Matt Seward and his family came along with us on a 6 hr fishing trip. Matt came to Kona in hopes of finding himself a dream fish the Blue Marlin! After a great day, yesterday we were anxious to see what today would bring.
Most of the morning was very slow for us and for the rest of the fleet but I guess that how it goes sometimes. We heard of a few fish. but not many. But we were hopeful that a tide change might change the bit. Plus we were confident in the area we were working. About an hour before having to head in to the harbor the closest lure to the boat (short corner lure) goes off in a ball of white wash!! The marlin instantly started jumping and doing back flips! It put on an incredible show for us. The fish was so crazy in jumped into two different lines trying to get tangled up. No big deal Matt did an great job angling and staying very tight to his fish while we cleared the rest of the lines.
Matt brought his fish boat side within only 5 minutes or so. When we had it on leader is when it started goes nuts and jumping everywhere!! After the fish settled down we were able to get the hooks out and send the fish in its way.. Fish is estimated at 130 lbs. Matt took this opportunity to put his trophy on his wall! Congrats Matt from High Noon!
Mully Jablonski from “the land down under” came fishing with his wife Jemma on a 6 hr afternoon fishing trip. In the morning we were lucky enough to tag and release a healthy 300 lb blue so were were very excited to get back out there!
About half way threw our 6 hr trip we saw a big tuna eating squid right next to the boat but did not strike on of our lures. So we’re hung in the area a little more and ended up taking a strike from a blue marlin but it also did not get hooked!
So, with action in the area, we stayed even longer in that area and it paid off big time when the short corner lures goes screaming off. Attached to the other end was a 450 lb Blue Marlin!!! The fish out on a big show for us with tons of jumps. After an intense 20 min fight Mully finally got his fish boat side. We took a ton of pictures of it, put a tag in it and sent it on its way!
On our way to the harbor we also managed to catch a very nice spearfish! We took a big strike thinking it was a marlin but it was a 40 lb spearfish taking off! Jemma jumped in the chair and battled her fish to the boat and put a tag in it. Another Epic day!
Hailey Bjursten from the San Francisco was brought out here by here by her family on a 4hr morning trip.
Within the first 30 minutes of our day we got struck by a very nice Marlin! Hailey jumped in the chair and began her battle. She had a big fight on her hands but she did great! Hailey did amazing in the chair staying tight on the fish and getting into a rythym. After a grueling 20 min battle she got her fish to leader. As we were leadering the fish to the boat the hooked pulled out of the fish which was perfect for a good release!! The fish was estimated at 300 lbs!
JD Stollwerck and some friends from Seattle Washington came out with us on a full day of fishing to try catch a Blue Marlin. Yesterday we lost a huge marlin well over 800lbs, so we were excited to try our luck again.
We went most of the day without any bites! We saw some tunas jumping and saw some birds working but still no bite. On our way home we did start to see better life so we hung in the area a little longer.
It wasn’t long before we took our strike from a blue marlin! JD jumped in the chair and battled his frisky fish. He did a great job on it and had it to the boat within 10 min! The fished was estimated at 130 lbs. everybody was very excited and so was JD being able to check something off his bucket list!
Chris Cayson and his son came back out with us on a 6 hr trip to try their luck again! We were feeling lucky because last time they fished with us in Kona, we caught an extremely rare sailfish!!! So we were looking foward to getting back out with them again this year.
We started off our morning with missing a chance at a Marlin . We hung around the area but not another strike. Without any more bites, we began to make our way home.
As we were getting close we took a big strike at the bottom of the 9th! Chris jumps in the chair and had a tough fight on his hands. The marlin put up a good show with many jumps and pulling hard. After about 15 min we got his fish boat side took a bunch of picture and released it to fight another day!