Windward Boats

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.
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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...
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and we showed that you can go NUTS and put tons of things on your kayak and go fishing!
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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.
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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!



Testing the New TI Rudder

Hobie TI owners were having issues with the old Twist-And-Stow rudder system, so the Hobie engineers designed a new rudder for the TI. We pick it up from Windward Boats, and find that it is actually the same size and shape as the old rudder, but a little bit heavier. We installed the new rudder with basic tools in a couple of hours one afternoon.

We decide to take it for a test drive since Gareth had something to do later in the day...and we also figured that we may as well fish while testing our new rudder, so we took along all our gear. We pedaled for 3 miles and were very impressed with the new rudder’s performance. The only problem...no fish. We fished the rest of the day with very little action. Catch and release hagi (2) and a moano, but nothing on our new DH lures or on bait.

Right when we were ready to call it a day and started heading in and the reel starts screaming, zzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ FISH ON...it’s a mahimahi...that decided to run across our other lines! =( After untangling and clearing lines, the battle was on. A few jumps in we figured it was a decent sized mahi and settled in for a long battle. She towed us around for awhile and we finally got a kage shot on her and she was in the bag.

We decided one fish was enough on this long day, so we started heading in again and the reel goes off again...zzzzzzzzzz. Gar gets excited and pulls the bait away from the fish! He drops it back again, the fish gulps the bait and ZZZZZZZZZZZ...jump! Another mahi...bigger one this time! This one takes a bit longer to land, but we get her into the bag, zip it up, and jam back to shore with HUGE smiles on our faces. Another great day!

We were so excited with our fish that we forgot to take pics while on the water. Hahaha!
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Hobie Demo Day @ Kailua Beach Park

Windward Boats sponsors a Hobie Kayak Demo 6-8 times a year and we were fortunate to be included in this one. The demo earlier this year was the one where we fell in love with the Hobie Mirage Tandem Island. We go to Kailua Beach Park around 8AM and Lorraine Garnier and Ryan were already there. We rushed to help set the kayaks up and get them ready for the day.
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We had a great day taking people sailing, teaching them about safety, and how the Hobie Kayaks work. Met some wonderful people and reconnected with long lost friends.
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Hope to see you at the next demo!