Bonito Fish

mrbrklyn

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Sep 25, 2016
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Brooklyn, NY
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Ruben
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70 foot
What reels would people recommend for Bonito Fishing on the East Coast?
 

AWilliams

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May 18, 2009
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The same ones we use here. Torium 16,20, Fathom 12,15, Tern 400, Okuma Cortez 5,10, Daiwa Sealine 20,30, Newell 220,229,332,338, Avet sx, mx, Tranx 400, Lexa 300, 400, Kamodo400...the list goes on and on...Take your pick
 

mrbrklyn

http://www.brooklyn-fishing.com/
Sep 25, 2016
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Brooklyn, NY
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Ruben
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70 foot
I'e been told that one really needs a spinning reela nd rod with about 40 Inch per turn retrieval.
 

Northeastfshman

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Dec 20, 2008
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San Clemente
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Brett Weinberg
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Parker 2120SCDV
The same ones we use here. Torium 16,20, Fathom 12,15, Tern 400, Okuma Cortez 5,10, Daiwa Sealine 20,30, Newell 220,229,332,338, Avet sx, mx, Tranx 400, Lexa 300, 400, Kamodo400...the list goes on and on...Take your pick
Completley different fishery that our Bonito fishing (I lived back East for 30 years). 95% of it is run and gun small packs of extremely skidish fast moving fish feeding on bay anchovies and rain bait.

Super light jigs (Hogy Expox Minnows/Deadly Dicks) fished on small spinning gear is the norm.

I typically used a 2500-3500 sized spinning reel with 20# braid and a short 20# fluro top shot. My favorite set-up was a Stradic 2500HG on a St. Croix Premier ML.

Good luck
 
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AWilliams

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The fact doesn't change that it's still a 15 lb fish at best ..no matter what coast you are on.
 

Northeastfshman

I see OJ
Dec 20, 2008
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San Clemente
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Brett Weinberg
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Parker 2120SCDV
The fact doesn't change that it's still a 15 lb fish at best ..no matter what coast you are on.
No but the method used to catch them certainly changes what tackle you suggest


Go trying throwing a 1/4oz expoxy jig on any of the tackle you're suggesting to fast moving boils that don't let you get close to them ....
 

mrbrklyn

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Sep 25, 2016
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Brooklyn, NY
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Ruben
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70 foot
No but the method used to catch them certainly changes what tackle you suggest


Go trying throwing a 1/4oz expoxy jig on any of the tackle you're suggesting to fast moving boils that don't let you get close to them ....

could that be done with a low-profile baitcaster instead of a spinning rod, or a Penn Torque? I am asking out of complete ignorance here.
 
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Northeastfshman

I see OJ
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San Clemente
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Brett Weinberg
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Parker 2120SCDV
could that be done with a low-profile baitcaster instead of a spinning rod, or a Penn Torque? I am asking out of complete ignorance here.
You can certainly use a Trax 300 or small baitcaster on a long 9' conventional rod but most of the jigs we used to throw for Albies were even a little light for that. You just need a certain amount of weight/force to get that conventional spool to spin.
 
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mrbrklyn

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Sep 25, 2016
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Brooklyn, NY
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Ruben
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70 foot
You can certainly use a Trax 300 or small baitcaster on a long 9' conventional rod but most of the jigs we used to throw for Albies were even a little light for that. You just need a certain amount of weight/force to get that conventional spool to spin.

My Abu Garcia MGX2 is designed for that weight, but I doubt it can handle the run of such a fish.
 
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geebee

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Nov 12, 2016
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Gee Bee
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Partial to AZTEC - aspiring to INTREPID
bonito very respectable fighter

can you imagine what a 300-pound bonito would do on end of your line...