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Hawaii Fishing News

Hawaii Fishing News January 2020

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.
the tourists got a show and i got a 30-lb ulua!

Cover Story Man, I felt stupid. Every person walking in or out of the parking lot was carrying a surfboard. A southeast swell had the waves pumping at the beach park, and I was the only lolo walking around with a 10½-foot Daiwa Salt Pro surf rod. Regardless, I readied my gear and made my way toward my spot. Once I was able to see my favorite rocks, I noticed that waves were crashing over the top of them. There was no way I could safely fish where I wanted. I considered scrapping the whole trip, but I had a couple of hours to kill while my wife and kids worked a road race. I decided to hike in to a sandy area. I walked across the lava path. As I crested the…

7 min.
1994 reprint: slide-bait fishing tech talk - part 2, fishing for the big ones

In Part I of this series on slide-bait fishing, we looked at what many fishermen consider to be the most important factor in determining when a strike will occur-the tide. During the hours closest to the high tide and the low tide, the probability of getting an ulua strike appears to be the greatest. This month we’ll ask the question that has always been a subject of serious debate: When is the best time to fish for a big ulua? What seems to be a relatively straightforward question, at first, turns out to be one that encompasses several different areas of consideration and has a complex answer. Finding the answer to the question begins with asking another question: Do you intend to fish in deep water or shallow water? There are…

4 min.
planning for each adventure

As fishermen, we really try to be prepared for the adventure ahead, whether it is a day shore casting at the beach or dunking in a lake, or an interisland fishing trip on a fishing boat. We really don’t want to find ourselves unprepared, so we spend a lot of time trying to think of everything. A kayak fisherman friend called to let me know that he had spent an entire day setting up his kayak fishing gear for a fishing trip off the cliffs of Laupahoehoe. He had special hook rigs and baits, as well as two poles, two different shark repellents and even a specially designed pocketknife. His cell phone was safe in a Ziploc bag and another bag held his favorite sandwich. The following dawn he set everything…

2 min.
tug-of-war with 107-lb sailfish

I was on the water by 5:30 a.m. to catch akule and hahalalu for bait during the first half-hour of my outing. Afterward, I headed farther out to catch ‘opelu as my primary baits. I always like to make sure I have enough bait for the morning. The water was a bit rough due to high surf. Small-craft advisories were posted. I managed to catch some ‘opelu, although it took longer than I wanted. As the sun rose over Mauna Kea, I pedaled out to deeper water on my Hobie Revolution Kayak. I dropped my first bait in about 150 feet of water, and it was mauled by an ‘aha. I went out farther and dropped my second bait, a 4-to 5-inch hahalalu, in about 200 feet of water but had no…

1 min.
109-lb sailfish on a 30-lb leader!

I got a late start one Saturday morning and didn’t get to the harbor till about 8:30 a.m. After launching my jet ski, I headed out toward my spot to try to pick up some bait using Campania Lures Bloodworms. I managed to pick up five ‘opelu and went out to try my luck getting some uku. As I was heading to my spot, I noticed that something was chasing a bunch of ‘aha. I thought to myself, “There must be something pretty big chasing them around.” So I quickly sent out one of my baits on my 8500 spinning reel. After losing three baits, I sent out a fourth one. Bango! Fish on! The fish started jumping right away, and I saw it was a sailfish! I was shocked by what…

7 min.
lure legend: peter dunn-rankin

Pete was born on November 16, 1929, and spent his childhood with his brothers, Derek and Jonathan, and friend Larry Fuller exploring fishing grounds in Miami, Sarasota and Winter Park, Florida. He became a naval officer and served at the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit in Port Townsend, Washington, where he invented an “efficient installation of deep-water magnetic indicator loops to detect enemy ships and submarines.” According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser obituary, in 1964 Dr. Dunn-Rankin moved to O‘ahu with wife, Pat, and their three children for a professorship at the University of Hawai‘i where he worked for 40 years. In Hawai‘i, Pete’s passion for fishing resurfaced. He took numerous fishing adventures (highlighted in HFN) to the Hawaiian and Micronesian islands. His fishing trip buddy was friend Jeff Kohn. Inspired by these experiences, Pete…