February 28, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui

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Aloha from Lahaina Harbor. The billfish bite off the leeward side of Maui is extremely hot. Striped marlin have been attacking lures in packs and some anglers have been returning to the harbor with double digit counts of marlin bites. In addition to the striped marlin, some shortbill spearfish and nice blue marlin have been around. There has also been the usual steady trickle of mahis and tunas coming into the harbor. Overall, the fishing is great right now. For more information on the fishing, call Deli at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii time or email [email protected]. The pictures below contain our anglers and some of their catch from the past week.

The ocean erupted behind the short corner lure just south of the Lanai lighthouse in 100 fathoms. This blue marlin would not give up on the purple softhead and finally, after six attempts, the fish managed to eat the lure. The hook-up was solid and 18 year old Steve Stupak from Deluth, Minnesota was tight with a monster. The fight was tough, lasting an hour and ten minutes, but Steve did a great job and the marlin ended up on the boat. The official weight for the blue marlin was 649.7 lbs. so, in accordance with Start Me Up’s policy for marlin over 500 lbs., Steve’s trip was free and a 300 dollar donation was made to a local charity. Congratulations to Steve on catching the fish of a lifetime.

Roger Stern had a very interesting fishing trip. He was able to enjoy the thrill of catching this mahi and was also fortunate enough to witness what he called an epic battle between Steve and the blue marlin.

There were striped marlin all around for Amanda and Mark Quam and Ann and Matt Sutton. They successfully caught and released two near the Lanai lighthouse and picked up two mahis as well. With all that action, these anglers described their morning as awesome.

Mike and his twin boys Nick and Alec trolled the 100 fathom ledge and got a couple of bites. They converted on both bites, landing these two mahis.

There was chaos all around the boat as striped marlin appeared to be everywhere. After all of the action, which featured triple bites, Clint Berg had a striped marlin with enough fillets to feed everyone on the boat.

Shantel Williams landed this mahi on a short morning trip. That’s not a bad way to spend a morning.

The Adams family also went out in the morning and caught a striped marlin. The marlin was caught while trolling the inside pinnacle known as secret spot on a black Jr. Popsicle.

The proud father and son team of Manning and Connor Louie came up with this mahi on a short morning trip. They will certainly have fond memories of their fishing experience.

These lucky anglers returned late in the evening from an afternoon trip. They took advantage of the afternoon bite to catch a mahi in addition to a nice shortbill spearfish.

Tom Carroll, Jim Lawrence, Rich Roman, and Mike Dennison were able to bring some good seafood back to the harbor. They caught a couple of shibis and a mahi.

Roger Paye and his wife Cindy caught and released a striped marlin and boated a 28 lb. aku. That is a big aku, or skipjack tuna, which are actually called otaru when exceeding weights of 20 lbs. Michael O’Brien also got lucky and caught and released a striped marlin. This group had a great day on the water.

Ben Rock, from West Virginia, was rock solid when he reeled in this mahi. Ben came across his mahi while trolling the 100 fathom ledge off Lanai.

Nathan Millar did a four hour afternoon trip and hooked up to a striped marlin in the vicinity of LA buoy. Nathan caught the fish, which was released, and said that he had a great time on his first fishing trip in Hawaii.

Jim Higgins also caught a fish on his first fishing trip in Hawaii. Jim boated this mahi while trolling near the Lanai lighthouse.

Greg Garritsen and Mike Fry each caught a striped marlin. Both marlin were caught in the area between sweetheart rock and the lighthouse on Lanai.

Jace McNaic and Caroline and Mitch Bartrem didn’t need a very long time to find the fish. They were on their way in from LA buoy on a two hour trip when these fish bit. Working together, Jace, Caroline, and Mitch brought the mahis to the boat.

NASA buoy was holding some fish and Craig Similik and Mike Paraclowski made the most of their opportunity. Craig caught a striped marlin and Mike caught several tunas. They also caught a mahi to end up with a mixed bag of fish.

Johannes McDonald, all the way from South Africa, landed a nice cow mahi and Doug Hansen and his wife caught a fish for the dinner table. They all said that they had a fun day.

With a total of ten marlin bites, Shaun Sutton and Gary Coleman were each able to catch and release a striped marlin. All of their action came while trolling on the backside of Lanai.

In this case, the picture does not tell the entire story of the trip. Although Sheldon and Melanie Burch and Dean and Debra Scammell did get a mahi on the boat, they missed eight marlin. Most were striped marlin but one was a nice blue marlin. All of the action took place behind Lanai. This trip is just another example of how tough billfishing can be.

Gwen Miller, George Russell, and Rosanne and Gene Schmaltz did an afternoon trip and fished relatively shallow water along the inside ledge. The ledge produced these two mahis and there were plenty of whales to be seen.

There was mayhem on the back deck when four striped marlin charged through the spread. Stephanie Carpenter took advantage of the quadruple bite to land her first ever ocean fish.

Even with all the billfish around, Jason Chisholm was still happy to catch this nice mahi.

