We had Neil, Brendan, and Joey from California join us for a 6 hour fishing trip. The bait has been very hard to catch lately. And today, we struggled with bait again. It took us 3 hrs to catch 7 baits!!…. it was worth the extra effort because when we arrived to our zone we were greeting with a few fish! Neil, Brendan and Joey all got to catch a couple fish each! All these fish were caught on live bait using light tackle, so every fish the boys caught, fought like hell and gave them all a crazy fight! Joey was fighting one tuna about 25 lbs when a big shark took a whack at his fish and bit it in half! All in all we had a great time with one another we had a great day catching fish and laughing.
Gary and his wife Christy from Vancouver came fishing for a full day of fun! Our day started off with a lot of rain and not any fish. Things change from day to day out here, so to whom ever reads this keep in mind we try our best to adapt each day to different conditions. Bait fish were especially hard today to catch this morning! It’s really getting hard to catch them almost to a point where we can’t get em. As the day grew we noticed a change in current and conditions seem to be getting better in a matter of an hour.. Gary some how managed a 35lb Wahoo on very light tackle. At the same time we had Christy hooked up to a 15 lb tuna! We landed her fish and stayed in the same area. Not long after Gary was up to bat again but this time on a 50 lb yellow fin tuna! It was a hard 15 min battle but he got it done.
Gary had fished on Florida and has always wanted to catch a sailfish but he was unsuccessful which is hard to imagine because Florida is known for sails. Sailfish are pretty rare in Kona, but as luck has it we hooked into and rare pacific sailfish! After yet another 15 min battle we landed his trophy sailfish! He is so happy he is putting his trophy on the wall to look at the rest of his life! We hooked into a 100 lb tuna and fought it for 30 min and we were only a couple of inches away from gaff when the rod snapped and the ahi got away… wasn’t really that big a deal because of how amazing of our day already was!! We headed home and called it a great day!
Bill and his 12 year old son Jason from Washington came along for a full day of fishing adventure. Live bait is getting very hard to catch as we get closer to summer but yet we were able to catch a few. We headed far south to newer waters to find life. Bill and his son were very fun I be around. We had Bill in the chair for a couple of minutes on a Blue Marlin before it did some crazy jumps and threw the hook. We took another strike from a spearfish but did not get hooked and also missed an ono!.
We then found a big piece of debris floating and it had some good fish on it! This is where the live bait shines. Both Bill and his son Jason, took turns cranking in mahi and big eye tuna! Jason is a very good young fisherman and did incredibly well on his own and landed every one of his fish. Both Dan and son had a great trip with us and we were all so happy having such a fun time.
We had a big family from Canada come fish us for 6 hrs. The winds were a bit strong… but we stayed out as long as we could before coming in. Bait is still very hard for us, so we decided on trolling. We spent all morning in ono lane. 10 min into our trip we took our first strike! We landed a very nice Wahoo called Ono in Hawaii. The next two hours were very slow but found ourselves with another bite but came off. We hung in the area and bang, got our next hook up! Young Owen loves to fish and does it about everyday back home! We were able to land his big 20 lb Wahoo as well. By then the winds hit us hard and we came in. Good day on the water and some great eating fish as well.
Max Cohen along with his wife from Denver came fishing for 6 hrs to try their luck. He booked with us because he has been watching our reports and blogs and wanted to do live baiting on light tackle. The bait has been very hard to catch lately…sometimes we can’t get any which was the case today. Max was a bit disappointed and a bit apprehensive if we were gonna catch anything. I explained not to worry, you are in good hands, and there has been an actual good trolling bite these past few days.!
It was only 45 min into our trip when we had a giant blue marlin behind the boat following the lure! This fish came up on the shortest lure to the boat took a shot at it and missed then switched sides over to the next closest lure and absolutely hammered the lure!!! Max had a huge fight on his hand! We called it 700 lbs when we saw it eat the lure! As it was leaving the spread it gave a few massive jumps showing us it’s true size! About 5 min into the fight is when it really showed us what she was about! She jumped for a minute straight in big circles then kept jumping only a few yards away from the boat putting on a good show for everyone. One full hour later we were able to gaff and land his trophy fish!!! It took 3 of us to haul in his 736 lb Blue Marlin!!! It was an amazing accomplishment and he is now mounting his fish for the wall!!! We are excited to be apart of such a great day!