While working over in Las Vegas, we met an avid fisherman from TN. After trading fishing stories, we discovered that all of us were on the same flight home . With this being his first trip to HI and the idea that we had planned to fish the eastside the following morning, I threw out the invite. Jason said he was planning on "hanging out" at the airport until his friend Jake was pau work at Scholfield. Hang out at the airport for 10 hours or go fishing on your first visit to the islands, tough call eh? We arrived in Honolulu at 04:30am and were in the water at 0800. Heading out towards U we decided to chance em & see if we could find T (Still can't find T). Anyone? In the middle of trading some stories and jokes, "bang & screeeem!!!" on the stinger that my buddy Jack had just changed out (Matsu pink pearl from POP). A little story behind Jack, this guy is a fishing machine (eats, breathes & well you get the idea.). Jack clearly runs the lines and the lures & no one dares trespass on his territory. Like a kid with ADHD and a six pack of energy drinks, Jack is always on the move. I'm pretty sure if someone peels his shirt back, it would expose some gills! There was that moment where everyone looked at each other in disbelief followed by the fire-drill. The fish dove straight down taking a few yards of line with her and stayed there for awhile. After 20-30 minutes of play, she decided to show her colors. We were all looking for some yellow highlights after her vertical run to the abyss. Jason was sporting some xray vision sunglasses from Costal Del Mar and with almost a stutter: "Uh fellas that's a big damn fish!" as he was backing away. With my "Holiday Mart" knock offs, I finally caught a glimpse of the small Marlin as she put on a small dance on the surface. We finally got her within gaffing range and of course, strike one, strike two and then I finally sunk the shot. Jason's description was that it appeared that the ocean was giving birth as more and more fish came over the rail. Blood on the boat! After cleaning the boat and the fish, we packaged up some fresh fish for the soldiers out at Scholfield, family and friends. I'm certain this will be a memorable first visit to the islands for Jason. One act of random kindness at a time. Aloha Oe!