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 Bonito
(Sarda sarda)


 Distribution & Size

There are two types of Bonito caught here in Florida, the Atlantic Bonito & the Blue Bonito also called Little Tunny. Although not common to all parts of Florida both species are found along both the upper Atlantic coast and the Gulf coasts. 
The Atlantic Bonito averages 4 to 10lbs. 

The World record is 18lbs 4ozs.

The Blue Bonito (Little Tunny) averages 15lbs.
The World Record is 35lbs 2oz and the Florida Record is 27lbs.

Atlantic Bonito.........no spots on the lower body

 

  

 

 



Blue Bonito (Little Tunny) which is easily distinguished by the spots on the lower part of the body

 

 General Information

A member of the Tuna family and as you would expect a ferocious little fighter on light tackle. Good as a live or dead baitfish for Marlin and many other species.

 Tackle & Bait

Usually caught on heavy tackle when fishing for other species.  Great fighter on light tackle. Will take spoons, jigs, feathers streamed and virtually anything that glitters.  Will also take live fish and strip baits. Most fish seem to average about 5lbs in weight. They certainly make great runs when they hit Ballyhoo trolled on the surface which are attached to the outriggers. Often you think you have a massive fish on........it then turns out to be a Bonito. Great fun for youngsters to catch as their first fish. However, they are great prey for barracuda when captured and it is not unusual to land only a head. 

 E ating Qualities

Both species are good to eat, but not favored by the locals who turn their noses up at the thought. I for one enjoy it, but you need to bleed the fish after being captured otherwise the steaks can be very bloody. Our picture above shows an Atlantic Bonito.........no spots on the lower body.

Our picture shows a Blue Bonito (Little Tunny) which is easily distinguished by the spots on the lower part of the body. Unfortunately many people fail to distinguish the two species of Bonito.

 State Limits and Regulations

Size Limit 

Closed Season 

Daily Rec. Bag Limit 

Remarks

None

None

None

 


 
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