Bonito

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  1. haharun

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    I caught a lot last year and witnessed couple of bonito runs at OB/IB piers
    But my YTD number is still 0 and I didn't see bonito reports as many as last year
    Anyone got luck recently? Appreciate if you can share your experience
     
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    All I have for you are some rumors of a couple off Crystal, two off OB I heard taken on a sabiki, one caught off sunset cliffs... Fact of the matter is they are probably keyed into the mini bait available offshore this year in bulk. Haven't really heard too many reports of boats limiting out either, though. Nor have I had a good run on jack mackerel from shore yet this year.
     
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    I guarantee if you walk to the end of south mb jetty or end of ob pier, and throw something shiny you will get bit. IVe been catching tons in PL
     
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    Yep, it's been that way for a long time. However, the Half day boats are starting to show large numbers of them over the past few days. These are on their current fish count tally:

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    Just don't get Bonito. I use them for shark or catfish bait but caught one on the boat, bled, gutted, iced, cut out the red meat and cooked it and was awful.

    Jim
     
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    My wife cooked one that I caught - both she and I liked it - I thought it was excellent.
     
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    Agreed, I still haven't found a preparation for it that I like. However, they are LOTS of fun to catch. I typically give mine away if anyone on the boat wants them, or I release them (I have single hooks on my jigs so I don't hurt them too much). I usually keep one to try a different way of cooking that I hopefully will enjoy. Hasn't happened yet. Tried BBQ, smoker, seared, drowned in sauce. Nothing yet.
     
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    Been a while since I hooked one also. But from what remember is when the Mack's and Berries are biting the Bonito's are hiding with them.
     
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    Sashimi is epic.... also coach’s patented tuna salad recipe is great (beer braised).
     
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    My favorite method for bones and skippies. Works fairly well for yellows and jacks too
     
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    I've been wondering if the bonies have been hanging around the jetty lately. Might try to poke around over there this weekend.
     
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    Go at sunrise when the 100 boats are chumming/making bait off the end of the jetty!
     
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    You've got to gill them immediately, them hang upside down by the tail in you bag, if on a boat, then grill, w/a little BBQ sauce OR Teriyaki, excellent fish tacos!!:emoji_yum:
     
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    Heard of some at Crystal Pier and a gentleman there said he saw a 20+ inch bonito caught at ob Pier the other day. He also mentioned some fish moving in a tight formation. Tighter than corbina and in the surf. He said they had striped patterns and when I mentioned the stripers up north he had also heard of some caught in imperial. So he may have seen some bonito and stripers at ob Pier.

    I may try the jetty this afternoon with some freefalls or cranks. Will report if I crawl to the edge of the rocks..
     
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    There is a rediculous amount of baby smelt at all of the piers right now. Bobbing or flylining one right now might do well for bonito. What do you think? I really want to try jack mackerel.
     
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    Shrimp under a bobber off the cliffs or jetty ends, would be my call
     
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    as Iron mike mentioned, Bonito must have the gills cut out within 2 minutes of being caught, then put upside down in a bucket of water to bleed them out quickly. The water will draw the blood out extremely fast and clean. Then put on ice right away. There is a world of difference between bleeding them out right away vs waiting 5 minutes....you also need to cut out the blood lines and red meat when you filet or cook them. Those parts will taste bad. I used to release all bonito years ago, now I mix them up with yellowtail sashimi and nobody can tell the difference between them when they are both fresh.
     
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    I think I might try to finally suck it up and go on one of the half day boats tomorrow to try and get in on some fresh bonie sashimi. Never done this before. Are the rental rods in pretty good shape or junk? How much money should I bring with me for fare + tips + rod + other stuff (I know it varies boat to boat but ballpark)? What's a good boat to start with? Was thinking about the new seaforth. Complete newbie to this game.
     
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    Or go on a boat :emoji_smirk:
     
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    Come over to my house, I have plenty of decent gear if you are in need.. whatever you are using for those sharks will work fine.. really a 15 to 20 lb combo of your choice would work fine too..
     
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