February 28, 2012 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii

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Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. Between the large number of people escaping winter and the good fishing, Lahaina Harbor has been a very busy place this February. The beginning of the month yielded a good tuna bite at the buoys. There were also some marlin out there feeding on the tunas. Trolling produced a number of billfish as well as numerous mahis. Overall, the fishing around Maui has been quite productive lately. If there are any questions about the fishing, feel free to contact Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 or [email protected]. The following photographs show some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the beginning part of February.


Marshall NcNeil, Peter Bemben, Jim Burrell, Gale Nardi, and Brian Rogers had an awesome day on the water, catching every variety of offshore game fish found in Hawaii. The anglers caught billfish, tunas, mahis, and onos. The total catch was two shortbill spearfish (tagged and released), two onos, and a pile of mahis and shibis.

Mark Hale and his sons gave fishing a try while vacationing on Maui and caught a bull mahi. They certainly can’t catch fish like that back home in Utah.

Howard Romig and Steve Merkler trolled in search of the fish and found a mahi apiece.

Yet another mahi made the fatal mistake of trying to eat a lure rigged with two hooks.

A striped marlin was also snagged by a double hook rig. Luckily, the fish remained in good condition and swam away healthy after being tagged and released.

Ryan and Katie Mitchell went all out, fishing with both live bait and artificial lures. The effort paid off as Ryan and Katie racked up a stringer of mahis.

Big game fishing can be very relaxing until a fish bites. Jennifer Ogren was kicking back and then, without warning, she jumped into a tug-of-war exercise against a 200 lb blue marlin. The workout lasted 40 minutes and Jennifer emerged victorious.

Randy Fujan, Chris Bowder, and Mike Johnson waited the fish out and came away with a shortbill spearfish, two mahis, and a kaku. The anglers didn’t have any bites on the way out, but they did get plenty of strikes while coming in from behind Lanai. Another boat fishing the backside of Lanai observed a similar pattern, snagging a couple of nice blue marlin on the way back to Lahaina Harbor. Unfortunately, those big ones got away.

This striped marlin made a strong initial run before settling down. After the fish burned some energy, Mike Baden got to work and brought his striped marlin to the boat. Mike came across his fish on the 100 fathom ledge at Black Manele. The spot is named based on its primary landmark: a dark cliff next to Manele Bay, Lanai.

The Fergusen group had a good time catching these tunas, although they would have loved to have hooked one of the big marlin that was probably in the area feeding on the tunas.

Anglers can get a full night’s sleep and catch fish on the same day. Kari and Chad Harbaugh went fishing in the afternoon and caught a couple of mahis.

Marty Rutherford and Rob Filgate trolled behind Lanai, where big marlin have been periodically popping up behind the boats. Marty and Rob had steady action on the troll as a number of mahis attacked the lures.

Tony Aldredge and his friends broke out the small lures to catch some tunas for sashimi as well as bait. They later hooked a striped marlin that was badly injured during the fight. Therefore, the decision was made to take the striped marlin and enjoy the fillets along with the tuna.

Chelsie Victor, Colton Johannsen, and Steve Lubbert found a current line holding some debris. Soon enough, the fish started biting and the anglers came away with a solid catch.

Jerry Welch, Dan Plett, and Dave Goodmanson didn’t have much time to fish and elected to try their luck on short trip. Luckily, they found the fish right away and put a few in the bag.

These anglers followed a bird pile that was working just inside the 100 fathom ledge. The birds found the fish and then the fishermen got busy not long afterwards, catching a mahi and a nice aku.

Terry and Colleen Vanalstine weathered some blustery conditions and brought in a few fish thanks to their hardiness.

Jeff Langel and Terry Gray had an exciting and tiring day on the water. They fished hard around a FAD and, when the dust settled, Jeff and Terry had a pile of fish.

This happy group of anglers went five for five on mahis. Experienced and novice anglers alike had no problem landing every single fish that they hooked. Having a perfect hookup to fish landed ratio is not a common occurrence.

