hot bite at the jewel 8/31/18

Secutor54

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left MB around 6. Made easy macs outside the jetty and slow trolled bird rock to the condo for nada.

Arrived to La Jolla and instant hookup on Bonito. All you can catch and it was pretty wide open on the Bonito.

I hooked up my bait tank the night before, but it was not working properly. Shut it off and ended up fishing the jig all day. Tady’s and colt snipers worked on the surface and also dropping them to the bottom. We got no love from the yellows as everyone that hooked up seemed to be flylining bait. Saw a couple of guys hook 4-5 decent size yellows in a 25 minute period. Guys were on fire.

The swell was as big and steady as I’ve ever seen it out there and it didn’t quite make for ideal conditions. Took our time heading back in and avoided getting thumped in the skiff for the most part. Back at Mission Bay by 12:30. One thing I took away from this trip was live bait. I got to see firsthand how crucial it is to have access to live bait, when the jigs ain’t working. Definitely gonna spend some time this weekend figuring out the wiring for the pump to have it available next time we head out. Those guys made it look so easy with live bait...

Ended the day with 5 Bonito and a couple of my buddies caught a couple rock fish. With bug season right around the corner, the Bonito will make good trap bait.

Gotta get this bait tank dialed in! Tight lines to all!

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mhanson59hb

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Love the fish and beer in the kill bag. That's efficient use of space right there - hope you kept the sandwiches in a different cooler!
:D
 
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Secutor54

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Love the fish and beer in the kill bag. That's efficient use of space right there - hope you kept the sandwiches in a different cooler!
:D
Is that why they tasted like blood, guts and a little bit of glory?? Lol! What can I say man? The deck space in the Whaler skiff is a bit limited...
 

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Not a bad day considering the bait tank issue.

Will be targeting fish from San Diego on Wednesday and definitely need to keep La Jolla as a back-up plan in case offshore looks iffy.
 

Secutor54

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Too bad you aren’t an adopter of properly cared for bonito. It will rival tuna anyday.
I’ve had Bonito sashimi before and love it. The fish was iced immediately, but fileted the following day. Unfortunately, the filets appeared to be breaking down and were not firm like tuna. So, lobster bait it was...
 
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ScaleyOne

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I’ve had Bonito sashimi before and love it. The fish was iced immediately, but fileted the following day. Unfortunately, the filets appeared to be breaking down and were not firm like tuna. So, lobster bait it was...
If you bleed and fillet immediately, bonito are one of the best, but they do not keep or freeze well.
 
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If you bleed and fillet immediately
then place in a little salt water with frozen water bottles.

Try steaming them with a little salt. When cooled make up your favorite canned tuna mix, have them as a Bonito sandwich.

Bonito and Skipjack are also good canned when the same care is taken.
 
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I read somewhere that skippies only make good canned tuna when they are canned within a day or 2. Truth to this or can I keep them well iced for several days?
 

Secutor54

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If you bleed and fillet immediately, bonito are one of the best, but they do not keep or freeze well.
I read somewhere that skippies only make good canned tuna when they are canned within a day or 2. Truth to this or can I keep them well iced for several days?
I’m not sure about skipjack, but I can say that the Bonito I caught this past weekend was kept in ice and iced down for about 20 hours and the fillets were already breaking down and were mushy. If I had to do it again, I’d fillet them immediately after getting home and either smoke them or can them. My father in law (longtime fisherman) told me that Bonito and skipjack both can really well and can be poached and frozen. Definitely gonna give it a go next time!
 

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Right on. Headed down from nor cal to fish a few days so maby we will wait and only keep skipjack/bonito on the last day of the trip. I reeeeealllly dont feel like canning in the parking lot with the tweakers