Sarda sarda
Atlantic Bonito, Boston Mackerel, Northern Bonito

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Looks similar to the Little Tunny with dark blue on the dorsal surface, fading to white on the belly. However, the Bonito has a series of wavy lines along the upper half of is body and no spots on the lower half. It also has two dorsal fins that are not divided.

Size: Averages usually between 4-10 pounds

Age at Maturity: Around 2 years

Range: Cape Cod to North Florida, but can be found north to Nova Scotia or south to South Florida

Habitat: The open sea, but will roam to beaches. Prefers more temperate to tropical waters.

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle: Light casting tackle works well using jigs, spoons, or live or cut bait.

Fishing Method: Casting, trolling, drifting

Food Value: Good

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