"Last Cast" theory – Bonito! (12-Sep-11)
So my brother and I always joke around about the “last cast”. What happens is, when we have to pick up our respective partners, or have to go to work, or dinner etc, we call out the last cast before we leave, in hope of a lucky last minute catch. We have done this many times over, more memorable catches being some nice sized calamari, some keeper bream and mullet and even the odd blue swimmer crab!
Watson's Leaping Bonito (24-Mar-2011)
Towards to the end of the warm weather and there are still a few predators to be had. Here’s a couple of Leaping Watson’s Bonito caught in the morning on live bait. I always thought Bonito were Bonito until my brother corrected me. There is a slight difference between the two characterised by the broken black lines and are generally smaller than the bonito but are normally found in the same school.
Mixed bag (07-Mar-2011)
I took a Monday off for time in lieu and went early morning with dad. The weather was beautiful albeit quite windy. There was a bit of splashing about to suggest a few fish were about. We fish for a few hours without much luck, until we hit the familiar dead weight of a crab. It turned out to be quite a big dinner sized crab! After that, we were on again, with the usual bumps on a snapper or bream.
Bonito and Bream (14-Feb-2011)
There was quite a bit of activity in the first few hours of our session. A lot of live baits were thrown out without any hookups, and most of them were getting smashed by crabs. There were a few big rod dips that brought up a few keeper bream, again, perfectly hooked on the jaw with the circle hooks. Then the next live bait went for a big run! It was not quite the kingie run, but felt familiarly like a bonito.
Second Bonito! (22-Jan-11)
Up for an early fish again, and the weather was pleasantly warm without much wind. There seemed to be a bit of surface action after about an hour. We rigged up some live baits and we had multiple hits, but most were to either fall off or bust us off. After a short fight on one of them, we were able to pull in this beauty of a Bonito. It measured 45cm:
First Bonito (22-Dec-10)
Went for a fish on a ridiculously windy day. We had to change a few destinations before we found one that was going to shelter us from the wind. Our spot was dead quiet for most of the day. All of a sudden just before sunset, our small bit of fish bait was hit by a steam train! After a fight of few minutes, what we thought was a slimy mackerel, turned out to be our first bonito!