Hari Kojima of Let’s Go Fishing fame passes away

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Breaking News: Local fishing celebrity and longtime host of Let’s Go Fishing (1981-1998) and Hari’s Kitchen, Hari Kojima, passed away this morning. Hawaii News Now has the latest news on his untimely passing.

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!!!