Jonah and I left home @ 3:00 am and got to Waianae Harbor around 4:00 am. Hearing a number of reports of boats catching Ahi I was expecting to see a crowd but the harbor looked relatively empty! Got set up, hit the water at 5 am and headed in the direction of CO buoy. Just past The CO bouy Area we found our first bird pile of the day and played that for about 30 minutes with no strikes. A friend of ours had caught an Ahi the day before and so we decided to head in the direction where he had caught his fish. After a little while, Jonah finally saw some birds and started to catch up to them. First, there were only a few birds circling an area (me thinking Ahi) I left out three 9” lures and two 5” lures but after a few passes we finally picked up a medium size Aku. This small pile of about a dozen birds turned into a pile that stretched over several hundred yards. We played this pile for 3.5 hours by ourselves and caught 19 medium to large akus (12-22 pounds). We decided to make one last pass before we run away and try to look for Ahi when our two outriggers popped and line started peeling off my Penn 80’s. What I thought were large Aku turned out to be a double ahi strike. One came off on the run and we were fortunate to land the other on a 5” aku lure. After rearranging the fish bag to accommodate the ahi we put some of the Aku back in the fish bag and the reminder went into the 150 quart ice chest. Realizing we don’t have any more room for fish and no more ice we left the pile, pulled lines and headed back to the harbor which was 18 miles away. Needless to say we had an epic day on the water having lots of strikes, losing some, but catching a bunch of fish! The ahi weighed just a little over 100# and ended up with over 250# of Aku!