Hawaii Fishing News June 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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you never know when…

This epic kayak fishing day started out with a “poor fishing” report and high winds, so I figured I would only pick up a small bag of ice and fish the day with no expectations. The joke was about to be on me. I had fallen asleep prepping my gear the night before, so the 2 a.m. wake up call left me scrambling to tie some rigs before heading out to meet with the group from “Bluewater Kayaking” at our predetermined spot. This group has been invaluable to me for improving my kayak fishing. The most important thing that I have learned since fishing with them is safety. After buying my first fishing kayak, I took it out several times in Kane‘ohe Bay and practiced my rollover drills. I wanted to…

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unicorn of the flats

Pa‘opa‘o, or golden trevally, are also known as “unicorns of the flats.” Pa‘opa‘o usually cruise a little faster than ‘o‘io, the main attraction for fly fishermen here in Hawai‘i. Pa‘opa‘o feed in a similar way to ‘o‘io on the flats and eat identically (shrimp and crabs). However, pa‘opa‘o are not as frequently found as ‘o‘io. They are a rare sight to see; and when you do see one, you usually have only one shot. In my case, I got lucky. I hooked this pa‘opa‘o on my 7-weight Sage Igniter fly rod, an Abel SDS ⅞ reel and 17-lb test fluorocarbon tippet. I was targeting an ‘o‘io when the pa‘opa‘o zoomed in from behind and stole my fly. I knew it was a decent-sized golden. I immediately set the hook, and the…

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a 117-lb alpha ulua

“Brah, a huge ulua garanz 80 to 90 lbs is down here!” said my dive partner, Desmond Thain, who was scouting a few grounds for our dive while I stayed on my jet ski. After much persuasion from Desmond, I mentally prepared my plan of attack. As I was descending, I saw other big ulua swimming in and out of caves. I knew that this cave was holding some “big boys,” so I crept to the side of the cave so I wouldn’t frighten them too much. I kept my head down and tapped the sand once to get their attention. As I slowly raised my head, I immediately spotted the alpha ulua of the pack. The pack started making its way toward me, and the leader swam right up to me.…

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big baits attract big fish

Most people in the kayak fishing world don’t know us as Kevin and Gareth. They just know us as the Uyeda brothers because we have been fishing together on a tandem kayak for more than two decades. Now that we have children, we don’t get to fish as often as we used to. Recently, luckily for us, all of the planets aligned for us to fish again: our wives gave us the green light to go fishing; the weather looked good; and we got a tip from a friend that there were marlin around! We got up early, stretched our old bodies, packed up our gear and set out. We got about a dozen akule for bait while it was still dark. Then we headed out to deeper water to look…

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hfn info

Hawaii Fishing News Publications Includes tax and postage FISHING HAWAII STYLE, VOL I * $33 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 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…

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lahaina seawatch

The START ME UP CUZ landed a 641.5-lb blue marlin angled by Alex Golf. Alex was fishing with Capt. Steve Carroll and deckman Jeremy Johnson. They were one mile south of Kamaiki, Lana‘i, on the 100-fathom ledge between Kamaiki and “Armchair” when they raised the fish. Jeremy saw the marlin come up on the short-corner lure but not eat it. He teased the fish, and it came back up, exploded on the lure a second time and missed it. Jeremy free-spooled the reel, dropping the lure into the wake, and cranked it in a couple of turns. The marlin grabbed the lure, took some line off the spool for a couple of seconds and let go. Steve kept the boat moving ahead for another 15 or 20 seconds. There was no…