Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. So far in 2015 the fishing has not been red hot. We’ve been working hard and trying different things in order to catch some fish. Here’s what our efforts have been producing. The plan was to target trevally early then go trolling for billfish. It’s nice when a plan comes together perfectly. These avid Maui fishermen took advantage of some early morning buoy action. Onos are caught most often during the summer. Wintertime onos, although less abundant, are generally bigger. All 4 of these onos weighed in at over 30 lbs. Here’s 3 more fat onos. That’s a 53 lb ono. The fish grabbed a live bait in just 9 fathoms of water. Dragging live baits was productive for these anglers as well. They got a 44 lb ono along with some smaller fish. Chris Cole reaches for leader on his first blue marlin of 2015. 275 lbs? Chris and Captain Jason think that’s about right. This group was stoked with their catch. Mahis are a lot of fun when you can see the fish racing to eat the baits. That tuna is known as a kawakawa. They’re usually caught near shore in relatively shallow water. Lately, however, they have been almost everywhere. We’re catching them in the shallows, on the ledges, and at the buoys. A little rain didn’t stop the fish from biting. What an epic day! This group stopped and did some bottom fishing on the way out before picking up a couple of nice mahis at the buoy. Bottom fishing produces big fish from time to time. Most of the big ones are sharks but occasionally we get giant trevally, or ulua. The big ulua weighed 46 lbs. The big mahis turned down the opelus and ate live tunas instead. The biggest mahi weighed 46 lbs. Here’s another 46 pounder. Hawaii’s Fish Aggregation Devices are buoys anchored to the bottom in deep water. The moorings eventually fail and the buoys drift away. These anglers found a missing buoy and scored a bunch of mahis. These hungry mahis were hanging around a floating net. Thanks for taking a look at this Start Me Up fishing report. Aloha.