Cinco de Mayo at the Penguin Bank

Discussion in 'Hawaii Fishing Reports' started by Pupule, May 5, 2014.

  1. Pupule

    Pupule Member

    Location:
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    Todd
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    My weekend was booked solid with a wedding to attend on Saturday, and two cousins here from Los Angeles to entertain on Sunday. So, I took today off from work to enjoy the great weather on the water. Left Hawaii Kai at 5:30 and hit the first knuckle at 7:15. Right off the bat I saw a pile of madori at the 100 fa line. Motored up to the pile, dropped the rpm to 2000 and got a double strike. Boated them both, a cow and a bull mahi. By the time I put them in the fish box the pile had disappeared. Continued down the ledge for a couple of miles and took a blind strike, another bull. It was 8:15 and I had three fish in the boat....the pressure was off. I made my way back and forth along the ledge from the first knuckle, down wind two or three miles, then back up the line. I managed three knock downs and a ripping strike that didn't stick, and ended up with two small kawakawa that hit a 4" lure on my Penn 6/0 "light gear" rig. Not all that great for two hours, but kawakawa are terrific eating fish. I'll take them any time. By 10:30 the bite was pretty much done. I was thinking about waiting for the tide change at 12:30 but decided against it. Turned the boat toward Hawaii Kai at 11:00 and made my way across the channel. At the 6.5 mile mark a pile of aku birds caught my eye. As I headed into the leading edge of that pile the 6/0 went off. As I fought the fish, I could see a half dozen fish swimming with it. Baaaahhh...no bait! I used to bring bait with me on every trip, but prime opportunities like this seem so far and few between. I stopped doing that. My bad. I might have been able to bait up a couple of more fish. Ended up with four mahi (21 - 22 lbs each). I really like fishing at the Bank this time of year. Hoping the weather holds for this weekend. [​IMG]
     
  2. russell kato

    russell kato "Kamoku"

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    russ
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    15' Arima - Kamoku
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    Hey Todd,
    Nice catch of yellow bellies! All G&G size....too bad I gotta work. Me love fishing the Banks this time of year too!
     
  3. patfishhi

    patfishhi Registered User

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    Oahu
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    Pat
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    Todd,
    Good goin' on an action packed morning, some nice sized mahis.

    Cheers
    Pat
     
  4. blaskpa

    blaskpa FAMOUS GROUSE

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    Paul
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    Beautiful catch! Congrats. Hope you get the weekend too!

    Paul
     
  5. BUSTIN

    BUSTIN Newbie

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    Nice going Todd.
     
  6. Aliikai17

    Aliikai17 Member

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    Pat
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    Just cut those bellies off the kawakawa for bait!
     
  7. changboy

    changboy Member

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    Brian
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    nice mahi's, action!
     
  8. Startmeup

    Startmeup Official Sponsor of Bloodydecks Advertiser

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    Lee
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    Start Me Up Sportfishing
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    All nice ones, good going!
     
  9. Missgen

    Missgen Newbie

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    Hon hi us
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    Max
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    That's a nice haul right there, good going.
     

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