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Hawaii Fishing News January 2019

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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6 min.
ohana shoreline tournament surprise

Cover Story It was one of those fishing trips you’ll never forget. I was going into a tournament with just a rod and reel because all of the good spots were taken. The point my friend Ronson Aurello and I found was far from the truck, and we weren’t about to pack all our poles and gear there. I took one plugging pole and a bag of lures. We got to the fishing spot a little later than expected. The sun was out, and the tournament had already started. After the first hour of plugging, Ronson had some ‘omilu on the rocks. I had not even one chaser but keep casting. About two hours after, I turned to Ronson and said, “I no more luck with this lure.” All of a sudden, I…

9 min.

Fee Increases for Hawai‘i Boaters Do you moor a boat at a state of Hawai‘i harbor? Do you launch a boat from a Hawai‘i state ramp? Do you have a commercial business on the water here in Hawai‘i? If so, the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has news for you. DOBOR recently received approval from the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to hold public hearings on proposed small-boat fees. In “Draft Rules as of 9/18/18,” DOBOR argued for a fee increase. “It’s been nearly 25 years since DOBOR last increased fee amounts for utilities and facilities at State Small Boat Harbors and nearly 7 years for mooring fees.” Annual launch ramp decals would go from $40 to $75, an increase of 87 percent. Ala Wai Boat Harbor would see…

6 min.
an early christmas present

Last month I shared a story about two friends of mine who traveled with me to Christmas Island in hopes of catching big tuna from a kayak. Their dream came true. This month I am going to share my Christmas Island fishing adventure with you. Here on O‘ahu, I put in a lot of hours in a kayak seat because of my ecotourism company and my love for kayak fishing. When I go on vacation to Christmas Island, I like to take a break from kayak fishing and spend some time lounging on a boat. On this trip I also knew that the following week I would be doing a lot of kayak fishing on Fanning Atoll, so my first week at Christmas was all about relaxing on the boat, having…

2 min.
thanksgiving day marlin

We are proud to say that none of this blue marlin went to waste. It provided a lot of fillets (some donated to those less fortunate for Thanksgiving), the head was used to make soup, the little scraps between the bones fed the cats and the rest of the scraps, frame and entrails will be returned to the ocean to feed the scavengers on our next bluewater adventure. On Wednesday, November 21, the day before Thanksgiving, Benjamin Zyons (@benzo_speedo), owner of Freedive Hawaii (@freedivehi), landed a 130-lb blue marlin while using a KAP Spearguns (@kap_spearguns) 145 cm Cubera and an Ulusub Spearfishing Co. (@ulusub_spearfishing) 100 m Bluewater Reel with no buoys. Although we were not set up to catch such a fish, we have great respect for all fish, big and small.…

3 min.
sails off kona: epic double-sailfish kayak fishing adventure

The water gently rolling on the shoreline was all that could be heard as Keauhou Bay slept. The night air felt refreshing as Jay Scrogg towed his Hobie Outback to the launch area. Jay had been ready for kayak fishing for a few days, and realization had finally come. This typical morning would eventually turn into his most epic kayak adventure yet. Steady strokes on the Hobie Mirage drive quickly propelled the kayak away from shore and into the bay. Not long after, large schools of ‘opelu (mackerel scad) were located right on the surface. The ‘opelu voraciously attacked the Big Island Bait’s Small Kines strips on Jay’s damashi rig. Within minutes, the live bait for the day was secured. Once out at a good trolling depth of 200 feet, one live…

6 min.
lahaina seawatch:

I ran across some “Believe It or Not”-type fish stories from bygone years in Lahaina. Boats and crews’ names are anonymous to protect the guilty. Hooked but Unbuckled The first story is about a 130-lb blue marlin. It came in on the short-corner lure, hooked up, broke the line and got off. The marlin then started jumping around in circles, trying to spit the hooks, with no luck. The boat, with five lines still in the water, made a turn to head back to the spot. The marlin was still jumping around in circles as they caught up to it. As the marlin came up to the starboard corner of the boat, the crewman grabbed a long mahimahi gaff and nailed the fish in the tail. He then pulled the marlin up the…