Yesterday, we took Perry Sibenaller from from Overland Park, Kansas. Along with Perry, were his daughters Sidney Sibenaller and Bailey Sibenaller along with Sam Nigro, and Evelyn Hughes.
Perry’s folks had fished Kona many years before and caught two Blue marlin, so everyone was excited to give fishing in Kona a try.
Toward the end of the charter, we got a mystery strike on the long rigger. The fish pulled about 10 yards of line and came off. When we inspected the lure and leader, it had the chaff of a marlin bill. Old fishing adage says, “you don’t leave fish to find fish”, so I decided to stay in that area. We passed through the same area about 6 times, nothing…but as we made our last pass, the long corner went off….and Sidney jumped into the fighting chair. The fish made an incredible first run taking off about 700 yards of line with High Noon in full pursuit in reverse.
After about an hour fight, Sidney had the fish about 200 yards from the boat, and then it took off again pulling another 200 yards with white water everywhere. Pretty exciting stuff. With Sam helping Sidney reel, after another 30 minutes, we got the fish at the back of the boat and crew Stu grabbed the leader. The fish then took off again with making incredible jumps as it rocketed away. This was a tough fish…
We finally got the fish back to the boat, crew Stu grabbed leader again and this time we got the fish. Weighing in at 670 lbs, this was the 2nd largest Blue marlin of the year weighed in Kona. Congratulations to a great team effort…and we hope to see you all again another time!
Mark is from Michigan and has fished with us in the past. He is a big time hunter and avid fisherman! We are happy to share stories with him and talk hunting and fishing. We had some good bites through the day with a few not getting hooked. We did however catch a very big spearfish!!!! He was happy to have caught such a special fish and was even more happy taking some dinner home! We also managed to release a striped marlin around 60 lbs later in the day. Congratulations to Mark…and we hope to see you fishing on High Noon again soon!
In the morning Leon said he wanted to target Billfish. We took off looking for some action. We started off early with a big fish. Leon was in the chair and found himself tied to a 500 lb blue marlin! After a brutal 15 mins, we had the fish close to the boat but the fish went crazy and hooks came out. Awesome experience!
All was not lost because about 10 minutes later we found ourselves on a triple striped marlin strike! We were able to land two of the three!
We continued to troll and look for life and as luck has it we got locked into a 110 lb striped marlin! It is very hard to break the 100 lb mark when it comes to striped marlin in Kona, so this is a monster! We missed a mahi mahi later in the day. All in All, we had a blast and will be seeing Leon again very soon!
Tracy and Jake are from Alaska and fish with us a couple times a year for a few years now! They are very much fun to be around, it’s so nice to have them again!
Catching bait was harder then we expected but we put our time in and caught a few. On our way to a porpoise school to fish for big tuna, we marked a large fish under the boat about 250 feet down. It’s a little deep for one to shoot up but you never know.. But that i exactly what happened. We got very lucky and the fish shot up and ate the closest lure to the boat!
Jake was up and had the craziest fight ahead of him! The fish fought tremendously hard for about 40 min putting in a few big jumps but mainly staying down deep which made it very hard to pull up. Jake managed to land his fish and we took it to the scales coming in at 431lbs! We had the greatest time and can’t wait to see the boys again! Congrats for a great catch!
Today, we has Mike and his son Nick from Vermont back with us for our second full day trip this week! Today brought much more luck than anticipated.. we caught a big ahi the other day together so we were targeting different fish. We started off the morning catching 4 mahi mahi……and even missed a few more using live bait on light tackle.
After the mahi were done biting we set off trolling. We somehow took a huge strike from a 120lb ahi!! This almost never happens in January! Nick was in the hot seat and did an excellent job angling his fish in a tough battle.
Both Mike and Nick managed to catch their largest fish ever with us this week! And to top it off on our way into the harbor a massive 110 lb stripe marlin gave us a run for our money! Mike was able to land one of the biggest striped marlin in a couple of years! Congratulations to all-…great day