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!)

S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge 2011

I was on the Hawaii Fishing Forum again to check out the latest news and results for the S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge this past weekend. Wow! there were some really nice fish! Too bad though! No hundred-pounders this year. Had some really big ‘omilu though this time around!

The final tournament (unofficial) results are as follows from, omer110, on the Hawaii Fishing Forum:

Largest Ulua (Giant Trevally) category:
1. Jason A – 75.2
2. Kalani K – 71.6
3. Bernie L – 68.3
4. Chad M – 62.5
5. Tyson M – 61.5
6. Laron K – 57.8
7. Bruce B – 50.7
8. John B – 49.6
9. John A – 49.1
10. Josh A – 48.8

Largest ‘Omilu (Jack Crevalle) category:
1. Kahana I – 21.4
2. Gerald L – 20.7
3. Shyann V – 18.4
4. Eddie C – 18.3
5. Dane R – 17.6
6. Skee S – 17.4
7. Rudolph L – 17.1
8. Kyle R – 16.5
9. Frederick F – 16.4
10. Brandon Z – 16.1

Mahalo to omer110 for the update! and congratulations to all the winners this year!

You can also check out recent pictures from the tournament on the S. Tokunaga Store Facebook page. Mahalo to major sponsors, Izuo Bros., Shimano and Kaenon Polarized!

I wasn’t able to make it again this year due to previous commitments, but there’s always next year!!!

Jose Wejebe on Facebook? What!! Suhweet!!

Jose Wejebe is right up there as being one of my favorite fishing show hosts from way back when. I learned a lot about saltwater flyfishing from watching him in early fishing shows with Flip Pallot & Sandy Moret (another bunch of favorites), later his own television show on ESPN, Spanish Fly, and attending seminars featuring him and Lefty Kreh (My hero! and a whole different story by himself) at flyfishing shows when I was on the East Coast. Great fun-loving person and innovative fisherman!

Check out his Facebook page and become a fan, to see what’s going on in the dynamic fishing world of Jose Wejebe!

GT Masters Tournament (Rescheduled) – Day Two

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Rough night! No hanapa’a! As we continue our quest to catch us some i’a (fish) for the tournament. Spirits are somewhat tempered with adrenalin now subsiding, we approach the new day with skepticism due to the reports that big surf is on its way (but we’re in a safe spot and very safety conscious) and still windier than heck (15-25 mph winds). The kind that feels like it smacks your face just before it hurts. Even more, our fishing poles, reels, etc., are all encrusted with Hawaiian pa’akai (sea salt) and we got limu (seaweed), laundry-style on our lines in the water. Auwe!

Drank water and downed a cup of warm instant coffee. Still waiting on brunch though from our friend, Brock. Hmmm getting a little hungry! Caught a bunch of small baitfish while my friend, Willy, works his ulua (giant trevally) poles. However, he’s getting small-kine frustrated because it seems like most of the limu gets on his line while mine are limu-free! His new nickname is, Limu Man! LOL!

We heard everyone had a hard night too and no fishing action. In fact, one of our fishing partners, Sherwin, left for the eastside. We decided to stay and take our chances at Ka’ena.

So we need everyones prayers to help us out to get a Big One for our keikis! That’ll be much appreciated!

Aloha!

GT Masters Tournament (Rescheduled) – Day One

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OK, so it took awhile to get ready and hit the road. But we were able to finally set up our camp and eventually throw out our ulua poles. Ate our Zippy’s Zip Pac and now enjoying the sound of surf at Ka’ena Point. I’m posting while we wait to hopefully soon hear the sound of ulua bells going off!

What’s wrong with this picture?

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I saw this and it got me wondering, there is definitely something not pono (right) with @Zippys picture on their menu. Check it out the next time you dine at Zippy’s. Yes, Bruddah here had a little too much time on his hands when waiting for his meal.