June 14, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. Fishing off of Maui has continued to produce a variety of species. The blue marlin are around, biting, and putting on great shows. However, only a few of the blue marlin have allowed themselves to be caught. Far more onos, mahis, and small tunas have made their way onto Start Me Up boats. 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 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time. Another means of communication is via email at [email protected]. This fishing report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from June 3rd to June 10th.

At 13 years old, Zack Martin knew he had the stamina to fight a big fish for a long time. Zack’s endurance came in handy as he fought a 576 lb. blue marlin for 2 hours and 45 minutes. The fish grabbed the long rigger purple softhead in only 65 fathoms of water off the area known as the dump. With his catch, Zack secured a free trip for himself and his family as well as a 300 dollar donation to the Maui Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations to Zack on catching the fish of a lifetime.

Chris Kinasewich picked up an ono while trolling from Lahaina Harbor towards deeper water. Once in the deeper water, Nick Imthurn caught an aku. Nick is an avid fisherman and really appreciated the colors of his skipjack tuna. Right on Nick!

Gordon Penwell and Justin Rothgeb each picked up a mahi on natural bait. One mahi was caught at NASA buoy while the other mahi was caught at K buoy.

Bobby Boyarski landed his ono while trolling off of the last cane field. The area known as the last cane field is off the southernmost sugar cane field on the west end of Maui.

Lynn Mehus and Pamp Maiers had quite a bit in common with each other. They went fishing together on the same boat and both of their fish bit a Jr. Softhead running in the long corner position. The only difference was that Lynn caught an ono while Pamp landed a mahi.

Tyler Slaughter’s aku put up a great fight on light standup gear. Tyler’s aku was immediately put back in the water after being bridled to serve as live bait. The aku continued to be lively, but was not able to attract a larger predator such as a marlin or large mahi.

Art Rudy and Art Rudy Jr. went out in the afternoon and found a couple of fish. Sr. caught an ono and Jr. boated a shibi. Art and Art had a number of options in regards to the preparation of their fish. Both ono and shibi can be eaten raw as sashimi or cooked in every way imaginable.

Holly and Eric Rogner boated an ono on a short morning trip. Eric was especially excited about the catch.

Another short morning trip produced some fish. Kirk Middleton and Mike Cosgrove each caught a mahi while trolling right in front of Lahaina town.

Andrew Griffin landed his ono after the fish attacked a marauder. Many fishermen don’t like to use marauders because they feel that too many fish get away. However, there is no denying that marauders tend to draw a lot of strikes.

Craig May, Andrew and Craig Burgess, Mike Sund, and Ryan Houser went out to SO bouy. The buoy was surrounded by life and the anglers caught a mixed bag of mahis and tunas. All of the fish was filleted after the trip so that everyone would have some fish for personal consumption.

Johnny and Connie Clayton went north after leaving Lahaina Harbor and headed towards Molokai. In addition to experiencing the amazing scenery of Molokai firsthand, Johnny and Connie were fortunate enough to land a pair of onos and a nice bull mahi.

George and Chere Payovich were joined on an early trip by Tracy Lacy. The anglers enticed some mahis with live bait and were able to get a few on the boat.

Many years ago, onos were considered to be a nuisance and were not a targeted species in Hawaii. Like most people, Mike Maestes probably doesn’t understand why this was so because he had a great time catching his ono, which also happens to be good to eat.

The Young group had an exciting afternoon trip. They came across a nice blue marlin that spit the hooks while jumping and putting on a show. Their consolation fish was a big bull mahi, which are quite strong and are always fun to catch.

These anglers caught a mahi and a shibi. The shibi is for perfect for sashimi or poke to munch on while the mahi is cooked.

Robyn Barnard got excited for a good reason when this shortbill spearfish came streaking in on the black and pink Jr. Softhead. Robyn did an excellent job fighting the fish and brought his shortbill spearfish to the boat.

Sarah Daniel went fishing with her two sons and caught a big ono that weighed in at 50 lbs. The ono bit a general jet at the inside pinnacle called secret spot.

Joey Mayorga picked up another ono on the inside while trolling the ledge off Olowalu. Olowalu has lots of pinnacles and is arguably the most productive spot near the west coast of Maui.

The Smydra group was able to see a variety of fish on their trip. They caught a few mahis as well as some shibis. Additionally, the anglers hooked an estimated 300 lb. blue marlin that shook the hooks while jumping completely out of the water.

Tony Cereghino, Aaron Wright, and Robert Mancey each landed a nice fish while trolling in the deep water between Kahoolawe and Lanai. Tony and Aaron were responsible for the two onos while Robert was the angler on the mahi. The anglers also missed a blue marlin and a mystery bite. The mystery fish came in on the short rigger and then switched to the long rigger before losing interest and disappearing.

Brothers Caleb and Parker Trost caught a shibi. Their fish was not the biggest, but was big enough to provide some appetizing food.

Ryan Funk came across a nice ono while trolling. The ono viciously attacked a lure and made a blistering intial run. After letting the fish rip out a bunch of line, Ryan brought his ono to the boat without too much difficulty.

Gloria and Mike Pankowksi caught a big kawakawa. The kawakawa is a member of the tuna family that is better known as bonita in California and Mexico. The Pankowski’s kawakawa was filleted and enjoyed by several people.

Mike Gumrot and Mike Hill each found an ono in deep water. Onos are typically targeted in shallow water from 20 to 50 fathoms but as of late the onos have been encountered in much deeper water. The unpredictability of fishing offshore in Hawaii is one of the many reasons why this type of fishing is interesting.

Colin Betts boated this 40 lb. ono while trolling. Trolling also produced a blue marlin bite that unfortunately did not result in the fish being caught. However, just seeing a blue marlin is a great experience. Colin experienced all of this action in the afternoon. Colin had originally planned to fish in the morning but the afternoon bite did not let him down.

Zac Boyer landed his ono after the fish struck a purple Elkins Jr. Popsicle off the coast of Lanai. Zac’s ono used its very sharp teeth to nearly bite through the 400 lb. monofilament leader and get away. Thankfully, Zack got the ono to the boat before the fish could escape with a classic lure and a double hook rig.

Zach Norman, all the way from Missouri, hooked a blue marlin in the LA buoy area. The fish popped up in the spread and completely bypassed the short side of the pattern in its determination to eat the purple softhead running in the long corner position. The fish succeeded and the fight with Zach began. Zach battled his blue marlin to the boat in 15 minutes but the fish was not ready to quit and ripped out 50 more yards of line. Five minutes later, Zach had fought the fish to the boat for the second and final time. Zach’s blue marlin ended up weighing in at 277 lbs.

Thanks for checking out this Start Me Up fishing report. Any questions can be directed towards Deli at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time. Emails can be sent to [email protected] at all times. At this point, no giant blue marlin have volunteered to be featured in the next report but Start Me Up will be out on the water looking for fish. Until next time, tight lines.



Well-Known "Member"
May 10, 2007
46, Bertram, Deep Blue
nice going guys! marlin fishing in hawaii... what more could you ask for?

tight lines,