Fishing Report December 9, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. The fishing off the leeward side of Maui has not changed too much since the last report. Mahis are composing the bulk of the catch and a few tunas and onos have been thrown into the mix as well. The billfish bite has been on the slow side so some anglers have been electing to do some different types of fishing such as bottom fishing. The bottom has been producing a variety of species including nabeta, papio, and the occasional uku. If there are any questions about the fishing, feel free to call Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879. Another option is to email [email protected]. The rest of this report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the end of November and the first few days of December.

Andrew and TC Coatney had a fun morning on the water. They caught a 38 lb. ono on light tackle by dragging a live opelu on a downrigger. They also dropped bait to the bottom and caught a papio in addition to some inedible species.

Angler, captain, and crew realized that catching such a nice ono on light tackle was not an everyday event. Therefore, they took the time to get this colorful photograph.

The Degroots party had their dinner plans made for them when this mahi raced into the pattern of lures and ate the super ninja lure on the short rigger.

This curious bull mahi decided to investigate the boat as well as the pattern of lures behind the boat. Vincent Abbas saw the opportunity and did everything right to get his nice bull mahi in the fish bag.

The Tonge family wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from their first offshore fishing trip in Hawaii. They were not disappointed to return to Lahaina Harbor with a mahi.

Christina and Jim Kane were also beginners but they didn’t skip a beat when their mahi ate a swimming bait. After trading in their small bait for a bigger fish, Christina wanted to trade in the mahi for an even bigger fish.

While baiting for mahis, the Goetzfried group hooked a tough shark. The shark put up a great fight on light tackle before being successfully released.

Vick Fitzer is an avid fisherman who has fished all over the world. He had a day to remember after singlehandedly catching this stringer of mahis on standup gear. Between the catch and the scenery on the north shore of Molokai, Vick definitely had a memorable day on the water.

Mahis are the most common fish to catch while using natural bait at a FAD. Mary and Todd Dinzik utilized this tactic to catch a mahi of their own. Mary and Todd also caught a snake mackerel, which happens to be a very rare catch while fishing near the surface.

The snake mackerel (Gempylus serpens) is named according to its long, slender body and sharp teeth. The fish are found in tropical and subtropical oceans all around the world. Adults, which grow to just over three feet long, feed near the surface at night and move to depths of almost 2,000 feet during the day. Known as hāuliuli in Hawaii, snake mackerel are eaten cooked or dried.

With steady action in mind, Daniel and Michael Cary spent some time bottom fishing and brought up this uku and nabeta as part of their catch. The rest of the catch was released because the uku and nabeta could supply plenty of fresh fish.

The boys were excited about their nice uku so they took a short break from fishing to get this photograph.

This yellow spot papio, which was not desired for consumption, was tagged and released to fight another day.

Mindy and Amy Datena braved some less than ideal weather conditions to chase mahis. Mindy and Amy were rewarded for their determination with a mahi apiece.

Catching a fish is always fun, regardless of the size. This nice papio was caught on spinning tackle while bottom fishing off the coast of Lanai.

Captain Steve Carroll (center) apparently cannot get enough of fishing. On a day off, he went out for fun and caught a nice bull mahi on extremely light tackle.

Keith Maginn made the inside run and trolled over numerous inshore ledges and pinnacles. Fish have a tendency to aggregate around underwater structures and this ono was no exception. Keith’s ono grabbed a chrome jet running in the short rigger position as the lure passed over an underwater pinnacle that was holding some bait.

The inside run also produced for the Stuart group. They went out on a two hour trip and found a current line. While trolling along the current line, a mahi bit one of the lures and then two more mahis were hooked by dropping back live opelus. Three mahis on a two hour trip is quite a success.

Dragging live bait resulted in an exciting triple bite. Jim Wilks and Fill Osborne emerged from the fast-paced situation with a fish apiece. One of the fish was a nice cow mahi and the other was a big kawakawa. Everyone was left wondering about what the third fish might have been.

Mike Busch’s mahi was not a big one, but the fish was big enough to take some line, put up a fight, and provide dinner.

Gary and Sara Thomas were joined by Phillip Hinds in catching these mahis. Again, these fish were not huge but they were still fun.

There was a flash of blue and silver near the surface and then this mahi started cutting through the water in pursuit of the lure running in the long rigger position. Only a moment later, the fish was hooked up and Rueben Krippner got busy. Rueben brought his mahi to the boat and watched the fish change color, darkening to yellow and green.

This mahi was the perfect fish for angler Jared Hall. As a young angler, Jared will certainly remember this catch and will remain interested in fishing for many years to come. Way to go Jared!

The Haweks group had some bad luck and missed a pair of bites. Nevertheless, they remained persistent and caught this nice cow mahi. The sting of missing a couple of fish is lessened when those fish were small in comparison to the one that ended up on the boat.

These anglers found a large bait school in an area that looked promising. After working the area to no avail, the anglers decided to break out the light tackle and catch some tunas for fun. The tunas were also enjoyed as sashimi.

The deckhand could not resist putting out the Maui Fishin lure known as little boy blue. Only minutes after little boy blue hit the water, Linnea Pasternak was hooked up with her mahi. Currently, Linnea’s favorite fishing lure is little boy blue.

According to angler Danielle Garcia, this 29 lb. mahi was full of vigor. Thankfully, Danielle had plenty of encouragement from her husband Matt.

Thanks for taking a look at this Start Me Up fishing report. Any questions can be directed toward Deli at 808-667-7879 or [email protected]. Hopefully the next report will contain some big fish and abundant catches, similar to the most recent reports from the windward side of Oahu. Until the next report, tight lines.