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Old 03-24-2020, 08:09 PM
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Do we get Bonito down here on the Ocean Isle / Oak Island beaches or do they stay mainly north of the shoals?

Heading down to quarantine on the island for a week and need to wet a line or two!!
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Originally Posted by influcx View Post
Heading down to quarantine on the island for a week and need to wet a line or two!!
Exactly what the island communities do not NEED.
If you do come, be sure to bring ALL your own provisions. The local markets are not stocked up for the volume of warmer temps, and some items may be in short supply locally.
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To answer your question... yes there are bonito off Ocean Isle. Although I have not fished that area in a number of years, we used to catch them in the vicinity of the ARs when the water temps hit 62
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Sam a buddy of mine went out and just killed them yesterday off Wrightsville. they are there and plenty of them.

I have only caught ONE down our way but I don't spend much time fishing for them.. They are really thick above the shoals but almost rare on our side.

Enjoy you visit to the home you OWN and don't let anyone sway your decision to come down! I'll be in the ditch on Saturday checking out my new installs.. give me a shout!
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Last year was the best bonito bite we've had in long bay that i can remember. They were mixed in with the spring king/spanish run, on my boat we caught over 2 dozen on 3 trips. The best thing is we were catching them on live pogies. Most of them were caught in old river channel, from catfish hole/old sea bouy all the way out to LHR #2. Heard alot of other guys fishing for kings were catching them too, dead bait and live. They are one of my favorite raw fish to eat, do not over cook, lite sear is all that is needed if that. Fish on!!!
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Originally Posted by lumberman View Post
Sam a buddy of mine went out and just killed them yesterday off Wrightsville. they are there and plenty of them.

I have only caught ONE down our way but I don't spend much time fishing for them.. They are really thick above the shoals but almost rare on our side.

Enjoy you visit to the home you OWN and don't let anyone sway your decision to come down! I'll be in the ditch on Saturday checking out my new installs.. give me a shout!
Amen Brother!! My new Sled is being delivered to Oak Island Saturday and you can dang well believe I will be there ready to break her in.
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Thanks Capt. Looking forward to addressing some deferred maintenance at the house for a bit ya.

just installed a new B75m and 3in1. Iíll be in the ditch sat too Iíll give you a holler

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Sam a buddy of mine went out and just killed them yesterday off Wrightsville. they are there and plenty of them.

I have only caught ONE down our way but I don't spend much time fishing for them.. They are really thick above the shoals but almost rare on our side.

Enjoy you visit to the home you OWN and don't let anyone sway your decision to come down! I'll be in the ditch on Saturday checking out my new installs.. give me a shout!
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They are definitely worth jumping the ditch for. Trying to get my crew together to chase em. Was out at AR445 the other day and big frigate birds were about 6 miles off land. 30-40 of them but didnít see any fins. Nicís spanish Candy work very well for those bonito. If your getting bit off by blues run a small trace of wire off the jig
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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post
They are definitely worth jumping the ditch for. Trying to get my crew together to chase em. Was out at AR445 the other day and big frigate birds were about 6 miles off land. 30-40 of them but didnít see any fins. Nicís spanish Candy work very well for those bonito. If your getting bit off by blues run a small trace of wire off the jig

They were working out there three weeks ago too. Lots of FA's under them at the time.
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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
They were working out there three weeks ago too. Lots of FA's under them at the time.
is it mostly a sight fishing technique or trolling like Spanish
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Originally Posted by influcx View Post
is it mostly a sight fishing technique or trolling like Spanish
I was sheepshead fishing the AR when I saw the FAs.

When I fish for bonito though I troll unless I see them on top or under birds. Then I cast gold spoons into them and reel back rapidly
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Yep some buddies of mine caught some off Oak Island last spring on live pogies while king fishing. I think I'm going to target them trolling spoons if I can get down there in the next few weeks.

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Not sure about down that way, but they are showing up thick out of Wrightsville right now. Only fished about 2hrs yesterday and cleaned house. Back home in time for breakfast sushi

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Dam nice pics!! You guys finding the morning more productive? We have to jump the shoals so canít be there at first light or anything
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If the wind will every quit and the roads and ramps stay open, I can not wait to go! I love catching and then eating bonito spicy tuna style!
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42 years fishing the Gulf off of Tampa and never paid attention to how you spell Bonito. Always thought it was a Bonita. Then I am reading people eat them... say what? That led to google searches to find the difference... there has to be one cause certainly no one would eat a Bonita. Thatís when I realized that nope, same thing, like potato or tomato thing I suppose. Only ever use them for cut bait and deep dropping nothing stays on the hook like Bonita-o strips. To end my rambling I will get to my question, do people eat these on purpose because they donít know what else there is out there or are they really decent? If they are good I will have to start calling some a bonito so the wife doesnít think Iím crazy.
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Originally Posted by Chum On View Post
42 years fishing the Gulf off of Tampa and never paid attention to how you spell Bonito. Always thought it was a Bonita. Then I am reading people eat them... say what? That led to google searches to find the difference... there has to be one cause certainly no one would eat a Bonita. Thatís when I realized that nope, same thing, like potato or tomato thing I suppose. Only ever use them for cut bait and deep dropping nothing stays on the hook like Bonita-o strips. To end my rambling I will get to my question, do people eat these on purpose because they donít know what else there is out there or are they really decent? If they are good I will have to start calling some a bonito so the wife doesnít think Iím crazy.
Big difference between Atlantic Bonito and False Albacore aka.. Bonita

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Originally Posted by Chum On View Post
42 years fishing the Gulf off of Tampa and never paid attention to how you spell Bonito. Always thought it was a Bonita. Then I am reading people eat them... say what? That led to google searches to find the difference... there has to be one cause certainly no one would eat a Bonita. Thatís when I realized that nope, same thing, like potato or tomato thing I suppose. Only ever use them for cut bait and deep dropping nothing stays on the hook like Bonita-o strips. To end my rambling I will get to my question, do people eat these on purpose because they donít know what else there is out there or are they really decent? If they are good I will have to start calling some a bonito so the wife doesnít think Iím crazy.

Two different fish...the one we eat is the Atlantic Green Back Bonito...the one you use for bait is a false albacore...aka little tunny...aka Bonita (with an A)

If it has teeth it's the right one...that will be the Atlantic Green Back Bonito
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Thanks Squid and Tiggere... this could have gone south... trust me honey the guys on THT say they are great.... Banned.
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