June 5, 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 was slightly sporadic near the end of May with some days producing lots of fish and some days producing only a few. However, the fishing seemed to change for the better on the first day of June. The blue marlin bite has been hot in the month of June so far. There have been quite a few mahis, onos, and tunas around as well. Overall, the fishing is exciting right now and everyone is excited to get out on the water and look for the fish. If there are any questions, 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 way to contact Deli is via email at [email protected]. This report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch through the second day of June.

Jerod Koldeway caught the fish of a lifetime when he landed his 647 lb. blue marlin. Jerod battled the fish to the boat in 40 minutes after the fish engulfed the purple softhead running in the long rigger position. The icing on the cake came when Jerod and his fellow anglers boated an ono on the way back to Lahaina Harbor. The trip was originally supposed to take place in the morning but difficulties associated with air travel caused the trip to delayed until the afternoon. Fishing in the afternoon was not a problem for Jerod as he was in the right place at the right time. In accordance with Start Me Up’s policy for fish over 500 lbs., Jerod’s trip was free and three hundred dollars was donated to a local charity, which in this case was the Maui Humane Society. Congratulations to Jerod on an outstanding catch.

The second time was the charm for Mike Bertolucci, who fished twice with Start Me Up while on Maui. Mike ended up tagging and releasing a blue marlin, which is a dream catch for any salt water fisherman.

Emily Lazek picked up a couple of nice akus behind Lanai. The area was looking fishy with some scattered birds when the akus struck simultaneously.

The waters behind Lanai had a mixture of shortbill spearfish and blue marlin towards the end of May. Aaron Leininger passed through the area and caught a shortbill spearfish but missed a blue marlin.

Mary Ostwinkle gave her Maui sportfishing experience a thumbs up. Mary has fished with Start Me Up before and caught an ono this time out.

Brothers Fred and Blake Billings, visiting from Texas, were excited when they came across this mahi near the ledge off the west side of Maui. Fred fought the fish on a 50 lb. class rod and reel. The mahi was able to put some considerable bend in the rod, making the fight enjoyable.

Jeff Gillespie and Rich Goodman caught this cow mahi just inside the 100 fathom ledge on a four hour trip. The fish grabbed a jet running in the long gone position behind a bird and jumped high out of the water on the strike. Rich had actually fished with Start Me Up the previous week and tagged a shortbill spearfish. Rich is a pretty lucky angler.

Jason Smith went fishing with his buddies and landed a nice bull mahi. Jason said that he had been waiting his entire life for a fish like his mahi.

Mark and Michelle Austin, Jim Krebs, Don Goldschmidt, Mike Valencia, and Larry Wright found their fish at K buoy. The anglers caught their mahis and onos on lures as the fish bit on nearly every pass.

Daren Compton and Phil Eller caught a nice bull mahi at K buoy. They made their first pass at the buoy with lures and did not get a strike. However, there were some fish caught at K buoy the previous day so Daren and Phil worked the buoy a little harder. All of the lures were brought in and bait was put in the water. Daren and Phil’s mahi could not resist the bait, allowing Daren and Phil to boat a quality fish.

Gilbert and Amber Gonzales caught these shibis at NASA buoy. The larger shibi was caught on live bait and the smaller shibi was hooked using a small lure. Many other tunas were hooked in the area, but porpoise were also in the area and continually attacked fish on the line.

Laura Ensign jumped into action when a pair of mahis bit simultaneously. Laura boated her mahi, which was filleted to provide a great meal or two.

Brenda and John Huck found out that the fish do actually bite in the afternoon. Brenda landed a nice aku after the fish bit a lure in the midst of a porpoise pile. John’s shortbill spearfish was hooked in 50 fathoms off Olowalu.

This angler caught his 39 lb. ono while trolling off the slides on the backside of Lanai. Similar to many other onos, this ono could not help but demolish a jet.

Jeff Statt and Keith Peckam had a blast on their trip. They caught and released an oceanic whitetip shark and followed up that catch with a shortbill spearfish.

A successful day of fishing can result from simply being in the right place at the right time. That’s exactly what happened for Damon, Mike, Lauren, and Jackie Mitchek as well as Mike and Jack Sullivan. The anglers came across a floater in a fast-moving current and followed the floater long enough to catch this mixed bag of fish dominated by mahis.

The bite picked up in the afternoon for Jeremy and Linda Dodd. Jeremy and Linda caught and released a kaku, or barracuda, and then landed one mahi on a double strike. The trip finished with a bang as a nice 38 lb. ono bit right in front of Lahaina Harbor.

The Ahi P lure running in the short rigger position struck yet again. Don Sheldon’s mahi struck the lure and then Don took care of business, getting the fish to the boat.

As David Leavitt requested, his blue marlin was tagged and released. David went one for two on blue marlin while trolling the area known as the factory.

Marcus Carrillo caught his 136 lb. blue marlin on a 50 lb. class rod and reel. The fish grabbed the only straight-running lure in the spread, a jet with aku colors. Marcus fought the fish with a sense of purpose, getting his blue marlin to the boat in slightly under 20 minutes. Marcus wanted to release his blue marlin, but the fish was hooked in the eye socket. As a visual feeder, having only one functional eye would have been devastating for the blue marlin. Consequently, the fish was kept for consumption. Congratulations to Marcus on catching his first blue marlin.

Jesse Guyer, Lina Tetelbaum, Bruce Perney, and George Vitko ended up with a mixed bag of nice fish. They caught a shortbill spearfish, an ono, and a pair of big akus.

Jason Brodliev hooked this nice mahi while trolling. Jason landed his mahi on a 50 lb. class rod and reel, which allowed the fish to bend the rod and take some line, providing and enjoyable fight.

This angler landed a skipjack tuna, or aku. Although the aku was not big, the fish was an encouraging sign of life that indicated the presence of larger predators such as marlin.

This group of anglers came across some fish in the waters behind Lanai. The anglers landed a mahi and some shibis for the dinner table.

Evan Mitchell landed this 187 lb. blue marlin in 85 fathoms off Olowalu. Evan said that catching his blue marlin was an experience he’ll always remember.

Onos are fun to catch because their immense speed allows them to make blistering initial runs. The swimming speed of onos didn’t intimidate Jessie Brockway one bit as she boated her ono.

Dan Timmons barely had time to sit down and relax before he was hooked up. Dan caught his ono 3 minutes outside of Lahaina Harbor on a 2 hour afternoon trip.

Jesse Gioannini joined the club of anglers who know that the fish really do bite in the afternoon. On an afternoon trip, Jesse caught a 296 lb. blue marlin after a 35 minute fight. Jesse wanted to release his blue marlin but the fish showed low vitality near the boat and probably would not have survived after being released.

The Johnson group experienced the thrill of catching a marlin firsthand. The group decided not to keep their approximately 200 lb. blue marlin, which was tagged and released.

Thanks for checking out this Start Me Up fishing report. The next report will definitely contain another big blue marlin and will probably feature several more as long as the bite keeps up. Team Start Me Up will be out on the water searching for the fish and catching fish to be included in the next report. Until then, tight lines.