October 12, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Dec 9, 2008
Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. The fishing has improved a little bit since the last report. The FADs on the leeward side of Maui County have been holding some mahis and using bait at these buoys has proven to be an effective method for putting fish on the boat. Trolling has also led to some significant success recently, especially because the marlin bite has picked up since the beginning of October. Given that some aku piles have been found as well, the marlin bites are not surprising. If there are any questions about the fishing, feel free to get in contact with Deli in Start Me Up’s Lahaina Harbor booth. Deli can be contacted by telephone at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii Time or via email at [email protected]. The following report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the end of September and the beginning of October.

With favorable weather and fishing reports, Dave Huchlak and Ken Porisky decided to head out on an early departure trip. Dave and Ken made the right decision and ended up catching a shibi in addition to a nice group of mahi.

Especially calm winds allowed Ben Simmons, Kelly Aman, Todd McClane, Ryan Anderson, and Tom Joll to fish off the island of Molokai. The anglers fished relatively shallow waters close to the coast with a variety of jet head lures. This tactic resulted in a pair of mahis as well as three onos.

Chris and Melissa Rumph were relaxing when a nice fish suddenly broke the surface, grabbed a lure, and started to rip line off the reel. The exciting bite resulted in the successful tag and release of an approximately 200 lb. blue marlin, which made for a good day on the water.

As his shirt suggests, this angler really did get busy after a mahi darted behind the boat and attacked a lure. Next time he should wear a shirt that references catching a 500 lb. marlin.

Chan Hance, Frank Warga, Delbert Fine, Leo Pryor, and Jose Escobedo visited a couple of buoys and picked up a few mahis in the process. Everyone was hoping that the buoys would be holding more fish, but Chan, Frank, Delbert, Leo, and Jose were still smiling at the end of the trip.

As Paul Emmett knows, any day that results in the catch of marlin is a good day. Similar to many anglers before him and many more anglers that will catch marlin in the future, Paul caught his marlin while trolling a pattern of lures.

This mahi, which was caught in the afternoon, was not the biggest specimen out there. However, the fish did provide some entertainment and fillets.

Using natural bait at FADs was a productive strategy for Roberta and Ryan Kinslow, Lynn and Ed Millette, and John Sharun. The anglers finished the day with a stringer of mahis that consisted mostly of nice fish, including a big bull.

Mike Cate had been dragging an aku along a current line in hopes of getting a big bite when this bull mahi came in on the bait. The greedy mahi took the bait and Mike did a good job of ensuring that the bait was successfully traded in for a bigger fish.

Lo Khamphan used the technique of dragging a live opelu around a FAD. After going into the water around the buoy, the bait was not alive for long. This nice cow mahi pounced on the opelu with no hesitation and Lo proceeded to fight his fish to the boat.

This kawakawa provided some fun for a young angler. If the kawakawa is used as fresh bait, there is no doubt that a mahi would eat the small tuna. The kawakawa can also be cut up to serve as bait for bottom fishing. The bloody meat draws a lot of strikes and the tough skin prevents the bait from coming off the hook.

Jason, Ben, and LJ Woody went fishing as a family. They diligently worked a FAD with a combination of bait and small lures to catch these mahis. The bigger mahis are more likely to take a bait while the smaller mahis sometimes prefer a small lure over a natural bait.

Brandon Blakey was working an area known as the box when a blue marlin popped up behind the lure running in the short rigger position. The fished picked up the purple softhead and got a taste of the hooks. Brandon then got into the fighting chair and caught his 230 lb. blue marlin.

Paul Falcone caught a nice aku. Akus, or skipjack tuna, are usually smaller than Paul’s fish and are considered to be the main staple of blue marlin that visit the Hawaiian Islands.

Dustin and Drew Frye, Eric Guina, Jim Plimister, and Mike Giles spent part of their day fishing the backside of Lanai. While fishing behind Lanai, the anglers came across these four mahis at a FAD. The fast and furious buoy action was definitely exciting for everyone involved.

Sean Dickt was ready for action when this mahi picked up the bait he had been dragging. Sean responded quickly to the bite and managed to get his bull mahi to the boat without any trouble.

Michaela and Peter Hanzlik, Julios McGruder, Ahmadou Ndong, and Natalie Frasier found an aku pile and picked up some tuna, one of which was a nice aku. The anglers also caught a kawakawa, which is another species of tuna.

Laurie Shepard and Jason Demars didn’t have to go far to find their fish. Instead of heading for the horizon, Laurie and Jason worked the inside pinnacle known as secret spot. Secret spot has a healthy population of bait fish and, as a result, predatory fish can also be found there. Laurie and Jason found some predatory fish and caught these two mahis.

Jeff and Frank Loehmann, Sara Johnson, and Jim Schliabba trolled through an area and caught a shibi on their smallest lure. Staying in the area, the anglers converted from lures to bait. The result of that change in methodology was three mahis, including a nice bull.

Eli and Lorisa Huerta went bottom fishing for a couple of hours and had a productive trip. In addition to inedible species which were released, Eli and Lorisa caught an uku and a papio, both of which are good to eat.

John Merrill and Alex Menkies spent a nice day out on the water in search of the biggest fish that they could find. By the end of their trip, John and Alex had found a couple of cow mahis.

Audrey Inga experienced the excitement of seeing and hooking a blue marlin. Audrey also felt the disappointment of having a nice fish shake the hooks out. However, Audrey was thrilled about catching this 30 lb. bull mahi.

Chad and Blake Payton were joined by Justin Stell at an offshore buoy. Three mahis at the bouy were unable to resist the natural bait presented to them. Chad, Blake, and Justin took advantage of all their bites to catch a mahi apiece.

Kimberly Sherwood persistently worked the general area where several marlin bites had recently occurred. In between the 100 fathom ledge and the LA buoy marks, Kimberly got the bite for which she was looking when a blue marlin came in on the long rigger super ninja. According to everyone on the boat, Kimberly did a great job in the fighting chair. Therefore, nobody was surprised when Kimberly caught her blue marlin.

Ed Koester had a challenge on his hands when a nice blue marlin hit a purple softhead running in the long rigger position. The challenge was made even more substantial by the fact that the fish was hooked on a 50 lb. class rod and reel. Due to the relatively light tackle, Ed was not able to put a lot of pressure on the fish. Rather than attempt to overpower the fish, Ed was forced to wait for the fish to get tired. An hour and 20 minutes after the initial strike, Ed caught his 253 lb. blue marlin. Ed’s wife Carol was right next to him offering encouragement throughout the entire duration of the battle.

Thanks for taking a look at 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 this marlin bite will last for a while and the next report will contain some more nice fish. Until then, tight lines.