Jose Elias from California came aboard with a few friends in a morning half day trip. Right off the bat we were seeing a lot of good life. We were seeing birds and tuna jumping.. it wasn’t long before we took our first strike from a decent marlin! After only a minute or two it jumped off the line. About 30 min after that we had a marlin marlin on the line for a few minutes before jumping off!
That didn’t stop us we stuck around and kept working it.. we take yet another strike but this time from a very big tuna. Jose jumped in the chair and began his battle with his fish! He did a great job getting the tuna to the boat in about 15 min. It is a fish if a life time for Jose!
Jenny Randell and Katelin Noe from Colorado came out with their families for a 6 hr fishing trip. After having a great weekend, we were very excited to see what today held for us.
In the morning we had two tunas explode on our lures with out even touching the hook! Knowing we were in good waters we stuck around to see what else could be there. Not very long into our morning we take a strike from a very nice spearfish! Jenny was the first in the chair and she battled her spearfish all the way to the boat and we decided to release it!
About an hour after all that excitement we were stuck again but this time by a 300 lb Blue Marlin!! Katelin was up next and jumped into the chair for a fight of a lifetime! For 25 min she battled her angry fish all the way to the boat! We also decided to release this fish because it was in such good condition! What an amazing 6 hr trip!
The opening of the Kona tournament season is the Rock and Reel tournament sponsored by the the Hawaiian Big Game fishing club. This year 35 boats fished the tournament. This is an IGFA rules tournament, so only the angler can touch the rod or reel during the entire flight…. (international gamefish association)
On the first day of the tournament, Jay and Rita Oltjen from Kansas were our anglers. On the first day, we had a triple Blue Marlin strike early in the morning. The short corner lure stayed hooked and Rita got into the fight chair and did a nice job of getting the fish to the boat. Unfortunately, that fish came off just before we grabbed leader to release the fish. A few hours later, our long rigger went off and this time, Jah got into the fighting chair. This time, we got the Blue Marlin to the boat where it was released to fight another day. Later on that day we missed another Blue which would have put us in sole possession of first place. However, we finished that day tied for first place. Here is the photo of that release:
On the second day, Fred and Judy McCraw from Georgia were our anglers. Second day, was very slow. About 2 pm we missed a Spearfish. Then about five minutes before “stop fishing”, as we were praying for a strike, providence answered as our long rigger went off. Fred got into the fighting chair and brought this nice Spearfish to the boat in about 8 minutes where is was released. Made a big difference as this fish secured us second place. Here is photo of that release:
Here is Fred and Judy McCraw with Captain Jah and Stu at the awards banquet.
All in all, a good tournament. Fishing was a bit slow for the entire tournament for all the boats. High Noon finished 2nd with our two releases. Our next tournament is the Fire Cracker open over the 4th of July weekend.
Our young angler Jeremiah Powers at 12 years old came fishing with us on a 4 hr trip in the afternoon. We proceeded to head the direction where we caught a nice Ahi tuna in morning.
We fished very hard in the area without any bites. As we were making our way home we got a good strike from a very nice spearfish! Jeremiah jumped in the chair and battled his fish to the boat! It was a perfect fish for our young angler!! Can’t fake that smile….congratulations to Jeremiah!
Dell Jamora from San Jose California Came out with his wife on a morning 4hr trip. They told us first thing in the morning they wanna fish for blue marlin!! Music to our ears, so we took off from the harbor with tons of excitement looking for big fish.
We explained to them we would be heading to the same area as yesterday that was holding a lot of life for us. We saw a lot of birds working with both big and small tunas jumping and feeding. It wasn’t long when the stinger lure was slammed down and the line started screaming off the reel. . Dell jumped in the chair to fight this fish. While it wasn’t a Blue Marlin, it was a giant yellowfin Ahi Tuna. He battled his fish for a very hard 30 minutes!! Dell came out on top with a victory as we landed his monster tuna!!! Congratulations!