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This tale comes from Mackey Young of Oahu.
Mackey Young starting fishing for Ulua maybe about the past 10 months on the island of Oahu. Fishing tales always say hardly next to or no fish Ulua off Oahu. Well on April 12 the weekend of his Birthday he went out to the east side of Oahu, with fishing gear in hand to search for his Dream. He was about to check his bait when Bam his Birthday present hit. He ended up catching his Dream fish which was a 48.8 pound Ulua …So don’t give up there are still Ulua on Oahu !!
This tale comes from Lance’s Dad who lives in Hawaii and was shore fishing.
My 10 year old son Lance caught this 20.5 inch Uhu with a 6 foot spinner lined with 15 lb. test line and a eagleclaw hook no larger then my pinky finger nail. He baited with shrimp and floated it off the cliff 30 ft down, it took nearly 5 minutes of a fight to get it close to the edge where we both could hand line it in without having the line to break and losing this Uhu. Unfortunately we have no scale to weigh it, so we are not sure how much it weighed.
This tale comes from Jeff who fished on the Start Me Up
My wife’s godfather and I went out on Start Me Up on August 9th out of Lahaina. From the second Captain Mark introduced himself to us and the four other people fishing with us I felt welcomed. He was friendly and helpful, especially to the few people who had never fished before. When we took off at 5am it was a bright full moon. No longer than 10 minutes after deckhand Charlie put the lines in the water I hooked onto a 30 lb Ono. It was fun catching such a large fish. The intensity of the fight and the commands Captain Mark was shouting out was a full adrenaline rush so early in the morning.
An hour later we were into deeper water so the Marlin lures were brought out. After about 45 minutes of trolling one of the guys hooked into a 90 lb Blue Marlin. It was an awesome sight to see the fish jumping out of the water as it fought. After a 10 minute fight, the guy (I forgot his name) landed the marlin. It was brought up to the side of the boat, tagged, and released. It was neat to see such a beautiful fish up close and personal. After the fish was released Charlie went to work setting up the lines and getting them back into the water for maximum fishing time for us.
After another two hours of trolling my wifes god-father Chuck hooked into a SECOND large blue marlin. It was awsome to see the look on Chucks face as he fought this big fish. Chuck has done lots of lake fishing but nothing like this. After 20 minutes Chuck got the fish within 20 feet of the rear of the boat. The fish then jumped out of the water. Captain Mark estimated the fish to be around 190 LBS. When the fish got within 10 feet of the boat, it spit the hook and swam away.
Chuck could barely stand when the fight was done, but the smile on his face was priceless. Two Marlins and one Ono on a 5 hour trip! We could not be more pleased with our trip. Charlie cut and cleaned the Ono, and we took enough home for our family. The rest was split between the rest of the people on the boat. If any one is looking to charter a fishing trip I would definitely recommend Start Me Up. Everything about the staff and equipment were first class.
This tale comes from Mike of California
Last Fourth of July I had reserved two seats on a charter boat for salmon fishing out of Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg, California. At the last minute my girlfriend flaked out on me. I was determined to go fishing regardless if I had to go by myself. I called a drinking buddy of mine by the name of Grat, the night before to see if he wanted to go. He said he did. I told him that we would have to leave Lucerne by no later than 4:30 am, because the boat was due to depart at 6:00 am. He said he’d be ready to go. I was a little skeptical because I was well aware of his carousing nature. Grat is a hard drinking Irishman and a devout Catholic. To my suprise, he showed up at about 4:25 with his girlfriend behind the wheel. She was going to drive us over to the coast and that was fine by me. That meant we could both do a little quaffing on the way home.
Well we got to the dock and boarded up the Sea Hawk, operated by Captain Tim. I was deciding on where to fish from on the boat. My buddy Grat sidled up to me and whispered in a low and almost conspiratorial tone. “Christ says to fish from the right side of the boat.” Well that was good enough for me. I found a spot on the right side of the boat, and cracked a cold beer and opened the crackers that Grat had brought to keep us from getting sea-sick. I wasn’t paying too much attention as the boat headed out of the harbor and toward the open ocean. When we got to where we were going to troll I noticed that Grat had set up shop on the left side of the boat!
I asked him what the heck he was doing, but he didn’t have much of an answer. We fished for a few hours with a couple of salmon being landed, but it was pretty slow. I noticed after a while that all the people who had eaten the saltine crackers we offered around were still fishing, and the ones that had refused our crackers were gone from their posts to sick bay. The crackers really worked. With half the group too sick to fish, I now had three rods that I was keeping my eyes on as we continued to troll. Sure enough, with time running out on our trip, one of the rod tips I was watching dipped down hard. I grabbed it & yelled “fish on!” After a short but nerve racking battle I boated the 25lb King Salmon. Grat never got a nibble. Fish from the right side of the boat? Damned right!
This tale comes from Tony, a local Oahu fisherman
Last weekend my friends and I went out trolling on his 19 foot glasspro out of Kanaohe. We left the docks about 5:45 am and headed for MM buoy, we started trolling right away. Trolled all the way to MM buoy and still not a strike, so we decided to go to T buoy and make it an early day. We got to T buoy did a couple of circles around it and no strikes at all. So we decide to head in, I looked back to check the lines and saw the stinger and out rigger was crossed. I reeled in the outrigger to untangle the lines, then I started to reel in the stinger and as I was doing that I saw a big bill come up and smack the lure and take out some line.
