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Hawaii Fishing News June 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.
father’s day ideas

It’s almost Father’s Day and most of us are looking for that special present for our special dad. If you are in this dilemma you’re not alone! Here are my top 3 Father’s Day ideas that any fisherman father would love. 1. Buy your dad new fishing gear! Whether it’s a new bell, sand spike, pole or reel, there are lots of items to choose from. Some other great gifts include a new cooler, headlamp, or tackle box. These are all things that a fisherman will use on each fishing trip. If your dad loves a particular color, I’d recommend going to <www. hifishgear.com> and getting him a powder-coated bell or sand spike in his favorite color. 2. Treat your dad to a home-cooked meal! If you’re one of those people who…

2 min.
never turn your back on the ocean

When we were young, we were all taught never to turn our backs on the ocean, no matter how calm the water looked. Lately I’ve been hearing about lawai‘a (fishermen) getting swept off the rocks into the ocean and their fates not being lucky, so I figured I’d tell my story. It all started on a late afternoon when I went holoholo by myself, which I rarely do. I headed down to OTEC where I saw one of my “honey holes” empty. I had the whole coastline to myself. Not a person was in sight. I was stoked! The water was calm, and my excitement was high. After throwing lures for about 20 minutes, I walked out to a point where I rarely go because it is not accessible when the water…

7 min.
hilo seawatch

Hilo Trollers Tournament Results The Hilo Trollers held their first tournament of the 2019 season on Sunday, April 7. The weather cooperated, and the ono and mahimahi bite was on! Nineteen boats ran, and 10 landed qualifying flag fish. More fish were boated, including a delicious but non-qualifying ‘aha. The Hilo Trollers only weigh in two fish per flag-fish category. The flag fish are ‘ahi, marlin, mahimahi and ono. No marlin were landed, but one was lost at boatside. No ‘ahi were landed, but it was still early in the season. Two nice-sized otaru (aku) were landed, and that is a good sign for the coming trolling season. The largest mahimahi was a beautiful 33.8-lb fish landed on the CLAIRE II by Capt. Matt Castro and crew. The largest ono, weighing 37 lbs,…

1 min.
100 years of surface poppers

1900s In 1898, Heddon carves and uses the first artifical bait. 1920s The Heddon Company makes the Lucky 13, a surface popper for freshwater bass. 1930s In the late 1930s, Fred Arbogast invents the Hula Popper, a popping bug for bass. 1940s In the early 1940s, Hosaka describes a surface popper he carved in Hawai‘i. 1950s The Heddon wooden Zara Spook and Dillinger are surface lures that moved back and forth. Otsuka makes weighted wooden poppers. 1960s The Molokai Special (Art Kikugawa), Warren Ackerman’s casting lure and the Rebel Winchester are weighted lures that can be cast beyond the reef. 1970s The Rebel Winchester and the Arbocast Scudder are larger, cup-faced surface-poppers. The Mirro-lure is popular. 1980s In the 1980s, Dunn-Rankin invents the PILI and MULI, resin cast lures with urethane floatation and cup faces. Ron Myaki’s…

8 min.
surface poppers - part 1: the origins

Top Water Lures Before 1980 Back in the 50s when I was fishing the oyster bars off Sarasota, Florida, the lure of choice for jack trevally and snook (rabalo) was the Zara Spook. The wooden Spook was a top water swimming lure that could “walk the dog.” That is, it could be made to dart back and forth across the line of retrieve. When I came to Hawai i in 1965 I brought a half dozen Zara Spooks with me. In Yap, Micronesia, I lost all the lures I had on two weekends. Omilu, ulua and white tip sharks made a picnic out of the Heddon Spooks. Offerings of Dillingers were stripped of their hooks. Rapala was a good lure but, it had to dive to wobble and to be effective.…

2 min.
ohana at the rocks

Change Your Luck with Some Patience and a Friend Before I landed these two fish, I hadn’t caught anything weighing more than 5 lbs since November of last year. Then I caught two fish within three days of each other. The first fish was a small ulua weighing 22.5 lbs. I caught it while whipping solo with a new Zenaq Duro 96HHH rod from Japan, which I hadn’t caught a fish with yet. The lure was a JBOMB made by Krazy Lures in Hawai‘i. I used a Shimano Twin Power 14000 reel and a self-made 130-lb test wind-on leader. Two days later, I went whipping with my friend Jesse Keohuhu. I was almost over it because we were a little too high up for the lures to work properly. I tied on a…