I get the opportunity to fish the flats I catch anything and everything on fly, including small and big fish species.”

Bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus)

Bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus)

Bluefin trevally often patrol shallow water or the edges of atolls, such as this fish, making them ideal targets for the flats fisherman

Bluefin trevally often patrol shallow water or the edges of atolls, such as this fish, making them ideal targets for the flats fisherman – photo by Leonard Flemming

Blue trevally (Carangoides ferdau)

Blue trevally (Carangoides ferdau)

Golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus)

Golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus)

Close-up of a golden trevally - photo by Christiaan Pretorius

Close-up of a golden trevally – photo by Christiaan Pretorius

Fighting a twin-spot snapper in shallow water

Fighting a twin-spot snapper in shallow water

Twin-spot snapper (Lutjanus bohar)

Twin-spot snapper (Lutjanus bohar)

Coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus)

Coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus)

A coral trout caught over white sand

Most flats fishes can change colour to match the background, such as this coral trout caught over white sand

Brown marbled grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus)

Brown marbled grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus)

Napoleon wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

Napoleon wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

Juvenile napoleon wrasse are colourful and can look very different if compared to the deep blue adults

Juvenile napoleon wrasse are colourful and can look very different if compared to the deep blue adults

Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens)

Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens)

Yellow margin triggerfish (Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus)

Yellow margin triggerfish (Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus)

Yellow margin triggerfish

A client with a triggerfish combo

A client with a triggerfish combo

Swallowtail grouper (Variola louti)

Swallowtail grouper (Variola louti)

Bluebarred parrotfish (Scarus ghobban)

Bluebarred parrotfish (Scarus ghobban)

Yellow-lip emperor (Lethrinus xanthochilus)

Yellow-lip emperor (Lethrinus xanthochilus)

Two-striped sweetlips (Plectorhinchus albovittatus)

Two-striped sweetlips (Plectorhinchus albovittatus)