The trolling spread is set up as soon as there is light in the sky because putting the lures out early can pay off. For example, this mahi bit just after sunrise.

Sometimes the bite is really on and the fish are eating everything (live bait, dead bait, trolled lures, jigged lures, etc.). These anglers found themselves in such a situation and came away with quite a few fish.

A number of boats had already worked the FADs behind Lanai when these anglers showed up. There were still some fish around, however, so a few mahis and tunas ended up in the fish bag.

The Lanai lighthouse produced a few mahis for the Wolf family. Jack and Lauren, ages 11 and 7 respectively, were thrilled with their catch and excited about fishing in general.

Dick Converse caught a mahi. The fish wasn’t a big one, but Dick enjoyed the experience. Besides, the mahi provided an excellent dinner that evening.

Tim Wilson, Kim Milner, Martin Mohler, and their fellow anglers took advantage of an early morning tuna bite at a FAD. The anglers stayed around the buoy after sunrise in hopes of catching some mahis, but the fish stopped cooperating. Buoy fishing can sometimes be restricted to a very limited window of opportunity, making speed of the essence.

This mahi was caught in the blind, meaning that the fish bit without warning in an area that had no obvious indicators of fish.

Deli, the booth guy, doesn’t fish too often. However, he does go out when Rich Guidaboni is in town. Rich and Deli had a great day in 2008, catching a 551 lb blue marlin and tagging and releasing two more that were estimated at 700 and 250 lbs. Rich and Deli tried to repeat the feat, but came up short. At least they caught a mahi, which attacked a lure despite being completely stuffed with squid.

Thanks for taking a look at this Start Me Up fishing report. Remember to direct any questions toward Deli at 808-667-7879 or [email protected]. With the number of fish that have been coming in, another report should be posted very soon. Until then, tight lines.

Aloha,
Jonny
 

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Do your captains and deck hands (still) continuously bug customers about how they need tips to make money?? Took a charter on your boat last year, worst charter experience I've ever had. Both the captain and deck hand mentioned at least a dozen times that tips were the only way the make money, essentially trying to guilt trip us into tipping well when the boat only caught two Mahi on a 6 hr trip....
 

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MA9.We are not happy when any of our capt.or crews act like your post states.To better stop this kind of displeaurse for our coustomers we need to know who your capt.& crew were?Please contact us at 808-667-2774.You were blessed with fish on your trip,and we are pleased with that.Start Me Up will take action to stop this once we can confirm who you went out with!Aloha Doug (owner)
 

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All smiles as usual!

Nice work SMU!
 

Ali

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Do your captains and deck hands (still) continuously bug customers about how they need tips to make money?? Took a charter on your boat last year, worst charter experience I've ever had. Both the captain and deck hand mentioned at least a dozen times that tips were the only way the make money, essentially trying to guilt trip us into tipping well when the boat only caught two Mahi on a 6 hr trip....

Will never use Start Me Up again and will never recommend them to anyone....

Your first post is to crap on a long time sponsor with a spotless track record?

Why don't you take your gripe up with the management above and not whine on the internet.

Welcome to BD.
 

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Your first post is to crap on a long time sponsor with a spotless track record?

Why don't you take your gripe up with the management above and not whine on the internet.

Welcome to BD.
I originally sent an email to them immediately after the trip and got no response... My intent of joining here was not to "crap" on a longtime sponsor and I found this report after I joined.... If you got no response from them, what would you do? I have no qualms with taking my displeasure to the internet as they deserve it for not responding to me when I gave them the chance the first time....

If a business provides terrible service to a customer, they should expect that people will go tell others about it and in today's technology age, the internet is one such medium. Your reputation carries you as a fishing guide/charter boat.

Captain Randy and deckhand Johnny were the two who I took a trip with.
 
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I originally sent an email to them immediately after the trip and got no response... My intent of joining here was not to "crap" on a longtime sponsor and I found this report after I joined.... If you had an awful experience, and got no response from them, what would you do? I have no qualms with taking my displeasure to the internet as they deserve it for not responding to me when I gave them the chance the first time....

