The Pacific bonito is an important gamefish, valued more for sport than for food, as is the Atlantic bonito.
IdentificationSimilar in size and pigmentation to the Atlantic bonito, the Pacific bonito is distinguished from most other bonito by the lack of teeth on its tongue and the possession of a straight intestine without a fold in the middle.
The Paciﬁc bonito has 17 to 19 spines on its ﬁrst dorsal ﬁn and is the only tunalike ﬁsh on the California coast that has slanted dark stripes on its back. Like other bonito, its body is cigar shaped and somewhat compressed, with a pointed and conical head and a large mouth. It is dark blue above, and its dusky sides become silvery below.