Atlantic Bonito

ATLANTIC BONITO (Sarda sarda) OTHER NAMES: Northern Bonito, Katonotel, Boston Mackerel

RANGE: A temperate species, not common in most of Florida but often seen along both the upper Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. A temperate species, not common in most of Florida but often seen along both the upper Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

HABITAT: The open sea, but roams to the beaches.

DESCRIPTION: Differs from Little Tunny (previous) in having a series of wavy lines along upper half of body, and no spots on lower half. Additionally, its two dorsal fins are not divided.

SIZE: Averages 4-10 pounds; maximum is possibly 20. World record 18 pounds, 4 ounces.

FOOD VALUE: Not well regarded but good.

GAME QUALITIES: Like other Tunas, an excellent fighter.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Usually overmatched with ocean trolling gear, but a great target, when the opportunity arises, for light casting tackle. Eagerly hits spoons, jigs and streamer flies, and also live fish and strip baits. Bonito Combo Guide

FISHING SYSTEMS: Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing; Trolling.

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