Australian bonito are a small member of the scombridae family, and are native to eastern Australia. They have small tuna-shaped bodies, a tall triangler dorsal fin, tail scutes, a large eye for their size and pointed teeth. Australian bonito can reach about 1m and 10kg, but are common around 45-50cm and about 2kg.
Australian bonito can be found in offshore and inshore waters on the east coast from about southern Queensland down to and including Tasmania. Bonito are a highly-mobile schooling fish, meaning they are often hungry.
Lures worked at high speed either on the troll or cast at feeding schools can get good results. Small pieces of fish flesh drifted unweighted into a burley trail can also be successful on bonito. Here are some tackle recommendations for your next bonito trip.
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