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 Posted: Tue Jan 13th, 2015 01:18 pm
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Caught 4 on a purple halco lipped diving lure.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 13th, 2015 01:43 pm
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Bleed it as soon as you get it out and then gut it ASAP, keep cool and out of the sun..and put on ice when you get home. They actually make damn good sashimi when looked after properly after capture. Nice catches mate! Good eating smoked, seared, sushi and braaied slowly next to the fire and not overdone.. Some guys see bait, and I see dinner!

Were you trolling the halcos?

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 Posted: Tue Jan 13th, 2015 01:56 pm
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Thanks for the tips. Yep, I was on a jetski. Do you fish the same area?

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 Posted: Wed Jan 14th, 2015 09:05 pm
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Dr halibut hoffman wrote:
Bleed it as soon as you get it out and then gut it ASAP, keep cool and out of the sun..and put on ice when you get home. They actually make damn good sashimi when looked after properly after capture. Nice catches mate! Good eating smoked, seared, sushi and braaied slowly next to the fire and not overdone.. Some guys see bait, and I see dinner!

Were you trolling the halcos?


Or make like @Saltywind and eat them whole with toast on the side ;) Only kidding...nice catches there mate, they put up a nice fight on light tackle.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 15th, 2015 10:02 am
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nice catch saltywind... this time of year they will be striped / oriental bonito, not the cape bonito that Dr halibut hoffman is talking about. You can also see by the shape of the lateral line in the photo. The atlantic bonito that are caught in the deep cape are awesome eating but their warm water cousins (your catch) are better suited to shark bait :)

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 Posted: Thu Jan 15th, 2015 12:02 pm
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I'm not really into shark fishing, I like my catches edible. I ate some raw, sashimi style but it was a bit soft. Tasted much better after it had been cooked with some butter in a spicy sauce :D.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 16th, 2015 01:58 pm
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Trick is to bleed them as they come off the hook, like shad, and keep the fish cool or preferably on ice. I made some seared steaks and sashimi for mates this weekend who said it was the best tuna they had ever had.. Granted I know its not as good as yellowfin, but they have never had fish as fresh and properly looked after post-harvest and that makes ALL the difference, it was better than all the yellowfin both had eaten before..same shark bait haha

Otherwise smoke that baby, you won't be sorry..

Thanks for the correction Aqua, checked some pics, it looks like the oriental for sure..Here's a quote from an auz site..

"THESE little speedsters draw light spinning enthusiasts from far and wide when they are sighted in Perth waters. Crashing across the surface, bonito, like all small tunas, are fast and voracious feeders.
More accurately called oriental bonito, they are mostly referred to simply as bonito in WA....
A frequently overlooked fact with bonito is that they are pretty good eating if bled straight away and put on ice. The flesh is nowhere near as red as you might expect and it cooks up well."

If not bled immediatly and kept cool/cold, the flesh goes too pap..and then best on the slow braai or curry or as sharkbait. Go get some more, they are around for now! Also the fish have come into the bays to spawn and feed up on mullet, baby shad, anchovies etc. so if you get females that are fat with roe when you clean them, keep the roe and fry it up at home in butter, salt and spice and spread it on your toast. It is very rich but is amazing in flavour, if you like roe/caviar. This was shown to me by my east African friend where these fish are a staple in the diet. Their usual dish with it is a spicy coconut, fish and rice curry so you were not too far off haha!

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 Posted: Fri Jan 16th, 2015 03:38 pm
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Nice catch!! I also got a few of them. We call them Shada-Shadas. (I don't know if that is what they are called), Toothy buggers, reel good fun catching them. Well done!!

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those sarda sarda are reel good fun especially on lighter tackle. they are quite common for our waters this time of the year and can be caught quite close behind the backline as long as there are nice rocky outcrops. they are especially plentyful now with our beautiful water conditions and our remarkable water temp of 22degrees! they actually start getting in the way when targeting yellow tail!

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hi

are you still on sealine?

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