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!

“Fish Finds” Sunday

I came across these finds over the past few weeks on standup paddle fishing, fishng forums and a group that wants to preserve the ‘o’io worldwide. I hope Hawai’i Fishing Fanatic Fans will enjoy the following:

This guy, Alex Aguera, is pretty akamai and created a board setup for Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Fishing called, the Hooked SUP.

The Hooked SUP

The Hooked SUP

He has an article that talks about how he was able to catch a 16lb  ‘omilu on the Hooked SUP. I’m a beginner fishing kayaker but this looks a lot easier to transport than my heavier kayak. Plus, my daughter can still use the board for SUP when I’m not using it. The setup can be taken out and it becomes a standard standup paddle board.That would make it a multi-task board! But I digress, any alternative is always great. Because who would’ve thought of kayak fishing? or even SUP? just a decade ago. I would’ve got smacked by my ‘ohana and friends or laughed at!! LOL!!

16 lb. Omilu

16 lb. ‘Omilu

Speaking of smack, I found a bunch of pretty active forums with unselfish members who are willing to share their fishing secrets with others. I’m glad because over the years we’ve all remember the “old man” who when you ask, “Hey Uncle what you caught?” and he responded, “Ah, nothing, neva catch nothin!” Hiding his bucket and face from you. Aw! Come On!

The premier fishing forum for shoreline fishing in Hawai’i is the Hawai’i Fishing Forum, this one is very active and covers a gamut of topics, including ulua fishing, whipping and even ghost stories! Another one I found, is hosted by Bruddah Bill Newton of ‘Ewa Beach. He has several web sites but the most popular with fishermen is his Ulua Fishing on Facebook Page. With that popularity, he just started a fishing forum called iFish Hawaii Fishing Forums.  There is also the Hanapa’a Fishing Forums but its not as active as the others. I’ll let you know as I find more Hawai’i-specific forums. Remember with all of these forums, you may have to register to make a comment or ask a question.

iFish Hawaii

iFish Hawaii

Lastly, this find was kind of interesting and is more flyfishing-oriented. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a purist in any aspect of fishing or flyfishing but there are those that are more hardcore than others. With that being said, this organization is a breath of fresh air and if you love ‘o’io (bonefish) or awa (tarpon), the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (previously Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited) is for you. There are a bunch of Hawai’i flyfishing guides who are members of this organization and are helping the Trust in their bonefish research efforts. Namely, Captain Terry Duffield or better known as, “Coach Duffy,” and his staff. Also, if you decide to join the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) now and donate $100, you get a chance to win monthly prizes and a chance at the Grand Prize, a Hell’s Bay Boatworks Skiff, during their BTT Membership Sweepstakes! So join NOW!

Help bonefish, tarpon and permit

Help bonefish, tarpon and permit

Ok that’s it for this Sunday!

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Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA Open to Fishing

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Waikiki-Diamond Head Fisheries Management Area

Great news for O’ahu shoreline fishermen for the New Year! A little information to help you get a head start on what is allowed and prohibited. Remember to malama (care for) the kai (ocean), in return, the kai will malama you.

Fishing spots open between the Waikiki Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The New Year means a new spot to fish is open on Oahu’s south shores.

Starting Jan 1st, fishermen are free to hit the shoreline between the Waikiki Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse.

The area is only open every other year to help the fish repopulate.

From Department of Land and Natural Resources:

WAIKIKI-DIAMOND HEAD SHORELINE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AREA TO OPEN ON JANUARY 1, 2010 

Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA open to fishing January 1, 2010.
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area is open to fishing during the calendar year 2010. This area is closed to fishing on alternate years to help restore fish populations.

Location
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area extends from the ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the highwater mark out to a minimum seaward distance of 500 yards, or to the seaward edge of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.

Fishing periods
“Open to fishing” from January 1 to December 31 of even-numbered years (2010, 2012, etc. ).
“Closed to fishing” from January 1 to December 31 of odd-numbered years (2009, 2011, etc. ).

Permitted
To fish for, take or possess any legal size marine life in season during the “open to fishing” period, provided that only hook-and-line, thrownet, handnet to land hooked fish, and spear fishing and hand harvesting methods are employed.
With a permit to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by law for scientific, propagation or other purposes.

Prohibited
To fish for, take or injure any marine life (including eggs), or to possess in the water any fishing gear during the “closed to fishing” period.
To use any spear between the hours of 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, or have or possess in the water any trap or net except thrownet or handnet to land hooked fish during the “open to fishing” period.

Download a pdf copy of the administrative rule and illustrative map of the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA.

NOTE: The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA is adjacent to the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District where fishing is prohibited. Please see the DAR Fishing Regulations page or the Marine Life Conservation District pages for more information.

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!

“Fish Finds” Sunday

I came across these finds over the past few days and hope Hawai’i Fishing Fanatic Fans will enjoy the following:

I found this article while researching environmental issues. Cigarette butts found toxic to saltwater and freshwater fish, that spotlights its effect on fish. If you smoke, this might be something you might want to think about when smoking at your local fishing spot. It may be killing the fish in the immediate area and your chance of getting that “hanapa’a” feeling.

