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Hawaii Fishing News March 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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fishing for uku

After about a month of undesirable weather, one Saturday was forecast to be a good day on the water. It turned out that Saturday morning was terrible with a new 10-foot northeast swell and 30-knot winds till about 12:30 p.m. Then the wind was supposed to die out and I wanted to be in “the zone” when that happened. My buddy Dillen agreed to join me bright and early. We got to the point and couldn’t find any live bait, so I used some dead akule and a dead-bait rig I’d made. After a few drops, I started getting bites. Then it happened: Dillen tangled his whole Sabiki rig in my braid. While we were untangling the lines, Dillen said, “Hey, you have a fish on!” I told him to cut his…

2 min.
rainy day leads to one big ulua!

My friend Rob invited me out to dive on January 12 after a string of rainy days. Conditions didn’t seem awesome, but my wife said I should go, so I figured, why not? As I drove out to the west side, it was raining. It stopped for a bit, but right when we got to Wai‘anae Harbor, it started raining more. It seemed like it wasn’t going to be a good weather day but any day on the water is worth it, so we went for it. We decided to do a few drift dives near Ka‘ena Point. On one of the drifts, I spotted an ulua between two rocky ledges at about 45 feet. I dropped down on top of one of the ledges, crept up to the edge and…

2 min.
bow fishing for ‘omilu

I made another awesome catch with my Gearhead T20 Bow rigged for bow fishing. With a 70-lb draw weight, it is extreme overkill for fishing. There was a strong wind advisory for Maui, which made it hard to decide what to do. I knew that there wasn’t a great tide for bow fishing, but I decided to take my chances. I saw a few nice-sized uhu just out of range. My Maui Jim Sport Edition sunglasses make spotting fish easy. The waves were big, but certain areas with the protection of high cliffs were calm. I walked for five hours, losing hope as I neared my destination. Then I spotted a school of eight ‘omilu swimming around the point toward me. I followed them until they came into a small area near…

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helicopter fishing for ghost nets in hawaii

KAHULUI, Maui — The heat from the helicopter radiated off the ocean surface as Go Fly Maui pilot Nick Moran hovered in position over a roughly 400-lb “ghost net.” Leaning out of the doorless aircraft, Campbell Farrell yanked on a steel cable to hook a hefty GPS tracker to the blob of abandoned fishing gear. As this scene unfolded earlier this month off the southwest shore of Maui, a curious tiger shark swam away and tour boats shuttled visitors in for a closer look at the humpback whales and calves spouting nearby. Farrell, executive director of the ocean stewardship nonprofit Love The Sea, snagged the net on a second pass and detached the line. With the beacon transmitting its precise location, the helicopter returned to Kahului. A satisfying end to a nearly three-hour…

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larval fish are eating our trash

A new study on the Pacific Ocean’s floating trash indicates not only a significant accumulation of microplastics in the Hawaiian Islands, but also that larval fish are eating the debris. The research, conducted in partnership with Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Center for Marine Debris Research (CMDR), centered on waters off the Kona coastline of Hawai‘i island. The area is found to accumulate microplastic pollution at a rate higher than the North Pacific Garbage Patch itself, and the larval fish living in this nursery habitat are eating the trash that surrounds them. The findings were published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sampled surface waters near West Hawai‘i using plankton tows with the intention of learning about the larval fish community in…