Sunday, January 10, 2010

Starting the New Year off with a bang! 1/6/10

Today, Kila Kila hosted a couple from Alberta, Canada. The newlyweds were vacationing on one of the cruise ships that travel the islands.
We left the docks around 9:00 a.m., put the lures out, and headed north. Not having been out the past week, I wasn't really in touch with the latest action. A porpoise school was working outside the airport; there was one other boat fishing it, but he hadn't had any luck. I opted to wander offshore to find something of our own. We had a double strike from what looked to be spearfish, couple zips out of them and they were gone.
Later, I swung in to check out the porpoise school again. The moon was setting at noon, and fishing for tuna seemed to be our best shot. Right as we got in the school the other boat was hauling his lines in to leave. After marking a few fish on the sounder, I decided to put our green stick rig out. Half hour later came one of the biggest explosions I have ever seen using the rig! But the fish missed. Thirty seconds later, another big swirl on the dancing squids and the break away snapped to a screaming reel! After a good fight, the biggest tuna of 2010 slid through the door: 191 pounds.
We set back up in the school, already extremely happy with the action we've seen, not expecting anything more. When another big tuna was tricked to eat another squid, our next ahi weighed 186 pounds.
The bite slowed down and the school broke up, and it was time to get back for our Canadians to make the ship. We started to troll back and, in total amazement, the long rigger took off with a blue around 250-300 pounds. Our lady angler had it close to leader in under 10 minutes, unfortunately the blue shook loose after a few great jumps close to the boat.
Great fishing, my crew and I were joking about the time of the year asking, "Is it July?" With this action, it sure feels like it!

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs

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