Their track record for this sort of behavior isn't "spotless" as I have since looked online at their reviews and found many other customers complain of similar things...

This isn't whining on the internet. If a business provides terrible service to a customer, they should expect that people will go tell others about it and in today's technology age, the internet is one such medium. Your reputation carries you as a fishing guide/charter boat and I am bummed that I didn't do more research before booking with them.

Captain Randy and deckhand Johnny were the two who I took a trip with.
and the owner himself posts here to attempt to make it right with you and you persist to justify yourself mr. 2 post man.


ma9= charlie sims http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/hawaiian-fishing/261148-lets-meet-captain-charlie-sims-maui-sportfishings-finest-kind.html
 

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Doug I have a trip booked with you for Thursday how does the wearther look for Thursday and how has the fishing been the last couple of days?
John
 

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Doug I have a trip booked with you for Thursday how does the wearther look for Thursday and how has the fishing been the last couple of days?
John
Rain today.We have been catching Mahi & Shebi +short nose billfish.We love to fish and are looking foward to a great day on the water!(fish or not)Aloha Doug
 

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I originally sent an email to them immediately after the trip and got no response... My intent of joining here was not to "crap" on a longtime sponsor and I found this report after I joined.... If you had an awful experience, and got no response from them, what would you do? I have no qualms with taking my displeasure to the internet as they deserve it for not responding to me when I gave them the chance the first time....

Their track record for this sort of behavior isn't "spotless" as I have since looked online at their reviews and found many other customers complain of similar things...

This isn't whining on the internet. If a business provides terrible service to a customer, they should expect that people will go tell others about it and in today's technology age, the internet is one such medium. Your reputation carries you as a fishing guide/charter boat and I am bummed that I didn't do more research before booking with them.

Captain Randy and deckhand Johnny were the two who I took a trip with.
We return any calls or email we get about complants on our trips.You checked out my post and replyed but no call from you?Please contact us at 808-667-2774 orToll Free at1-800-590-0133.Aloha Doug
 

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I have passed Sam's Email address on to Doug from Start Me Up and he assures me he will get to the bottom of the issue ASAP and make this right.

Thanks Doug!
 

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Squid? Do you guys ever try to make squid for bait?

BTW: I fished SMU years ago...Didn't catch anything after 8 hours of trolling. I still offered a 35% tip to Captain and crew. Captain said thanks, but no thanks. He said if you want to give the crew a couple bucks, cool. Which I did...I had a great time shooting the shit on the water for a couple hours trading fishing stories.

Good times.
 

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Squid? Do you guys ever try to make squid for bait?

BTW: I fished SMU years ago...Didn't catch anything after 8 hours of trolling. I still offered a 35% tip to Captain and crew. Captain said thanks, but no thanks. He said if you want to give the crew a couple bucks, cool. Which I did...I had a great time shooting the shit on the water for a couple hours trading fishing stories.

Good times.
Thanks for the post Tues!We want to catch everyone fish,thats just not how it works.We can have a great day on the water and meet good folks like Tues. to share lifes ups and downs with!We hope to fish with you again someday.Aloha Doug
 

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and the owner himself posts here to attempt to make it right with you and you persist to justify yourself mr. 2 post man.


ma9= charlie sims http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/hawaiian-fishing/261148-lets-meet-captain-charlie-sims-maui-sportfishings-finest-kind.html
I will be getting in touch with the owner (Doug) shortly...

The whole time on the boat, the captain and deckhand were telling us they only make money on tips and the fish they keep, as to try and guilt us into giving them the fish and good tip $$. I thought it was completely unprofessional to continuously mention it to the point of harassment.. My first email wasn't replied to.

Lastly, as I said before, my intentions of joining the forum weren't for this. I am a Seattle native and look forward to talking fishing on the Washington section of this board, and frequently visit the other forums that are more local to fishing in my state. And no, I am not this Charlie person you speak of.


