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Atlantic Bonito [Sarda sarda]

General Species Information

Type of Fish: Saltwater
Common Name: Atlantic Bonito
Scientific Name: Sarda sarda
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Habitat / Location: They visit the coast of NC in the Spring - usually around mid-April till about mid-May. They travel in schools and like structure. The near shore artificial reefs are great places to find them. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times.
Qualities: Excellent eating.

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Baits:
Lures: Metal spoons, small stick baits, top water plugs

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Suggested Line: 10 -12 pound test. They are leader shy.
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More info: Often confused with the False Albacore which is a completely different species but similiar in appearence

Angler Tips

Maria Jigs (1/2 ounce) and Yozuri Crystal Minnow Deep divers (small size) are local favorites for targeting this fish.