The eating qualities of bonito can be greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding. Larger bonito may be hard to handle and should be stunned by a knock to the head first prior to attempting iki jime.
- Dark blue to black dorsally, grey on sides, belly whitish.
- The dorsal stripes are almost horizontal and may occasionally extend onto the belly.
- This species is found in coastal and offshore waters off South Eastern Australia and also New Zealand, however closely related bonitos (with similar brain location) are found worldwide including the Atlantic bonito (Sarda sarda) and Pacific bonito (Sarda chiliensis).
Fish Size Common Length:
Around 45 cm fork length and 2 kg, but maximum size over 100 cm and 9.5 kg.