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Hawaii Fishing News April 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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1 min.
new state record: painted spiny lobster

Aloha HFN, Sunday, March 3, 2019, was a typical day spearfishing in Kailua-Kona. Then, I spotted a munu and started chasing it into a cave. As I got closer to the cave, I noticed two big white antennas sticking out. I knew instantly it was a lobster. I noticed the surface of the lobster had distinctive colors different from those I normally find. Before it went deeper into the hole, I quickly rushed to grab the (4-lb 9 oz) lobster. I was the last one to come to shore. My diving partners were there with enormous smiles on their faces and amazement at this lobster we had never seen before. Warren Kaneao III Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Warren Kaneao III’s lobster is definitely a Panulirus versicolor, the painted spiny lobster. This species is common on reefs in…

5 min.
play to win!

For three hours I bounced between weather apps, trying to find the best possible areas to fish the next morning. I obsessively checked the tides, winds and surf at various locations. I was frustrated with what I was seeing. Nothing was lining up. Although weather apps are a good source of information on what’s happening around us, they are not perfect. I chose what I thought to be the most promising option and went to sleep for a few hours. The next morning started off crisp and cool. I rolled out of bed, got my things together, jumped in the truck and headed north. The winds and surf were predicted to be up in the early morning and then settling down by 9 a.m. When I got to the beach, I…

2 min.
lots of firsts for this brother-sister team

Aloha! I had an awesome day fishing with my baby bro’, Zach. We had lots of firsts: first time fishing at sunrise; first time fishing the breakwall; and I caught my very first ‘o‘io! It was a good size, don’t you think? Good thing I had my brother to go down to the water to bring it up with a net that was way too small. I was dunking squid, using a 10-foot Master Power Series rod, Daiwa Strikeforce 4000 reel, 10-lb test monofilament mainline, 10-lb test mono leader and a size 8 hook. It was a small hook. I had a 6-lb test leadline and a 1½-oz lead. The ‘o‘io measured 25 inches from nose to tail fork and weighed about 6 lbs. Zach got his very first papio–well, the first…

2 min.
a catch & release story: my first ulua

This is a fish story that was almost five years in the making. From the first time my fishing partner, Mike Moody, set me up with a Penn Battle II reel and beat-up Nitro rod with buss-up eyes, every trip out led to this moment. I’ve caught more papio than I can count, and almost all of them have been ‘omilu. The heart-skipping excitement of seeing that unmistakable electric-blue blur rocketing through our gorgeous Hawai‘i waters is unmatched for me. As my fishing addiction slowly grew and the disease of whipping began to course through my veins, I became more adept with bubbles, grubs and flies. I began to regularly catch 1- to 3-pounders; however, like most people fishing these islands, I craved my first ulua. Not only that–I was picky. I…

6 min.
hilo seawatch

The 2019 S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge is on! The entry deadline is less than two weeks after this issue of HFN hits the newsstands or your mailbox! It is time to make plans, commit your crew if you are fishing with others and begin preparations. Entries must be postmarked by April 12, 2019. Late entries will be accepted if they are postmarked by April 26, but there will be a late fee and the entry fee must be paid in cash. The tournament begins on Thursday, June 6 at 6 a.m. The tournament ends on Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m., and the weigh-in will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants’ vehicles will need to be in line by 1 p.m. for…

12 min.

Don’t Ask Questions In an ocean state with a proud cultural tradition of sailing and fishing, some boaters are demanding that the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) do better. DOBOR recently held statewide public meetings to discuss proposed mooring, docking and other marine fee increases. The Hilo Wailoa River and Reeds Bay meeting held on March 7 nearly turned into a fracas. In summing up the testimony of most Hilo boaters attending, Rick Gaffney, president of the Hawaii Fishing and Boating Association and one of the state’s leading small boating experts, told “Splash!” that “constantly raising fees to pay for ineptitude–to cover the costs of bad management decisions, poor hires, wrong-headed purchasing practices, employee indifference and more–is just flat wrong.” One Hilo boat owner wrote, “If adopted, the monthly rate you…