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Hawaii Fishing News December 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.
maui mahi magic

A recent fun fishing trip with my friend Myles was a last minute thing. I had asked him to go a few days before and he thought he had to work. He called me that morning and said if we came in by 2 o’clock, he could go, so I threw my stuff in the boat and headed to the harbor. Five minutes into the troll we got this guy. The wind picked up soon after, so we headed in. Last ones out, first ones in with fish in the box... can’t complain! Last month, I went fishing with my daughter Aria while she was here on Fall break. We planned a trip to one of the buoys that takes four hours to get there. We get there and the mahis are everywhere!…

9 min.
fishing among ‘mountains’

At 4 a.m. one Friday morning, I woke up to my alarm. My truck was loaded, so I quickly and quietly gathered a few last-minute things and headed for the beach. I was hoping to fish with someone, but everybody was busy so I was on a solo mission. I arrived at the beach by 4:45 a.m. Mist was heavy in the air. I knew there was a swell coming in, but I wasn’t sure how big it would be. When I saw the mist, I could tell it was going to be big. I got down to the launch spot. High waves were washing up, and some people were hanging out in the dark. I watched the seas for a while and didn’t feel comfortable going out. I aborted the mission…

1 min.
headed in with 4 fish aboard and caught 2 more along the way

It was a good day. The winds were low, but there was a high-surf advisory. I went out west and met some friends for a day of kayaking, diving and fishing. We went to our normal spot for bait and got about eight pieces. We decided to paddle a little farther down the coast. I got about a few hundred feet before my spinner started screaming. I reeled in a kawakawa that had its tail shredded by a shark. I got the fish in the kayak, reset my lines and paddled a couple of hundred feet before my spinner got smashed by a small shibi, again on live bait. I set up the lines again. A couple of hundred feet more, and my conventional rig was hit by one more kawakawa. I…

7 min.
100-plus club

Before I tell my big-fish story, I’d like to thank the people I’ve fished with, met and talked story with over the last 35-plus years. Because there are so many–hundreds–I can’t mention them all by name, but I appreciate the positive interactions we’ve shared. I would like to mention a few people integral to my fishing endeavors. Of course, I have to mention Chuck Johnston and HAWAII FISHING NEWS. Without HFN, I never would have read about hundreds of hardcore and legendary ulua fishermen and other fishing people who over the years inspired me. I also probably never would have moved to the Big Island in ’84 with an obsession to fish, dive and camp, and I never would have made the 50,000-plus handmade hardwood lures that I’ve made over the…

5 min.
tagging & releasing ulua, just as rewarding

It was the weekend and one of our favorite moon phases, so my buddy Kimo Ah New and I came up with a last-minute plan to go ulua fishing. We got to one of our spots after dark and were surprised by how big the surf was that evening. I asked Kimo if he wanted to go to another spot or go home, but we decided to stay and chance it. We began setting up for slide-baiting and bait-casting. We had tako and eel for bait. We set up our IRW Slider rods with Newell reels loaded with 60-lb test mainline. One by one, we cast our lines and set up the rods in the lineup, making sure each line had enough clearance so the lines wouldn’t tangle. The tide was an…

5 min.
the tag it project grows

Since 2007, Pacific Islands Fisheries Group (PIFG) has been building the foundation of Tag It as a volunteer-based tagging project, similar to the once-popular statewide Division of Aquatic Resources’ Ulua Tagging Project. The goal is to utilize one tag across a number of species, thereby eliminating confusion caused by multiple projects. The “one-stop tag shop” concept hopes to streamline requests for tags and tag kits, data collection and tag-recovery monitoring. The data will be used by scientists to improve understanding of these species in order to provide the best management options available. History • 2007 through 2015: Deep Seven bottomfish tagging project volunteers tag more than 9,000 Deep Seven bottom fish. • 2012 through 2013: PIFG team members tag 3,000 ‘o‘io. • 2014 to present: ‘Ahi tagging (conventional and PSAT tagging) occurs. • 2016 to…