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Hawaii Fishing News August 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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3 min.
chasing ulua - good gear and the social media evolution

The social media age has allowed me to learn from the past and the international G.T. (giant trevally) community. The history of fishermen chasing papio and ulua in Hawai‘i is unbelievable. It is fascinating to see the gear used in the early days, including big reels with 30- or 40-lb test line, 12-foot surf rods and 4- to 5-oz resin or wood lures. My desire to chase ulua came from watching Hari Kojima and friends on “Let’s Go Fishing” getting spooled in Fiji, and Mike Sakamoto casting into the surf off of Ni‘ihau. There was one huge difference—I wanted the same action, but from shore! In 1992, when I was in high school, I tried to catch a G.T. I saved my money and bought a stiff 11-foot surf rod and a…

1 min.
hawai‘i’s ultimate 100+ lb ulua challenge

Here are the rules: 1. The event is open to all main Hawaiian island anglers. 2. Shoreline casting only is allowed. 3. You must use an artificial lure-no real bait. 4. You must use barbless hooks only. 5. You cannot gaff the ulua. 6. You must revive the ulua in a tide pool and take length measurements. 7. Qualifying ulua must be greater than 56 inches long from nose to tail fork. 8. Video footage is required (see below for footage requirements). 9. All videos should be submitted to me, Max Renigado, and made public. 10. The first clean video meeting all of the requirements wins the reel! Video Requirements: 1. The video must show the landing of the ulua into a tide pool. 2. You must include a close-up of the lure being removed from the jaws of the ulua Show barbless…

9 min.
cover stories: ulua fever in hawaii

More than a Dream It was always a dream of mine to catch an ulua. Once, I caught my first two uluas that were 14 and 19 pounds. I was focused on catching a 50-plus pounder. That dream came true in July, after I tested out a new Kaku lure. After 4 throws I got a bite and the fight was on. After a 30 minute fight and coaching from Dwayne Higashi, we managed to land this 54-lb ulua. I guess dreams do come true! . . . Kaizen Castillo Kekaha, Kaua‘i 100+ at South Point This was my first time on a one-night South Point trip with the HONEY crew–Capt. Cyrus, Gabe Hoover and Cory Fults. My dad, Dean Lemman, has made the trip a couple of times, and every time he comes back…

3 min.
are your hooks sharp enough?

A hook taken right out of the box is not sharp enough to fish with. That may not be true if you’re using the new Lazer Sharp hooks, but in general, most hooks you buy could use a little sharpening. A dull hook won’t provide good penetration. The best way to check a hook for sharpness is the “thumbnail test.” Place the hook point on your thumbnail, press down lightly, and try to slide the hook to the side. If the hook sticks, it’s sharp. If it slides, it should be sharpened or replaced. I always carry a hook sharpener in my tacklebox. Just a few swipes of the sharpener along the hook point, and the hook is ready to catch fish. Barbless Hooks Barbless hooks penetrate better. It’s easier to remove a fish…

1 min.
string-and-snatch method

Big hooks generally require local anesthesia to numb the area so that a lot of wiggling and prodding can be done. So, when you’ve got a marlin or tuna hook stuck in you, plan to visit a doctor for anesthesia, removal, a course of antibiotics, probably a tetanus shot and a good scolding. The string-and-snatch is quick, like yanking out a loose baby tooth. You can master it by following the directions shown in the diagram and described here. 1. Make a loop from about 20 inches of fishing line of 30-lb test or more. Cut the leader off the hook, and slip the loop past the eye end of the hook. 2. Slide the loop back along the hook until it is in the eye. The pressure helps stretch open the hook…

4 min.
mister ulua

We sometimes hear stories about legendary fishermen who have caught tons of huge fish. We fishermen idolize these people in hopes of one day becoming just as successful. I grew up hearing my dad tell me stories about “Mr. Ulua,” a man who would catch more than 50 ulua in a year, totaling well over 1,000 lbs. He was the man I looked up to and wanted to learn from. In 1991, an article in HAWAII FISHING NEWS featured Mr. Ulua. As I recall, he maintained that he had no secret, “just plain hustle and dedication to the sport of fishing.” I always felt there was more to this claim. My goal was to find out what made Mr. Ulua so successful fishing on O‘ahu, the island most people claim has…