March 2, 2013 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


Official Sponsor of Bloodydecks
Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. The bite has not been red hot, but there are definitely some fish around. Trolling has produced blue marlin, shortbill spearfish, and mahimahi. Fishing the buoys has resulted in mahis and occasionally the tunas come up as well. The following photos show some of Start Me Up's anglers and their catch from the later part of February.

Surprisingly nice weather allowed these anglers to stay at the buoy for quite a while and try numerous techniques. They were rewarded with a stringer of fish that included a 29 lb cow mahi.

John from Alberta, Canada had a blast catching a bunch of bottom fish. This one, supposedly called a flying gurnard, was by far the most interesting.

Dolphins ruined the sunrise bite, but these fishermen stayed patient. The dolphins eventually left and the tunas came up for a very short period of time.

A few fish at the buoy and then a couple more thanks to a double trolling bite. The 32 lb bull mahi got snagged by a purple softhead that was almost dead in the water. Catching the mahi on a drop-back opelu would have been easier, but the fish ended up on the boat anyways.

These guys were great anglers and made the most of their tuna flurry.

This quality bull mahi couldn't resist a trolled lure.

The tuna bite was good enough for everybody to have fun.

Four decent tunas, a couple of mahi bites on the troll, and calm weather. That's a pleasant day on the water.

This nice kawakawa took down a 7 inch lure.

The tuna bite was red hot and lasted for a long time. The best part was the pair of 50 lb shibis that bit during the middle of the flurry.

Who wouldn't take 3 mahis on the troll?

The moon's schedule makes catching live bait relatively difficult during one week out of every month. Live bait is nice to have, but is not critical. Dead bait and lures produced 8 mahis on this trip.

These hardy anglers braved some rougher water to catch tunas and a couple of mahis. The mahi count would have been 3, but some type of large predator grabbed one. The other highlight of the day was the 100 lb ahi.

Father and son picked up a mahimahi on a short morning trip.

The bite was a little on the slow side, but the mahis just kept on coming.

Chris and Katie went sport fishing during their last afternoon on Maui. They lucked out and got a 172 lb blue marlin on a classic Elkins bait.

One mahi can produce numerous smiles.

Bottom fishing resulted in a bunch of fish, including this kagami or threadfin jack. Although this photo doesn't do the fish justice, kagamis have a very unique appearance.

Here's a representation that clearly shows the kagami's filamentous dorsal and anal fins. The length of the fins decreases in relation to body size as the fish ages.

Thanks for checking out this Start Me Up fishing report. Until the next one, good luck and tight lines.



I've posted enough I should edit this section
Feb 8, 2012
Cu na mara
Oh my God, thank you. I saw one of those flying gurnard while snorkeling in Waikiki and have been trying to figure out what it was for almost 3 years.


I've posted enough I should edit this section
Feb 16, 2010
Ewa Beach
22 ft Islander
Good job finding the action during these slow times!