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Swansea Session - Bonito

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Hi All,

Was looking for a window to go fishing yesterday, around weather and family commitments, at 4pm I secured a window until 7pm between activities.. busy weekend.. Although less time than I usually prefer it allowed a solid 2 hours after putting the runabout in to chase some fish. Worth a shot.

I was planning to chase the usual suspects of bream, flatty, trevally, snapper around etc. the breakwalls and drop over with some last minute servo mullet. However after a quick chat at the boat ramp hearing that it was flat as with the westerly blowing and bonito were about I thought I'd go troll some lures and throw some jigs around and see how I went. 

I threw out a skirted surface lure (pink/purple) as I exited the channel and after not long going North off 9 mile beach I heard the wonderful sound of line racing off! In came a nice, perhaps small to average sized bonito. With the confirmation they were about I threw out another skirted lure in the orange variety and it wasn't long before I was pulling in more. I seemed to get the larger ones on the orange, which was also the lighter rod of course! Great fun on a light rod. I also managed a quick moment to send my mate (who was too busy to come) a quick video of both lines taking off and asking which one I should get first :)

Having used bonito as bait with great success lately and also enjoying them for dinner I continued to catch a bag (bleed them straight away is recommended, more raider preferences here for those interested). I won't need to get those servo mullet fillets for the next few sessions, might even try salting some as per this raider thread.

All in all a good few hours and was back home in time for the next adventure. Stay tuned for how the bonito bait goes!

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Nice one. Salted bonito strips for bait 👍🏽 Bonito sashimi is great too if you look after it properly which you seem to be all over

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Been lots of bonnies round moon island  pros have been hiitin them hard though

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Bonito when treated with respect and prepared better makes better sashimi then Kingfish IMO

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Cheers for the comments, here's a photo of the fish. As well as eating some I will definitely salt a few up and see how that goes as bait. Had some on the boat, delicious! The fresh bonito has worked well for me in the past so will try get out tomorrow.

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