Joined: 02 Aug 2008
Location: Lahaina, Maui
|Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:05 am Post subject: Mahi Flurry has been on. Tag & Release of estimated 300
Ono Noah here, ready to give you the scoop on the catch here from the past couple days. I'm fortunate enough to get this brief moment to update everyone on what the bite is doing, and it's on!!!
On Monday, 9-1-08 we started out the month with a pretty nice flurry of blue dots behind the boat. I was working the deck with Yukka. I had been up since 11:00 P.M. to be down at the boat by midnight. We leave the dock at midnight to catch bait 3-5 miles offshore on pinnacles that hold bait fish, Opelu -- which is a mahi mahi candy bar. With this hard work, opportunity, and a little bit of luck -- you have a good recipe for success.
Captain Steve Lambert 'Skillet' gathered up the anglers and we departed the harbor around 3:30 A.M. We made it to our destination, and the instant we dropped the live opelu (mullet) we had line screaming out. Brian and Jelena from Seattle, Washington were on the boat, and Jelena got first shot at the bull as she took over the 50lb. shimano stand-up. She battled for about 20 minutes as the bull leaped, flipped, and darted from starboard to port, 'Skillet' worked his magic up on the deck keeping the boat moving forward. I rigged another Opelu, dropped it in, saw the blue dots right behind the boat as the mahi were lighting up the water with their electricity. We kept feeding the Mahi, they were munching the live and dead opelu. We had three seperate occasions where we had triple bites, and at one point we had a quadruple bite on, we were dancing around the deck, shifting poles and making sure lines weren't getting crossed. We landed every single Mahi that bit, not one of them threw the hook. We had 27 Mahi in the bag and we had fed them most of the live bait. The anglers were tired at that point, and the duration of the trip was nearing an end, so we set the artificial jet squid lures and started the troll en route back to the harbor.
The Mahi weren't done, we had an instant double bite and two more Mahis in the bag for a total of 29 Mahis. It truly was a great day of fishing!
Jelena and Brian on their honeymoon, and in love with fishing!
From left to right: Yukka, 'Skillet', Jelena, Brian, Matt Shelton (pictured in white shirt) from Morheth, Kansas. In front (pictured in red shirt and cowboy hat) is Rick Arce from Fremont, California. Great day out there folks, congratulations on a fish-filled adventure!!!
Later on in the day, I got a call from Captain Timster that he was hooked up to an estimated 300lb. Blue Marlin. Deg Rossiter, pictured on the left caught this nice 17 lb. Mahi, and Scott Rossiter, pictured on the right, Tagged & Released an estimated 300lb. Blue Marlin. These gentleman from Duarte, California had a wonderful time out on the water, and Scott 'had an awesome day with dad'. Congratulations you guys!!!
Thank you for taking the time to read my recent reports. I get up at 11:00 P.M. to go get bait, work for 7 hours in the harbor 5 days a week, and am going to college full-time. It's difficult for me to post my daily reports, and for that I apologize. In the future I will be reporting as I have the opportunity to do so.
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