Our good friends from Michigan, Eric and Chase are back in Kona for a week and we have 3 Days together! Chase has been in contact with us for a very long time and ask about 6 months ago what days in February he could go! Long story short we have been looking forward for the boys to show up.
We explained to them we have been having a very hard time catching bait each day for about two weeks but today we were able to catch a handful. They understand how the ocean works, so we set out with good vibes and attitude. Since we had the bait, we immediately started to fish them. We lost a couple of tuna and a Wahoo but we did manage to catch the boys 4 very large Kawakawa which is a type of tuna! This was on light tackle, so a lot of fun. When we ran out of bait, we headed off shore for some trolling action. Chase as able to catch his very first marlin weighing in at 250 lbs! A few hours later Eric jumped in the chair on a fish well over 500lbs! We fought it for about 15 min before the hook pulled and fish got away.
Great day with the tuna and fighting two big Blue Marlin Congratulation on a great day and we have two more days ahead!
Blaine Turner came fishing with us on a full day adventure. On our way to catch bait we were lucky enough to hook into a big double Mahi and landed both. We then caught some live bait and put them into our live well. The live bait fishing had been very tough the past few weeks, but we gave it a try. We missed a couple of small tuna but didn’t manage any fish.
We then headed off shore to look for a big blue marlin. While trolling, another Captain gave us a call. He had found a big net with a lot of Mahi Mahi on it. Since we still had 10 live baits and we were able to catch a total of 8 Mahi Mahi on light tackle. Blaine was on the boat by himself today and was able to have a ton of action for one person. Great day on the water!
Mark and Richard from Minnesota are in town for a few weeks and came fishing for a full day of fun. In the morning we caught some live bait. Catching bait has been difficult the past few weeks, but today we caught a few today. We put them out on light tackle and both Richard and Mark both were able to land 25 lb tuna each! We also lost a couple of other tuna and mahi-mahi but it was a fun day. We got dinner and had a great morning.
Today we had long time clients, Damien, Martin, and their friend Chuck for a 6 hr trip. Damien and his father Martin live here in Kona on a coffee farm and they have fish with us on countless trips now. We were lucky enough to catch a 30 lb ono first thing in the morning on our way to catch bait! We then fished some baits and were lucky enough to catch 3 tunas all about 20 lbs. To top it all off on our way we catch a spearfish about 30 lbs! We had an amazing day. Over the years, we have had very good luck with Damien and Martin.
Our very good friends from Fairbanks Alaska, Tanner and his dad Jerry Conlon, had a great 3 days of fishing! We were planning this trip for about 5 months so we were all excited to get fishing and see what might be out there for us. Ahi and Marlin were at the top of our list but Mahi and ono are always welcome as well because they were hoping to take some fish home.
Our first day of fishing we targeted big Ahi in the porpoise school. It took us half the day before we found them but we did not give up. We fished the school for a couple hours until that magic moment arrived. We had a small live bait out on light tackle gear which a nice Ahi tuna swallowed. Tanner jumped in the chair with some very light tackle on such a large tuna. The fish put on an incredible fight. After about 35 min tanner got his fish to the boat and we were able to land it! That is a lot of great tasting sushi!
Our second day we worked everywhere did everything for little results. We did manage a very nice snapper.
On the third day things began to turn around for the better.. first thing in the morning we raised a giant blue marlin on a lure but it did not take a good shot at the lure.. not more than and hour or so later we had a double strike from some spearfish. They were biting at the lure lure but did not get hooked! We spent the rest of the day looking for life and no bites.. we did not get discouraged because we had a very large high tide in the afternoon. Sure enough on the top of the tide we take a big bite from yet another massive blue marlin!! We had it in for a couple minutes but the fish kept jumping and throwing his head like we’ve never seen before! It ended up coming off but we were all so excited to get our chance at it! We hung in the area and a few minutes later Jerry jumped in the chair and landed a beautiful 35 lb spearfish!!
We has a great few days of fishing with our great friends!!