Bonito (Sarda sarda)


Maximum; 36 inches
Common: 25 inches
Current IGFA all tackle record 18 pounds 4 ounces

Distribution and Behavior

Bonito are common in tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic from Argentina to Nova Scotia, and from South Africa to Norway, but they are rare in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Known to skip or leap over the surface of the water when in pursuit of prey. Found in schools 15-20 miles offshore, but are also found close to shore.

Bonito reach sexual maturity at about 16 inches in length and spawn in the western Atlantic in June and July. Spawning usually takes place close to shore, in warm coastal waters.