Ever wonder where the fish might be biting somewhere in the world or curious as to how to fish somewhere you’ve never been before? Well, the Flyfish Map (beta) is a special online fishing tool that includes user-driven videos, maps and pertinent information of a fishery on a global map. This isn’t exactly an all-encompassing fishing map and more for flyfishers but this at least gives you an idea of what to expect when fishing unfamiliar waters. I haven’t quite finished checking it out but there are four markers on the Hawaiian islands. Check it out, it might just help you catch fish!

For flyfishermen or whippers looking for a cheap alternative for imitating our local ‘opae or shrimp, a recent article in Flyfishing in Saltwaters, “Steamed Straw Shrimp” , will keep you busy for the week (a how-to link is provided). I think this will work on the flats or as “damashi” as it gives a profile of the shrimp not easily imitated by other materials and it costs less to boot!

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What Kine Fish Dat? Saturday!

Recently went out on the flats and came across this fish while fishing for ‘o’io (bonefish). These fish are nicknamed, obake (ghost) weke. If the head is eaten, it can lead one to have hallucinations and nightmares. Hmmm. . . Makes you wonder what kind of chemical is in this fish. They’re similar in appearance to the goatfsh family. Anyone have any insights?

Also, it’s UH Game Day today, so make sure you root for the Warriors!

Hamau Leo (Wordless) Wednesday – Hawaiian Papa

Hawaiian Papa (Reef Flat) - Can you see the mano (shark) in this photo?

Hawaiian Papa (Reef Flat) - Can you see the mano (shark) in this photo?

“Fish Finds” Sunday

I came across these finds over the past few days and hope Hawai’i Fishing Fanatic Fans will enjoy the following:

Monster Fish! Hanapa’a Da Big One! is what we all, as fishermen, believe we can haul in. The National Geographic Channel has an exclusive show, Hooked! , that spotlights monster fish. This week’s episode features a giant 130 lb. ulua or trevally that was injured and saved on Channel NGC73. Don’t miss it!

Hawaiian Papa (Reef)

Hawaiian Papa (Reef)

I’m always in the pursuit of big fish but an IGFA world record is something I’ve always dreamed about catching. My current quest is to catch a 20 lb. ‘o’io (bonefish) on flyfishing gear in Hawai’i. A well-written article in Reel Reports, “Pursuit of the next World Record Bonefish on the Honolulu Flats” , has rejuvenated my passion to find my dream fish. There are big fish out there. The current state record is at 18 lbs. and listed in Hawaii Fishing News as caught by William Badua in 1954.

Somewhere out there on the papa or flats is a giant ‘o’io waiting to pounce on my crab fly!!!


Reef Rippas Guide Service

The Hawaii Fishing Fanatic blog endorses Reef Rippas (Rippers) Guide Service. I’ll be involve with the service as a guide along with my friend, Miles Arima, a longtime island fisherman. We are just starting off the service and are currently taking inquiries for flats fishing (reef walk-in with flyfishing/spinning gear) in the Honolulu/Greater Honolulu Metro Area. We hope to teach you the uniqueness of the island shoreline fishery, instruct you on how to fish this fishery, and to experience the Hawaiian fishing culture and history of our islands.

If you are interested in making Hawaii your destination for large bonefish or to enjoy flyfishing/spinning in paradise, please email us at reefrippashawaii@gmail.com or visit us on the Reef Rippas Hawai’i Fan Page .

You could be wading knee-deep on beautiful reef flats like this along the eastern Honolulu shoreline.

Ho’omakakau (Get Ready) Thursday

A Prep for the Upcoming Weekend

Tide Information
Friday: H 3:41am 1.8 L 9:38am 0.2 H 3:43pm 1.9 L 10:10pm 0.0
Saturday: H 4:24am 2.0 L 10:32am 0.3 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

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)

Tips

Make sure you use the right type and pound leader for the gamefish you are pursuing.

Tournaments

Friday September 18, 2009 – Mike Sakamoto 1st Annual Scholarship Shoreline Tournament
Tournament Dates: September 18-20, 2009
Location: O’ahu
Pacific Island Fisheries Group
Phone (808) 265-4962
Website: FishToday.org
E-mail: pacificfisheries@gmail.com

Friday September 18, 2009 – Shore Casters for Christ 1st Annual Jackpot Ulua Tournament
Tournament Dates: September 18-19, 2009
Location: Maui
Kawika Enomoto (808) 463-6862
Wade Fukumoto (808) 298-75577
Website: shorecasters4christ.com
E-mail: Luana.Fukumoto@gmail.com
This tournament is a fundraising event to help build a food pantry distribution center and soup kitchen on Maui.

Info courtesy of HFN

Weather
Weekend forecast looks like some scattered showers and cloudy periods. Hopefully, it’ll be wet only in the mountains and dry where we’re all trying to fish! See right sidebar for Weatherbug’s latest forecast!