May 13, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor. There have been a lot of quality fish caught recently off Maui. Trolling in the porpoise piles has produced several ahis. Quite a few billfish have also been caught on the troll. The mahis and onos have continued to bite as well. Overall, the fishing is good right now. 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 or email [email protected]. The photos below show some of Start Me Up’s recent anglers and their catch.

These anglers finished the day with a mixed bag full of nice fish. Kurt Franz and Eric Wright boated a pair of fat onos on a double bite. Kurt was also fortunate enough to land a bull mahi. Even though Kurt and Eric caught some nice fish, Dave Gray had the fish of the trip with his 122 lb. ahi. Great work guys!

Jose Ortiz, Joshua Becerra, Rod Wiens, and Mark Strahs enjoyed productive fishing on Start Me Up’s early morning trip. The anglers combined to catch seven nice mahis, with the biggest bull weighing in at 38 lbs.

Cathy Todd was the designated angler for the day and caught a pair of nice fish. Cathy came across both her mahi and her ono while trolling off the coast of Lanai.

This kawakawa was Ryan Goff’s first tuna. After that warm-up, Ryan is now ready to take on a 500 lb. marlin. Ryan has the attitude of a true fisherman.

Josie and Tracy Mock had an action-packed day and finished their trip with a mixed bag of fish. Josie and Tracy were never able to fully kick back and relax while trolling the deep water off Lanai as the fish continually attacked the lures. Josie and Tracy ended up catching a shortbill spearfish, four mahis, and an ono.

This angler was excited about cutting his aku for sashimi. Marlin love to eat aku as well, so when the aku are around the marlin are not far away.

This mahi struck close to the boat and grabbed the lure running in the short corner position. Jocelyn McElderry was up to the task of landing the fish and got her mahi onto the boat without any trouble.

Sometimes getting a fish to the boat requires more than one angler. Patrick Jones and Jason Johnston teamed up to land this 113 lb. ahi. Teaming up and taking turns is much better than losing the fish. This great catch was the product of great cooperation.

As Eugene Torres, Larry Hajek, Rob Commell, and Bob Hughes can verify, the mahis are still around even though the onos are here in full force. Eugene, Larry, Rob, and Bob caught a nice stringer of fish composed of three onos and two mahis.

Rhonda Jackson caught a nice mahi on her first ever sportfishing trip. Rhonda and her husband Jay went on a short trip this time and want to go on a longer trip next time. Going out on a short trip is a great way to experience sportfishing in Hawaii for the first time.

Bill and Sara Davis landed two out of three mahis on their four hour afternoon trip. Of course, Bill had to hear Sara brag about catching the bigger fish.

The Jones party worked the slides on the backside of Lanai relentlessly. They missed a few fish but did manage to return to Lahaina Harbor with this ono.

Lisa Garrison has gone sportfishing several times without much success. Lisa finally had a successful day on the water as she caught this shortbill spearfish. Team Start Me Up was thrilled that Lisa got a fish.

Jordan Gould went with the proven method of trolling along current lines in the deep water behind LA buoy. Jordan went two for two on mahis and landed a big bull.

Tim Deboer, Phil Brown, and Tristan Raper had a productive day trolling around the shoals of Kahoolawe. The anglers combined for three mahis, including a nice bull, as well as an ono.

Steve and Jenn Burroughs have fished with Start Me Up before. This time they caught a nice shibi that will provide some great sashimi.

This shortbill spearfish grabbed the super ninja running on the short rigger in the midst of a porpoise pile. Steve Catlett landed the fish and crossed catching the most elusive billfish in the world off his list of things to do.

So far, 2011 has been a great year for shortbill spearfish. Cherie Wilson was no exception to this rule as she caught a nice 39 lb. shortbill spearfish.

This mahi, better known as a dorado in other parts of the world, is about the same size as a large bag of Doritos. Sean Donahey didn’t mind because he knew that the fish would still taste excellent.

Jeremy and Chuck Anderson landed a big ono on the troll. Jeremy and Chuck’s ono weighed in at a very respectable 44 lbs.

Dave and Elaine Holderny, who came to Maui all the way from Pittsburgh, got up early to chase the fish at offshore FADs. Their ambition was rewarded as they caught five mahis.

The slides on the backside of Lanai produced this ono for Tom Young. Tom’s ono provided a lot of high quality fillets.

The inside bite produced some fish on a short trip. Mike Bubat and Peter DiGregorio each caught a mahi while Bill Michard landed an ono. All of the fish were caught within a couple miles of Lahaina Harbor.

John Muspratt caught a 312 lb. blue marlin after the fish hit a purple softhead running in the short corner position. Sam Simson also caught a nice ono on the troll.

As Phil Hinds can confirm, trolling in porpoise piles can be a very effective way to land large tunas. That’s exactly how Phil got his 138 lb. ahi on the backside of Lanai near the lighthouse.

Thanks for checking out this Start Me Up fishing report. Any questions can be directed towards Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time. An alternative is to email [email protected]. Hopefully the ahi stick around for a while and make a solid appearance in the next report. Until then, tight lines.



I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 10, 2007
46, Bertram, Deep Blue
way to go guys! lots of fish & lots of smiles

tight lines,


I've posted enough I should edit this section
Feb 16, 2010
Ewa Beach
22 ft Islander
X2! Good going, guys! It's nice to see some ahi making their way into your pics.