This great photo was sent to us by Ken who caught this nice 3lb smallie with guide Tom Christy on Kauai.
Earlier this week, Tom Christy our bass guide on Kauai caught the largest bass he has seen so far this year. It was a huge 8lb largemouth bass. He reported he was out with clients on a trip and they were almost done fishing for the day. Tom had not fished as he usually doesn't fish when clients are fishing, but the clients encouraged him to make a few casts. On his third cast, he layed the worm into a brush pile floating on top of the water. As the worm began to sink and he drug it through the floating sticks and leaves, he saw the hugh bass take the worm. He had time to point it out to his clients and they could see the mouth of the bass with the worm in it's grasp. Boom! Tom set the hook! He brought it to the boat, took photos of course and then set it free. We will post photos as soon as we get them from Tom (he's not a tech guy so it takes him a while to get them to us!)
If you are a fly fisherman and would like to try catching the famous Peacock Bass on fly, Tom our bass guide on Kauai welcomes you to bring your fly gear and give it a try. Tom recommends top water poppers and big, bulky flies in dark colors such as black, brown and red. Remember to bring everything you will need as fly gear is not readily available on Kauai. Tom will still bring spinning or bait casting gear for you in case you want to change out.
May is usually good for Ono, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and Spearfish. We also get Mahimahi year round and the Ahi should start coming around more as we head towards June. Blue Marlin have been caught and released in the 150-490lb range recently. Several nice large Blues have also been weighed in with several of the largest we know of so far this year caught the first week of April weighing in at 600, 608 and 622 . The largest Blue Marlin we are aware of for 2017 was caught early April weighing in at 925 lbs, which beats the previous best of 771lb caught in Kona on January 28th. Blue Marlin catches usually peak in the summer months and they seem to be getting better into mid-spring right now so there's always a shot at a the big blues. We also had a nice Black Marlin reported at 357lbs. Boats are also reporting more Ahi in the 100 plus lb range, with the larges so far this year in mid-April weighing in at 242lbs. Ahi are usually around more in the summer months so those catches should increase. We've also had quite a few spearfish caught in the 30 to 40lb range. Spearfish are like a skinny marlin. So there is a variety of fish being caught right now. For the bass fishing on Kauai, guide Tom has reported some good sized lagremouth bass recently in the 6lb range as well as smallmouth bass, freshwater papio and barracuda. The Peacock Bass bite best during the late spring and summer months so the Peacock bite should start picking up hopefully later this month. The other bass species are still biting so still a good shot at catching. May is great weather in Hawaii, so it's a great time to go fishing in Hawaii.