2019 Ahi Shootout

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  1. blufin10

    blufin10 TightLines666

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    582423352.jpg We moved Bob's Cabo35 from Pearl Harbor to Koolina Marina on Wednesday and prefished in anticipation of this year's Ahi Shootout.

    We caught 1-117lb Yellowfin Tuna.

    Our team consisting of Bob, his son Jamie, Jay, Auston, Chris, and myself met at the boat Friday after work. We attended the captain's meeting and went back to Koolina to prep the boat, gear, and baits. After about 2hrs of sleep, we woke up and headed out around 0330hrs.

    After checking in, and getting inspected all boats (150 registered) got underway at 0530hrs. We ran a large ballyhoo way back on the center, naked-rigged mackrels on the long riggers, marlin lures on the short riggers, and left corner, and a ballyhoo/islander on a right planer.

    We ran north and got lines set at 0615hrs, 4nm shy of CO bouy. Found a few birds working CO but no bites. Trolled the 1500fa on a downwind run and around 0810 the left long popped, then the right long came tight. Fish ran about 400yards off and stayed deep. He was on a 130st running 32lbs at a full spool, and I fought him from the corner shotgun holder for about an hour before he came to the surface. I thought the fish might have been a contender Ahi the way he behaved, but was surprised to see a Blue Marlin fowl hooked below the dorsal fin surface alongside the boat. We gaffed him and continued trolling the area.

    Around 0930hrs, a few miles south, a violent splash errupted on the long center. The fish dove deep and ran about 350 yards before settling down. I fought the fish the same way, and a 98lb Yellowfin Tuna was brought to gaff about 30 minutes later. We worked the arra for several hours, then back to CO.

    We ran ibto a group of Mahi that didn't want to bite near the bouy, and worked way south before heading inside. The rest of the day was uneventful with stop fishing at 4 pm. We weighed the fish at 426pm, ran back to the marina, and celebrated at the dock for a few hours.

    We took first place in the Marlin catagory of the 2019 Ahi Shootout with a Blue weighing 185lbs.

    We also landed the 10th largest Ahi.

    The 55 of 150 boats that participated weighed 67 fish including: 27 Ahi, 21 Marlin, 8 Ono, 5 Mahi, & 6 Aku.

    Great way to spend a Saturday.

    John

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  2. blufin10

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  4. KIWI808

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    I was the guy on the winch who hoisted your fish out.
    Congratulations !
     
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  5. Free Bill

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    Trolling ballyhoos has also been a game changer for me. Too bad these people don’t realize how great they are. They should be easy as can be to find and buy out here. I have mine flown in by friends.
     
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    Good going, John, Bob, Jamie, Jay, Austin, and Chris! That $3000 for the largest marlin will cover the $400 entry fee and gas and maybe even some of the celebration that night back at the dock. That big shibi should provide some good sashimi too!
    :cheers:
     
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    Nice day late dollar short got a 162 GG ahi at ii today
     
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    These People? Seriously what is wrong with you? You make comments about Karma and a hook in a fisherman? Another Haole here emarassed by you!
     
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    Capt Bob, John and the rest of the crew,
    Good goin', solid day considering the overall catch... Congrats.

    Cheers
    Pat
     
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    Good goin' and ouch.
     
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    congrats, nice work!
     
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    Congrats and very impressive catch! We were out there and landed a 102# on a strawberry 9" out at the pinnacle beyond CO, also saw a nice school of mahi in a birdpile nearby that came up and eyed us down but wouldn't bite. Didn't place but successful day on the water. How fast can you troll your dead bait rigs? I've always had issues with them breaking apart on outriggers or cannonballs. Would love some tips on this!
     
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    Talking about the tackle shops around here. Relax man.
     
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  14. blufin10

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    Thanks for your help eith our fish, and all of the hard work you and they other folks put in to make this tournament another success!
     
  15. blufin10

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    That must have been you working the Mahis alongside us. You guys looked like a well oiled machine with the quick reaction to bait the school. Sometimes they just don't want to bite.

    Nice work on the Ahi!

    John
     
  16. blufin10

    blufin10 TightLines666

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    Nice fish regardless!

    Fishing has been a bit spotty out west this year.
     
  17. blufin10

    blufin10 TightLines666

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    I too have friends fly in a case or a case and a half 2-3×s/year, and have ran some local caught baits on ocassion.

    I would like to see them become more available locally, and have put a few shops in touch with baitmasters. Hopefully someone will start bringing them in on the regular. Shipping coats, logistics, and storage issues might be cutting down the profitability a bit too much for shops.

    I am remaining hopeful here.
     
  18. blufin10

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    We troll from 6.5-8knots. Heavier chin weights, running baits further back, or calmer conditions allow you to troll faster. The mackrel spent alot of time skipping on the surface then diving and swimming when we were in rougher water. In calm water they stayed down.

    The marlin don't mind skipping dead baits.

    John
     
  19. Adamlynam23

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    Saw u guys hooting at the dock when they called it. pretty work. Fun weekend for sure ! No results posted anywhere? We weighed a 113 ahi.
     
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    John and crew, congrats on a great day of fishing and placing first in the marlin catagory! The “shibi” was an nice added plus!
     
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