Then the marlin came off we were all bummed, so I said lets circle around and try again as soon as I said that the right rigger went down and started screaming off line. We cleared the deck and got ready for the battle. The first run she took out about 400 yards. We fought the marlin for about and hour and got about 200 yards back, then the fish died. We tried everything from driving forward to doing cirlces trying to get line back with a dead marlin on the other end. Nothing was working, so I put on a pair of gloves and started to pull the fish from the deep blue sea with my hands. After about a half an hour hand lining the fish in she came to the top. We put some ropes around it and brought it in the boat. We brought the fish back to the docks and the marlin weighed in at 374 pounds. (p.s. forgot to mention the fish broke the but of the rod to from fighting it!)
From Allan fishing at Smith Lake on the mainland
I caught this (4″ 30lb ) gar on my 6″ fly rod . I was on a fishing trip at Smith Lake and my Dad said he knew a little backwater were there is a lot of crappie and bass so he started the motor and we headed over to it. When we got there I got my fly rod out and I tossed a small green and yellow popper fly. We caught a few bass and 3 crappie, but on the way out I saw something on top and I thought wow that is a huge bass so I threw the popper and all of a sudden I felt a huge tug and my reel went crazy!! Then I saw this huge alligator gar fly out of the water and he looked in to my eyes as if saying “You better enjoy this because you will never get another thrill like this again in you life). I looked at him fall back in to the water and he took off just pulling more and more line off I finally started to real line back in after 15 or 20 minutes he finally gave up I got hin to the boat and my Dad cut the line and he swam off.
This tale comes from Jesse, a local Oahu angler
It was an average day with 10 to 20 mph trades but there was a 20 ft North swell making the seas gigantic but still doable. Our mission today was to head over to T buoy off the east side for whatever would bite. As we were going along in the 20 foot seas we came upon a big aku pile 4 or 5 miles behind rabbit island and pulled in some aku.
Finally we got to T buoy at around 8:30. Our first pass we had a double strike 2 more aku to add to the ones already in the cooler. Then on our second pass we heard our 12/0 screaming and we saw the big bull mahi jumping and splashing. We all got into position me myself steering the boat and my dad was angling the fish. after a half an hour we got it to the boat. It took a dive right under the boat and cam inches from getting the line cut off in the motor. for about 15 minutes all this bad boy would do is dive under the boat and we would have to keep driving forward to keep him in the back of the boat. When we finally get him belongside the boat My dad went to gaff him then the mahi went crazy and took off with a humungous run and our gaff still in his head. Then we got him back to the boat again to find out that the $60 gaff had been pulled out of him. We weren’t letting this guy go now we were mad.
With no spare gaff at the time my dad hoisted the bull into the boat. Once in the boat he was flopping around crazy hitting all of our legs and kept on going for 5 minutes. Finally my dad had managed to get him into the cooler but he would still flop around and open the cooler top so we both had to sit on top of the cooler till he settled down. We put our lines back out but had no more luck but ended the day with a good fish. This mahi topped the scales weighing in at 42 pounds. Hope you liked the story.
This tale comes from Jon, a local Oahu angler
I have been stationed here in the Army now for almost 4 1/2 years and have had a boat for about 3 years of that. During this time I have done a lot of scuba diving and fishing but something’s just never happened (like a Marlin). We had made many trips to the BO Buoy along with CO, S, R and V out of Waianae. Many fish had been caught to include Ono, Mahi, Ahi, and allot of Aku but never a Marlin until……
We left the Waianae harbor around 0830 on 24th of November 2002 and went straight for the “R” buoy because “S” was missing. It was a pretty worrisome start after all the seas were rolling good and only the big boat’s were out. We were safe inside our 35 footer and headed on. After about 1 hour we got our first hit on the starboard outrigger (8 inch pink lure with purple underskirt). That one unfortunately got away after about 3:00 min’s. We decided to stay at the buoy and keep circling. We pulled in the outriggers, but left the center rigger out about 5 wakes back ( with an ice blue lure about 9.5 inches).. and trolled for Aku with solid pink King Busters because they worked the previous week.
We were just about to head South towards the BO buoy when the Center Rigger just “SNAPPED”. My Buddy Brad was in the Tuna Tower and Yelled Marlin on and as I turned to look I saw a huge gray object leap out if the water. I brought the boat down to around 2 knots and eventually to neutral. By this time we had the fish fighting and the other poles in. After about 15 mins the handle on the reel broke (note more maintenance needed). We continued to fight the fish from the back of the boat and not the seat because of the reel. Once the fish was near the boat we got some good video of the fish in the water and started to have a little trouble as it tried to go under the boat. We maneuvered the boat and eventually the fish more a less gave up and we gaffed it through the tail. A good 1/2 hour after the start I tied a rope off to its tail to get it out if the water and take away its propeller.
After we got the fish in the boat and all was done, high fives were passed and we set the lures back out. I have had a wonderful time while stationed here and really do hope I can get back here. The island style is the only style and I am very happy to be part of the Ohana here… Good luck to all who fish, I hope you hana pa’a soon as well!