Maui Fishin lures, made by Captain Steve Carroll, are always on display in Start Me Up’s booth at Lahaina Harbor. Captain Steve designs and produces these baits, all of which have been productive. The large lure has caught numerous marlin. Captain Steve is partial to the marlin lure in black and red although the so-called Coors Light colors have also been used with great success. The smaller flat-head lure also works great. The lure is not very big, but makes a lot of noise in the spread. Captain Steve’s small bullet lure, though, is a favorite among quite a few captains, especially in the color blue. The small bullet is a favorite because of the proven ability to catch all types of fish time and time again.

This is one of Captain Steve’s larger marlin lures. With Start Me Up Sportfishing embedded in the head, some anglers take these lures home as souvenirs. Some of the anglers actually choose to use the lures back at home. One angler, for example, intended to use a Maui Fishin lure to target walleye in Canada. Anglers could also opt to use Maui Fishin lures while fishing on Maui, where the lures are known to work well.

This is the Maui Fishin small bullet lure. Pink has been another one of the very productive colors, but the shape of the lure head itself is so good that the fish probably don’t even care about color.

Thanks for checking out yet another Start Me Up fishing report. If anyone would like a daily report for Lahaina Harbor, call our booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii time or email [email protected]. Our next report will probably be posted within a week. Until then, tight lines.

Aloha,
Jonny
 
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fetzerb

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sounds like a good month. Nice marlin policy and giving to a good cause. Good looking colors on those lures. Looks like thier rigged with weed wacker string. (joke)
 

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sounds like a good month. Nice marlin policy and giving to a good cause. Good looking colors on those lures. Looks like thier rigged with weed wacker string. (joke)
Yeah. That's just red monofilament we use to hang the lures up. We usually run them with 400 or 500 lb. leader.

Jonny
 

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Nice catches. X2 on maybe some discretion to the size of stripers hanging...but fine job none the less. Hawaii is on my bucket list
 

radman

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you should encourage your customers to release the stripers, other then that great report man
Man,I was looking at those pics,and personally I don`t see any reason to kill the big marlin or those baby stripers...just me though.
 

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A dead Blue; small striped marlin; 5-10#dorado; 5-10# tuna----all hanging on display. Kill everything! Disgusting.
 

grander007

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Earth to tree huggers...

They are not on the endangered list...no reason not to kill them...and they do taste good! They also pay for some fuel. You don't like it, too bad. By the way the red flags are 'tag' flags.

Tight lines,
 

roosterman9

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Looks like a nice week. Great policy on the Blue...is that a normal thing in your area or just something you do?
 

lowell

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Earth to tree huggers...

They are not on the endangered list...no reason not to kill them...and they do taste good! They also pay for some fuel. You don't like it, too bad. By the way the red flags are 'tag' flags.

Tight lines,
Tree hugger??????? C'mon.
"Don't like it, too bad"
I guess any wildlife not on an endangered list is ok to kill, even the dead ones, 'cuz they "taste good" !
We don't sell our sport caught fish to defray our fuel costs or cost of the trip. (I am aware this is legal in some places).

Sounds like a pretty narrow uneducated response.

We're challenged with some issues here are the Mainland that postings like this merely give fodder to the real "Tree Huggers" and irrational environmentalists. Maybe some of you guys on the Islands either aren't aware of what can be lost in the future, nor do you care because you can kill baby fish and fill your coffers TODAY.You have a right to earn a living, but please open your eyes and think more broadly about how you promote your livelihood.

Do planned parenthood clinics show pictures of dead babies to promote their cause? See how stupid we can all sound at times?
 

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What? Planned parenthood clinics? What a bunch of nonsense from you. I can only imagine what kind of great loans you are writing.

You want to fish, come on back, you want to whine, stay home and watch oprah.

Tight lines,

Ps, the idea that we have to self regulate w ALL the government regs and intervention out there really is ridiculous...but, hey, I understand, you mean well. I suggest a forum w/out 'bloody' in the title for you
 

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What? Planned parenthood clinics? What a bunch of nonsense from you. I can only imagine what kind of great loans you are writing.

You want to fish, come on back, you want to whine, stay home and watch oprah.

Tight lines,
Dude--You just didn't get it.
I surrender and thanks for your astute responses.
 

Sam Seafood

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Dude--You just didn't get it.
I surrender and thanks for your astute responses.
Grander has it right!Hawaii fishermen have the best conservation ethic in the world.We fish for fun,food and family.That includes paying for the fuel to be able to fish.We do not waste fish ever.Try down hill biking next time you are in Hawaii,only you will have a chance at getting hurt.Aloha
 

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Bloodydecks should just not allow people from California to post on this board, this is like the third time in a row a start me up fishing report has gotten blasted. They don't know anything about our fishery, they shouldn't be able to comment on it.
 

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Bloodydecks should just not allow people from California to post on this board, this is like the third time in a row a start me up fishing report has gotten blasted. They don't know anything about our fishery, they shouldn't be able to comment on it.
Who's whining now?
Gotta go--mountain bike riding today, then off to the library to study Hawaiian Sportfishing.
 

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Earth to tree huggers...

They are not on the endangered list...no reason not to kill them...and they do taste good! They also pay for some fuel. You don't like it, too bad. By the way the red flags are 'tag' flags.

Tight lines,

Really.... the red flags are for tag?? You sir are a PRICK. soon enough you will be practicing catch and release because you killed all the small marlin around your "island". As far as fuel goes, your customers pay for it, not the fish you catch.:finger: