Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Moloka’i Flats Fishing

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!). It’s been awhile and I was hoping that I could get started on my blog and get back into the swing of things. Yet, life held a bunch of surprises that I hadn’t planned on and hence the delay in posting on my favorite blog.

Well, a lot has changed in one year and I am now working at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. I won’t go into detail but I love what I’m doing under the leadership of current DHHL Chairman/Director ‘Alapaki Nahale-a. A heavy load of kuleana for sure at this juncture in my life!

Anyway, I was going over a few notes from my previous attempt at posting and I came across these links that might help my fellow fly fishermen who try to even the odds at every chance out in the water:

Stream Time Blog (Flyfishing in the Reel World) – A couple of posts with a few tips on flyfishing the Kona Coast of the Big Island. A nice read, as there is not much out there about fly fishing on the Big Island.

Mike’s Catch Report Blog – Nice blog with great pictures of flyfishing on O’ahu. Lots of slideshows! Mike travels to places that I hold dear to my heart. Including the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York and many of the noted historical streams in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states. Man! Do I miss the action out there but I don’t miss the cold this time of the year.

DIY Flatsfishing Blog – Getting a guide at a pristine destination will cost you big bucks! I’ll be the first to admit that local knowledge will definitely get you in the better part of the “catch” factor but especially in these hard times, every buck counts. So this site is a refreshing look at how you can start on doing-it-yourself and stretching your dollars a bit. The link is to the Hawai’i post and you get just enough information in finding a spot to fish on your own.

Fly Fusion Magazine (North America’s Fly Fishing Authority) – I’m a sucker for flashy, catchy fishing photography. This site’s not Hawai’i-related but has I couldn’t pass it up during my search for Hawai’i flyfishing sites.

Bonefish Kaua’i – Okay, so this is like, the only island that you can catch trout in a stream, catch bass/peacock bass in the river/dams and go down to the flats to fish for ‘o’io (bonefish)!  Kind of like the Hawaiian Grand Slam with a Twist! There aren’t a lot of guides on Kaua’i and this is one of the rare ones on the internet.

Hope you folks like my first post for 2012 and I’ll continue to write when I have time. Got my writing slippahs back on, so I’m ready!

Hanapa’a! (Fish On!)

Hamau Leo Wednesday – Spoils of Victory

Prizes for the GT Masters Cup Tournament

Prizes for the GT Masters Cup Tournament Winners

National Saltwater Angler Registry (Poho or Not?)

Hilo Fisherman Whipping

Okay, if you’re like me wondering what’s going on and confused heading into the New Year about the National Saltwater Angler Registry (NSAR), don’t fret, other fishermen in the U.S. are having the same problem. Hawai’i is currently one of several states (Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) that is required to have their fishermen register to fish because we do not have a comprehensive recreational saltwater license or registration program. NOAA has a site specifically to register and answer questions about the NSAR called the NOAA Marine Recreational Information Program.

There are pros and cons to having a national saltwater angler registry but I’ll defer on this while I wait and see what the Feds have in store for the data. Intrusive information that reminds me a little bit of the film, “Red Dawn,” where the Cuban leader ordered his men to gather information about the Boy Scouts (Remember? Said to be a paramilitary organization). I know, it might be a stretch and may never be used for dubious purposes, but too much identity theft and government security breaches going on that it makes me wary.

I always thought Hawai’i would be immune to this kind of licensing because of our long fishing tradition but it looks like the State of Hawai’i never implemented a program to keep or gather hard data for NOAA’s use. Read what other states in the same boat as Hawai’i are reporting:

New Jersey

Rhode Island

Virginia

Maryland

Massachusetts

Here’s an article from North Carolina that states that anglers don’t have to register because they have a program that NOAA can use to mine data:

North Carolina

Check out Hawai’i Fishing News and DLNR for other information.

Anyway, it’s free to register in 2010 but may have a fee attached later. So make your assessment and leave a comment. Maybe our government leaders in Hawai’i will make the right decisions regarding our recreational fishing interests.

Hamau Leo (Wordless) Wednesday – Ahi Mural (Hana, Maui)

Ahi - Yellowfin Tuna

Ahi - Yellowfin Tuna


Kayaks, Kayaks, Kayaks for the Fishing Enthusiast

Kayaks, kayaks, kayaks! When I was younger I loved these things that made it easier to fish. I started off fishing with them after attempting to fish with my surfboard. But I had a short board so that didn’t work out. (the longboarders ruled on this one). I did catch a few papio or ulua, but a monster fish always got away because I would go out too deep or run out of line. I always wanted one but ended up borrowing one from a friend of mine who had a two-seater kayak. I later bought an inflatable kayak, Tahiti Classic, by Sevylor (now owned by Coleman), because it was more portable and I could use it when traveling the outer islands. You’ll laugh but it worked out great for me but wasn’t as good asMy Workhorse Kayak a regular kayak.

