April 21, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui


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Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor. The fishing continues to be productive on the leeward side of Maui. This past week featured a 700 lb. blue marlin as well as a couple more blue marlin that were tagged and released. There were also several striped marlin and shortbill spearfish caught. Of course, there were even more billfish that got away. Additionally, the onos have been trickling into Lahaina Harbor and the mahi bite has been good. The mahis are currently biting both inshore and offshore so fish can be caught even on short trips. If there are any questions about the fishing, feel free to call Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time or email [email protected]. The report below contains some of Start Me Up’s recent anglers and their catch.

Ursus Kapule, from the island of Molokai, caught the fish of a lifetime. Ursus hooked his 700.5 lb. blue marlin on a Bomboy lure while trolling one mile outside of LA buoy. The fish ripped out 800 yards of line on its initial run but Ursus was able to gain back most of this deficit in a short time. However, Ursus really had to work to gain back the last 150 yards of line while following the fish in slow clockwise circles. An hour and ten minutes after the strike, Ursus secured his catch. In accordance with Start Me Up’s policy for fish over 500 lbs., Ursus’s trip was free and a 300 dollar donation was made to a local charity, which in this case was A Keiki’s Dream. Congratulations to Ursus on an outstanding catch.

Corey Guild caught a nice 51 lb. ulua while trolling in shallow water off the Lanai lighthouse. Corey’s fish is the second biggest ulua of 2011, coming in only one pound shy of the top spot. The top spot is currently held by a 52 lb. ulua caught by Start Me Up earlier this month off Molokai.

Sam Naylor will remember his fishing trip for a long time. The experience will be memorable for Sam because he tagged and released an estimated 250 lb. blue marlin after a 30 minute battle. Way to go Sam!

Tracy and Adam Daniels have had several productive days of fishing with Start Me Up over the past couple of weeks. On this trip, they caught two nice cow mahis that weighed in at 22 and 24 lbs. Both fish were caught trolling off of Manele Bay, Lanai.

Marty Murray had the privilege of catching a shortbill spearfish, which he chose to release. Although shortbill spearfish are relatively abundant in Hawaii, they are considered to be the most elusive billfish species in the world.

John Rosenthal’s mahi mahi was the first fish that he had ever caught off of Maui. John was excited about his catch, but he was really looking forward to the evening barbeque and eating his mahi.

Matt Comiezee and his wife had a good time bottom fishing and ended up with a bunch of nabeta and a nice uku. Like most snappers, ukus make excellent table fare. Nabeta are also good to eat and have even been compared to lobster or shrimp, probably because nabeta eat the crustaceans with which they cohabitate in sandy areas.

Roy and Susie Carroway joined up with Bubba and Rachelle Nevills for a short morning trip. The anglers took advantage of the inside bite, going three for three on mahis without getting too far from Lahaina Harbor. As can be seen in this photo, Start Me Up recently added a swiveling awning to the fish cutting and display area. The awning rotates to provide shade all day and keep the fish cutting and display area cool. Cutting fish is a much easier task out of the hot sun. Additionally, a cooler cutting area can only improve the quality of the fish.

This ono used its razor sharp teeth to demolish a lure. Thankfully, the ono also bit the hooks and Braden Bower was able to bring the fish to the boat to ensure punishment for ruining the skirts on the lucky lure. Good job Braden!

This mahi grabbed the Ahi P lure running in the short rigger position. When the fish bit, Samuel Dadcie sprung into action and ended up boating his mahi.

These returning Start Me Up anglers had an eventful morning. Taylor Green caught a striped marlin and Mike Soper landed a mahi. Mark Owen also enjoyed some action although his blue marlin did not cooperate and ended up getting away.

Thoeron and Denise Soroka were happy to catch a nice shortbill spearfish while trolling the 100 fathom ledge off of Lanai.

This group of anglers missed two marlin bites. The anglers made up for the missed opportunities when they came across a pile of floating debris and caught this nice stringer of mahis.

