Hawaii Fishing News April 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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lahaina seawatch

The START ME UP DAS IT landed a 743.2-lb Pacific blue marlin angled by James Beam. James was fishing on a six-hour charter with Capt. Ross Elkins and deckman Ekolu Garso. Capt. Ross was heading back in from the Palaoa Point Lighthouse, located off the southwest corner of Lana‘i. After getting no bites, he was just trying to catch a mahimahi while trolling on the way home. About 120 fathoms off Black Manele, they had a strike on a Steve Elkins Diamondback Junior Popsicle lure on the short ’rigger. The marlin lit up, turned and ran straight away from the boat, jumping, thrashing back and forth, tailwalking and hauling ‘okole. At that point, Ross knew they had hooked a big fish. He shouted to Ekolu, “Oh, boy. Get ready!” The marlin ran out…

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mail buoy: 44th annual molokai whippas invitational fishing tournament cancellation

Aloha and a belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this finds you in good health and practicing safe health measures. After some careful consideration, the Molokai Whippas Invitational Tournament Committee has decided to declare this year’s tournament a virtual tournament. What does that mean? The tournament takes place in a virtual environment where none of the big ones get away, everyone’s stories are destined to become reality (one day), everyone catches fish and no one gets cut or falls through the coral. In a nutshell, all of this means is that there will be no tournament this year. Please know that we did not reach this decision easily. Current national and CDC recommendations, state and county restrictions and community concerns all weighed heavily in our discussions. Social distancing can easily…

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mail buoy: local bill threatens fishers and will not protect sharks

The Hawai‘i State Legislature is currently considering a “shark protection” bill (H.B. 553) that many members of the local fishing community are probably completely unaware of. Despite being promoted as a shark conservation measure, this bill is actually a poorly grounded and misdirected conservation effort that won’t benefit local shark populations but will create potential legal jeopardy for local fishers who catch sharks accidentally. All fishing methods used to target sharks can be legitimately used to catch other types of fish, so people who accidentally capture sharks cannot be distinguished from those targeting sharks. This puts local fishers at risk of unfair prosecution if they catch sharks accidentally. Hawai‘i fishers mostly try to avoid sharks, but a small number intentionally catch sharks to tag and release, or for subsistence purposes. This…

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tail tales: diving delivers

Parading a 45.8-lb Ulua Down the Highway I woke up at 6 a.m. to meet my friend Kona at my secret aholehole spot for the sunrise bite. I told him to bring his diving stuff just in case the water was clear when the sun came up. After we caught what we needed, we were about to leave until I noticed how nice and clean the water looked. I stopped and said to Kona, “We can’t pass this up.” We got ready to jump in, said a quick prayer and started diving the flats, searching for tako. The water was very clear; you could see 10 to 15 yards in every direction. Unfortunately, all we found were old, empty tako holes. As the wind started to pick up, we looked at each other…

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tail tales (continued)

Riding Cloud Nine While Fishing in the Minus Tide I took my son Kaldryn and my brother Skyler Murakami for a walk during the minus tide one Wednesday night at around 8 p.m. The night was beautiful, and the water was perfect. We were armed with just two scoop nets and my three prong. We started the night off catching a male Samoan crab and a 5-lb tako. Feeling that luck was on our side, we started scooping and three-pronging a bunch of weke and even catching a closed can of tuna. We were riding cloud nine, having a lot of fun and thinking that the night couldn’t get more awesome until we heard a heavy thrashing and major splashes about 50 feet in front of us. Whatever was causing the commotion…