All week long I've had a bad case of the fishing bug, so I asked my boss for the day off today. Left the harbor at sunrise and headed straight for the pinnacle, then ran over it and kept going. At 17.5 miles and 62 degrees I found a big pile of black birds. It was pretty massive, but spread out over a wide area, maybe 1 mile x 1 mile. Three other boats were already in it. I followed it southwest to 22.5 miles running a mixed bag of 3", 5", 7" and 9" lures, without a bite. There wasn't much happening on the surface. The farther out I travelled, the thinner the birds got, so I headed back in on a track toward Barber's Point. The water wasn't rough, i.e., no white caps, but it was choppy like a washing machine. I guess I like that better than when it's flat like a lake. As I approached the pinnacle again from the southwest at 11:30, just after the tide change, the right outrigger, running a 5" bird and a 7" Mark Bustin pearl head lure, went off. I could see a marlin skipping on the water as I brought the RPMs up to 3000. No line peeling, just a bent over rod. I raised the RPMs to 3500, trying to create more drag. The marlin kept skipping over the surface. Weird! Only after I slowed down did the fish start to pull line off the reel. This one was obviously not a monster. It took about a half hour to get it to the side of the boat, tired out and on its side. I reached into the storage bin to grab my "ammo bag", to setup a .44 Magnum blank for the bang stick. No ammo bag. Hmmmm...where is that thing? Hmmmm.......oh no! It's still in my truck! I used it as a prop for my broken beverage holder this morning as I drove to Waianae Harbor with two 20 ounce cups of coffee. Dumbasstic move! ! Okay, so it's not a big fish. Keep calm, keep cool, stay focused. I setup the harpoon (basically a bullet shaped stainless head with a cable and a rope, delivered with a stainless shaft mounted on a wooden pole), then pushed the head through the gills and out through the cheek plate on the other side. Tied the rope off to a cleat. Grabbed a 2 ft long utility knife and slit the fish's throat, and let it bleed out. Setup the winch with a rope around its "armpits" and cranked him aboard. 170 lbs, maybe? I don't know. I was able to curl it around in the fish box and get the cover back in place. After cleaning up, I saw 6 boats just north of me, at about 12.5 miles and 65 degrees. Headed over there to find a big porpoise pod with black and white birds patrolling the area. Even saw a big shark in there. That was a first. No signs of ahi, though. The birds just seemed to swarm over the porpoise splashes, but the boats were trolling through there nonetheless. A 19' hard top Glass Pros "KIMI SOME" hooked into a nice marlin, and was on it for the 45 or so minutes I stayed in that pile. Looked to be a big first run. When I passed by them, it looked like 400 yards of line were out. Hope you got 'em, dude! Oh well, it was getting late so I headed in. It sure was fun being out on the water today, rather than fighting the daily grind at work. Thanks for the lure, Mark. Your lures really do raise the fish.