Took a big strike and line started peeling off our Shimano Tiagra. We cleared lines and got ready for a battle. Little did we know that this battle would last over 3 1/2 hours and would tax our bodies to the max...and little did we know that after all this time we’d lose the marlin when the leader snapped. =(
Totally spent and depressed, we started our long journey to shore. We figured that we should run some kind of lure or bait or something on the way in, so we loaded two rods...one with a swimming lure and one with the PredaPro trolling lure with a dead opelu (mackerel scad). Minutes later our Fin-Nor OF9500 spinning reel starts SCREAMING! I look back and out bursts our second marlin for the day!!! Runs, jumps, shakes, and the battle is on again! At the 1 hour mark the marlin started doing circles and we thought he was done, but we were wrong. Long runs after seeing our kayak and we had to try to get back line inch by inch. Finally at 1 1/2 hours into the battle, we sunk the gaff in, grabbed the bill, and hoisted the marlin on our trampoline.
Happy and exhausted we started pedaling our way back to shore. Why didn’t we sail? As luck would have it the wind died out. This time we didn’t set any lines out...we were too exhausted to fight another fish. Got to shore and met up with Chris Paglinawan and Scott Nakasone who both graciously helped us lug all our gear to the truck. Thanks to Jason Hijirida for the PredaPro, Scott, Chris, the Paglinawan Family for helping us weigh and ice down our fish, and our wives for being so patient and letting us fish!
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First we were visited by our friend Tony...
...Yes, this is a real picture (screen shot from our video)...and Yes, I stuck my hand in the water with the video camera to capture the moment. Hahaha!!!
A while later this Mahimahi decided to pay us a visit...
...so we caught her. Gareth battled her up quickly so Tony wouldn’t take a bite, but I got to get a picture with her. =)
Then we were lucky enough to get a second...
...and finally a third!
I guess all we can say is that OWNER HOOKS ARE AWESOME! Hooks used this day - Owner Mutu Light Wire, Owner Mutu Circle, and Owner Gorilla Live Bait hooks. From now on...OWNER all the way!!!
Kevin & Gareth
The Uyeda Brothers
Besides not getting to fish that much in 2013, this is turning out to be a banner year for us! Thanks to The Fishing Website and Tight Lines (both out of New Zealand)!
Our first Fin-Nor Offshore 9500 OS spinning reel will be retired today. We originally purchased it from Roy’s Fishing Supply in 2009 for somewhere around $150. We have mixed emotions because we battled many wonderful fish with this reel.
Notable fish we’ve caught with this reel since January 2009...
194.3# Pacific Blue Marlin - 1/09/2009
80# Ulua (and around a dozen of his little brothers...most tagged and released)
Mahimahi (~35-40...lost count)
Parts that needed to be fixed/changed in the 4 1/3 years we’ve owned this reel...
The Clicker Thing and Spring had to be replaced twice. SPECIAL THANKS to the fish who ran so hard they wore it out!
The Dog had to be replace twice. SPECIAL THANKS to the fish who slammed it so hard they crushed it!
And finally...the Handle...couldn’t handle any more strain.
We believe it has held up under the most strenuous test in the World - The UBTT = Uyeda Brother Torture Test. We sprayed it down after fishing...and honestly didn’t always wash it down that well. We did very little maintenance to this reel besides oiling the dog, greasing the drag washers, and greasing the gears once a year.
It’s time for it to take a well-deserved permanent vacation.
Rest In Peace Mr. Fin-Nor Offshore 9500 OS!
Had some time to kill, so we went on a run on our Hobie TI. Fun day, but not much fish...
Got a couple of Kawelea and a bunch of Opelu, but not much else...Better than nothing I guess... =)
Finally threw our hats into the ring for the 2013 AQUAHUNTERS Makahiki Tournament. For those of you who don’t know, the AQUAHUNTERS Makahiki is the toughest kayak fishing tournament on Earth! You have 8 months to fish 40 days against some of the greatest kayak fishermen in the world.
The conditions were PERFECT for the Hobie Mirage Tandem Island and off we sailed...
Fishing was really slow for most of the day, but it was an amazing day to be on the water with our TI. She pedaled smoothly and efficiently, sailed flawlessly, and was a joy to be on in the water.
The bite seemed to start to pick up when we caught a little lai (leatherback jack or queenfish) that we caught and released, but sadly we were wrong. =(
We were ready to pack it in and call it a day and were actually heading back to our launch spot when one of our rods started SCREAMING! zzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!! After a short while the handle of our Fin-Nor 9500 snapped off and was useless to us. Gareth continued to crank what was left of the handle until the ono was right next to my seat and BANG...the Kage struck home and the ono was in my lap!
Video Of The Battle With The Ono...
We were contacted by our friend/Pro Photographer Brian Yamauchi while we were on the water and he said he was on his way to shoot photos at a beach right down the road from where we were, so he stopped and shot some pictures of us from the beach.
When we finally reached shore we shot a few more pictures and packed up for the drive home.
The ono weighed in a little over 41 pounds and was cleaned and shared with family and friends.
Thank you to Windward Boats, Hobie Kayaks, AquaHunters, Ikaika Clothing Company, Ewa Beach Buy and Sell/808 Locate, and for all of you who have been following us on our website!
Gareth and Kevin
We’re going to be at the Hawaii Fish and Dive Expo this Sunday, March 10, 2013 and will be doing a seminar at the Pikake Room Stage at 3:00. Hope to see you all there!
Gareth and Kevin
Here’s what we’ve been up to recently...
Stripped our old Hobie Mirage Tandem Island of ALL our things. We didn’t realize how many things we add onto our kayaks!
Here she is...bare bones (except for stickers here and there)
Talk about mixed emotions! We drove up to Windward Boats w/our Megatron to see our new baby packed up and waiting outside for us.
Strapped the box of goodies (Amas, Akas, Mirage Drives, Paddles, Seats, etc) on the racks and strapped the new kayak (still in the wrapper) to our EZ Loader kayak trailer.
Got back to Wahiawa kind of late, so we unpacked and unwrapped our new baby the next day. Yes, we know she looks the same as our old Hobie Mirage Tandem Island, but there are quite a few improvements in this model.
Hobie improved the rudder/rudder lines, Ama bungees, seat posts, Mirage Drives, Aka support beam, Aka paint (so no more chipping and peeling), front hatch gaskets, and mast bolt. We improved our roll bar, rod holder mount, and our transducer mounting ring. =)
Gareth tricking out our sailing main line... (Don’t ask...it’s a secret. Haha!)
We installed our sonar and GPS...
Bolted in our rod holder track w/improved mounts...No drilling necessary! =)
Our new roll bar/sail main line riser now has 2 mounts for our GoPro cameras, a wider headrest, and a few other secret things...
Here’s Gareth mounting our Lamiglas Kayak Outrigger holders.
And last, but not least, we put together our mast and sail.
We’re ready for some good times on the water...and if we’re lucky enough maybe some HUGE FISH to bring home to share with our family and friends! Enjoy The Day, Everyone!
Gareth and Kevin
The Uyeda Brothers