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Hawaii Fishing News

Hawaii Fishing News September 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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6 min
ohana helping ohana

Cover Story: Fishing Fever Aloha. My friend Tita Peleiholani and I first started flagline fishing with my brother Kalapana. He’s a great fisherman. He and some other fisherman gave us tips along the way. As with anything, we had to learn from our mistakes. Over time, we got better and better. When Kalapana was busy, just the two of us wahine would go. We have journeyman construction jobs, so we’re often traveling. When we do come home, we usually fish every chance we get. This summer, we decided to take the season off to spend more time with the ‘ohana and get our fishing fever on. Thank God we did take the summer off, because we got bent! Monster ‘Ahi from Shore! During one of our trips Tita Peleiholani reeled in this huge 192-Ib…

7 min
hilo seawatch

Hilo Trollers July Tournament Results The Hilo Trollers held a safe and successful offshore fishing tournament on Sunday, July 7. The weather forecast was iffy, but the conditions did not warrant small-craft advisories. Fifteen boats were entered. Three marlin were landed, but only one qualified with a minimum weight of 100-lbs. The JOANIE ANN with Capt. Rawen Peltier and crew landed a 109.6-lb marlin, the largest fish of the tournament. The JOANIE ANN has landed all four flag fish this season, and Capt. Rawen is in the lead for the Fisherman of the Year Award. The largest ‘ahi and second largest fish overall was a 107.8-pounder landed on the CLAIRE II by Capt. Matt Castro and crew. The largest ono weighed 38.3 lbs and was landed on the LAURIE MARIE 7 by Capt.…

4 min
best baits for kayak fishers

Success in kayak fishing often comes down to having the right gear. When you start out, you’ll probably visit fishing store after fishing store, looking for the right kind of tackle from fishing poles to plastic baits and trolling baits. If you want to catch pelagic fish, then you’ll want to catch ‘opelu to use as bait. Think about it this way: is there a food that you just can’t resist and you just can’t get enough of? To pelagic fish, ‘opelu are that food. Like most beginners, I used to troll lures before I honed my ‘opelu-catching skills, but I just caught a whole lot of fish I didn’t want like barracuda and aha. Now I would rather head in and call it a day than use one of those trolling…

2 min
big island baits

I started Big Island Baits in December 2014 because I wanted to create original, durable and effective soft plastic baits. My wife and I are a two-person production team. We have two daughters, ages 9 and 11, that helped us name a couple of colors. They’d like to help out more when they get older. We make the baits in our living/dining room and on the lana‘i. We’d like to get our own workshop one day. Some days, I work 12 to 14 hours. There are weeks that I work 80-plus hours; but I really love what I do, and I take a lot of pride in my work. There are days that my work doesn’t feel like a job, and other days that have me pulling out my hair! We use…

1 min
difficult to shoot - delicious to eat!

Uhu (parrotfish) are one of the more difficult fish to shoot, but with the right gear, nothing is impossible. I’m more than grateful to have a gun like the JBL Reaper Series Spear Gun and a comfortable, warm wetsuit like the Hammerhead. These pieces of gear have been helping me to provide food for my family and friends. Uhu may be a difficult fish to shoot, but I can guarantee you it’s one of the yummiest fish to eat. Before I bake uhu, I like to put olive oil around the pan to prevent any burnt meat. To season the fish, I use mayonnaise, garlic, a bit of ginger and, of course, Hawaiian salt and pepper. I also like to add a little onion, tomato, lap-xuong (Chinese-style sausage) and my favorite…

5 min
albatross on the boat

NALU KEA is a very cool boat, the last haole sampan of its kind made in Hawai‘i. I get calls and letters from lots of people who remember and yearn for the experience of fishing on the beautiful old sampan hulls. This is the account of one such guy, George Mills, who in the late ’70s traveled here from Washington for another sweet lick at the lollipop. The experience of big-game fishing is both unique and complicated. It is an odd hybrid of individual achievement and teamwork. In Kona, there is always the shadowing presence of the world’s most violent creature, the Pacific blue marlin. The truth is that we are not designed to be on the sea. We are the oddball creatures of nature, hanging out in the forests, yet drawn…