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Old 07-06-2018, 11:12 AM   #1
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I paddled out off of Grayton Beach early the morning of the 4th and fished till 10:45. I had something big hit my Ratl Trap, turned to be a large shark, after a long fight the hook straightened. Later I saw tons of sharks on the turtle reef off of the state park. At one time there were 5 sharks visible below my yak. I moved out and away from the sharks, pulling some live bait on duster rigs, one weighted to go deep, one shallow. I got one solid hit on the deep runner but didn't get a hook set. An hour later I caught a large bonita on a frozen cigar minnow, was lots of fun. There were lots of little tiny bait fish around but catching bigger bait could have been easier and I never found live cigar minnows.

By the way, and correct me if I'm wrong, but what people here call Bonita are not what they call Bonita or Bonito elsewhere. Here the "bonita" are the same thing as "false albacore" or "little tunny".
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Old 07-06-2018, 01:43 PM   #2
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I paddled out off of Grayton Beach early the morning of the 4th and fished till 10:45. I had something big hit my Ratl Trap, turned to be a large shark, after a long fight the hook straightened. Later I saw tons of sharks on the turtle reef off of the state park. At one time there were 5 sharks visible below my yak. I moved out and away from the sharks, pulling some live bait on duster rigs, one weighted to go deep, one shallow. I got one solid hit on the deep runner but didn't get a hook set. An hour later I caught a large bonita on a frozen cigar minnow, was lots of fun. There were lots of little tiny bait fish around but catching bigger bait could have been easier and I never found live cigar minnows.

By the way, and correct me if I'm wrong, but what people here call Bonita are not what they call Bonita or Bonito elsewhere. Here the "bonita" are the same thing as "false albacore" or "little tunny".
You are correct the Bonita here are little tunny and not related to the “bonito” which is a mackerel. Our little tunny is a tuna.
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