March 29, 2012 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. The first quarter of 2012 has produced some nice catches. Those catches have consisted mostly of mahis and tunas in addition to some billfish. If there are any questions about the fishing, feel free to contact Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 or [email protected]. The follow report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch.

Both Bryan O’Donoughue and Allen Pod were able to successfully tag and release a striped marlin. Bryan’s fish was estimated to weigh 50 lbs while Allen’s fish could have possibly tipped the scales at 100 lbs.

Bryan and Allen were not finished with a couple of striped marlin. Along with Mike and Mark O’Donoughue and Kevin Berndt, Bryan and Allen racked up a number of mahis.

Tim and Kathy Kauffmann fished away the afternoon and had a great trip. They had a perfect record, catching three fish out of three bites. Two of the mahis, one bull and one cow, had some pretty good size.

A mixed bag of fish was the end result for Jason McKendrick, Ryan Chamber, Brian Wright, Chrizzy Tronson, and Terry Brebalick. The anglers needed a billfish in order to catch every variety of Hawaiian game fish. They actually had a shot but the fish emerged victorious from the encounter.

Lloyd Fehr went out by himself with the knowledge that every fish would be his. Seven mahis later, Lloyd might have been wishing that he brought along some help.

Shortbill spearfish are always a satisfying fish to catch. Chris Crawford got one after the fish ate an Ahi P lure running in the long gone position.

The Daniels love to fish when they are on Maui. With their luck, it’s no wonder why. This time they got a stringer of shibis as well as a striped marlin and a mahi.

The Daniels were up to their same old tactics. This time they tricked some mahis and tunas into biting. Their most useful tool was a bait tank containing live opelu.

Rhonda and Randy Beans were joined by Gary Morris for a great day of fishing. The anglers had their hands full catching a bunch of mahis and a shortbill spearfish.

The Nixon group went 8 for 10 on mahis. Landing 80% of the fish that bite is a good percentage and getting 10 bites in six hours of trolling makes for some great action.

The Roberts family swept the board, catching every variety of game fish this caught in Hawaiian waters. The Roberts caught tunas, a mahi, and an ono early in the day. The pressure was on to get a billfish and eventually a shortbill spearfish took down the funnel jet on the short rigger.

Lady luck is considered advantageous on the water and that luck came through yet again. This fortunate angler tagged and released a shortbill spearfish and caught a mahi while fishing the ledge off Black Manele.

The Dillingham group took some time to catch live bait and their effort later paid off with six mahis and a tuna, all caught on the live opelus.

Allen Bojivin was also fortunate enough to get a shortbill spearfish bite. Allen was even luckier to get the elusive billfish to the side of the boat, where the fish was tagged and released.

Catching an ulua on the troll is not a common occurrence but is always a pleasant surprise. Andrew Hothen caught his trevally less than five minutes after leaving Lahaina Harbor.

Larry and Julie Ayres had an exciting afternoon on the water. They used the bite report from that morning to formulate the best possible plan, which resulted in a nice striped marlin and a mahi.

A tuna flurry produced some good times for Alaskans Steven Horn and Dana Reid who also managed to boat a couple of mahis in the heat of the battle.

There was a fish for each angler as Jenny Fast, Matt Barnhouse, and Alex Erstgard brought in some quality mahis.

Kelly and Tom Zaha, Jim Januszewcki, Tony Barter, Phil Clarke, and Ben Kanceler had a action-packed morning of fishing. The anglers caught bunch of mahis and tunas at a FAD and then caught a pair of shortbill spearfish on the troll. One of the shortbill spearfish was tagged and released.

Dean Windsor, Murray Goodman, Robert Young, Dan Parsons, Tom Brittner, and John Frank successfully negotiated an intense flurry of mahis and tunas, returning to Lahaina Harbor with a bag full of fish. Dan caught the fish of the day, a 29 lb cow mahi.

Wayne and Mark Eburne, Don Ballard, and John Young fished hard in the waters behind Lanai. They caught mahis and tunas at a FAD and then found a couple of striped marlin while trolling. The striped marlin bit simultaneously and one was tagged and released.

Ben Conlin hooked a bull mahi. Upon catching the mahi, Ben became hooked on deep sea fishing. Way to go Ben!

Marian and Char Fill hooked their mahis while trolling. Marian’s colorful mahi bit only a few miles from the harbor and Char’s mahi was an aggressive one, striking the purple softhead on the short corner.

Paul and Suetta Thieneman, Allen Nowokowski, Glenn Davidowich and Ed went out to a hot spot. Apparently everyone knew that there had been fish in the area because the anglers had to contend with 12 other boats in the area. Nevertheless, some mahis ended up on the boat.

There were mahis for everyone on the backside of Lanai. The fish bag can fill up pretty quickly when the bite is good.

John Peterson teamed up with his wife to catch a pile of tunas and a few mahis. All of the fish were hooked on live bait at a fish aggregation device.

Kelly Smith hooked his ahi in a porpoise pile on the backside of Lanai. After a 20 minute fight, Kelly had the tuna exhausted. The ahi ended up weighing in at 112.5 lbs.

Doug Martinson and Jim Peters experienced the best of both worlds. First, they picked up four mahis at a FAD. Afterwards, Doug and Jim got into some serious big gaming. They hooked a big blue marlin, potentially over 500 lbs, on 50 lb class standup gear. Doug and Jim fought the fish for an hour and a half before pulling hooks right before leader. Redemption came their way a couple of hours later when Doug and Jim tagged and released an approximately 100 lb blue marlin.

Thanks for checking out this Start Me Up fishing report. Remember that any question can be directed towards Deli at 808-667-7879 or [email protected]. Until the next report, tight lines.