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Hawaii Fishing News October 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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5 min.
hawaii freedivers lead team america at world championships

This past August, six divers, four of whom are from Hawai‘i, proudly represented the United States at the 2019 CMAS World Championships of Freediving, held in Roatan, Honduras. This was the second consecutive year that the United States Freediving Federation participated in the world championships. Hawaii and other U.S. Divers have been participating in this competition for decades, diving under different club names. Team Captain Wins Bronze & 2019 Team America Sets New U.S. Records at Championships Competing with elite professional divers from 30 different countries, Team America placed seventh overall, and four of the six team members set new U.S. records. Daniel Koval, this year’s Team America captain, set a new national record and brought home a bronze medal in the Constant Weight Mono Fin Division after diving to a depth of…

1 min.
new maui speaker series: know your ocean

The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s first event of their new “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series” will be an inspiring presentation by Nainoa Thompson, a master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating who led Hokule‘a’s celebrated global “Malama Honua” (Care for Island Earth) voyage. When: Tuesday, Oct. 8. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Presentation at 6:00 pm. Where: At the historic ‘Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets: $10 to $20 with reserved seating. To purchase your ticket, please visit http://bit.ly/NainoaThompson. About Nainoa Thompson Nainoa Thompson is President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Inspired by his k‘puna (his teachers) he has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of voyaging. On long voyages, Nainoa came to appreciate the Hawaiian concept of “malama” (caretaking). “Our ancestors learned that if they took care of their canoe and…

8 min.
e ola ka ‘aina: paepae o he‘eia

This article is reprinted with permission from a new magazine: PMA, which stands for Positive Mental Attitude. <www.getthatpma.com> Paepae o He‘eia is a nonprofit entity that is working to repair and restore an early Hawaiian fishpond steeped in legend and lore. It was once the spiritual and political center of a complex society in the Ko‘olau Poko district of Windward O‘ahu. A strict kapu system was in place at the pond for generations. All who contributed to the fishpond’s function earned a right to its bounty. Gruesome executions and human sacrifice awaited those who broke bespoken laws. It’s been recently designated as part of NOAA’s National Estuary Research Reserve System. He‘eia Fishpond is a marvel of human ingenuity, cooperation and a living monument to a profound, native understanding of resource management and…

2 min.
finding the ku stone

In Hawaiian mythology, the builder of the first Hawaiian fishpond was Ku‘ula-kai, “Ku of the abundance of the sea,” a member of the Ku family of gods. In a culture that honored the earth’s abundance, fishponds symbolized the connection Hawaiians forged between themselves, the ‘aina (land) and the akua (gods). Shrines at fishponds honored Ku–god of war, fishing and canoe building–and his wife, Hina. Built at the eastern end of the pond, a Ku shrine was often an erect stone symbolizing the rising of the sun, procreation and the protection of the fish in the pond. A Hina shrine–a flat stone symbolizing the setting of the sun, growth and procreation–was placed at the western end of the pond. As a docent at Waikalua Loko I‘a fishpond located in Kane‘ohe Bay, I…

2 min.
field test: shorecasting rod accessories

For Spinning and Conventional Rigs, Freshwater or Saltwater Fishing! For years, Tony Lopez of Fishing Solutions produced small- and large-diameter bell holders for Hawai‘i’s anglers. These bell holders fit all sizes and brands of shoreline casting rods and alerted anglers of nibbles and strikes. Now Tony resides in Texas, and he has just released his new Bell Buddy for Hawai‘i’s anglers. The product’s intended purpose is to hold a light stick, which can visually signal early nibbling. I find this product very helpful. On one fishing outing, a school of jacks passed by and my rigs went down one at a time, with the bells ringing loudly. This attracted other fishermen from 100 yards away, and my spot was no longer my spot. Now I only put bells on my poles if…

5 min.
lahaina seawatch

Afternoon Surprise The START ME UP CUZ picked up an afternoon surprise blue marlin on a four-hour “combo” trip. Mason Sparks angled the 386-pounder. Mason was fishing with Capt. Steve Carroll and deckman Joel Cota. Steve began trolling as soon as they left the harbor and headed out to do some deep-water jigging on one of the underwater pinnacles off the north side of Kaho‘olawe. When Steve got to the area just inside the corner of “the Box,” Joel started to clear the trolling lures and switch over to jigs. There was one lure still in the water, a 5-inch plug. Working from the bridge rod holder, Steve cranked the lure in to about long-corner distance before he saw something come in and swat at it. As he looked back, he saw a…