Chunk bait for ahi?

Discussion in 'Hawaii Fishing Reports' started by mortarsarehung, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. mortarsarehung

    mortarsarehung Newbie

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    Just wondering, has anyone here tried drifting with chunk baits for ahi? I was thinking maybe it could be effective while chumming somewhere with pronounced structure, like the pinnacle off waianae. Anyone have any experience fishing like this?
     
  2. tony489

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    Do it
     
  3. Morris Lures

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    Works very well. Just got to find the right spot.
     
  4. JUDE SCHWARZE

    JUDE SCHWARZE Newbie

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    FIND THE TUNA AND CHUNK AWAY.
     
  5. patfishhi

    patfishhi Registered User

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    Eric,
    Just like the others have said, it is effective. During the 1980's I got to fish the Atlantic a fair amount and it was pretty good, some times they wouldn't bite the chunk, but would bite the iron (diamond jig), sometimes the other way and sometimes both. We were always on the hook (anchor) so getting the fish to the boat was I felt easier, they would follow the slick, when drifting here it does not do the exact same.

    We've had good luck at BO and the Kaena ledge drifting chunks, but (obviously) the fish have to be there. I have tried many things here I learned fishing the Atlantic and have found them not to be all that effective. It's always great to try new things just remember the "tried true and tested" are that way for a reason.

    Specific to the pinnacle, go at night and take some fresh opelus and drop them deap, and make sure you got some big gear, there are some night time denizens of the deep lurking around out there; Large Threshers and swords and some Makos.

    Good Luck and let us know how you do...
    Pat
     
  6. BG11

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    We do it all the time when we go Ika Shibi at night...
     
  7. jagerhunchback

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  8. crazyboat

    crazyboat South Shore Fisherman

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    Our water is deep, and rough, and the fish move around. So the question is...Do you have enough anchor rope, patience, and stomach to make it work? Personally, I would cruise around with the wind in my face and looking for birds, but, to each his own. Try it!
     
  9. chuck merkel

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    There are places it can work out here. You have to pick your place and time based upon conditions. Near a ledge or a FAD. Get a parachute to control your drift.
     
  10. mrhoneydo

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    worked for us in las barillias, mx last Oct
    caught humbolts and cut 'em up and chunked away!!!
    TUNA
     
  11. Oahu bound

    Oahu bound Landlocked fishing addict

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    Chunking the canyons off NJ was always the best way to catch ahi and maybe a sword. Of course it's a hell of a difference between HI and NJ! So my advice is pretty useless lol.

    I wanted to find a boat in Hawaii to night fish for ahi but none of the credible boats seemed into it.

    Speaking of night, how is the fishing in Hawaii at night? We always had our best shot at ahi at night on the Atlantic.
     
  12. kauaiboy22

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    howz it other captains. I was wondering if someone would want to help me out with a little bit of info on how to chunk bait by the buoys and drop stones. Iʻve been trolling for about 6 solid seasons here and I have some pretty good luck trolling (last year had 30 ahis over 100 lbs), but when it comes to the baiting its still alien to me. I know how to catch live opelus and Iʻve messed around with that a little because my boat has a live bait well, but Iʻm just sort of wondering when you chunk bait, what is the best lb test to run and if it should be flourocarbon or not? And if you should be using a small hook most the time and about what sizes? If itʻs better to leave the reels on free spool or to have them locked up when waiting with the bait out? Iʻve never even dropped a stone down with bait but all these styles of fishing I want to get better at. I love trolling but I would like to be well rounded. Things like that....if someone could reply to help me out, I would be stoked..

    aloha
     
  13. Da.Ching808

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    Do it.. Always try it and do something new :)
     
  14. pepekauai

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    Hey Stephen

    Check out the fishing Hawaii Style books by Jim Rizzuto its all in there.
     
  15. rsokolowski

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    We used to chunk for Tunas off of Ewa beach (near Pearl Harbor). Anchor in about 130 feet of water, chum and catch opelu, use opelu for bait with 30# flourocarbon leader. Caught many shibi up to about 50#.
     

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