Late report. Islands / Rock pile fun.

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  1. B8DHOOK

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    I met Butch at 3:30 Saturday morning at the local AM PM, parked the truck and we headed for Shelter Island. Launched, got bait, and were out of the harbor by 5:00. Our first stop was at middle grounds where we plucked off a handful of Calicos on 60g Coltsniper jigs. We then headed south to the rock pile area.. the Grande was there all alone with trollers out, zig zagging around the whole area. We stopped on a high spot and dropped live bait. We had steady action on Calicos, Sheepshead, and a few Lings. Butch had a keeper Ling at the boat, but came unbuttoned before we could gaff it. At one point we saw a boil erupt within casting range, so we threw jigs at it. I hooked up but came unbuttoned. We then started trolling small magnum Rapalas and got into a good Bonito bite. Super fun on light gear.. I took home 3 of the bigger fish at 11lbs, 9lbs, and a 7 pounder. Super good eating fish.. we ended the day making a few drifts in the bay with live bait and Kroc Spoons. Butch has all the good pics, but here are a few that I have.

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    Nice going, that some nice size bonito!!!
     
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    That one bonito is a beast, great report.
     
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    Damn, nice. Those bonito sure are fun and delicious. Looks like you got into the white meat pretty well also...
     
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    Always enjoy reading about the boating adventures of you and Butch! Nice report and even better, looks like you two were getting on fish all day :emoji_thumbsup:.

    I went out a couple Fridays back on the Mission Belle with Fat Spottie. Captain found 4 schools of that same grade of bonito and we had an absolute blast at each stop. At the last stop they were busting the surface right at the boat. I came home with just about the same thing as you, 3 fish in the same size range. Good eats for sure!
     
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    Know of any inshore/pier bonito around? Looking to get my first one this year.
     
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    Nice report and pics.
    Do you cast or drop straight down the colt sniper?
     
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    Thanks. Ya, we always bring a couple rods with 25lb line and Coltsniper attached and it’s usually the first thing we throw out when we stop, just to probe the area. I cast out far and let sink to bottom, yo yo a few times off bottom and then a fairly quick retrieve. Everything seems to like those jigs and they’re good to have ready if a boil erupts on surface. Caught several big Triggerfish on that jig last year aside from the other surface fish.
     
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    Sometimes we’ll slo
    sometimes we’ll slow troll those jigs at like 3mph around the Islands. I cast out in front of the boat and let sink out, and work the jig as were motoring along. Works real well most trips.
     
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    There is a whole group of us searching for the bonito and posting updates on a thread in the Surf/Pier/Jetty forum - No Bonito We're still patiently waiting for them to show. Tight lines and best of luck to you when they finally arrive.
     
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    I caught around 9lb bonito last week on an all day boat out of Pierpoint Landing. But the crew left all the bonito caught in the sacs in the hot sun all day. Mine looked pretty nasty, so I didn't get to eat it.
     
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    Ok cool, thanks for the info .
     
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    Yeah that's a problem on some of those trips - you need to gill them too because they won't.
     
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    Ya, that’s a bummer. They’re really hard to clean when they’re not ice cold. The meat is mush and falls apart as you’re trying to skim the bloodline out. Butch has two 8’ fish holds below deck and we keep one of them full of ice. I push our fish nose first under the ice and they stay way all day. I transfer to my truck in a big box full of ice until I clean them. Makes all the difference in the world. More so than even bleeding a fish.. IMO.
     
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    Yea, but the wrong Butch...:emoji_wink:
    Nice fish Jason... Especially the bones...
    Butch
     
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    Nice variety, good work. Sheep and bones is a healthy cooler. Pound for pound bonito are a blast to catch.

    Also really like the wrap on that rod with the spotty in the pic.
     
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    Halfday boats and such that dont use a RSW hold, I give away my bonito. They might not be a true tuna but they need to be treated like a prized bluefin to get the quality.
     
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    Thanks man.. That rod is a Tru Line VBG, and I bought it for $3 at a thrift store 6-7 years ago. It was a mess.. I stripped it, added new hypalon top grip and wrapped some new guides on it ( had fun with the cross wrap / butt wrap ). It’s a perfect 40lb bait rod. Has a good tip but gets into the meat real quick and has the potential to pull real hard. Those bigger Bonito have become my favorite fish to eat these days. Seems Whack, but I’m telling ya, the meat is very mild flavored and light in color. Much lighter than both bluefin or yellowfin. Maybe the flesh on these Bonito gets lighter as they get into the 7-10lb range. Maybe it has solely to do with keeping them ice cold right up until the cleaning process. I’m not sure why but these fish would win a blind taste test ( cooked ) when put up against the other tunas.

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    Sick rod. I agree completely on the cooked bonito being better than bluefin or yellowfin. To me the tunas lose all the magic when cooked through.
     
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    Bonito sashimi and poor man's lobster love those goats nice work out there congrats
     
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