April 9, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui


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Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor. The weather is almost always nice on Maui, but over the past week there have been some days with particularly light winds. The Start Me Up boats took advantage of the especially mild weather to head north out of Lahaina Harbor and fish off of Molokai. Molokai produced quite a few mahis, some onos, and even a nice ulua. Fishing in the lee of Haleakala as usual also resulted in productive fishing. In addition to mahis, onos, and tunas, the leeward waters of Maui yielded the three main types of billfish caught in Hawaii. Overall, this past week’s fishing was good. If there are any questions, 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 photos below depict some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the past week.

Mavia Sale and Byron Peddle came across some fish while trolling the ledge between Kahoolawe and Lanai. They ended up boating four mahis, including a couple of nice ones. Tagging and releasing a shortbill spearfish was just icing on the cake.

This group of Farm Bureau Insurance agents took some time away from the insurance business to go fishing. Fishing turned into catching at the FAD buoys, where the insurance agents showed off their fishing skills by racking up this pile of mahis.

Wade and Jake Iskander did not intend to let their fish get away. They immediately sprung into action when this nice cow mahi raced in on the short rigger. Not long afterwards, Wade and Jake were successful in getting their fish on the boat.

The final result was three for three with all of the Nordwell family getting in on the action. The Nordwells caught their mahis off some floating debris that had attracted a few fish. The mahis did not attack lures right away so the tactic was changed and bait came out of the cooler. The mahis were not able to resist this second offering, demonstrating that preparation and versatility can really make a difference.

Fishing truly is an activity that everyone can enjoy, as anglers of varying ages went out and found some fish together on this trip. Ben Hester and Zia Saylor each caught a mahi while Mike Hester caught an ono with the help of Corey Boch. All of the fish were hooked in the area off Olowalu known as the dump.

Zia Saylor teamed up with her dad to catch this mahi. The mahi was almost as long as Zia is tall, making the fish a great catch for Zia.

Lady luck prevailed once again as Melissa Veneracion and Lindsay Wall took advantage of their ono bites while fishing an area off Molokai known as blue roof.

Trolling the inside at blue roof in search of ono produced a 52 lb. ulua for Jesse Hoge. The boat was making a shallow pass in ten fathoms when a fish came up and missed the long rigger. The long gone took off screaming moments later when this ulua hit a four inch KK Pono lure running on a 30 lb. class rod and reel. Using this relatively light tackle, Jesse got the fish to the boat in 15 minutes. Uluas are not the most common fish to catch while trolling, but they sure are fun to catch when they do bite. Congratulations to Jesse on a nice fish.

The Shaw party took advantage of light winds to go north out of Lahaina Harbor and head up to Moku Ho’oniki Rock off Molokai. The spot, better known simply as “the rock”, yielded a couple of mahis for the Shaws even though several fish got away.

Trolling the rock resulted in a mixed bag for Mark Linscotte and Jules and Carla Hamel. The anglers caught two mahis, an ono, and a kawa kawa.

Ryan Stolber and his mom spent some time together on the water and caught a fish. Their mahi went from hitting the short rigger lure to hitting the barbeque.

The McMahon family enjoyed some bottom fishing action and then decided to go on the troll. They were pleasantly surprised when this mahi showed up behind the long corner and were even happier when the fish ended up on the boat.

Zach Lowe watched his older brother Ethan catch a mahi. Not wanting to be left out, Zach proceeded to catch his own mahi.

Gary Merrill and Alan McKenzie were fortunate enough fish the north shore of Mokolai and get a first-hand glimpse of the stunning scenery. They even caught a couple of mahis, although they did miss several more.

The Lee party finished their trip with three onos, two tunas, and one mahi. All of the fish were caught on the troll. Unfortunately, trolling did not produce the billfish that they needed for a clean sweep. Despite narrowly missing the clean sweep, the anglers were completely satisfied with their catch.

Catching an ono was a new experience for Angie Houseworth. Angie was amazed at how hard these saltwater fish can fight.

As returning anglers, Kelley Wood, Shane Hudson, and Tracy and Adam Daniels cannot get enough of sportfishing on Maui. This time they caught three nice onos, including one that weighed in at 35 lbs.

Vince Garcia caught his shibi while trolling across the channel to fish Molokai. Fish such as Vince’s are often caught while trolling to targeted fishing destinations.

The Buehlers and Hougans traveled to Maui together and even went fishing together. They finished their trip with a pair of mahis that were perfect for the grill.

Daniel Werman landed an afternoon mahi at the inside pinnacle called secret spot. Daniel enjoyed his first sportfishing trip on Maui and is now ready for a blue marlin.

Greg Behunin and his wife Jessica got lucky and hooked a nice blue marlin on a Maui Fishin lure. To be more specific, the lure was a small blue bullet known by most of Team Start Me Up as “little boy blue.” Greg fought and landed his 253.3 lb. blue marlin on a standup 50 lb. class rod and reel. Catching a hefty blue marlin on light standup gear is quite an accomplishment.

Reilly Trahan, Janice Lambert, and their friends caught a pair of onos while trolling the slides behind Lanai. The bite was very exciting as both onos hit at the exact same time.

Joe and Tiffany Nelson hooked a nice striped marlin. Throughout the fight, Joe could not help but appreciate the fish’s brilliant colors. The striped marlin turned out to be Joe’s first tropical fish.

Friends Barney Bjermeland and Gary Ducommun went out on Start Me Up’s early trip and caught six mahis, four of which had some size. Three of the fish were caught on live bait at SO buoy and the others were caught on the troll. Barney and Gary are avid fishermen and are going out tomorrow to try their luck again.

Thanks for taking a look at this Start Me Up fishing report. Any potential questions can be directed toward Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time. An alternative is to email [email protected]. Until the next report, tight lines.



Registered User
Sep 20, 2007
32' Blackfin "Kai Nana"
Jonny and the SMU Team,
Looks like some steady action way to go! 50's were intended to be used on all fish less than 500; good fun.


I hate seals

Aug 24, 2004
Bryan Z
36' Hatteras
Nice scores, looks like the Mahi are bitin. Oh yeah, and in before the why did you kill the little billfish posts. :)


I've posted enough I should edit this section
Feb 16, 2010
Ewa Beach
22 ft Islander
Good going, Lee! You guys consistently find the action out there.

Morris Lures

Feb 17, 2010
Mililani, Hawaii
Good going Jonny but what i really like is that fat Ulua. Thats some mean sashimi right there.

Blue Ice

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Apr 2, 2010
Big B
2670 Glacier Bay "Maddie Girl"
Looks like you guys need to have a "Mahi Fever" tournament in April over there next year....wow what a great week you guys had.

Big B