Haleiwa 30 September

Discussion in 'Hawaii Fishing Reports' started by chuck merkel, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. chuck merkel

    chuck merkel Member

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    My fishing time has been very limited of late and when I have been able to go, the fish have not been cooperative.

    Hoped to change that with yesterday's trip and was rewarded.

    Left Haleiwa about 0545. Lots of boats were headed out, probably due to the forecast of light winds... Picked up opelu at the shark cage buoys - while we saw sharks we picked up about 2 dozen baits without getting sharked. Made a speed run up to X and set out baits. Within minutes of getting the first bait in the water we were hooked up. Over the next three hours we had 6 strikes, 6 hookups and 5 fish in the boat - we lost one at the gaff. All good sized shibis 40 to 60 pounds. Good fun action and great sashimi.

    PS Glen are you still making gaffs? I need a new one.
     

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  2. mortarsarehung

    mortarsarehung Newbie

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    Awesome report. Can anyone tell me where the shark buoy is? Headin out this friday, looking to make bait for the first time with my new tank. Maybe go Kaneohe, but haven't tried to make bait out there. Wouldn't really know where to start unless I got lucky outside the harbor. Any help would be appreciated, and I'll share my results.
     
  3. patfishhi

    patfishhi Registered User

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    Chuck and crew,

    Glad you were able to make it out, I was starting to think work and projects were keeping you completely off the water. That right there was certainly a nice day, good goin on the shibis. Good thing the sharks weren't hungry, easy the opelu.

    Hey congrats!!! I just noticed the RET after USN, that's great!!!

    Aloha
    Pat
     
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  4. Jus10

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    glad to hear the opelu bite was good...wish i could get out there with these light winds...gotta work...good going..
     
  5. Startmeup

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    Way to fire on the shibis. 6 hookups on 6 strikes is a great percentage. :2gunsfiring_v1:

    Jonny
     
  6. navyaircrew

    navyaircrew Newbie

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    Hey, way to go Chuck... Great trip! and Congrats on retiring brother!
     
  7. russell kato

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    Chuck,
    Congrats on a great catch of good size shibis. If you don't mind sharing, how deep do you fish the live opelu? Do you just free spool the bait or do you send it down with a weight? Thanks for any insight you might be able to offer.
     
  8. chuck merkel

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    Russ,

    We used circle hooks tied directly to the main line - no leader. We bridled the opelu, set them back 50 to 75 yards and troll them at idle around the buoy (a little more engine RPM going uphill). Once the bait is set back we set the reels at strike drag and put the lines up on the outriggers. I have a down rigger as well. I did not use it this trip, but I have used it with success at depths down to 200 feet. I hope this helps.

    Chuck
     
  9. JROLAND

    JROLAND "Wings of Lightning"

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    Chuck,
    Congrats on the retirement and the fish. Great day on the water from start to finish for sure. Heard the weather has been pretty decent up on the NS and the shibi look like they are still around. Looking forward to getting back home and enjoying the family and the boat again.

    v/r Joe
     
  10. chuck merkel

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    [ame]http://youtu.be/lTSTtD38JXc[/ame]

    took me awhile, but here is a video of some of the action.
     
  11. force21

    force21 Oldie

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    Howzit Chuck, Still making & I have several on hand..call me (808)349 9798. Sorry for responding so late...been kind of busy. Glenn.
     
  12. chuck merkel

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    Glenn, Just got back on island. I will give you a call soon.

    Chuck
     
  13. rsokolowski

    rsokolowski Newbie

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    You have to put the one with the bad gaff first on the video. All the rest were head shots.
     
  14. chuck merkel

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    Those were the only two that the camera was running for...
     
  15. kajikihunta

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    you can tell weekend warriors by the way they gaff. don't get excited take your time. get a good shot no belly gaffs.
     
  16. Howemet

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    Nice Chuck. Thanks for sharing the video. GoPro is a good addition to any good boat.

    Pete
     
  17. rsokolowski

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    Yes, I fish weekends and the first gaff sucked. The other four were all head shots. Stuff happens, the fish ended up in the boat, so it could have been worse.:) Good advice though and I will try to employ it next time.
     
  18. Stack M High

    Stack M High Wheel Man

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    Strong Work !!!!!!!
     

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