Fishing Report April 22, 2014 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, HI


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Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
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Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. 2014 is shaping up to be a great year. We had a strong run of striped marlin and shortbill spearfish to start the year and now the big blues are showing up. The past month has produced 5 blue marlin over 500 lbs along with numerous smaller billfish. Mahimahis seem to be fairly abundant, both on the troll and at the buoys. Unfortunately the buoys are not holding any decent tunas. Onos are coming up here and there but we have not had a consistent bite yet. With a little luck, fishing around Maui will stay exciting in the coming months. The following photos show some recent highlights.

Captain Craig and Johnny "Gloves" were just hoping for an ono when this 634 lb blue marlin popped up behind their short corner funnel jet. The fish eventually got hooked on the long corner rod and the battle commenced. Interestingly, the marlin had a long line circle hook in the corner of its mouth. Those are very nice hooks. I would love to get some smaller ones for live baiting shibis.

Nice weather and hot fishing is an enjoyable combination.

This 684 lb blue marlin is the biggest fish brought into Lahaina Harbor so far this year.

A happy customer sent us a photo of his barbecue. From left to right, there is mahi, ono, and tuna. It's nice to know that the fish we cut gets eaten and doesn't go to waste.

These folks scored some mahis with Captain Denny and Sam.

Captain Denny and Ross had a huge marlin hooked up for about 7 hours. They chased the fish in reverse for almost 15 miles before the 100 lb line finally broke. Relatively early in the fight Captain Denny and Ross had the marlin within 50 feet of the boat and the fish jumped completely out of the water. With that close look at the fish, Captain Denny knew that the fish was over 1000 lbs. A "grander" is the fish of a lifetime for anyone and most Maui fishermen never even get an opportunity to fight one. Thanks to their enormous size and raw power many monster fish get away. Regardless of the outcome, seeing that marlin is an experience that everyone involved will remember for a very long time. The photo above was taken on a cell phone and doesn't do the fish justice. The marlin is 200-300 yards out charging away from the boat. From that distance the bill is still very noticeable and the wake that the fish is throwing off is comparable to that of a boat.

Captain Mike congratulates his angler Michael on catching his first mahimahi.

Father and son picked up a couple onos on the troll.

The ono bite went off! Captain Patrick and Chris took a gamble and trolled the coastline of Molokai. Spending about 4 hours in the zone, they picked up an amazing 16 onos and missed some more of the toothy critters. I don't even want to know how much money they spent replacing the skirts on all their shredded lures.

An ahi on the deck will put a smile on anyone's face. Captain Terry and Chris also pulled hooks on another ahi and a big blue marlin.

Anglers are doubled up fighting yellowfin tuna. In this case, the tunas were congregated underneath a small boat that had obviously been floating around the Pacific for months or even years.

Here is a shortbill spearfish sporting a new tag and waiting to be released.

These dedicated anglers elected to push through downpours and bumpy water. They were rewarded with a nice catch of mahis and tunas.

That's a nice stringer of mahis.

Repeat angler Travis brought back his amazing luck, catching almost 20 mahis.

After catching some mahis off the buoy, the long corner Morris Lure went for a ride. This 568 lb blue marlin ripped out over 600 yards of line before going deep and dying. The anglers did what they could with the rod and reel and then the hand lining began.

If this marlin looks a little different, that's because it's a black marlin. The giveaway was the pectoral fins, which would not bend down and lay flat on the fish's body. To catch a black marlin in Hawaii is very rare. In fact, the last black marlin brought into Lahaina Harbor was caught over a decade ago.

Thanks for taking a look at this Start Me Up fishing report.

Tight lines,