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Hawaii Fishing News July 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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HAWAII FISHING NEWS STAFF EXECUTIVE PUBLISHER.............................Carrie Johnston FOUNDER ................................................ Chuck Johnston SENIOR EDITOR ............................................ Monica King PROOFREADER ......................................... Celia Tokahashi ADVERTISING/COUNTER SALES..... Ty DeCorte, Val Ortega PRODUCTION ARTISTS .......... Kim Ready, Stephanie Staton FISHY TOONS ..........................................Allen Tsukamoto ILLUSTRATOR ................................................. Leslie Hata THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS BOATUS.........................Heavier: Outboard Motors Catch Up GREGORY BROWN................................. Kayak DIY: Bait Tanks TY DECORTE......................... Field Test: TICA Fishing Tackle DLNR....................................................... DLNR Dispatches ROBERT DUERR...................................................... Splash! JAMIE HAMAMOTO................................................ Surface Poppers AMBER HUDNALL........................ Kona Charter Desk Report LARON KAGEYAMA........... 2019 S. Tokunaga Ulua Challenge JEFF KONN....................... It’s Oama Season Again; Surface Poppers LAKO MILLER.......................................................... Tail Tales SHELLY & RYAN MONTALBO...................................... Tail Tales BILLIE NAPOLEON................. Mid-Pac Students Learn About Fishing CRAIG SEVERANCE...................................... Hilo Seawatch TAOTASI ARCHIE SOLIAI.....................................................Mail Bouy CONOR SULLIVAN.....................................................Surface Poppers DONNELL TATE....................................... Lahaina Seawatch ALLEN TSUKAMOTO......................................Young Angler JOHN WILEY.... .........................Validation of Estimates for Akule GARRETT YAMAMOTO.....Celebrating the Kokua Tournament ASHLEY YOSHIMORI..Kauai’s Fishing for Charity Tournament…

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it’s oama season again

Like an alarm clock poised to go off, each summer Hawai‘i’s beaches and shorelines brace themselves for the annual “run” of the baby weke, or, as they are affectionately known in Hawai‘i, ‘oama. Measuring a mere a 4 to 5 inches long, these fingerling weke invade the inner shoreline by the hundreds, each of them of them hoping to uncover little morsels to eat. On any given summer day, you can expect to see groups of ‘oama fishermen with bamboo poles and red scoop nets in their hands. They stand in waist-high water and try to catch these elusive whiskered critters. But be forewarned, ‘oama are not easily caught. It takes a while to develop the “stroke” that lets youu lift them up one after another. Best advice for first-timers? Take…

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hooked a surprise

Cover Story Talk about a surprise fishing trip! We went out on our jet skis to try to catch ‘ahi, mahimahi, or ono and caught a 300-lb marlin instead. After no bites at our spot about 8 miles out, I decided to turn around and come in. That was when my pole started screaming. Thinking it was a big ‘ahi, I turned around and saw a marlin thrashing out of the water and up in the air. I thought, “Oh, no! This should be fun!” I turned off my jet ski and let the fish run a little while. Then I reeled in the line from my other pole so my lines didn’t tangle and set the drag tighter. Once the marlin stopped pulling line from my reel, I started fighting the big…

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is kayak fishing right for you?

Kayak fishing: Should you take it up or leave it to others? Many of us love to fish and we are always looking for new ways to bring home more fish. We want fish and we want it now! So we may try diving, shorecasting, or consider buying a boat. Shore fishing has its benefits. After the initial investment in gear, it doesn’t cost a lot. You can get up and go fishing anytime with very little forethought. Unfortunately, I’ve had very little success with shore fishing. I was not able to bring up the fish I sought, making me discouraged. After spending a lot of money on gear, it ended up collecting dust on my workbench shelf. On the other end of the spectrum is boat fishing. In addition to investing a…

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kayak diy: bait tanks

I am the Captain, owner, and guide at Drag Taker Fishing Charter, one of O‘ahu’s kayak fishing charters. When I bought my dream Hobie kayak, I knew my wife was not going to allow me to spend another cent on expensive accessories, so I had to get creative. I wanted a bait tank, but since I had a “low to no” budget, I began searching the internet for DIY bait tank ideas. In my initial design I tried using PVC bait tubes and while it was successful, there was one downfall: the drag that they created. After a long day on the water, the little tube proved to be a huge hassle, especially in swift currents. Heading back to the drawing board, I investigated more ideas for bait tanks. What I really wanted…

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hilo seawatch

Hilo Trollers May Tournament The Hilo Trollers held their second tournament of the season on Sunday, May 12. It was another safe and successful tournament with plenty of friendly competition. The water was flat, but the bite was a little slow. Twenty boats ran, and 11 brought in qualifying flag fish. Two ‘ahi and 13 ono came up. The largest fish overall and the largest ‘ahi was a 108.6-lb tuna landed on the FORCE 25 by Capt. Neal Nakagawa and crew. The second largest fish overall was a 47.5-lb ‘ahi landed on the HAUNANI K. by Capt. Ryan Watanabe and crew. The largest ono was a 37.2-lb fish landed on the HINALEA by Capt. Klee Spencer and crew. No marlin or qualifying mahimahi were landed. The gift certificate donated by S. Tokunaga Store…

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