Caught fish!

molokaipake

Newbie
May 8, 2008
355
4
18
Kaunakakai, Molokai, USA
Name
capt clay
Boat
24 foot power catamaran, "Hallelujah Hou", 18 foot Prima Sea flatsboat, "Keu" for flyfishing
I took a young man that asked me for help in learning how to fish out this past weekend and finally did some trolling after a long hiatus. All the past three months have been spent working the bottomfishing and flyfishing on my charters

We went to a buoy where there were fish being caught, though no reports of anything big, figured better something than nothing. We get there and already there are some boats working it to no avail. No one is catching anything at all. I decide to leave and go searching. Oh yeah on the way out, I missed a small marlin, looked like a striper.

After seeing nothing, I decide to go back to where I had the marlin bite thinking that maybe there's still a fish around. About a mile from that spot I see some birds working and small aku jumping, so out goes the small stuff and bingo, hook an aku. Yea, at last, blood on the decks. We followed the birds for several hours and ended up with 29 pieces, my friend got skunked that same day as he was working the buoy. Small fish but I was happy. I had fresh fish for the next several days, my student got some valuable learning lessons too, all in all a successful fishing day. I love fresh Aku, Mmm
 

patfishhi

Registered User
Sep 20, 2007
3,668
983
113
60
Oahu
Name
Pat
Boat
32' Blackfin "Kai Nana"
Capt Clay,

How many credit hours did your student earn? Way to hold class. I've always thought of trolling as an opportunity to charge the batteries if we've been baiting and/or bottom. Still waiting for the first winter Nairagi; sorry to hear you missed yours.

Cheers
Pat
 

BuonaForTuna

Newbie
Jul 27, 2008
15
10
1
Glendale Ca
Name
Jesse
Boat
BuonaFortuna 26' Seaswirl Striper
Good job on taking someone out and teaching them the ropes its always a great and rewarding feeling you impacted someone in something they have interest in, hopefully one day he will repay the favor and teach someone else. Good job on not giving in and making the day work!
 

navyaircrew

Newbie
Jun 27, 2007
976
0
16
Trollin' Dirty 96744
Name
Scott
Boat
2001 Pro-Line 20 Walk
Good going Capt Clay! I never shy away from the little guys.... took my cousin and his girlfriend out, even though i'm nursing a broken toe from the last trip... been two weeks now, so icing it and taping it up is a must, but i must fish... so, i just take my time... Saturday and Sunday proved to be training for them as well... we fished a total of 210 miles covered in two days... picked up 74 Pieces of Aku/Shibi... brought a pretty penny at the market monday... $3.50 a pound on average... so, don't forget this smaller fish... they don't all have to be monsters to learn....
 

cheehuli

Newbie
May 22, 2009
256
0
16
Kaneohe Hi.
Name
Chase
Boat
24' Custom Sampan "Girlie T"
Alright Capt. Clay! Glad to hear you had a fun and productive change of pace. I'll bet your student was pretty stoked to learn some tricks from an expert.
 

russell kato

"Kamoku"
Jul 24, 2009
1,258
284
83
Honolulu, HI
Name
russ
Boat
15' Arima - Kamoku
Good going Capt Clay! I never shy away from the little guys.... took my cousin and his girlfriend out, even though i'm nursing a broken toe from the last trip... been two weeks now, so icing it and taping it up is a must, but i must fish... so, i just take my time... Saturday and Sunday proved to be training for them as well... we fished a total of 210 miles covered in two days... picked up 74 Pieces of Aku/Shibi... brought a pretty penny at the market monday... $3.50 a pound on average... so, don't forget this smaller fish... they don't all have to be monsters to learn....
I took a young man that asked me for help in learning how to fish out this past weekend and finally did some trolling after a long hiatus. All the past three months have been spent working the bottomfishing and flyfishing on my charters

We went to a buoy where there were fish being caught, though no reports of anything big, figured better something than nothing. We get there and already there are some boats working it to no avail. No one is catching anything at all. I decide to leave and go searching. Oh yeah on the way out, I missed a small marlin, looked like a striper.

After seeing nothing, I decide to go back to where I had the marlin bite thinking that maybe there's still a fish around. About a mile from that spot I see some birds working and small aku jumping, so out goes the small stuff and bingo, hook an aku. Yea, at last, blood on the decks. We followed the birds for several hours and ended up with 29 pieces, my friend got skunked that same day as he was working the buoy. Small fish but I was happy. I had fresh fish for the next several days, my student got some valuable learning lessons too, all in all a successful fishing day. I love fresh Aku, Mmm
Ho Capt. Clay,
Way to go on those Aku! Nice to hear you're back trolling and catching. BTW, I started bleeding the Aku and leaving them in the bucket for a while just like you told me and I have really notice the difference in the quality of the fish...especially with the bigger Aku! Thank you for the great tip! Enjoy your fresh Aku.