Hawaii Fishing News January 2021

HAWAII FISHING NEWS brings it all to you! Sportfishing in Hawaii is year-round! Aptly titled by HAWAII FISHING NEWS in 1977, the "Blue Marlin Capital of the World." Hawaii offers six species of billfish plus yellowfin (ahi), skipjack (aku), dogtooth, bonito, albacore & bigeye tuna. Other species of offshore game fish include wahoo (ono), dolphin fish (mahimahi), great barracuda (kaku) & rainbow runner (kamanu,or Hawaiian salmon). Bottom fishing is also popular in Hawaii with good catches of snapper at depths of 10 to 100 fathoms. Inshore waters of Hawaii, with 700 miles of fishable shoreline, draw the most activity from anglers. Heavy-duty shore casting rigs allow anglers to tackle giant ulua (jacks) of up to 200 lbs as they prowl the reefs at night. Medium tackle and ultralight fishing clubs have sprung up in Hawaii as anglers have discovered the excitement of fishing for the many other species that make the reefs and sandy channels their homes. Freshwater enthusiasts are not to be denied as Hawaii has more varieties of freshwater game fish than most areas of the mainland; these include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, oscar, tucunare, channel catfish and rainbow trout. What all this adds up to? Hawaii is a great place to fish!

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updates for state record fish!

Official NEW State Record - Yellowtail/Hiramasa October 18, 2020 will go down in the books as one of my best days of this crazy year! As usual, the day started off early. It was the second day in a row of fishing for me and it was gonna be hard to top the awesome action we had the day before since I already had three papio and a moi in the cooler at home. I brought my PIFG tagging kit and planned on tagging and releasing any papio I brought in that day. The fishing started off slow, but everyone around me was having their fair share of action. By 7 a.m., I had tagged and released a 12.5-inch and a 15-inch papio, then the bite slowed down. I ended up moving one…

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one holiday surprise after another

A few days before Thanksgiving, my longtime friends, brothers Orion and Arlo, invited me on an overnight fishing trip. I hadn’t fished for a while, so I packed my IRW Big Island Special pole paired with a Shimano Torium 50 reel. I had just bought that pole and reel from a friend, and this was my first chance to use that setup. My line was an 80-lb test Berkley Big Game with 250-lb test Berkley leader. I usually use Mustad 16/0 hooks and try to use barbless hooks whenever I remember to. I believe in barbless hooks and think they’re perfect for slide-baiting. I like releasing ulua as much as possible, and hate the feeling of losing a fish and wondering if it will survive. We set out the next morning.…

Mikah Tomono_RGB_3
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a new speargun brings a 30-lb ulua!

I grew up fishing on O‘ahu, and I’ve been diving for a few years. A more seasoned buddy of mine kept raving about Pathos Sniper spearguns, so I had to give one a try. I picked one up at West Side Dive & Tackle, and the following is the story of the first day I used it. I got a few uhu in the morning and speared a moana-ukali when we got into the mu during the afternoon. My buddy and I were working a pile of mu and had gotten a couple each. He shot one on his last drop so I decided to take one last drop to see if I could get another before we swam back to the boat. I hit the bottom and looked up; there were no…

Eric Aoyama
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family fun close to home

Aloha! My son-in-law, Royden Pang, and I fish for ulua near our home in Ka‘a‘awa. We use fresh tako that we catch diving near our house. We also use live bait like weke and other reef fish. We like to fish low tides and all moon phases. We use a jig setup and 80-lb test gear. Sometimes we also catch ‘o‘io on our ulua setups. We mostly catch ulua in the 30- to 70-lb range and ‘o‘io weighing up to 8-lbs. We eat the fish we catch raw, smoked, dried and cooked. My daughter is Kelli Pang, and my mo‘opuna (grandchildren) are Haylee and Rylee. Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu…

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yaking with a sailfish

This day was everything you could ask for in a kayak mission. It started out just like any other fishing day: Jordy Deason and I (a.k.a. ‘Opelu Patrol, a.k.a. Sailor Moon) decided we were going to go out as early as possible because the weather was looking “mint.” We prepped our spinning reels—our only reels—and headed out to some favorite spots. After only catching a few baits at our first location, we decided to head out to a pelagic feeding ground. I told Jordy, who hadn’t caught from this spot before, to trust me, that there were bait fish out there. We spotted expert kayak angler and friend Adam King already out there. Adam told us there were bait fish and some larger fish around, but the action was slow. Of course,…

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when's the best time to go fishing?

Publisher’s Note: From time to time we reprint popular and helfpul articles as requested by our readers. This reprint is from the January 1979 issue. When is the best time to go fishing? There’s an old saying that the best time is whenever you have the time. That’s a bit too flippant. Every dedicated fisherman I know manages somehow to find the time when he feels the fishing is going to be special. But knowing when the fishing will be special means knowing how to predict fish behavior. Throughout history, fishing cultures around the world have developed folklore about when fish perform the rituals of their life cycle from spawning to migration to feeding. Much of the folklore is fanciful, with mythology mixed in to help explain why some basically unexplainable things happen. Like…

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