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Old 02-27-2011, 11:22 AM
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Does anyone eat these fish? Caught several today, kept one for taste test but flesh is dark red. This is not the red tuna used in sushi?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:34 PM
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NO! This is not the same tuna used in Sushi. It is rarely eaten due to its reputation, but is fantastic cut bait!
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:26 PM
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Its the Best shark bait... If you dont want them, A local bait store may want to buy them.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:43 PM
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Skipjack is what is in the can labeled "light tuna" or "white tuna". I do not know anyone who eats it fresh, but it probably is not that bad if cooked the right way.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:42 PM
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I've had it before and it was very good. If I'm not mistaken some of the canned tuna you buy at the supermarket may be skipjacks. My dad and I were trolling for false albacore and happened to catch one and kept it. We bled it and gutted it then put it on ice like any other tuna. Then when we got home we cooked it up and made tuna tacos.
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I have eaten them before, its no dolphin or wahoo, but they taste good to me. Better get used to them because before long that might be the only thing we can keep.

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Old 02-27-2011, 03:24 PM
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Thanks for replies. I think i will put fillets in my bait freezer. Didn't bleed it right away or prep in any way except to put on ice.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:30 PM
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Bleed it and ice it and it makes excellent sashimi and even better poki. It is coveted in Japan. Make sure to remove the bloodline.

Light tuna is NOT skipjack, it is albacore.
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Skipjack is "chunk light" canned tuna.

It's good. Look at the fresh tuna at your grocery store (supposed to be yellowfin). It's also very red.

I like it rare with wasabi. Lots of people like it raw. Also makes the best tuna salad.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:53 PM
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Skipjack tuna are good eating. False albacore (bonita) is good for cat food. I thought light tuna was longfin albacore.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:59 PM
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Get them to the boat fast and cut throat while still alive to pump out the blood. Very good eating.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:25 PM
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Skipjack is dog food. Light tuna is the stuff they scrap off the floor, solid white tuna is the only edible tuna. I fished albacore tuna in the early 70's. We once spent the night at the tuna dock in San Pedro, I saw the whole operation, I will not eat anything but solid white tuna in water.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:40 PM
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False Albies and Bonito are 2 different fish.

If I had a choice, I would eat the Bonita before the Skippies or Falsies..
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:34 PM
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People in FL looooooove to call False Albacore by the wrong name calling them Bonito. I'm from NY and we call them Little Tunny or Albies or Fat Alberts. After moving to FL I have had many a conversation with Floridians that False Albacore are not Bonito. But they keep insisting. Even after catching both in the same trip and showing them the difference they still insist they are correct. Very aggravating. TT got it right. FLORIDA stop calling False Albacore Bonito!
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:36 PM
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I think it was in Sportfishing Magazine a few years back, they wrote that false albacore are referred to as bonito in the Gulf.

Whatever you call em, they are light tackle gold.
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Bonit"O" are great tasting ........

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We start catching them around the end of April for about 2 maybe 3 weeks along with big Spanish Mackerel .......

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Old 02-28-2011, 06:42 AM
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Here in the tropical Pacific we have Skipjack Tuna Euthynnus Pelamis which is a real tuna, close in taste and quality to Yellowfin Tuna Thunnus Albacares and Black Skipjack Euthynnus Lineatus which makes good bait but the cat has to be hungry to eat one.
There are two ways of distinguishing the two without cutting into the fish. The Skipjack Tuna is a pelegic fish caught offshore and the Black Skipjack is coastal. The Black Skipjack has a dark cast to it, particularly in the mouth while the Skipjack Tuna is paler.
We also have the Pacific Bonito, Sarda Chiliensis, which is of table quality and distinguished from the other fish by the presence of a mouth full of sharp teeth. It is also inshore and often mixed together with the Black Skipjack.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:10 AM
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Last night I watched an episode of Iron Chef America where skipjack tuna (the ones with stripes on their bellies) were the primary ingredient in the cooking challenge. The chefs were saying that it's kind of a mackerel-like oily fish, so you want to grill it or treat it more like meat than fish. They used it grilled (rare) and mixed it with tomato sauces. Interesting episode, and I want to watch it again more closely.
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This is funny...we caught 6 big bonito yesterday and we threw them back...one fella on the boat was killing me wanting to keep one...guess we need to keep one next time
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As i understand it, the "bonito" that we curse when it eats our baits in South Florida and the Gulf is the Little Tunny or False Albacore and quite different from the Atlantic, striped or other true bonito. Useful for chum and not much more although, I have seen the Mexicans in Isla Mujeres carrying them home for dinner when nothing else was biting. I was under the impression that only the bluefin, longfin albacore, yellowfin, bigeye, longtail and blackfin were the "true" tuna of the genus Thunnus. I don't think that I have ever caught a true Atlantic bonito, but I have never really fished anywhere north of Stuart or Ft. Pierce on the Atlantic side so I may not have been where they hang out.
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