One Dozen Fish

All we can say is, WHAT A DAY! grin grin We go looking for bait and can't find any we want to use. End up Catching and releasing 1 weke ula, 1 moana kali, 1 hage, 1 lizard fish...then got one taape (that we kept for the frying pan - darn invasives angry )...Then the fun started...
Since we couldn't find any bait, we decided to run some of our prototype DH Lures and another secret lure.  No, we won't tell you what kind of lure it was.  A few minutes later, the right side outrigger pops...AND the left side outrigger pops...then as UNluck would have it, the two fish cross the lines and our lines are all tangled! A little over under action and we're untangled and we're both have mahimahis on the line! grin grin I (Kevin) land my mahi first because it was a tiny little bugger (7.6#), then Gar lands his mahi (we were HOPING it was over 10, but it fell short 9.25#), there was a follower, but we couldn't get it to strike no matter what we did.

Reset all our rigs, troll around again and BAM...right rigger pops again and reel starts screaming! A short time later we have an
ono circling below us. When it gets closer to the surface we realize that it’s barely hooked! I get the Kage ready leader it up...and this is when I see that the hook is BARELY hanging on to the fish. I make a deep kage shot to the head...and it sticks!!! Pull the ono in the kayak, celebrate w/a high five, and pack it in our fish bag. He later weighed in at 23 pounds! grin

Reset our rigs, clip everything back in the outriggers and troll around for about  a minute. We notice that the rigger s-l-o-w-l-y starts to bend...and (soft) pop and reel starts singing that song we all love so much. zzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!! A few minutes later, we have a shibi circling below us. I grab the video camera and jam it under water to get some underwater video. Leader it up and right in the kayak! This shibi (yellow fin tuna under 100#) weighs in at 11.1 pounds! grin

We’re so happy at this moment that we start cleaning up the fish blood and slime from out kayak while the lure sits in the water a few feet away. After we clean up, we just get ready to troll when the rigger POPS and we're on again! Minutes later we have what WOULD HAVE been our club (AquaHunters) record
aku (record is 12 pounds), but a small shark took a little bite out of the side about the size of my palm! We weigh the fish at home and it comes in at exactly 12 pounds!!! The shark stole our record!

We just start trolling and something hits, but it’s so small that it can't pop the rigger. This fish doesn’t fight like a normal fish...there are some jumps and a little’s a malolo (flying fish!) About a minute later we have a big malolo in the kayak. We couldn't figure out how to run it live, so we throw it in our livewell and keep it alive while we’re deciding. cheesy

While deciding how to rig the malolo we look a the time and we figure we had enough for one day and start to head back in (while trolling) and zzzzzz! A small
kawakawa hits our lure and a short time later, we have a kawakawa in the kayak (2.3#). Perfect size to bridle up, but it was getting late and we were tired already (total trip was 30.1 miles).  

Ended the day with an offshore trifecta for the AquaHunters Makahiki Tournament that we’re in, and a bunch of fish for the family and neighbors to eat! Think we enjoyed the day?  You bet we did!
grin grin Major mixed plate action!