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Hawaii Fishing News March 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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2 min.
maui bow fishing

In July 2014, I was throwing net with my uncle when we saw a kala swimming in the deep. The water was too deep for us to reach with the throw net. The next day we went back and saw the same kala swimming in the same spot. I told my uncle, “If I had a bow, I could shoot it.” I was already shooting compound bows, and I’d seen videos of bow fishing being done on the mainland. I went home, called the DLNR and asked if bow fishing was legal. They didn’t even know what it was, and they told me, “Just don’t shoot illegal fish.” Then I did some research and found some kits with arrows made for bow fishing. I ordered a kit and bought a used…

5 min.
how do you choose a fishing lure?

You can’t just grab any lure off the shelf, start casting and expect to catch a fish. There are many lures out there to choose from. Pick one lure design, and just look at all the colors it comes in. You also have to select the size you want to use. The choices can be staggering. Here are some of the things I considered when I started trolling for papio in Kane‘ohe Bay with the kids. The papio weighed 1 to 2 lbs. The water was 3 to 5 feet deep. We were using two spinning rods with 8-lb test line. I chose a floating Rapala lure that was about 4 inches long. If the boat stopped, the lure would float to the surface, not sink and get snagged in the…

8 min.
off-season gear maintenance

In a marine environment as unforgiving as ours in Hawai‘i, having fishing gear in top shape to handle the sheer power of the fish around these islands is a must. The catch is that with a year-round fishery, declaring an off-season to stop fishing and ensure your gear is in top shape can be tough. It is not always easy to break away from the action. While maintenance is nonnegotiable, it doesn’t have to be a showstopper. I have yet to find a season in which big fish are not a possibility. My biggest marlin was captured in the month of April, my good fishing buddy Pat Murphy got his beast in August, and we both just lost a 500-plus-lb monster in January. I time my maintenance around the annual ‘ahi…

6 min.
new moon kayak adventure

The conditions were right with a new moon, light winds and small waves, so we made the decision to head out to O‘ahu’s westside FAD (fish aggregation device). It was a trip that piqued a lot of interest among the members of the “Kayak Fishing Friends Honolulu, HI” Facebook group. We decided on a 4 a.m. launch from Poka‘i Bay Beach Park. Typically, when the conditions are nearly perfect, the parking area at this park fills up quickly. It’s not unusual for the lot to be full by 4 a.m. Nevertheless, I found a parking spot and saw about 20 kayak anglers. I was one of the last to show up at the beach. Most of my group had already begun fishing for akule, a prime nighttime target for a lot…

1 min.
fun fishing with the ‘tax man’

On a recent Sunday with Cody and Dwayne from UFO Fishing, my wife, good friend and I launched out of Lahaina Harbor. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. After snagging some live bait, we made our way to “Elephant Rock,” off the southern corner of Moloka‘i. We made a pass trolling a single lure and hooked a kaku within a couple of minutes. We then took some time to throw plugs for ulua with no success, so we began dropping jigs a bit farther out. We landed a nice-sized kahala and a shark, and battled with an estimated 50-pounder (it had to be ulua) before it broke off our 80-lb test line and took one of my favorite jigs. Toward the end of our trip, our live-bait rig hooked up.…

3 min.
fishers can help fisheries science and management

Every year, more and more rules are placed on fishermen: closed areas, bag limits, minimum sizes. Why these rules are made is often emotional, political and sometimes scientific, and how these rules are developed is often poorly understood. Why can fishermen catch a fish only bigger than a certain size? Why can they take only so many fish? The answer is in the data or, more specifically, in the “available” data. Federal fishery managers base their decisions on the “best scientific information available.” This means that they must decide whether the data they have is the best data that exist. More often than not, in Hawai‘i and the Pacific islands not much information is available on many species. Thus, management decisions about these species are either made on very limited data…