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Hawaii Fishing News February 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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1 min.
hawaii’s best seafood cookbook!

Novice cooks and gourmet seafood chefs will love the tempting simplicity of the more than three hundred recipes that are offered in “FRESH CATCH OF THE DAY… from the FISHWIFE.” An extensive array of Fishwife’s Tips will guide readers to success—from choosing fresh seafood, to safe handling and preparation, to innovative cooking in the kitchen and barbecuing and smoking seafood outdoors. This, the second work of author and “Fishwife” Shirley Rizzuto, spanned the last decade of the 20th century. As we enter the next millennium and increasing attention is given to healthy living for longer life, scientists and dietitians predict we will turn more and more to the oceans of the world for healthy eating. With this in mind, “FRESH CATCH OF THE DAY” will most certainly become a popular and necessary part…

2 min.
beauty & bounty for the holidays

On Christmas Eve 2019, my cousin Jason Palacol and I launched our kayaks at 5 a.m. at Paniau, Puako on the Big Island to do some fishing for pelagic fish. As we were setting up, Jason noticed that he forgot his fish finder at home. He said fishing without it is like fishing blind, so he went home to get his fish finder. An hour later, he returned with a big smile on his face, mounted his fish finder and we were off to start our day. At 9 a.m., Jason hooked and landed a 25-lb ono. The hunt continued. Hours passed, and the onshore winds made the ocean choppy. It was quiet, so we decided to try and catch some kalekale at one of Jason’s spots. Drop after drop, nothing –…

4 min.
january 1995 reprint: spinning oahu

Publisher’s Note: By reader request, HFN is reprinting this great article by Peter Dunn-Rankin from January 1995. Early one morning, I stood at the edge of the rock wall looking down on Hanauma Bay, O‘ahu. Small clouds of mullet, looking like iron filings clustering around a magnet, swarmed at the edge of the rocks. Suddenly, the dark, almost black, outline of a bluefin trevally swirled among the bait fish and caused them to scatter over the shallower part of the reef. This predator was large – I would say close to 15 lbs. It paused not 10 feet from shore and then darted to deeper water and moved toward the surfline farther out. Hanauma Bay became a state park in 1975, and since that time has been closed to fishing. But bait…

2 min.
100-plus club welcomes new members

The 2019 S. Tokunaga Challenge How rare is it to catch a 100-lb ulua? Just take a look at the HAWAII FISHING NEWS 100-Plus Club list. Over the past few years, an average of 10 100-plus-lb ulua were registered each year. That’s a very small number considering there are tens of thousands of ulua fishermen statewide. For most ulua fishermen, their lifetime dream is to catch an ulua weighing at least 100 lbs. Most ulua fishermen spend their entire fishing careers trying to land this elusive catch; few succeed. Many have stories of the one that got away. You can imagine how extremely rare it is to catch a 100-plus-lb ulua during an ulua tournament. The 16th Annual S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge was held on June 6 - 9 on Hawai‘i island. 2019 was…

1 min.
100-plus club annual update

***NEW 100 PLUS CLUB MEMBERS*** Joshua Kahookaulana 101.2 lbs March 2019 Hawai‘i Jordan Kilkenny…..124.5….June 2019…..Hawai‘i Ryan Vannatta………112.8….June 2019…..Hawai‘i Jeffrey Medeiros……111.1…. June 2019…..Hawai‘i Del Saldejeno………106…..October 2019…..O‘ahu Brad Perez………….103.7…..??? 2019………Hawai‘i Paitaka Mawae……117 lbs…October 2019.. Moloka‘i Pat Tsue's 2nd Ulua · 102.3-lb · June 2019 Danny Matsuura Three 100 Plus Ulua Catches Danny Matsuura · 100-lb · June 2019 Danny’s career of catching 100-plus-lb ulua spans four decades. His first was a 110-lb ulua in March 1986, on Maui. This was his third 100-lb ulua, caught in July 2019, on Maui. ALL STARS Club Members with 3 or More Albert Alejandro Kurtis Chong Kee Rody Dasalla William Desrasin Cale Fernandez S. Fujimoto Todd Hayashi Mel Hirayama Michael Ignacio, Sr. Kahana Itozaki George Ko Bernie Llanes Danny Matsuura Junior Palacat Josh Takayesu Robert Texeira Gilbert H. Waiau, Sr.…

1 min.
happy new year!

Greetings from the brother island of Guam! After a late start on New Year’s Day, Ed Wong and I headed out of the Agana Marina at 12:30 p.m. on Ed’s boat, the RB2. We worked the coastline for about an hour and a half with no bites. Ed and I have been fishing together for about five years, but we have been friends for about 25 years. We started by heading toward the No. 2 buoy. Ten minutes later, the stinger popped and the center reel started screaming. We looked back, thinking, “Big wahoo? Big mahi?” After the reel continued to scream for a few more seconds, we thought maybe it was a marlin. We watched, and all of a sudden the fish breached. I said, “Yes! We going have some…