Bonita (Euthynnus alletteratus)
AKA: Little tunny, Atlantic bonito
Prominent features: The bonita is a strong swimmer and if you are fortunate to hook up with one, it will quickly take off and put up a fight. Normally it travels in fairly large schools and is common offshore. Bonitos differ from tuna by their compressed bodies, by having no teeth on the roof of the mouth, and by certain coloring differences. Atlantic bonito meat has a firm texture and a darkish color. The bonito has a moderate fat content.
Use: A favorite among shark fisherman, bonita is an extremely tough,
bloody fish with dark meat. Can be chunked, stripped – great bottom bait.
May also be cut into strips for trolling.
Packaging: Fish are sold whole, in bulk
Availability: Quantity produced varies from year to year but is generally available year round. Fish are graded by size and sold in ranges by pound.
The bigger the bonita, the bigger the catch!
Packed: Individually frozen
1 – 3 lb Fish in a 25 lb master box
6 – 8 lb Fish in a 55 lb master box
8 – 10 lb Fish per 50 lb master box