Jonny, great job! after six tries you guys finally got that marlin on the line for Steve, thats pretty incredible. My first marlin was only 91 pounds, not much. 650 pounds... im sure he'll still be telling that story when hes 80. And thanks for tagging and releasing those 6 striped marlin. Im sure some billfish conservationists will really appreciate that! Keep up the good work!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 Upâs policy for marlin over 500 lbs., Steveâs 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. Thatâs 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 OâBrien 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 didnât 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 Upâs 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 Steveâs 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 Steveâs 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 donât 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.
Where did you ever come up with closing areas to fishing? I love all the Cali bashing WTF? I am done with this thread.If we just closed all areas to all types of fishing, we would not have to bicker about keeping legally caught fish.
I think there are some people in Cali that can help up with shutting down fishing....
Great post and thank you for clarifying your companies position. You sir are a true professional.Start Me Up is in business to try and earn a living for 27 captains, deckhands, office personnel, and maintenance people. In addition, we contribute to many other fishing related companies and other businesses, helping to keep our economy going. The profit probability is so low that it is a good thing we and our crew love fishing and boating.
Start Me Upâs fish policy is to tag and release or take marlin as our paying customers decide! We talk to our customers about tag and release and why it is a good practice. If marlin come up dead or mortally wounded we do not throw them back to be wasted similar to how the long-line marlin catch is discarded dead. If we take a marlin it is used as food and served in many ways. Even the fish carcasses are used in gardens and homes. People come by our booth daily to take the remains of our fish. Hawaii was one of the first cultures to practice conservation. Fishermen in Hawaii are proud to catch and eat the fish we have in these waters.
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Start Me Up has customers of all ages, all colors, and from all walks of life. Many of these people only get to fish once in their life. Whether they catch or not, we try to provide a fun and informative day to all. For the most part, we feel our customers become our friends (and Bloodydecks readers) and continue to follow us through our Bloodydecks posts. Some of them become involved in the Bloodydecks forum in the area where they live. A small mahi or tuna can represent the only catch of the day. That catch can also represent the only fish these people will ever catch. A small one tastes just as good as a big one and if in fact it is sold to a restaurant that is yet another chance for people from all over the world to enjoy fresh Pacific Ocean caught fish.
Mahi, tuna, ono, and marlin are not endangered in any way by rod and reel fishermen. The longline fisheries regularly discard marlin, mahi, and ono to make room for the targeted tuna. This is who the criticism of rod and reel fishermen should be focused on. Change the way they catch their fish so they can release live fish that are not desired.
As the owner of Start Me Up I am proud of the fine people surrounding me in this tough business. I am also proud of the sacrifices they make to do what they love. We as a company are proud to be a part of the Hawaiian fishery. It makes us happy to share our catch and stories with local sportfishermen here on Bloodydecks and the world of other fishermen reading our posts.
Thanks for your support in reading our posts. Most of all, thanks to all the others that take the time and effort to share their great catches, good days, and bad days here on Bloodydecks. In closing, I hope all of you get the kind of enjoyment you want from the great opportunity we have for fun, food, comradery, pleasure, and learning that we call fishing.
If you have any concerns, call me on my personal cell phone at 808-960-3662.