Report from Ahi Shoot Out

Discussion in 'Hawaii Fishing Reports' started by Free Bill, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. Free Bill

    Free Bill Member

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    We went away from the fleet and it paid off. No boats around. First fish was 120 pounds and caught on stand up gear with a Penn 20 VSX. Next fish was a 170 pound ahi caught on a Penn 50. 170 was not enought to place but it sure was a great fighting fish!

    We also lost a nice marlin (spit the hook) and had another marlin window shop and wack 4 different lures

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  2. shbite

    shbite kailua lures

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    Nice fish some toads came up in the tournament
     
  3. blufin10

    blufin10 TightLines666

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    Good job captain!

    Beautiful day to be on the water. Great tournament, and good fishing. There were some quality fish caught this year, and that 170lber is one of them, whether or not it placed.

    I went off by myself too, but didn't run into the fish you guys found.

    John
     
  4. Surfdawg

    Surfdawg Member

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    Here's the Ahi Shootout 2018 Winners list. Congrats to all the participants
     

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  5. patfishhi

    patfishhi Registered User

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    Kyle and crew,
    Awesome day right there good goin' on the critters... Yep when a 170 doesn't make the top 10 you know it was a good "catchin'" tournament.

    Cheers
    Pat
     
  6. shadzdad

    shadzdad Member

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    Good job landing those fish on lighter tackle. Must've been a fun fight
     
  7. Adamlynam23

    Adamlynam23 Newbie

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    Sure was!
     
  8. blufin10

    blufin10 TightLines666

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    Here's the 2018 Ahi Shootout final weigh in list.
     

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  9. ACran1

    ACran1 Newbie

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    I'm curious what you run for line on those smaller reels? I haven't popped my ahi cherry yet, but I refuse to believe I can't do it stand up on my TLD50's
     
  10. mike gaudenti

    mike gaudenti CARNAGE

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    Thanks for the report
     
  11. Free Bill

    Free Bill Member

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    You can do it on a TLD 50. Why not? I have caught 100 pound plus sailfish on TLD 20s.

    Just because nobody out here uses sport fish gear doesn’t mean you can’t. I personally see no point in using anything heavier than a 50; or an 80 if you have a chair to fight it from. 130s are way overkill unless you are using them for commercial meat fishing. Somehow Hawaii has adopted them as standard everyday gear. It seems every body has nothing smaller than an 80. I dont understand why. Whatever, to each his own. Just not my style.

    Getting a fish to the boat on “normal tackle” is fun. The bigger the fish the more of a challenge and the greater satisfaction. Wenching a fish in from the gunnel on a giant reel with 30 plus Pounds of drag just doesn’t do it for me.

    I spool my Penn VSXI 20s and 30s with 300 yards of braid and about 150 yards of 60 # mono top shot with wind on leaders. The Penn VSXI 50s have 400 yards of braid with 200 yards of 80# mono top shot. I have caught marlin up to 500 pounds and never been spooled with this set up. This is a standard offshore set up in most of the worlds sport fisheries.

    I have been spooled by a 500 pound plus marlin twice on a TLD 20. Not much anyone could do there, But thats another story.
     
  12. ACran1

    ACran1 Newbie

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    Thanks Free Bill. That's my mentality, but this year has been my first exposure to a fishery with fish this big. What do you usually set your drag to for standup?
     
  13. Free Bill

    Free Bill Member

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    I set the button at 14 pounds and max the reel at 22. Very rarely do I go over the button. When the wind on gets around the reel i push the drag up to almost max so I can keep the fish next to the boat.
     
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  14. ACran1

    ACran1 Newbie

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    Awesome, that is my thinking. I read so much about hooks pulling and I feel like it has a lot to do with strike setting being too high. I like a softer strike setting and then put more tension once I know she's pinned.
     

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