March 27, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui


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Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor. Mahis are the main fish being caught off Maui right now. Occasional onos, tunas, and striped marlin have been thrown into the mix as well. The blue marlin have been around and biting too, but have been difficult to catch. If anyone has questions about the fishing, call Deli in 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]. The report below contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the past four days.

Bill Ore and his son Jack had a great day of fishing. They trolled behind Lanai, where they caught a bull mahi and an 82.5 lb. ahi. Catching a big tuna in the blind is always very nice.

Rick Cotes caught an ono after the fish attacked a purple and black jet running on the long corner. Russ Singleton and Kurt Espe took advantage of rigger bites further back in the spread to catch their mahis. The anglers also experienced a ferocious blue marlin bite, which will surely bring them back to try again.

Tom Dietrich caught this ono right out of the gates. The crew had just set the first lure as the boat went over the inside pinnacle called secret spot when the fish bit. Tom was very happy with his catch and slightly relieved to get the pressure off so early in the trip.

The Orton brothers teamed up to catch this mahi for dinner while trolling the ledge off black Manele.

Bob Staats and Dylan Bird picked up a nice pair of mahis in nearly the same location where the Orton brothers found their fish. Bob and Dylan got their bites while trolling the 100 fathom ledge off Manele Bay, Lanai.

This mahi made the day for Jake Denham, who enjoyed his trip immensely. The crewman Ryan also appears to have enjoyed the trip.

This mahi was one of the two fish that Diana and Levi came across on their four hour trip.

Paul Langhas caught his mahi after patiently dragging around dead bait for a while. The strike was actually a double bite, but the other fish jumped and shook the hook out. Paul’s fish was slightly more cooperative and ended up on the boat as a result.

Derek Koster’s nice bull mahi displayed some brilliant colors for this photo because Derek got his bite just minutes from the harbor.

Bob Greig and Lau Holzkencht were lucky enough to get a double striped marlin bite. The anglers were then able to land both fish, which does not happen often when marlin bite simultaneously.

This mother and daughter combination goes by G and T. G and T were spot on when this mahi struck the Ahi P lure running in the short rigger position.

Mike Smith, Linda Johnson, and Paul Schneider had a good amount of action, ending up with a total of five mahis. Hooking the fish required some effort, as some came on bait and others were caught on lures.

Nick Munson and his grandfather Mike caught this mahi very close to Lahaina Harbor. The mahi bit immediately after the lures were put in the water and the deckhand was going over what to do when a fish is on the line. Nick was a quick learner and did a great job getting the fish to the boat.

After missing a nice blue marlin, Chris Ghidinelli and David and Mike Danzl took out their frustration by catching these three mahis.

Steve Putnam, who shared the same last name with his captain, caught an afternoon mahi while trolling exactly 4.79 miles off Launiupoko.

With all of the fish being caught close to the harbor, dragging some bait around the inside pinnacle called secret spot was a smart decision. Kenny Knickerbocker got bit doing just that and ended up catching a rather surprising needlefish. Trolling off Manele also yielded a pair of mahis for Sterling McBride and Chase McCann.

Nathan Rubenstein, Michael McDonald, John Lamarque, Patrick Dugan, and Rob Laqueglia went out to enjoy themselves on an afternoon trip. The friends returned to the harbor with a bull mahi caught by Nathan.

Trolling off the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay on Lanai resulted in a cow mahi for Bekah Olson and a nice bull mahi for Gary Yarosz.

This nice cow mahi was part of a great trip for Pat and Danny Mackey. Besides the mahi, the father and son also missed a billfish.

David and Lori Torres and Kamin and Jerrell Jinkins caught a few nice mahis on the troll. All of the anglers were very excited to have hooked a nice blue marlin, which ended up getting away. Just seeing the power of a blue marlin is a very satisfying experience.

Jimmy Nguyen’s mahi was not huge, but the fish was big enough to put up a fight and provide some good meals.

Al Borden caught his bull mahi on a lure in thirty fathoms of water off Launiupoko.

Andre Sadykov of the Russian Big Game Sportfishing Club hooked his mahi while fishing the inside ledge on a four hour trip.

Amy and David Anderson, both of whom are Bloodydecks followers, joined Start Me Up for a morning of fishing and came up with two mahis, including a nice cow.

The Biddells, who are return Start Me Up anglers, have had trips with much more action. However, they did end up catching a mahi and enjoying the day.

Eight year old Alan Vinsant caught his first Hawaiian fish while trolling off Manele Bay on Lanai. Alan was all smiles after landing his nice bull mahi. Way to go Alan!

Don Cisk, Gary Piane, and George Lawler went four for four on mahis while working the backside of Lanai. The anglers did not have a perfect record for the day though because they also missed a blue marlin.

Colter, Brandy, and Dan Smith found the fish on the north shore of Maui. They finished with six mahis, one of which was a very nice cow. Colter picked up a couple Maui Fishin lures after the trip because the lures were so effective in attracting a few of his fish.

Thanks for taking a look at this Start Me Up fishing report. Remember to contact Deli at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time or email [email protected] with any questions. Until the next report, tight lines.