UPDATE: Thank you Doug for getting in contact with me. I am not this Charlie person (whom Doug told to me about and I learned the history of him). I was discouraged when my first email immediately after my trip was not replied to by Start Me Up. I would have loved to had this issue resolved when I was in Maui and not one year after the fact. I visit the island on vacation roughly every year or so and as with any big trip I enjoy taking a day to book a charter and going fishing.

I am also one of the first ones to give praise and recommendations for local charters in my area and local tackle shops. I am happy that Doug took the time to talk to me and hopefully he addresses the captain and deckhand I had the bad experience with. Doug seemed like a great guy who cares about the reputation of his company and wants to correct some actions made by his employees... I hope he does and this never becomes and issue down the road. He seems like a good guy from what I could tell over the phone and wish him and his business the best.

Lastly, I did not come to Bloodydecks to air out dirty laundry or slander his business. I did not ask for a return or a compensated trip, and nor do I want one. I just want a business owner to know of some of the crap some of his employees pulled with me so he can fix this. I look forward to contributing to this forum (I'm a Washington native) and wish Doug @ Start Me Up the best of luck going forward.
 

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I will be getting in touch with the owner (Doug) shortly...

I'm not persisting to justify my words. I had a bad experience and this was the only avenue of putting it in front of the charter boat company and I have no problem mentioning this on the internet. Like I said, my first email was ignored. What else am I to do? I'd like to let other people shopping around for charters know of how my experience was with Start Me Up.... The whole time on the boat the captain and deckhand were telling us they only make money on tips and the fish they keep, as to try and guilt us into giving them the fish and good tip $$. I thought it was completely unprofessional to continuously mention it to the point of harassment... If you had a downright awful experience, wouldn't you complain on the internet?

Lastly, as I said before, my intentions of joining the forum weren't for this. I am a Seattle native and look forward to talking fishing on the Washington section of this board, and frequently visit the other forums that are more local to fishing in my state. And no, I am not this Charlie person you speak of.
Just talked to Sam on the phone.We worked out the problem and will take steps to stem any tip talk on our boats.Please let us know if you or any one you know dose not like what happens on a trip with us!808-667-2774--800-590-0133.Aloha Doug
 

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I'm going to be over in July.....What is your deal if I want to keep the fish? I got family that would want it for themselves.
Mahalo,
Tommy
 

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UPDATE: Thank you Doug for getting in contact with me. I am not this Charlie person (whom Doug told to me about and I learned the history of him). I was discouraged when my first email immediately after my trip was not replied to by Start Me Up. I would have loved to had this issue resolved when I was in Maui and not one year after the fact. I visit the island on vacation roughly every year or so and as with any big trip I enjoy taking a day to book a charter and going fishing.

I am also one of the first ones to give praise and recommendations for local charters in my area and local tackle shops. I am happy that Doug took the time to talk to me and hopefully he addresses the captain and deckhand I had the bad experience with. Doug seemed like a great guy who cares about the reputation of his company and wants to correct some actions made by his employees... I hope he does and this never becomes and issue down the road. He seems like a good guy from what I could tell over the phone and wish him and his business the best. I hope (and it sounds like) my experience was more of a one time occurrence and I'd love to see other have great trips with them. For an owner to take action like Doug, it means alot.

Lastly, I did not come to Bloodydecks to air out dirty laundry or slander his business. I did not ask for a return or a compensated trip, and nor do I want one. I just want a business owner to know of some of the crap some of his employees pulled with me so he can fix this. I look forward to contributing to this forum (I'm a Washington native) and wish Doug @ Start Me Up the best of luck going forward.
 
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Glad this situation was resolved amicably for both parties. My gut reaction was that this was a charlie sims post as it was your 1st on bd. welcome to the site, the washington boards seem like a tight nit group and i can say that nowhere on the internet will you find a better washington or hawaii boards. Please accept my apology for calling you out to be someone you are not.