Operation Bonito 2021

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  1. relax_inn

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    Hey guys, I’m bound and determined to do the following this year:

    1. Catch some Bonito from shore in the fall
    2. smoke them for many hours
    3. make homemade Bonito flakes
    4. have delicious soups and broths

    from what I’ve read the Bonito catching time is still a ways away, but what tactics and techniques can I work on over the summer to improve my Bonito skills for this fall?
     
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    You can practice your driving skills so you can go to La Bufadora in Ensenada and catch them from the cliffs
     
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    There were bonito caught as recent as last week. It’s been a weird year, slow mostly but some fish are being caught that normally don’t get caught right now, bonito in June being one of them.
     
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    1) get metal jig in 15-30g range.
    2) face the ocean
    3) cast as far as you can. let it sink 3-5 seconds
    4) retrieve at any speed that will keep your bait just under the surface
    5) repeat until you limit
     
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    In this scenario are you from the beach? Pier? Jetty? All of the above?
     
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    I've caught them from multiple shorelines in both bays, and jetties/pier. Haven't got one in surf but I'm sure if you try long enough it'll happen one day. lol
     
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    watch the birds
     
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    Harbor Island. 20-25g jigpara or something similar. I like them with treble in the back and a single assist in front. You can find them on amazon pretty cheap. Some have buck tails on em. You can yo yo it a bit as you retrieve. Be prepared for Mack attack tho. But you can always use them for bait or just eat em like I do. I think Ive got a pic of one of the. I caught there with the lure. Hang tight.
     
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    I think this was on the Amazon knock off. But hey. It’s got a fish on the end of it. Not a monster by any means but it was tasty so yeahhhhh. CD5D1A77-CA7B-4B3A-B96F-46769737797A.jpeg
     
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    Step 2. I always mess this one up. Dammit
     
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    yea, it's just a shiny piece of metal. I use knock offs too. A lot cheaper when you inevitably lose it
     
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    If I could hit the agree button multiple times I would. Ha. Only one I haven’t found a cheaper comp lure to is the jigpara spin. Dunno why. It just works. I’ve made my own using Amazon metal jigs and loose Colorado and willow blades. They work as well but… not as well. But it’s fun to do while tossing back brewskies and rockin the right playlist.
     
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    Somebody, prob Werfless or dj thrillz mentioned there was a colony of bonito that set up shop in the big bay. I caught one in January from shore so there’s definitely some truth to that. But the bonito bite should start warming up soon. I hit HI yesterday and almost tied on a jig to see what’s out there but the spotty bite turned on enough to keep me working that instead. Hit me up if you wanna share some shore line. Will travel for fish.
     
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    First off splasher and feather rig around the jetties may do the trick . Second very interested in the Bonito flakes . What's the process ? Sounds like a good way to preserve fish for another day . Tight lines . WR
     
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    Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito Flakes) | Umami Information Center

    Traditionally made with skipjack but I reckon any oily fish can work, provided they are big enough.

    Final product is hard as a rock; you use a sort of modified mandolin slicer to shave the flakes off.
     
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    Most the San Diego Bay bonito are in the South Bay and are there year round. But the bonito that come in and out of the bays usually do so in the spring and again in the fall, according to my logs.
     
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    See..? Told ya
     
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    Last Sunday I was in the South Bay and there was some huge bonito blow ups. Everybody thru their jigs at them but I didn't see anyone hook up.
     
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    Sounds like I need to start traveling a bit further south. They put up such a good fight. Those runs are unmistakable.
     
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    When I was at HI yesterday something was pushing bait up to the rocks. I threw at it but got nada. Granted, this was when I was still screwing around with soft plastics. I was direct tied so I didn’t take the time to cut line and knot up again. I usually use clips when fishing jigs so I screwed myself. Laziness had a factor. Dagg
     
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