Bonito Fishing Seasons Sydney

The best time of the year to catch Bonito fish in Sydney is from summer to autumn. You can catch Bonito from the shore or in a boat close to the shore. Bonito is an inshore pelagic fish species and are found around rocks and reefs. Usually used as bait the Bonito is a good eating fish.

Bonito fishing season Cronulla Sydney

Fish Details

  • Size: Up to 7 kilograms
  • Length: Up to 70cm
  • Food Rating: Good
  • Territory: Inshore
Bonito fishing Cronulla Sydney

About Bonito Fish

The scientific name for the Bonito is Sardini. Bonito means pretty in Portuguese and Spanish.
Bonito fish Cronulla Sydney

How to identify a Bonito Fish

  • Bright blue-green back
  • The lower body is silver
  • Narrow grey stripes on the sides
  • Gray fins

This Bonito is from the same family as the Tuna and you will often see them swimming together in schools. They are built for speed with a torpedo shaped body. The Bonito swims close to the surface near the shore and in and around rocks and reefs. They can weigh up to 7 kilograms on the east coast of Australia. Their jawline is strong and supports one row of teeth. There are a lot of people that think the Bonito is only good as bait or berley. However, if they are bled then cooled immediately they can be excellent sashimi. The Bonito prays on smalled fish for its diet.

Where to Catch Bonito

If you see foaming white water and birds above then the chances are high this is caused by Bonito as they terrorise baitfish. A lot of anglers prefer to chase Bonito from a boat. But this fish is also caught from close to the shore. You can use lightweight to medium-weight fishing rods. The Bonito commonly found in schools in bays and large estuaries.

The Bonito is super fast so a little patience and you will be rewarded with a great sporting fish. The best time to catch Bonito is in the morning at dawn from Autumn to Summer. The water temperature at this time is between 16 - 20 degrees Celcius.

Fishing for Bonito in Sydney


On all our fishing and deep-sea fishing charters in Sydney, all you need to bring are the right clothes depending on the weather conditions. We will supply everything else including bait, fishing rods and reels and fishing licence. At the end of our fishing trip, you get to keep what you catch.  We have 3 purpose build fishing vessels that have all the facilities and amenities you require.