“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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Eddie Would Go!

eddie_aikau

Courtesy of Eddie Aikau Foundation

 

There are many watermen who I have come to respect over the years, like the Napoleon, Keaulana, Kinimaka, and other kama’aina ‘ohana but I have always been enamored by the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, and his ‘ohana. I grew up reading about his exploits and his fateful passing in 1978. Being a lifeguard myself in my early years, I identified with him and practiced his philosophy whenever I could.

In my youth, I use to charge the North Shore waves with my peers like Brock Little, Noah Budroe and the late Todd Chesser. I took the approach that I could ride any wave out there if I put my mind to it. Just like, “Eddie Would Go!” This carried over into my formative years and along with longtime Hawaiian surfer, Larry Bertlemann’s, “anything is possible,” have been my core beliefs in life.

Today, the Eddie Aikau Invitational started with great anticipation at Waimea Bay. Big surf that hasn’t been seen in decades provided a dramatic backdrop. Although Eddie was known more for surfing, he was also a very accomplished fisherman and diver.

I dedicate this post to him, his ‘ohana, the Aikau’s, and his friends. Mahalo for continuing the memory of a great Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau.