August 13, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii

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  1. Startmeup

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    Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. The blue marlin are still around, but the bite has started to taper off. However, the marlin bite could easily pick back up again because there are still plenty of small tunas all over the place. The slower marlin bite has been offset by the fact that the buoys are holding mahis more consistently. The ono bite remains the same as a few are put in the fish bag every now and then. 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. Another way to contact Deli is via email at [email protected]. The following report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the last few days of July and the beginning part of August.

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    Zac Singer and Kat Bourgea had a great day of fishing as they each caught a blue marlin. Zac’s fish bill whacked the short rigger lure before dropping back and eating the lure running the long gone position. At only 9 years old, Zac had the determination to grind his way through the entire 20 minute fight and catch his 141 lb. blue marlin. After Zac’s fish was boated and everything was reset, Kat’s blue marlin grabbed the Jr. Softhead almost immediately. Kat did a stellar job in the fighting chair and brought her fish to the boat, where the approximately 180 lb. blue marlin was tagged and released. Great job Zac and Kat!
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    The McKamey group took advantage of some especially calm weather and fishing on the north shore of Molokai. The anglers missed some fish, going 2 for 6 on bites, but came back to Lahaina Harbor with these two mahis and lots of great photographs of the Molokai cliffs.
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    The Buss family didn’t have to go far to find their fish. They went out in the afternoon and picked up this mahi at the inside pinnacle called secret spot.
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    Aku such as these ones are the reason why so many blue marlin have been hanging around the 100 fathom ledge. These particular akus provided some good fun for Niko Antaniou and Celia Grant.
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    Amy Graham, Max Cherry, Bob Stafford, and Andy Marlin were all able to catch a mahi while fishing a FAD buoy with natural baits.
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    Max was so proud of his mahi that he wanted to take another look at the fish before returning to the dock. Max simultaneously posed for a photograph with his mahi and targeted marlin in very nice water on the 100 fathom ledge. One of the wonderful things about trolling is that the gear works by itself and anglers can enjoy some relaxation on the water.
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    These two mahis were caught while fishing along a current line. Both Corey Schumacher and Olivia Briggs did a great job as anglers and brought their fish to the boat without a hitch.
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    Cody and Kaitlan had some steady aku action at the beginning of their trip but gave up that action to try catching something bigger. One live aku and another dead aku were baited for several hours. The live aku got excited a few times and pulled itself out of the rigger clip. Unfortunately, nothing big came up and engulfed either one of the akus. That’s the nature of going after big fish, which can evade capture even when targeted with patience and perseverance.
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    Josh Kosmicki is on Maui for work but has also found some time to have fun. Josh took the time to go fishing and was rewarded with this mahi.
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    K buoy, on the backside of Lanai, had a couple of mahis for Aaron Gorham and Annie Staurent. Aaron and Annie arrived at the buoy slightly before some other boats and did not hesitate to get their baits in the water and hook these mahis right away.
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    Kids love catching aku and Brendan and Mollie Baker were no exception to that general rule.
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    This fish came charging in on the purple softhead before settling for the blue super ninja. After a fight of about 20 minutes, angler Kevin Buchta had his 245 lb. blue marlin to the side of the boat.
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    Cameron Buck, Matt Riekoetter, and Tom Devine started off their morning by catching three mahis at a FAD buoy using live opelu. After baiting the buoy, the anglers trolled in search of larger fish and found a nice area with porpoise and frigate birds. There were no big bites for Cameron, Matt, and Tom, but they will eventually get one if they continue to put themselves in the right areas.
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    Maya Ferrer and Samantha Sanito were excited young anglers when they each had the opportunity to catch and aku on a 2 hour trip.
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    The bullet lure called little boy blue struck again, this time for the Taylor group. Little boy blue is best known for catching shortbill spearfish, striped marlin, and mahis, but the Taylor group was just fine with catching an ono.
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    All of these mahis were caught at FAD buoys and provided an exciting and eventful fishing trip for Andrew Tran, Ben Melvin, and James, Chad, and Andrew Shearn.
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    The Tilbury family caught a very predictable ono. The ono took down a chrome jet running in short rigger position while the Tilburys were fishing off Olowalu. Catching an ono on an ono lure in a notorious ono area almost makes this type of fishing seem easy.
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    All was quiet in 190 fathoms off Lanai until this fish exploded on the long corner lure and ate the purple softhead. From that point forward, a real battle took place. Dave Williams managed to secure his 269 lb. blue marlin 45 minutes after the initial strike.
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    The Fleming group had a good time on the water and came back to Lahaina Harbor with a mahi and a small blue marlin for their efforts. The anglers intended to eat both fish so the blue marlin was taken for consumption.
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    The Abbott group spent some time fishing the inside pinnacles and picked up this ono, which did not hesitate to attack the lure running in the long rigger position.
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    This angler caught a big aku. In general, akus are not considered to be as good-eating as the prized yellowfin and bigeye tuna. Nonetheless, aku is a favorite among many people that spend time around Lahaina Harbor.
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    These anglers were content with hooking a blue marlin, battling the fish to the boat, inserting a tag, taking a few photographs, and then releasing the fish. Tagging and releasing a blue marlin is every bit as fun and satisfying as boating a blue marlin.
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    These brothers spent some time together on the water and ended up catching a mahi. One of the brothers felt a need to bite the mahi’s tail, which is perfect acceptable. That kind of excitement is always fun to see.
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    This blue marlin originally came up on the short corner purple softhead but ended up eating the Elkins Jr. Popsicle running in the short rigger position. Everyone, especially the angler, was happy when the fish managed to get hooked up on its second attempt at a lure.
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    Matt and Dennis spent quite a bit of time trolling for marlin but took a little bit of time out to fish a couple of FAD buoys. K buoy produced the smaller mahi which preferred a 4 inch lure over an opelu. The bigger mahi was just the opposite, swallowing an opelu without much hesitation at MC buoy.
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    Peter Carone was not afraid to get his hands slimy before dinner when he caught this mahi on an afternoon trip.
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    This angler was on Maui for his uncle’s wedding and also did a morning fishing trip. These two mahis were caught on dead opelu at SO buoy. Another mahi was nervous about taking the bait and competition at the buoy resulted in a switch over to 4 inch lures. The mahi was hooked up but the small hooks eventually came out.
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    The Powers group, all the way from Australia, caught a 111.1 lb. blue marlin that could not resist the Jr. Softhead on the short rigger. The weight of the fish might seem like some lucky numbers but in reality the fish was not so lucky. The blue marlin would have been tagged and released, but the poor condition of the fish at the side of the boat made keeping the fish the only viable option.
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    All hands were required on deck for a fast and furious mahi bite. These six anglers were on top of their game as they quickly landed all six of these fish without a single miss. That’s excellent work.

    Thanks for checking out this 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 email [email protected]. Hopefully the next report will show a hot blue marlin bite as well as a hot mahi bite at the buoys. Only time will tell. Until the next report, tight lines.

    Aloha,
    Jonny
     
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    Reports look great, wife and I are booked for tomorrow the 16th so will post up on how we do.


    John
     
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    Have a pribate 1/2 booked for the sixteenth i'll see how it goes.
     
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    Nice job as always! Start Me Up has been on fire all summer...
     
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    Today the 15th was good. Hopefully you guys continue the streak tomorrow.

    Jonny
     
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    Jonny,

    We fished with Timster and Chris, had a great time they both worked their arses off, however it was a day of fishing not catching for us.

    No fault of the Start Me Up Sportfishing team just no Bills looking to play yesterday.

    We will catch'm up next time!

    John
     

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