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Old 05-24-2010, 05:40 AM   #1
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Anyone know where I can find the legal bag limit and size for Bonito or Little Tunny? I was out Destin Pass approximately 12miles trolling light tackle back in enjoying the nice weather today and caught a Bonito. It was approximately 20" and between 4-5lbs. I am just wondering if it would have been legal.

My first fish of the day was a Remora (Sharksucker). It was about 18" long and one ugly fish. Looks like it had been scalped before.

I also laid into a Cobia about 42" on the same light tackle and got it to the boat before it snapped everything off and headed down under.

All in all, it was a great day on the water!

Happy fishing.

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Old 05-24-2010, 06:22 AM   #2
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No bag or size limits on Bonita.... You can keep them all, of any size. I've never eaten one. I'd make sure to cut out that very deep red blood line in the middle of the filet before you cook one. It won't kill you, but I've purposefully left a little on a filet of both Black Fin Tuna and Yellow Fin Tuna. In both cases that blood line has an ultra fishy taste.

I think most people throw bonita back because the color is SO red and expect the whole fish to taste fishy. I've not tried one though.

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Old 05-24-2010, 06:31 AM   #3
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As far as I know, there is no limit on bonita. Everyone else calls it a trash fish. There is some good meat to get out of it. great bait if you bridle it and troll it behind the boat.....
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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Thanks! I am new to fishing down here and I thought that I had something GOOD!. Oh well, next time I will try for something else. Thanks again for the comments.

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Old 05-24-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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I would not eat it personally, but the a strip makes a good addition to your trolling lures or as a dead bait from dropping down.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:49 PM   #6
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I have tried it Shashimi style on a boat with a little soy sauce and it was good. I would rather use it for bait however.
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They are also great bait for shark fishing. I'm sure that you could get a couple 6 packs for a couple of frozen Bonita around this place with all the shore shark fishermen around here.....
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Great bait fish; either belly strip, side strip, chunk bait, pinfish trap bait, shark bait, marlin bait, etc,etc. I'll take all you can get!!!
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:43 AM   #9
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Okay, I like to eat fish and I want to taste FISH. I have been enjoying bonita for over 40 years.

As soon as it is boarded, I have a syringe of cheap vodka ready and give the "bone head" a shot or 2 in the gills - calms them right down. Immediately, chop the head off and hold them over the side until they bleed out. Fillet, skin and place on ice. Cook any way you want and you will see they taste as good as any of the tuna family.

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I think i'm gonna have to pass on that one.
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