Discussion in 'Hawaii Fishing Reports' started by MAKOJOEDP, Sep 30, 2010.
You guys ever get em at night or see em durin the day finning
There are a few guys in Kona that have been targeting them at night the past few years. The gentleman who used to run the Melton's in Kona (store now goes by another name) has had some pretty nice success dropping deep at night for swords and makos. I've caught just one small one over here on Oahu near a FAD and I have heard of some sporadic catches over the years.
The longliners do bring them in fairly often.
yes and yes. we call it shutome here FishWatch - Pacific Swordfish
I fish for them in Guam, which while at 144E, is closely related to hawaii fishing.
Our water is warmer though, so no bigeyes. But we have doggies instead. And we do have swords. I'm 1/6 on swords but planning a big overnight (my first) soon. Look for 400-800ftm waters with underwater structures that cause upwellings, mingling of current, and bait concentrations. Fish around the thermocline. Here it varies from 150-300 feet. Drift at night. Squid and macks of all sizes are easily found in the asian markets.
Come check out my posts in the 'anywhere' forum for more details. I hope to see your next post with a big sword in it!
Ive seen one at HH and another outside Kona on the grounds.
Thats in ten years of fishing hawaii, so good luck haha.
Capt. Juan Waroquiers, who used to run his boat "Illusion" out of Kawaihae caught a few swordfish for charter anglers. I believe he's left the Big Island and moved to Uruguay.
I always wanted to catch swordfish never got around to it.
Caught a small one years ago when trying to fish Ika shibi off Molokai. I haven't heard of anyone on this island catching one ever.
i caught a few at night(small kine) 35lb. size...saw anawesome sight in the kauai channel a few years back. I almost ran one over in flat water( not paying attention on a slow day)...i then watched it swin down the side of my trolling spread and then start free jumping all over the place....not attacking lures,just jumping...it was about 300lb plus and gleaming purple/silver in the sunlight...i will never forget that!
Have caught a few night time, have seen probably 10 finning at the surface in pretty much the same area... Of course considering this is over 20 years, that tells you how many are caught locally. Most summers a few would come up from Ika Shibi, but most were under 200lbs. a lot even under 100lbs. Biggest our family got was a 350lber my brother caught 3 or 4 years ago... They are around, but certainly few and far inbetween...
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