First Fish Under Sail

We got our first fish under sail this weekend! The fish we caught before this were either under pedal or were caught while our sail was completely furled, so these were our firsts! We can't even begin to say how stoked we were to get them while sailing!!! I apologize in advance for the long I said, we're stoked to get our first fish while sailing.

The day started off really nice...for paddling. No wind to help us out, so we pedaled out looking for bait while dragging one Crystal Minnow (the blue color Brian on AH uses) and a dead opelu. We just cross the ledge and the outrigger POPS...then nothing. We thought whatever hit it was gone, but a couple of seconds of disappointment later the reel starts screaming! I (Kevin) set the hook and pass the rod to Gareth, then clear the minnow. For a split second we think it's a shark, then we look down and see something about 100' down shining like a mirror...Kagami! We actually though about tagging and releasing him, but kagami sashimi is so good and he swallowed the hook, so we kept him.

We got a few opelu and started trolling them around 4-5 mph (kind of fast for live bait) on and off this ledge just north of Pokai Bay...rigger POPS...STRIKE unbuckles. Rebait and try again...rigger POPS again...STRIKE unbuckles again. Rebait...rigger POPS again...reel starts's a big mahi! All of a sudden, it seems like the line breaks...Gar reels it up to show the biggest, nastiest PIG TAIL!!!!!!! STRIKE THREE! I had tied that rig the night before and I KNEW I didn't cinch the knot down good, but used the darn rig anyway. BIG MISTAKE! Thank goodness this isn't baseball or we'd be out.

Out of live opelu, so we bait up dead opelu and troll the on! Jump! Mahi! We keep the sail open and fight it while partially dragging it behind us. Some minutes later it's ready for the kage shot...AND I MISS! I'm usually deadly accurate with my Ahnkochee Kage, but not today. Luckily the fish is hooked good and I get a second chance...this time no miss. 11# Mahi in the boat!

Rebait and run the ledge on again! Bigger mahi! Same routine - leave the sail open and battle the fish. We get the mahi close and we can't get her to come around the ama! Try and try again, and we still can't get her to come around the ama! Fast forward 5 minutes or so (while videotaping her swimming outside the ama) and she tires. Kage shot to the head and in the boat!

Long day and we're so tired and happy that we forget to take a picture while on the water. We decide that's enough fish for the day and head in. Fun day at sea!