AquaHunters Makahiki Day 1


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

Hawaii Fish and Dive Expo

Hello Friends,
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