September 14, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. At this point in time, most of the day to day catch is composed of mahis. Some marlin and a few onos have been caught as well. Now that summer is officially over, the aku piles seem to have moved and there are fewer small tunas off the leeward side of Maui. If there are any questions about the fishing, 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. Another way to contact Deli is via email at [email protected]. The following report contains some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the first part of September.

Bill, Gen, Danny, Chris, and David fished hard and were rewarded for their effort. The anglers caught a nice stringer of mahis using a variety of baits at some FADs. The big bull mahi weighed in at 32 lbs.

This blue marlin got Jessica Iverson’s attention when the fish grabbed a lure and started ripping line off the reel. Jessica immediately got into the fighting chair and went to work, battling her blue marlin to the boat with excellent technique.

There is a theory that the ono bite picks up when there is a swell. Robert Kumar became a believer in this theory after he caught this ono during an afternoon when there was a good south swell.

The Logan group was dragging some fresh bait around a FAD when two mahis came into the area. The fish were immediately all over the bait and the anglers sprung into action. Both mahis, one of which was a nice bull, ended up in the fish bag.

Matt and Jentry Dryden were searching for fish on the troll when they came across this mahi. The fish did not hesitate to attack a lure and made contact with the hooks. This attempt at the lure proved to be fatal for the mahi.

The Fegan group was able to catch two mahis on live bait. The anglers also hooked a blue marlin, but the fish turned abruptly during the initial run and jumped over the line. The line broke, but everyone knew that they could not have possibly reacted fast enough to prevent the line breaking. That is just how marlin fishing goes sometimes.

While working a FAD with live bait, Alex Lindquist hooked up to an oceanic whitetip. After a tough fight, Alex was able to tag and release the shark. Sharks are exciting to catch, especially for young anglers.

Mitch Kubik’s ono intended to eat something when the fish raced into the pattern of lures. The nice ono missed the lure running in the long corner position but succeeded in eating the short rigger general jet. Kyle picked up his aku in the midst of a bait pile using a small lure running in the long gone position.

Brian and Jeni Odell spent an afternoon on the water and caught an ono in the area known as the dump. Brian and Jeni also came up with a pair of aku while working a bird pile.

The Burfoot-Lobo group did a fishing trip that combined trolling and bottom fishing. The anglers came across a kawakawa on the troll and caught a variety of fish off the bottom. The bottom fish included an uku, or grey snapper, and a big nabeta. Both nabeta and uku are excellent to eat.

These mahis were the result of hard work by Zac Stern, Mike Brady, and Jordan Swan. The fish were caught on a mixture of bait and lures at one of the buoys that has been holding fish as of late.

Geremy Price had an enjoyable morning of relaxing on the water. Geremy’s relaxation was interrupted when this mahi caused a reel to make the clicking noise that everyone loves.

Robert Scher was on watch when this mahi came streaking in after the Jr. Softhead. Robert did a great job handling his mahi and made sure that the fish ended up on the back deck.

These mahis were not interested in feeding at first, but Kira Strid, Tiffany Plummer, and Travis Lowell continued trying to feed the fish. Perseverance paid off when the fish eventually decided to swallow a hook. As Kira, Tiffany, and Travis can verify, being rewarded for a good effort is gratifying.

Hayden and Valerie Madison spent their morning chasing mahi and caught two bull mahis. Hayden and Valerie also had two chances at blue marlin but neither fish was hooked well and the hooks came out both times.

Brian and Angel were fortunate enough to catch a pair of nice fish. Brian was so excited about the blue marlin and bull mahi that he decided to go fishing again. Hopefully Brian is able to maintain his good luck.

Jeannette and John Leake took advantage of some exceptionally calm weather to head north out of Lahaina Harbor and fish off the island of Molokai. While trolling on the east side of the island in the area known as blue roof, Jeannette and John caught an ono.

The ledge off Lanai had been producing some marlin bites over the past several days so Steve Lehew went to the scene of the bites. Steve didn’t catch a marlin, but he did land a mahi after the fish swam behind the boat and hit a Jr. Softhead.

Based on information regarding where the bites had been over the past several days, Janet Lockhart fished the area off the Lanai lighthouse. Janet was the recipient of good information and good fortune as she caught a blue marlin in that very area.

This mahi was one of three fish that was hooked while fishing SO buoy. Steve Hallon was the only angler that was able to get a fish to the boat. Sometimes the fish seem to very talented at spitting the hooks.

Cara and Nikky Glad along with Brian Baker had a great time catching these mahi. The action was fast and furious so everyone got involved.

Brian Powell was trolling the inside pinnacles in search of an ono when the chrome funnel jet got bit. The location of the bite and the type of lure that got bit suggested that the fish was an ono. However, Brian’s fish turned out to be a mahi.

Kevin Passmore was live baiting with a small aku when this mahi swam behind the boat. The aku started to get nervous and then a mahi was all over the bait. Kevin let the mahi eat the aku and proceeded to bring the fish to the boat.

Steven Hemphreys and Nicole went out with hopes of catching some fish. Steven and Nicole were not disappointed with these three mahis.

Bottom fishing is an option that Gordon and Kathy Nelson decided to exercise. Gordon and Kathy did quite well on the bottom, catching a variety of fish. The edible fish were put on ice and the inedible fish were released. Gordon and Kathy also trolled for a little while and caught a couple of akus.

This mixed bag of fish contains a number of different species caught off the bottom that are good to eat. Ta’ape, or blue-line snapper, were introduced to Hawaii in the 1950s and are thought to compete with native species. Besides people, there are no predators that specifically target ta’ape. Fishing pressure helps to keep ta’ape populations from exploding and consuming vast amounts of resources on the bottom. Another fish present in the mixed bag is nabeta, which are caught in sandy areas. The jacks, also known as trevally, are mostly yellow spot papio but there is one omilu, or bluefin trevally. Ta’ape, nabeta, and papio all make good table fare.

Vesa and Setu Kainulainen from Finland fished the ledge between Lanai and Kahoolawe. They went one for three on blue marlin, tagging and releasing an estimated 140 lb. fish. The mahi was just a nice bonus.

Bill Triplett decided to go fishing by himself and was kept extremely busy with this pile of mahis which included a nice bull. Bill caught his fish at a FAD that was holding some bait which probably attracted his mahis to the area.

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