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.