November 25, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. All of the major species of game fish caught in Hawaii (marlin, mahi, ono, and tuna) have been caught in the past couple of weeks. An assortment of different bottom fish was caught as well. If anyone wants more information on how the bite has been, feel free to contact 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]. The following report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the middle of November.

This very aggressive blue marlin was determined to eat, missing the short corner lure twice before inhaling the 9 inch Opihi P on the long corner. Keith McMaster caught the fish after about 20 minutes in the fighting chair. The marlin put on a great show that was enjoyed by everyone onboard.

Mike Helland caught a couple of nice akus that put up a good fight on light tackle. In the meantime, Sara Funk landed a bull mahi. Both Sara and Mike relished the action.

The Wong family won their fishing trip as part of local radio contest. They utilized a number of different techniques and bottom fishing happened to be the most productive. The Wongs pulled up a variety of good-eating fish off the bottom, including uku, papio, nabeta, and ta’ape. Everyone involved had a great time on the water.

The Holt group was hoping to catch some fish that they could eat for dinner. They were not disappointed by this nice cow mahi, which was big enough to provide a good fight and plenty of fillets.

The Spencer group caught their ono on a black and pink funnel jet running in the short corner position. Similar to other large pelagic species, onos are very aggressive; they’re not at all intimidated by the boat and will frequently attack the largest lures closest to the propellers.

Ed Boll and Tom Hemmerton picked up their nice cow mahis while trolling alongside a current line. They also missed a blue marlin in the same area.

Retta Byron caught a big cow mahi that tipped the scales at 31 lbs. Retta came across her mahi in 30 fathoms of water off Puamana, which is almost a stone’s throw from Lahaina Harbor. The fish pounced on the short corner tomahawk in what was described as an “epic bite”.

Amanda and Peter Cozzolino were joined by Rob Gazzetta in catching three quality mahis. One of the mahis bit a lure while the other two were caught on live opelu.

Jeremiah Bouch and Lacey Scott got in on the trend of catching quality mahis. Jeremiah caught his nice bull on live bait while Lacey caught her cow mahi on a lure.

These anglers fished hard in pursuit of mahis but were only able to get one. That’s the way fishing goes sometimes, but at least they caught enough fish to have a scrumptious dinner partly composed of fresh mahi.

Jeff and Yvonne Kenny had to contend with some wind so they decided to fish the inside ledges and pinnacles. Their plan worked out as they caught a couple of onos.

The option of bottom fishing is becoming more popular, especially amongst young anglers. The action on the bottom is usually pretty steady and edible fish can still be caught. These young anglers released a variety of bottom fish and kept a couple of nabeta, which are very good to eat.

Andrea Nelson, Amanda Hostetter, Joe Ohradzanski, and Steve Choi finished the day with a mahi apiece. Each angler experienced the strength of their mahi while fishing at a FAD.

The Hinkel group took advantage of the relatively late sunrise to catch some opelu at the beginning of their trip. Their bait catching efforts paid off later as they caught these two mahis on the live opelus.

The Kranz group fished hard and returned to Lahaina Harbor with a pair of mahis and a shibi. They had several other bites but those fish spit the hooks. Thankfully, the sting of a missed opportunity is lessened when there are already fish on the boat.

The barracuda, or kaku, is not targeted and therefore isn’t caught on most trips, but Lyle and Betty MacLean somehow managed to get numerous kaku bites. In general, barracudas are not considered to be good-eating. The captain’s family, however, likes to eat kaku so this one was kept for the table.

David Kim was baiting the inside pinnacle called secret spot when this mahi grabbed a bridled opelu. The strike was actually part of double bite but the second fish thwarted the fishermen by avoiding the hook.

Mark Weiss and Glenn DeMar fished the waters north of Lahaina. They started with live bait at a FAD and hooked a nice tuna and a mahi. Unfortunately, the tuna spit the hook after about 15 minutes and the mahi shook itself free after a few minutes on the line. Mark and Glenn settled for a couple of akus and a pair of shibis for sashimi. The anglers hooked their consolation fish, a 33 lb. ono, while trolling in 30 fathoms of water off Kapalua.

Alec and Brady Penning caught a kawakawa and a mahi. Both fish hit a small lure that was running far behind the boat.

The Halpin family went bottom fishing and caught an array of fish. One of the fish, a moano, was used for live bait. Sean Halpin’s trumpet fish couldn’t resist the helpless moano and ended up on the back deck before being released to fight another day.

A funnel jet on the long corner was crushed and then taken for a ride. The reel screamed as line peeled off the spool. Wayne Blake responded quickly to the ferocious bite and fought his nice bull mahi all the way to the boat.

This young angler invested a little bit of time in bottom fishing and caught this nabeta in addition to the other fish that he released.

Kimball and Gerad Cottam were delighted with their cow mahi. A bull mahi to complete the pair would have been nice, but that fish was simply not in the cards.

Don Karbonic’s mahi came charging in on the long corner lure. The fish missed the artificial lure and a natural bait was quickly pitched into the water. The mahi reappeared to take the dead opelu and Don made sure that the fish wound up on ice.

According to the Holt group, they have always been fortunate while sport fishing. This time out, they fished for a while without much luck and began to question whether they would be able to continue their catching streak. Before the anglers gave up hope, this blue marlin struck the purple softhead running on the short rigger. The anglers brought the fish to the boat and maintained their excellent fishing record.

Thanks for checking out this Start Me Up fishing report. Any questions can be directed toward Deli at 808-667-7879 or [email protected]. Until the next report, tight lines.



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