This tuna-like schooling fish belongs to the tuna and mackerel family, (Scombridae). Bonitos are speedy, predacious fishes found worldwide. They have striped backs and silvery bellies and grow to a length of about 75 cm (30 inches). Similar to tunas, they are streamlined, with a narrow tail base, a forked tail, and a row of small finlets behind the dorsal and anal fins. Four species are generally recognized: S. Sarda of the Atlantic and Mediterranean, S. Orientalis of the Indo-Pacific, S. Chilensis of the eastern Pacific, and S. Australis of Australia and New Zealand. Pacific bonito are the only tuna-like fishes on the California coast that have the slanted dark stripes on their backs.
The fishing methods are straight forward, once a school is aroused they will take almost any bait or lure that is tossed in their direction. Most Pacific Bonito are taken by a combination of live bait and trolling. The schools are located by trolling feathers and squid pieces are used to bait the fish once located. A Bonita fish mount from Gray Taxidermy, the World's Largest Marine Taxidermy and producer of fish mounts, is made from a mold of a real fish,, which makes our Bonita fish mount, the finest reproduction available. Regardless of where you catch your Bonito you can contact Gray Taxidermy for your fish mount. All we need is the approximate weight, length and possibly a photo of your catch The photo is not necessary but it may help our artists to identify the exact species. After our team of professionals have finished your trophy we will deliver it to you any corner of the world.