March 19, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui


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Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, where the fishing is excellent right now. As one of the Start Me Up captains put it, the fishing is “going off.” The striped marlin are still here in full force and quite a few blue marlin have been around as well. Additionally, the mahi bite is as consistent as ever. If anyone has questions about fishing, feel free to call Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii time or email [email protected]. For those who want to know how the fishing has been recently, the report below is a good indicator.

In accordance with normal Start Me Up protocol, Weston Foster and Mark Hodges discussed the fate of any fish they might catch with their captain before leaving the harbor. The discussion turned out to be a worthy preparation when Weston and Mark each caught a striped marlin while trolling in the Manele Bay area off Lanai. As dictated by Weston and Mark’s prior decision, both of the striped marlin were released.

Both Kendall Black and Jessica Maddox caught their first ocean fish with team Start Me Up. The pair of nice mahis was a great catch for Kendall and Jessica. Even the deckhand Ed was excited, especially about the big cow mahi.

Judy Wood and Marcus Hanes proved that the early bird isn’t the only one that catches a worm. Judy and Marcus landed a nice bull mahi in addition to a cow mahi after the fish bit simultaneously. The double bite came while trolling the inside ledge on a four hour afternoon trip.

Anglers Jamie Lamb, Bob Goudreault, and Charlotte James each encountered a striped marlin in the deep water behind Lanai. There will be no shortage of striped marlin sashimi and fillets in the immediate future.

Striped marlin are visual predators and, unfortunately, this one was hooked too close the eye. The location of the hook didn’t affect the fish’s ability to fight though. Lee Mickelson was thrilled with his catch and complimented the work of the captain and crew. Like the striped marlin on the cutting board, Lee’s fish was filleted and eaten.

The pattern had barely been reset after catching and releasing a striped marlin when the long gone came down hard. The ocean erupted at the back of the spread as this blue marlin headed for the horizon. When angler Doug Tyler landed the 206.4 lb. blue marlin thirty minutes later, the boat was two for two on billfish. They were very satisfied with their catch even though all they needed to complete the Hawaiian slam was a shortbill spearfish.

Jared Custer described his twentieth birthday as a great experience. Jared celebrated his birthday by catching and releasing a striped marlin in the company of his sisters and dad.

Andy Nagy demonstrated his skills as an angler when he brought this mahi to the boat. Andy then took the fish whole so that he could display his skills as a chef. Mahis can be filleted for their steaks and the leftover meat can be used to make soup.

The Cain party had a fun trip catching these mahis on a combination of bait and Maui Fishin lures. They also tagged and released a striped marlin to add to the enjoyment.

Although this mahi was not a big one, the fish was large enough to provide an appetizing meal for the angler.

Carlin and Camille Graff were all smiles after catching a mahi mahi. The fish added some excitement to their day.

The area surrounding the Lanai lighthouse produced some fish for Lee Jensen, Louis Schwengler, and Chad Roberts. They caught and released a striped marlin and kept a mahi for the dinner table.

These anglers were in high spirits after an enjoyable day on the water. They caught a few nice mahis and also caught and released a striped marlin.

Allen Lancaster had a great fiftieth birthday. His girlfriend surprised him with a fishing trip and a very nice bull mahi surprised him just minutes from the harbor. The extreme freshness of the mahi can be verified by observing the fish’s wonderful retention of color.

Ewan Downie knew he was going to have a good Saint Patrick’s Day when the steady trolling was interrupted by a blue marlin behind Lanai. The fish grabbed the long corner lure and took off. Ewan landed the 206 lb. blue marlin thirty minutes later.

Greg Allen and Courtney broke the trend of catching striped marlin and mahi mahi. Greg did catch a mahi, but Courtney caught an ono. Hopefully some more onos will begin trickling into the harbor as the start of ono season approaches.

The Crabtree family was very proud of catching a striped marlin, which they tagged and released. They also caught a mahi that was cut up in preparation for dinner.

Ryan Magaw got in on the striped marlin action by catching and releasing one. The striped marlin hit a lure running behind a bird in the long gone position, which is a common striking position for these fish.

This mahi was an awesome catch for Jake and his sisters Allison and Samantha. They came across the fish in the LA buoy area on an afternoon trip. Those smiles mean that Jake, Allison, and Samantha will want to fish every time they come back to Hawaii.

The Mage party experienced a trip that cannot be summarized by the final photograph. They had several striped marlin flurries that did not result in a successful catch. The anglers did make a comeback though and boated two mahis that were perfect for the barbeque.

The Atwood family had a very pleasant four hour afternoon trip. They landed a nice bull mahi as well as a cow mahi while fishing in the Manele bay area off Lanai.

The hooks were sharp for the Morris family as they had a fantastic trip. They each caught a striped and even landed a mahi as an added bonus.

Ron Ruddick took advantage of the late afternoon bite and picked up this mahi while fishing the inside ledge off Olowalu.

The Elkins Jr. Popsicle, which has already proven to be an effective lure, struck again, this time for angler Mike Cuneo. Mike caught a striped marlin just inside the ledge on a short trip.

Drew, Josh, and Scott Christianson made their four hour afternoon trip a family affair. They went out and got the job done, catching a couple of mahis. Fishing is definitely a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Thanks for taking a look at yet another Start Me Up fishing report. Remember to call our Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii time or email [email protected] with any questions. Many of the fish to be included in the next report have already been caught, so the next report should be up relatively soon. Until then, tight lines.



Registered User
Sep 20, 2007
32' Blackfin "Kai Nana"
Jonny and the SMU Team,

Good goin' on some great trips, a couple thick Blues, decent sized Nairagis and a mixed bag of others...



Broom Rider
Jan 20, 2011
Kailua, Hawaii
Thats what im talkin about . SMU gang keepin the action steady steady steady. Good going SMU captains and crews, putting the fish hungry people on the feeeesh. Keep up the good work.