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PBI Bumpy and a question

I was in search of bonitos for my ride north today. It was bumpy and I needed to stay close to home. None in my usual close to home spots. We had a couple wee dolphin and a cuda but couldn't couldn't get on the desired target. My guess is they are off Juno but couldn't get up there. I need desperately about a half dozen or eight 4-8lb ones. The bigger ones are ok for filet bait but I am pretty good on that supply. Its that other class I need badly... Anybody know if Blue heron has been getting any or where else I might get some? ?


  • a1amarinea1amarine Posts: 210 Deckhand
    Definitely off Juno.
  • FWCSnookFWCSnook Posts: 886 Officer
    I'll be fishing tomorrow out of Riviera. PM me your number and I'll call if I get any.
  • GRSCGRSC Posts: 942 Officer
    Check in with your local drift boats
  • Dbsurfer419Dbsurfer419 Posts: 75 Greenhorn
    I've got about a dozen bullet bonita vacuum sealed fresh in the deep freezer. they are all small about 2-4 lbs. Was saving them for shark baits but the freezer is starting to get full...PM me if you want to come south to Deerfield and get 'em
  • a1amarinea1amarine Posts: 210 Deckhand
    I will be fishing on Saturday off PB and Jup. If we catch any in that size range I will keep em for ya. I will PM you and let you know. They should work good for your trip up north.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Thanks for the replies... Forgot this thread was still active... I managed just the right amount of just the right sized ones and a couple summer hummers that I turned into various kinds of baits. That variety is pretty broad. Small strips for flounders, big strips for later in season trolling. Some chunks fill the bluefish bait need... Then of course some filet baits for back ups should bluefish be scarce as sometimes happens up there...
    The right sized ones though serve an important role. Most of the month, makos are good about taking the bluefish baits we run. Near the full moon though they can get picky if not annoying. Some push our baits and balloons around. Some go into full attack mode on the balloons and clip our lines in doing so. Then comes our bonito... I run it in near the chum can. Drifting more or less jigs it. I'm gonna go on the supposition that they see the stripes moving quick and instinct triggers a violent strike. No bump and sniff stuff. Hard crashing bite!
    Oddly enough though I have noticed when they are on the feed like normal the bonito goes pretty much untouched...
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