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!!
Amanda Omo from Kanas came out with her friend for our first trip in the morning. We had 6 hrs together so we headed out in hopes of a good day. Early off on the morning we took our first strike which came from a very large skipjack about 30lbs! It was a tough fight for her but she made everybody happy catching dinner! We saw whales through the day and everyone had a great time.
On our second trip of the day we had Matt Bluett and his wife from Nebraska for 4 hrs in the afternoon. He’s a big time trophy hunter and was looking for a good day and maybe find something good. A couple of hours into the trip we took a very surprising strike from a 65 lb stripe marlin! Matt did a great job in the fighting chair staying tight in his angry fish. We were lucky enough to land the fish and Matt found another trophy for the wall!
Ben Cory along with his wife and family of daughters came out for a 6 hr fishing trip. With a little later start, we headed down south in search of some good waters in hopes of finding some fish. A couple of hours into the trip we watched a spearfish come up and eat the lure. Ben jumped in the fighting chair and had a big fight on his hands. The fish took out a big run and had a few good jumps. About half way threw the fight the fish took off on another big run which you don’t see to often with spearfish but he brought in after 10 min. Fish is estimated at 35-40 lbs which made it a great catch. He is also mounting his trophy spearfish and putting it on his cabin wall!
On our way back to the harbor, we took a massive from from a big blue marlin! Ben jumped in his chair and the fish stripped off 300 yards in a matter of a few seconds putting on huge jumps!! When we thought things were settling down is when the hooked popped free. All in all epic day.