Hobie Mirage Tandem Island

Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival

The Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival that is put on by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group is a wonderful event that brings together the best of Hawaii’s fishing and seafood communities. It attracts over 20,000 people each year (I think it must have been easily over 30,000 this year). The festival was free for the public and took place at Honolulu’s Fishing Village at Pier 38 on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 9am-4pm and had over 100 vendors. There are fishing related demos throughout the day, games for the keiki, and exhibits for all to enjoy.
We had a GREAT time meeting and talking with everyone that stopped by at our booth and came to the kayak fishing demo we did with Chris “Hammah” Paglinawan. Chris showed that you don’t need a lot to go kayak fishing and still be a successful kayak fisherman...
and we showed that you can go NUTS and put tons of things on your kayak and go fishing!
We only snapped a few pictures after we set up, but don’t have many pics of the rest of the day because we were happily swamped with people around our booth all day.
Big Mahalo goes out to Marc Inouye and Brian Funai for making sure we had enough space to show off our Hobie Mirage Tandem Island!

Aloha is Alive and Well

People all around have been saying that the Aloha Spirit has left Hawaii, but we see differently. We had the pleasure and honor to have been able to share part of our day with the Keaulana Family from the West side of Oahu. We got to the beach and started setting up our Hobie Mirage Tandem Island for a day of fishing and up drives surfing champion Rusty Keaulana, who we’ve met on many occasions at the beach. Rusty made a call to his father, the famous Buffalo Keaulana and to his equally famous brother Brian Keaulana and they both came down to the beach to talk story. The Keaulanas (and friend Bunky) had just purchased 3 TIs and wanted to see how we had ours rigged up for fishing. We were star struck, but tried to keep our composure and show them what we did to modify our TI for fishing in Hawaiian waters.
After talking for a bit, we got our TI in the water and went fishing. Throughout the day we could see the Keaulanas with their hibiscus red TIs sailing around on the inside. We continued fishing and got lucky with a Mahimahi and a Shibi, then headed in to the beach. When we got in, Jimmy and more of the Keaulana family were on the beach just having spent some time with Malika Dudley, Lanai Boy, and a host of other people riding the C4Waterman SUPsquatch. It’s MASSIVE, but not as big as the SUPzilla...you have to see it to believe it!
An amazing day with people full of Aloha. We feel truly blessed.
“Respect the land, respect the ocean, respect your friends, neighbors, whoever is around.” From C4Waterman.com

Ahi Hunting

As many of you know, we’re always looking to battle BIG fish and the next fish on our “hit list” is the elusive Ahi (Tuna over 100#). We decided to go hunting for one on Wednesday, so we loaded up our truck with our Hobie Mirage Tandem Island aka The Uyeda Brother TI Fighter (aka Enjoy The Day aka The Uyeda Brother Waterworld Boat) and decided to make a good, hard run for an Ahi.

We get to our launch spot around 6AM and start rigging our baby up. If you’ve ever seen her all rigged up, you know we have A LOT of “stuff” to rig up.

Our plan was to launch early, look for any live bait we can catch, and sail to some areas we heard Ahis were being hooked up. We catch a bunch of little fish, but nothing we want to use as bait today, then all of a sudden Gareth hooks a small Aku. I’m thrilled, and while bridling it up…I ACCIDENTALLY DROP IT BACK IN THE WATER! Argh! We can’t get another Aku to bite after that, but luckily for us Gareth is great at catching other kinds of bait, so we get some and put them in our Hobie Livewell.

Long story long – We troll around for around 25 miles with only one REAL strike, which turned out to be a shark. By this time, we’re around 5 miles offshore and about 6-7 miles from our truck. We start sailing back to our truck when all of a sudden the wind dies down. Time to pedal back in! Thank goodness we have the Mirage Drive because battling the current back to the truck would have been torture if we were just paddling. The wind was on and off, so we pedaled and sailed as best we could.

Right when we were worried we wouldn’t be able to get back to the truck before the sun went down we take a strike on our center rod, and it’s a good one. The reel screams, then stops. I turn my head to see a nice sized Mahimahi leap and twist out of the water behind us. We clear our other lines, furl the sail, and the battle is on. Many aerial displays and screaming runs later, I (Kevin) have the leader in hand, Kage in the other, and my Kage strike hits the Mahi right in the bone in his head and pops off! I regain my composure and this time I get the Mahi in the kayak.
* Mahi weighed 21 pounds.

We snap a few pics, clean up the kayak, and open our sail hoping to get some wind to take us to the truck. We luck out w/some wind that rushes through one of the valleys and we make it back to the truck before the sun goes down.
A lot of Ahi hunting, but no Ahi to show for it. That’s OK. We enjoyed the day and had a great time fishing. Plus... We’re just letting them get bigger for next time!