Like many siblings, the Johnson brothers don’t always work together. Nevertheless, Cooper and Blake teamed up to catch this bull mahi while working the area off Olowalu known as the dump.

This mahi came streaking into the pattern and bit a lure for Tom Mohs. Tom proved himself as a great angler and landed the fish. Tom was happy with both his performance and his mahi. Tom’s family was excited as well.

The brother and sister team of Christopher and Megan Johnson took care of business when this kawakawa ate a four inch jet. Kawakawa, also known as wavy back tuna, are often prepared as sashimi.

Jeff Bitner’s mahi was also unable to resist a jet. Although chrome jets are relatively simple lures, they are effective for targeting a variety of game fish.

Matt Bouquet and Dan Marek landed a pair of nice mahis while fishing the Manele Bay area of Lanai.

The area surrounding the shoals of Kahoolawe produced some fish for Tom Wilcox and Jason Mattson. Tom caught a striped marlin and Jason landed a mahi. In addition, the anglers tagged and released a blue marlin.

Mahi mahis have been biting relatively close to Lahaina Harbor. Riley Hudeck took advantage of this trend to catch his mahi on a short trip.

Jim Farmer and Mike Hudson followed the ledge running from LA buoy to Manele Bay, Lanai. The ledge yielded a couple of mahis for Jim and Mike.

As Sam Hicks can verify, there have been some nice mahis around. Sam joined the club of lucky anglers who have caught a nice bull mahi.

Maximo and Clinton Allen chose to stay near Lahaina Harbor on their four hour trip. Maximo and Clinton went a few miles south to Olowalu, where they each landed a mahi.

Alan Bradley caught his mahi on a lawn chair jet in the area known as fatboys near the shoals of Kahoolawe. The lawn chair jet was part of the spread due to anticipation of onos being on the shoals. Skirting a jet with lawn chair material prevents onos from destroying the lure without sacrificing the lure’s ability to catch fish.

Laurie Asay followed up her wedding by going out and catching a nice bull mahi the very next day.

Jude and Myles Sander had a fun fishing trip. Jude boated a mahi and Myles landed a nice ono. That’s definitely an impressive catch for Jude and Myles.

Part of John Reed’s eventful fishing trip involved tagging and releasing a shortbill spearfish.

In addition to tagging and releasing a shortbill spearfish, John Reed boated a mahi. John was joined by Richard Browser, who also landed a mahi. The anglers also hooked a blue marlin that got away while fishing the deep water behind Kahoolawe.

Deryle Matthews, Barbara Steiger, Rich Campana, John Kepler, and David and Roxanne Hardy found a pile of floating debris. The debris was holding fish and the anglers capitalized on the opportunity, hauling in quite a few mahis and onos.

Thanks for checking out yet another Start Me Up fishing report. Any questions can be directed towards Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time. Another option is to email [email protected]. Until the next report, tight lines.


Blue Ice

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Apr 2, 2010
Big B
2670 Glacier Bay "Maddie Girl"

Nice constant action. Looks like Molokai has some good Ulua action this year so far!

Big B


I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 10, 2007
46, Bertram, Deep Blue
Nice going guys, lots of happy faces!

Tight lines,


Registered User
Sep 20, 2007
32' Blackfin "Kai Nana"
Jonny and the SMU team,

Another banner session, good goin' on the fish and more importantly the happy customers.



Master of Nothing
Apr 24, 2003
San Diego
That Guy
31' Innovator
Nice work SMU.

That marlin is a big girl.


Nov 6, 2008
the fishing looks good over there looks like the boys at start me up know how to catch them plan to be there soon.


I've posted enough I should edit this section
Feb 16, 2010
Ewa Beach
22 ft Islander
That 700 lb marin is a gorilla! The action looks to be picking up. That's a good sign.

Those nabeta sure look tasty...crisp fried and served over hot rice...winner!