September Fishing Report

September is kind of an extension of the summer season yet getting into fall and usually still a good time for Ahi and Blue Marlin.  We also get Mahimahi year round as well as Ono, with the Mahimahi catches increasing in the fall as we get closer to October.  Blue Marlin have been caught and released in the 200-500lb range recently.  Several nice large Blues that we know of have also been weighed in the past few weeks at 500, 620 and 670lbs .  The largest Blue Marlin we are aware of for 2017 is the Blue caught in early April weighing in at 925 lbs, which beats the previous best of 771lb caught in Kona on January 28th and the 774 caught in mid May.  If anyone knows of a larger one caught this year in the islands, please let us know.  Blue Marlin catches usually peak in the summer months so they may drop off a bit as we near the fall season.  We also had a rare 901lb Black Marlin caught in Kona at the end of July which based on historical records appears to be the 5th largest Black Marlin ever caught in Kona.  Boats are also reporting some Ahi in the 100 plus lb range, with the largest that we know of this year in mid-April weighing in at 242lbs.  Ahi are usually around more in the summer months so those catches may decrease as well as we get into the fall months.  October is usually excellent for Mahimahi.  For the bass fishing on Kauai, guide Tom reports the small mouth bass bite has been excellent lately with very active, hard fighting, jumping bass in the 2 to 5lb range.  The freshwater papio bite has been excellent as well in the 1-3lb range.  Freshwater papio fight extremely hard so they are fun to catch.  Papio can get up to 40lbs in the river where Tom fishes and he recently spotted several in the 20lb range.  The large mouth bit has tapered off recently, but he is still getting some in the 6-7lb range.  The Peacock Bass bite has not been as good this year.  The Peacocks are there, but they take patience to catch using live bait so Tom suggests going for the small and large mouth bass and papio for a more exciting and productive trip.  September is generally good weather and light winds so the fishing conditions should be good this month.