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Hawaii Fishing News May 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.
maui sporting goods jigging tournament

On March 31, the Maui Sporting Goods Jigging Tournament was held, and it was just as exciting as the first event. One hundred fifty anglers entered this year. The divisions included the Boat (and jet-ski) Division with 82 entrants, the Kayak (and canoe) Division with 33 and the Shoreline Division with 35. First, second and third places were awarded in each division. A Wahine Division was added to this year’s event to encourage female anglers to get out on the water. In addition, a special fish category was announced the day before the tournament. This year, the special fish was moano-ukali. This tournament was originally scheduled for February 10 but was postponed twice due to dangerous winds and sea conditions. It raised more than $7,800 for the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation, all of…

6 min.
bam = clang

Another Amazing Fishing Trip Aloha from the Big Island. One day I started a lot later than usual. I got out on the water at around 10 a.m. I was not expecting to find any bait because it was so late, so I brought a few bags of frozen ‘opelu to troll around and do some bottom drops. I was trying to get some food for family and friends. Plus, I’m always on the search for that moment most fishermen crave: holding the rod tightly as the line peels off the reel, not quite knowing what’s on the other end. I actually ran across a bait pile and was able to catch one to use for live bait. I let the live one out on a Nitta Zip Tie and added a…

5 min.
kona-style lure skirting

Each one of us has likely walked into a tackle store and gazed longingly at the impressive displays of skirt materials and color choices that cover the walls. I often go to the store with the actual lure head I intend to skirt or a photo of it in hand to begin the fun process of selecting the best skirts. When confronted with the hundreds of choices available, I feel like a mouse in a cheese factory. More often than not, I decide on a skirt that I didn’t even first consider. Skirting your own lure heads gives you the choice to either match a prey species with a natural pattern-type skirt or make a wild combination that looks like nothing found in the sea. There are few bad choices. Those…

3 min.
lahaina seawatch

The TAI PAN V had a bit of the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day when Capt. David Mayers and Co-Capt. Neil Preston landed a 434.4-lb blue marlin. Neil was just setting up the pattern as they headed over the 100-fathom ledge off Kamaiki Point, Lana‘i. He started giving the “fafa” to their anglers as they rounded the corner. As he looked up, he noticed that they were just off Black Manele. They had a solid strike on the short-corner position as a marlin grabbed a Steve Elkins’ Aku Popsicle lure. The marlin started taking line. It ran 150 yards off the port side, and then turned back across the stern, jumping two or three times toward the other side. The marlin then turned and started jumping straight back…

3 min.
splashback story: catch ulua on your first fishing trip!

We all decided to go camping and to fish from Waimea Pier on the west side of Kaua‘i. Our mission was to catch an ulua! It was the first time for friend Dennis and my accountant, Alan. We camped and fished all night but had no strikes. Dennis’ Penn reel suddenly went off. “Zzzzzzzzzzzz!” The fish ran to the east. I told him to leave the rod alone until the fish stopped running. It took out about 200 yards of line. Dennis wanted to give the rod to me because I was experienced, but I refused. I coached him on how to fight this fish. I told him to crank down, drop the rod to the fish, stop, and pull up to see if the fish would come in. I told…

6 min.
hilo seawatch

Hilo Trollers News The tournament season is in full swing, and I am quite confident that the April Hilo Trollers’ tournament was successful with some nice-sized ono catches and maybe even some “big boys.” I wrote this article early in the anticipation of being “offline” (not a fishing line) until well after the tournament. I’ll be back online soon, and then I’ll feed you a line on the actual tournament results in the next “Hilo Seawatch.” I want to thank the 2019 Hilo Trollers’ Board of Directors for being so well organized and prepared for this year’s season and for stepping in to take over the weighmaster duties in April. I also want to thank Scale Systems Hawaii for recalibrating the club’s certified scale. Finally, I want to thank S. Tokunaga Store…