Back then, the kayaks didn’t have rod holders or gear stowage bins and a lot of saltwater kayaks were too long and narrow. Now, you have your choice of saltwater kayaks. It just depends on what you want. There are kayaks with foot controls, rod holders, stowage bins, motorized, accessories and just about everything else under the sun. I envy those that can afford these but a regular kayak for me will do. A friend of mine, Bob Lathan, from Pennsylvania recently sent me his dream kayak called, the Manta Ray 12, from Native Watercraft Co., and I have to agree with him that this might be the one for me here too in Hawai’i. I was going to get a similar one when I was in PA but my inflatable kayak sufficed since the lakes and rivers up there weren’t too bad and it handled all the conditions I put it through up to Class II. I did try the inflatable a couple of times on Class III rivers but that wasn’t too fun and I had to tie down my gear too much.

Check out Bob’s dream kayak and mine too:

I like to go more “green” on everything but I like to look at all my options. Here’s another one I was thinking about and might be easier to get around but cost a little more too, including gas, is this little number called, the Mokai , a jet-propelled kayak manufactured by Mokai Manufacturing, Inc. I think this would be great for trolling or flyfishing and more affordable than getting a boat. Most of the times we go by ourselves anyway. I also remember the beginning of the “Let’s Go Fishing” show with Ben Wong in one of these but I’m not sure it’s the same one. The video below shows, the Mokai, in a river. It looks pretty cool! Check it out:

Maybe if these manufacturers see this, I can do a review for you folks someday. As always you should check out the individual company’s web site for more information as well as fishing-related uses. Let me know what you think by leaving comments on either the blog or Facebook Fan Page!

By the way, if you’re still wondering, I still have that Tahiti Classic!!!

Ho’omakaukau & Pau Hana Friday

A Prep for the Upcoming Weekend

Aloha Friday! to everyone!

I’m not sure what will work this weekend as the moon phase may brighten up the night skies. I’ve heard the good and bad of both. Fish tend to stay out on the shoreline later as it’s more lighted. Night fishing for ulua slows down as prey are able to see predator. Offshore fishermen may have more chances at ‘opelu and tombo ahi but the winter conditions may make it difficult to stay out.

In addition, watch for changing conditions. Safety should come first again as in last week. Windy days and large surf continue to pummel open ocean and shoreline areas. Wear your safety gear, take extra time to fasten down your fishing gear and look out for your fishing buddies.

Weather

Weekend forecast looks like scattered showers (50% chance for rain), high surf till Sunday morning and high winds. See right sidebar for Weatherbug’s latest forecast!

Tide Information

Again tide information has been provided by HawaiiTides.com Daily Tide Predictions and weather information by Weatherbug for updates before heading out to the “ka nahele or forest”. Click on links in the right sidebar for Hawai’i Island & O’ahu forecasts.

Fishing Forecast

Offshore:
Ahi (Big-Eye Tuna)
A’u (Marlin)
Kamanu (Rainbow Runner)
Mahimahi
Hapu’upu’u (Sea Bass)
Lehi (Snapper)
‘Opakapaka (Pink Snapper)

Inshore:
Ulua/’Omilu (Trevally)
‘O’io (Bonefish)
Hahalalu (Baby Scad or ‘Akule)
‘Opelu (Mackerel)

Info courtesy of Hawaii Fishing News

Tournaments

No scheduled tournaments this week.

Have a safe weekend and don’t forget to share your fishing photos!

Ho’omakaukau & Pau Hana Friday

A Prep for the Upcoming Weekend

Aloha Friday! to everyone! I’ve been away for on-the-job training, so I do apologize for the missing posts this week. But it should be over today and I hope to be back on schedule. The last couple of days has been blustery to say the least. Yet, these are sometimes the best conditions. Fish are less spooked and are more apt to bite without hesitation. I’m going to try to hit the shoreline this weekend, so I hope to see you out there.

Also, keep in mind the conditions. Safety should come first and windy days have a tendency to have danger lurking nearby. Wear your safety gear and look out for your fishing buddies.

Weather

Weekend forecast looks like scattered showers (50% chance for rain), gusty winds and lots of sun.
See right sidebar for Weatherbug’s latest forecast!

Tide Information

Again tide information has been provided by HawaiiTides.com Daily Tide Predictions and weather information by Weatherbug for updates before heading out to the “ka nahele or forest”. Click on links in the right sidebar for Hawai’i Island & O’ahu forecasts.

Fishing Forecast

Offshore:
Ahi (Big-Eye Tuna)
A’u (Marlin)
Kamanu (Rainbow Runner)
Mahimahi
Hapu’upu’u (Sea Bass)
Lehi (Snapper)
‘Opakapaka (Pink Snapper)

Inshore:
Ulua/’Omilu (Trevally)
Hahalalu (Baby Scad or ‘Akule)
‘Opelu (Mackerel)

Info courtesy of Hawaii Fishing News

Hopefully, I’ll have time to post later and have some images for you folks. In the meantime, have a safe weekend and don’t forget to share your fishing photos!!

