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How accessable and difficult are these fish to catch in the So Cal? Are they as frugal as their east coast counterparts? I know about the Redondo Beach location...but are there other areas that are equally productive.
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I've had a ball catching them in San Diego. We had to go about an hour's boat ride (Mako 24' Console) from the harbor but had tremendous action on Bonito and Yellowtail using the 10 weight.
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Wow mariner best of both worlds!
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when i was in school in Santa Barbara we used to catch them all the time on the charter boats. anywere south of the channel islands would be pretty productive
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Originally Posted by albacized2 View Post
How accessable and difficult are these fish to catch in the So Cal? Are they as frugal as their east coast counterparts? I know about the Redondo Beach location...but are there other areas that are equally productive.



I didn't really address your question Albacized...Catching bonito was pretty staightforward when I went. They are pretty darned agressive and we just seemed to continually run into pods of crashing fish and birds. we were actually out looking for kelp paddys, which act like Fish Attractors, and are great places to pick up yellowtails, via flyrod, spin tackle, or live bait.

But when we encountered one of these fast moving pods and were in the mood to go after bonito, we would determine where they were headed, set up in their path, and then cut the engine and either cast flies or lures with (relatively) light spinning rods. I'd say that pound for pound, the bonito is one of the hardest hittin', hardest fighting fish I've caught. ...They are little boxes of dynamite!

A lot of people don't like to eat them, I I've always liked them, provided they are promptly bled upon landing..

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "are they ...frugal..", so I can't address that.

- Hope this helped...

Stu
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I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "are they ...frugal..", so I can't address that.

- Hope this helped...

Stu


Here on the east coast, when bonito show up inshore (even close enough for shorebound anglers), they are very picky and hard to fool most of the time. When they are encountered offshore, they can be a 'stupid' as any other fish. It sounds like the bones you were encountering were similar to my description of east coast bonito when encountered offshore. Do you ever see them inshore and if so, are they finicky/picky.
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If you have access to a boat, it is relatively easy to find Bonito especially around the islands like Catalina and Coronados. Obviously you know about the run in Redondo Beach's King's Harbor and will make their way into the harbors. Bigger ones are found mostly offshore under birds or while trolling for tuna. During the warmer months, they will come inshore and even close enough to be caught on piers and from shore in harbors but most of them are the smaller versions and are caught quite frequently. I've even seen them caught from the surf but that's really not the norm.

They are really not picky if you find them inshore or offshore, I find that they usually fall for flashy and fast stripped flies and/or lures. Pier fishermen routinely use bubble and feathers to fish for them. I don't like to eat them but they make great bait for Leopard sharks.

Here are a few caught on the fly out on the water near catalina island.



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When do the bones run off Redondo Beach? I'll be there the first weekend of August.
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