September 3, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii


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Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Start Me Up Sportfishing
Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. Although there are still small tunas around, the billfish bite has definitely slowed down. Thankfully, the mahi bite has picked up so fish are still being caught. The ono bite also seems to be picking up as a number of ono have been brought into Lahaina Harbor over the past several days. If there are any question 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. An alternative is to email [email protected]. The following report contains some video from this summer as well as some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the latter part of August.

To start things off, here are a few videos that were filmed this summer.
This estimated 175 to 200 lb. blue marlin was tagged and released back in July. The boat went one for three on marlin bites that day.
There were plenty of marlin tagged and released in July. This video shows another 200 lb. blue marlin that was tagged and released in that month. The fish was caught on a 30 lb. class rod and reel.
This video shows the tagging of yet another blue marlin in July.
This small blue marlin was tagged and released back in June after being caught on 30 lb. class standup gear.
Scott Wilson visited Maui from Colorado in July and caught a pretty nice mahi on a king king with light line and extremely light leader. Great job Scott!

These anglers had a great day on the water and ended up with a mixed bag of fish dominated by mahis. Among their eight mahis, three had some pretty nice size. The anglers also caught an ono and nice aku.

The Bishop girls hooked these akus on a small lure running in the back of the lure spread. A small lure means a small hook, which is relatively easy for a fish to spit out. Nevertheless, the Bishop girls brought their akus to the boat without a hitch.

These anglers started their day early in the morning at a FAD. They targeted the fish around the buoy using natural bait, which in this case was opelu. Once the bait was in the water, the anglers caught their fish one after the other. After catching the four mahis at the buoy, the anglers decided to troll in search of a billfish but weren’t lucky enough to get the bite for which they were searching.

Michael Rigis had a good time catching his kawakawa, which was kept in order to serve as a dead bait in the future.

Start Me Up’s early departure trip has the potential to produce a very nice catch, especially when the FADs are holding fish. Many of these mahis were caught at the crack of dawn at an offshore buoy using natural bait.

These anglers came a long way to go fishing on Maui. These three mahis were their reward for making the journey all the way from England.

Ryan Kwan, a young angler from Canada, experienced something new when he went fishing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and caught this aku, or skipjack tuna.

Pound for pound, all tunas are extremely strong fish. Even a 5 lb. aku can put up an enjoyable fight on light tackle.

The early departure trip struck again and caught these five mahis. Everyone had high hopes upon arrival at the buoy and 5 mahis including a nice bull cannot be considered a disappointment.

Summer time is typically the peak ono season in Hawaii but the ono bite has been relatively slow this summer. Nonetheless, Dillon Ross and Ally Ratzke caught a pair of onos, which is a positive sign. The bigger ono weighed in at a hefty 36 lbs.

The Mogg brothers were all smiles after catching a couple of akus. Way to go boys!

Kristen Johnson demonstrated the right way to fight an ono to the boat, as evidenced by the fact that her ono ended up in the fish bag.

John Allen found this nice cow mahi while trolling. The fish attacked a lure without hesitation before being subdued by John.

For the Wilsons, fishing was a family affair. The Wilson family spent some quality time together observing the ocean views as well as catching some akus.

Jay, Rich, John, and Ken went out for 4 hours and came across this nice mahi. Rich was the angler that caught the 28 lb. bull.

This group of anglers tried hard to find some big fish but had to settle for some smaller tunas that included 3 akus and a shibi. At least there was plenty of sashimi to go around.

Afternoon trips can produce fish. A few leisurely hours of trolling in the afternoon produced this ono and kawakawa.

These nice cow mahis made for a proud group of anglers. Mahis can put on a great fight when they swim sideways with respect to the boat. Mahis can also put on a great show with their brilliant colors and frenzied jumps.

This nice kaku, or barracuda, kept everyone guessing until the fish ended up on the boat. At a glance or in disturbed water, barracudas can be easily mistaken for onos.

Using a mixture of heavy and light gear can be a fun way to fish. Some larger lures can be run closer to the boat on heavy tackle while smaller lures can be run on light tackle further back in the pattern. With this setup, all types of fish from marlin to akus can be caught. These angler utilized that approach and caught a couple of akus while simultaneously having a chance to catch a marlin.

This family got a kick out of catching a nice kaku. Many people enjoy catching barracudas simply to get a look at their extremely toothy mouths.

Another fun afternoon trip was in the books after these anglers caught a few fish. The highlight was obviously catching the ono, but the akus were fun as well.

Ethan McAnally spent some time making a shallow ono run on his 4 hour trip. The inside pinnacles were productive for Ethan and he caught this ono.

Al Bjerke got a bite but didn’t get hooked up. Thankfully, Al happened to be using a 2 lb. tuna as live bait so the fish came around for a second try. The second bite resulted in a solid hookup and Al was able to land his nice bull mahi.

Bruce and Wayne Randall united for a day of fishing and returned to Lahaina Harbor with a pair of mahis. Bruce and Wayne caught both of their fish while working a current line behind Lanai in the vicinity of K buoy.

Richard Bennett’s short morning trip resulted in a mahi that would definitely have time to firm up in the refrigerator for that night’s dinner.

Blair and Mike, visiting Maui from Canada, went fishing in the afternoon and caught a pair of mahis. Blair and Mike also tagged and released an estimated 150 lb. blue marlin. That’s an exciting afternoon of fishing.

Thanks for checking out this Start Me Up fishing report. Remember to direct any questions towards Deli at 808-667-7879 or [email protected]. Until the next report, tight lines.