Ho’omakaukau & Pau Hana Friday

A Prep for the Upcoming Weekend

Okay, since I now have limited time between my honey-do, volunteer and job workload, I’ve decided to combine my Thursday (Ho’omakaukau – Get Ready) and Friday (Pau Hana – Finished Work) together into one post. But don’t despair if I get more donations, I might be able to post more often (shameless solicitation). Remember most of us, bloggers, do this for love and don’t get paid diddly-squat. So kokua, if can.

Weather

Weekend forecast looks like scattered showers (50% chance for rain) with periods of sun.
See right sidebar for Weatherbug’s latest forecast!

Tide Information

Again tide information has been provided by HawaiiTides.com Daily Tide Predictions and weather information by Weatherbug for updates before heading out to the “ka nahele or forest”. Click on links in the right sidebar for Hawai’i Island & O’ahu forecasts.

Fishing Forecast

Offshore:
Ahi (Big-Eye Tuna)
A’u (Marlin)
Kamanu (Rainbow Runner)
Mahimahi
Hapu’upu’u (Sea Bass)
Lehi (Snapper)
‘Opakapaka (Pink Snapper)

Inshore:
Ulua/’Omilu (Trevally)
Hahalalu (Baby Scad or ‘Akule)
‘Opelu (Mackerel)

Info courtesy of Hawaii Fishing News

Tips

One of Young's many food offerings

Young’s Fishmarket

I’m a seafood and Hawaiian food aficionado, so when I saw that Young’s Fishmarket had their own Twitter, Facebook and web site. I was on it, like a haw-net! Young’s makes delicious food that will broke your mouth! I’m saying this from small-kid, hanabata days experience. I always relished the chance after a hard-days fishing to stop over at Young’s whenever my parents opted to go there. Young’s also offers mail-order, their menu, specials, etc. So if you like to be constantly updated and ‘ono for delicious Hawaiian-cooking, hook up with Young’s and you can’t go wrong.

Young’s Twitter Page
Young’s Facebook Fan Page
Young’s Web Site

Tournaments

Thursday October 29, 2009 – Lahaina Wahine Tournament
Friday October 30, 2009 – Lahaina Jackpot

Norv Ayers (808) 757-0665
Website lahainajackpot.com

Info courtesy of Hawaii Fishing News

Everyone have a safe weekend and don’t forget to share your fishing photos!!

Ho’omakaukau & Pau Hana Friday

A Prep for the Upcoming Weekend.

Okay, okay, I got lazy this week and combined the Thursday (Ho’omakaukau – Get Ready) and Friday (Pau Hana – Finished Work) together into one post. But this post is filled with information for the avid island angler.

Tide Information

I’ve been lucky enough to have HawaiiTides.com Daily Tide Predictions on the blog and along with Weatherbug’s forecasts contribute to a one-stop reminder before heading out to the “ka nahele or forest”. See right sidebar for Hawai’i & O’ahu forecasts.

If you need tide information for a specific location, just visit their site and click on their “locations” link. Don’t forget to bookmark their site (as well as this one) and if you find them useful, kokua them and make a donation.

Fishing Forecast

Offshore:
Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna)
Ahi Palaha (Albacore)
A’u (Marlin)
Mahimahi
Hapu’upu’u (Sea Bass)
Uku (Grey Snapper)

Inshore:
Ulua/’Omilu (Trevally)
Hahalalu (Baby Scad or ‘Akule)
‘Akule (Scad)
‘Opelu (Mackerel)

Info courtesy of Hawaii Fishing News

Tips

I found these tips through the Field & Stream Magazine. If you like their tips, make sure you subscribe to their newsletter or pick up a subscription for $10/yr. Now that’s cheap and I’ve learned a ton of stuff from the magazine over the years. Not just for fishing but for practical stuff like survival skills on the ocean and in the wilderness. I’ve added some “artful” descriptions and sorted out the fishing-specific ones, so I hope it helps. I particularly like the idea of the golf club gaff. Hmmmm. . .:

Monofilament Floss Dispenser Holder
Flytying Thread Taggle Avoider
Organize Hooks with Safety Pins
Avoid Flyline Memory
Golf Club Gaff
Fishing Spool Koozie
Letter Opener Braided Line Slicer
Chum Bomb Slinger

Fillet Knife Bobber

Tournaments

No fishing tournaments this weekend.

Weather

Weekend forecast looks like scattered showers with periods of sun.
See right sidebar for Weatherbug’s latest forecast!

Everyone have a safe weekend and don’t forget to share your fishing photos!!

Gameday Saturday

Gameday Saturday!!

Okay! if you don’t watch college football then you need to get out on the water this weekend. However, be sure to avoid high traffic areas today as you have several large events going on. These include the Hickam AFB Open House (w/Thunderbirds Demo) and Waikiki Ho’olaule’a. Don’t forget you can also watch the UH/UNLV game at home. Check out my post on my football blog Hawai’i Football Fanatics for more info on links.

I got the latest report that the ‘oama are running and the papio have been hitting them with the “floater ‘oama” rig. This should be the norm on all islands.

Tide Information
Saturday: H 3:43pm 1.6 L 10:10pm 0.0
Sunday: H 5:06am 2.1 L 11:28am 0.4 H 4:51pm 1.4 L 10:52pm 0.0