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? ?
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...