Hawaii Fishing News February 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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hfn information

HAWAII FISHING NEWS PUBLICATIONS Includes tax and postage FISHING Hawaii Style, VOL I *……$33.00 A Guide to Saltwater Angling - This is a must have for Hawaii’s fishers. This collection of techniques and tips has proven to be invaluable to all saltwater anglers around the world. With over 400 illustrations, Volume I includes both the basics and secret methods that should be a common heritage for all anglers. FISHING Hawaii Style, VOL II…….$33.00 Find out how to catch game fish of the shoreline and deep seas, and even shrimp crab, lobster and squid. Includes detailed descriptions of surfcasting for ulua (slide-baiting and dunking), drifting sand bars for ‘o'io, locating and catching deep-water snapper, fighting big game fish on light and heavy tackle, catching tuna at night under light, trolling green sticks, making and using popping…

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invasive species month: eat roi? great target practice and chum

If you are a fisherman in Hawai‘i, you have most likely heard about the invasive species Roi and the stigma that they carry high amounts of ciguatoxin, the chemical that causes ciguatera food poisoning. Roi, also known as Peacock Grouper, were introduced to Hawai‘i from Mo‘orea, French Polynesia, in 1956 with the intention of adding variety to our fish stocks for consumption. Unfortunately, the introduction of this species quickly wreaked havoc on the local ecosystem. Roi were not widely sought after as a food source due to their high levels of ciguatoxin. Because fishermen did not actively try to catch roi, their population exploded; now they are a very abundant species on the reef, as they have no native predators. I do not aim to encourage the consumption of these…

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ta‘ape: eat ‘em to beat ‘em!

It is estimated that we import about 50 percent of the seafood that is bought and consumed in Hawai‘i. As a local woman born and raised on O‘ahu, I’ve had the joy of fishing and hunting all over Hawai‘i and have always been troubled by our state’s need to import seafood. By importing seafood, we are essentially shifting our money out of state when we could be feeding ourselves and supporting our local fishers, distributers and fisheries-related businesses. How do we ramp up local seafood production if our fisheries are already being impacted by climate change, development and other stressors? Can we fish more, increase our island food security, and support local businesses without adding more impacts to our fisheries? Absolutely, and there’s a golden opportunity—ta‘ape! What I’m sharing isn’t new. In…

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pending state records

Cover Story: Black Trevally Jeff Tobias and I caught this 26.58-lb Black Ulua (Black Trevally) this past January. We caught it while deep dropping outside of Kane‘ohe Bay, in 80 fathoms of water. The fish bit a dead opelu on a mono leader, attached to 80-lb braid spooled on a Tanacom 1000 electric reel. It was being chased by a smaller shark but luckily the electric reel doesn’t get tired like Jeff usually does! It was the biggest we had seen, so thought it might be a state record. So glad we had it weighed at Nanko Fishing Supply in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu. Aloha and thank you. … David Caccavo Kailua, O‘ahu Long-eyed Swimming Crab I headed out to my usual fishing spot in search of ‘O‘io. After casting out the poles and waiting for ten minutes, one of…

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new state records: all from oahu!

Palenose Parrotfish We were swimming back to shore during a late afternoon dive off the North Shore of O‘ahu on June 1, 2020. I saw this Palenose parrotfish in the shallows about 100 yards or so from the shoreline. It ducked underneath a small arch, and we played peekaboo for a couple of minutes before I was able to get a decent shot on it. I was using a custom KAP Euro Series speargun with a single-wrap/single-band setup. Unfortunately, I didn’t think much of the size at the time and scaled the fish in the water before I got home. I knew that it was decent, but a friend told me that I should weigh it, just in case. Luckily, I did. I now hold the state record for a Palenose Parrotfish with my…

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lahaina seawatch

Welcome to the Club! The weekend warrior boat ISLAND TIME joined the 500-plus-lb marlin club when Capt. Rod Quam and his wife, Janice, weighed in a 510.4-lb Pacific blue marlin. They started off the morning at the NASA-buoy, located off the backside of Lana‘i, looking for mahimahi and tuna. After working the buoy for a while and finding nobody home, Rod headed down the 1,000-fathom ledge toward the MC-buoy, located off the southwest corner of Lana‘i. About 25 minutes after leaving the buoy, they raised a fish on the long-gone stinger lure. The marlin pulled the line out of the clip, but no line came off the spool. Rod started to let the line out to tease the fish, and then he saw it come back around after the lure. He pushed…