|Actually there was a BIG run of them Friday. Apparently they showed up from the surf area out to the end and people were, unfortunately, getting several at a time. They weren't big but were bonito. We saw some on Sunday but not big numbers and didn't see any Friday or Saturday night.
Here's a story from Friday that I have added to my San Clemente Pier article —
When the bonito show up everyone gets excited. Excitement was certainly in evidence on an early morn in August of 2017 when a large school of bonito visited the pier.
Bonito seemed to be everywhere with fish being caught from the inshore surf area out to the end. Some were caught on the traditional ball and feathers, some on Sabiki multi-hook rigs, and some on bait. They seemed everywhere.
However, what happened at the end of the pier was even more exciting. Out at the end the bonito began one of their patented boils where the surface of the water seemed torn to shreds by the hungry fish and the bait they were chasing. Fish were on the surface and birds were circling above, but there was another visitor.
As anglers watched the melee, a large shark, an 8-10 foot-long mako shark, rose from the depths and soared out of the water in pursuit of the frantic bonito.
The bonito themselves and the “boil” had been exciting but nothing compared to the spectacle of seeing that large shark launch itself out of the water as though shot from a cannon.
It would give the anglers a story to repeat for years to come.
As for myself, I was almost there. I arrived at the pier in the afternoon and soon heard the story of the mako shark. Fittingly, it was a shark that was known for decades on the West Coast as the bonito shark.
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