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Old 05-28-2017, 05:48 PM   #1
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Spent all last week waiting for the kings to come in, or the waves to lay down so I could take a kayak out to them. Wound up catching several bobos off the pier and a few Atlantic moonfish. No kings. Friday I took the Perception out in the sound and caught seven specks. I was on the water at daylight and off by 8:00. Had two keepers and missed the only red I saw. Caught on a gulp new penny shrimp below a green popping cork. Didn't have the first hit until an hour after daylight and I fished the same spot the whole time. All were caught over grass in less than 3 foot of water. I thought they acted a bit odd but was happy with my last morning there. Went to the pier and caught a bunch of bobos afterwards. Yay for tuna salad (yeah yeah, everybody says they are nasty but I make tuna salad and have people ask me all the time when will I bring them more).Spent all last week waiting for the kings to come in, or the waves to lay down so I could take a kayak out to them. Wound up catching several bobos off the pier and a few Atlantic moonfish. No kings. Friday I took the Perception out in the sound and caught seven specks. I was on the water at daylight and off by 8:00. Had two keepers and missed the only red I saw. Caught on a gulp new penny shrimp below a green popping cork. Didn't have the first hit until an hour after daylight and I fished the same spot the whole time. All were caught over grass in less than 3 foot of water. I thought they acted a bit odd but was happy with my last morning there. Went to the pier and caught a bunch of bobos afterwards. Yay for tuna salad (yeah yeah, everybody says they are nasty but I make tuna salad and have people ask me all the time when will I bring them more).
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hell yea! Good report thanks for sharing
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:41 PM   #5
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Can you post a pic of the Bonita you're eating and possibly your tuna salad recipe? I tried one a few years back in South Florida and was less than impressed, but I've heard the same report you're giving a few times so I'm tempted to give them another shot.


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Can you post a pic of the Bonita you're eating and possibly your tuna salad recipe? I tried one a few years back in South Florida and was less than impressed, but I've heard the same report you're giving a few times so I'm tempted to give them another shot.


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Sure thing. They are little tunnys. Don't see all too many Atlantic bonito, though I have caught a few. A lot of people in the area call the little tunnys "bonito" and the actual bonito "northern mackerel." All the pier guys will argue with you if you tell them different so I just call them bonito to fit in. The little tunnys have the chain or worm-like markings on the back and the bonito have straight lines. There are comparison pics on Google. Don't look anything alike except for shape.

Cut off the nice pretty meat on the top and bottom of the filet just like a blackfin and leave the blood line behind. Cut out the ribs. Boil. Add olive oil mayo, diced onion, diced celery, dill pickle relish, and pepper to taste. Done.

A lot of people go into it thinking the meat is bad so they doctor it up.
I cooked all of those pictured on Sunday at lunch and it was all gone Monday morning. I hate store bought tuna salad too. Nobody in my family eats it.
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http://www.floridagofishing.com/news...rade-tuna.html

Here is a link to a good article on the difference.
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Ive been seeing this mentioned around. Ive too have been using what we were told were bonito as bait for the past few years because it does make for fantastic bait, 100% identical to the little tunny from that article.

Has anyone tried eating the little tunny as steaks on the grill? It has a high oil content so probably wouldnt be the best sushi compared to yellow fin or black fin so who knows.
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I always eat a little bit as sushi. Cooked some as an experiment on Friday with wasabi, soy sauce, and butter. It was good. Definitely not trash. Thanks for an open mind guys.
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