AQUAHUNTERS 2012 Makahiki Day 1

We fixed our broken mast (see 12/19/11 Fishing with Robson Green) and decorated our sail w/some decals (AquaHunters, RealBVoice Water Warrior, C4 Waterman, Zionic, Uyedabrothers.com, Windward Boats (it came off) and of course Hobie) and things and were ready for a day of fishing! *Want to rent ad space on our sail? Contact us if you’re interested!
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We made our first (of 40) runs for the 2012 AQUAHUNTERS Makahiki Kayak Fishing (and Diving) Tournament on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The AquaHunters Makahiki is an 8 month long progressive tournament that has some of the best kayak anglers in the world.
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We started off the day with some small fish, 3 moano (goat fish) and 2 nunu (trumpet fish), then things picked up for us a bit. Found what we thought was a scattered opelu (mackerel scad) pile, but it turned out to be a school of shibi ko (small yellowfin tuna) and after they destroyed our bait rigs, Gareth landed a 2 pounder...which I (Kevin) forgot to take a picture of and bridled up on our Shimano Tiagra 30W matched with our Shimano Tallus rod and we were ready for something BIG. Fished it for miles without a strike. =/

I rigged up a dead akule (goggle eye) and dragged it around for a few minutes before we took a strike. I saw the jump and told Gareth that it was a small Mahimahi (dorado/dolphin fish) and battled it to the kayak...when I realized that it wasn’t as small as I first thought! Got it beside the kayak, Kage shot to the head, and in the kayak. 12+ pounds of delicious fish! =)
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Rigged another bait up and started trolling around a bit again when all of a sudden our Tiagra started SCREAMING! Unfortunately whatever hit our bait sliced through and missed the hook, so we decided to look for bait again and got lucky with a couple kawakawa (wavyback tuna).
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It was getting late, so we threw one back and kept one for the lifeguards on the beach. Fun day all in all. More adventures to come!