Hawaiian Blues

blufin10

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  • Dec 8, 2005
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    Ewa Beach - Hawaii
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    John
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    Hi'ilawe - 78Dyer29
    Captain Chris Perez, myself, Adam Momeyer, and Brian Bowman loaded Chris's 27' Skipjack, 'Aku' at 0500hrs and pushed off from Waienae Boat Harbor.

    We ran at 30knots to the pinnacle, and set our 7 bait spread. We trolled north to CO. I took the helm once conditions got a little 'sporty'.

    We ran the 1000' eastwards, and made a single pass through 3 seperate bird piles without a bite.

    Then as the longer center , a 9" KC Aku bullet in flashabou, approached the 4th pile, the reel went off. The fish ran off around 400 yards then settle down midwater. We fought the fish for 2.5 hours before we had her within 100yards. After another hour and several give and take runs we had the fish 'to color' but couldn't nudge her close enough for a bangstick shot.

    After 4 hours we attemped to handline the fish to leader but the fish exploded and sounded hard. The fish run slowed down at half spool and a steady clicking off of line contined to dump the 130. I urged the crew to push the drag to full and slowly handline the fish up as I suspected the fish had died. I was right and we managed to handles her back from the depths over another hour.

    We spent an hour trying unsucessfully to board the fish. We settle on towing her 17 nm back to port. We hoisted the fish, attempted unsucessfully to get a weight, and packed her in ice overnight. Unfortunately she broke our fish scale, so we didn't get a weight, but the head/tail/guts/bone weighed >150lbs. I would guess she went 550-650 range. Her stomach was full of undigested Aku bones.

    This is Adam, Chris, and Brian's firat fish over 500. It was my 5th Hawaiian Blue over 500lbs, and 8th rec-caught fish over 500lbs in my 37 years of offshore fishing.

    Great experience, and should make up some great smoked fish, dip, and fish tacos for restaurants and friends. Chris has gone 0 for 9 on Blues this year, when the crew asked what we were going to catch today after leaving the dock, I said "It's a Marlin Moon today, we will get you your Marlin"

    Great when things work out as planned :)

    John

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    grander007

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    May 10, 2007
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    zzzz
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    46, Bertram, Deep Blue
    nice going guys! it is no easy job bringing one up that size after it dies, w/ out breaking line

    Hawaii is marlin country - only place I know of that a grander has been caught every month of the year - not really seasonal.

    tight lines,
     
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    patfishhi

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    Sep 20, 2007
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    32' Blackfin "Kai Nana"
    Capt. Chris, John, Adam and Brian (AKA "Da Boyzz"), good going on the brutal battle and ultimate end game. Fish sure like Ken's heads, he's happy as well.

    Cheers
    Pat
     
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