Sunday, April 11, 2010

4/10/10 Varnishing and Granders go hand and hand!

We blocked off this week to refinish Kila Kila's toe rail. Fishermen's belief is the better you take care of your boat, the better it takes care of you! So we're giving Kila Kila lots of love at the moment, dreaming and hoping that she will produce our grander blue this year!

As we were hard at work, sweating in the hot sun, we hear rumor a fellow captain and crew are bringing in a big one to weigh. The Marlin Magic turns the corner into the harbor to greet a crowd gathering around the scale. Josh and I walked over to see the big catch. The fish got hoisted up to weigh Kona's first grander for 2010: a monster weighing in at 1104 lbs.!

Congratulations to the lucky wahine angler, Jill Anderson! Jill came to Kona for her honeymoon with husband, John Anderson, a friend of mine. They just flew in last night to fish a day, before they go back home to Florida. Capt. Jason Holtz and crewman Brian Tony aboard the Marlin Magic didn't waste anytime hooking the newlyweds that fish of a lifetime.

Awesome catch, nice work guys!

Check out the picture below of the lucky team!

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs

Monday, April 5, 2010

Gary Speirs 3/31/10, 4/1/10, 4/3/10, 4/6/10

Repeat clients, Gary & Ellie Speirs came out yet another year. This is their 8th year in a row fishing with us in Kona. Gary has seen highs and lows over the years, catching some great action with us.
Gary seems to bring us luck whenever he comes, this year was no different. First day we caught a tuna in the blind, a rare occurrence for March. Most tuna this time of the year travel in porpoise schools. Our blind Ahi weighed 91#s. We marked a few more after setting the lines back out but couldn't get any more to bite. Still a great catch for this time of the year.

Second day we traveled way offshore searching for any debris floating out wide. Got lucky and found a net and caught 8 mahi mahi ranging between 12- 18 pounds. Good action, keeping us occupied for a couple hours.

Day three, long day, can't say we didn't try!

Day four, took us out to the tsunami buoy, 28 miles offshore. We left early and were the first boat to arrive in the morning. We got 8 Mahi Mahi within the first hour, then the bite shut off. Great action on light tackle, one of the fish was a whopping, 35 pound Mahi Mahi!

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs

3/28/10 Father and Son Alaska

Father and son from Alaska, both fishing fanatics, willing and ready for everything we threw at em.
Surprise came early missing a blue about 250 on the long corner. Took the lure and made one jump then came off, tough luck but its still early. We trolled around some more coming up to a fad, very rough conditions but we managed to pick off a little big eye tuna. Weather was pretty unforgiving so we headed for home.
Up comes another blue about 300 on the same lure, it switched over to the long rigger, quickly ate and took off peeling line. Good fight for 18 year old Bryan, just when we had it close the hooked pulled. They were ecstatic, different experience, nothing like catching a salmon or halibut back home in Alaska.
Good fun fishing with the two of them, see you guys soon!

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs

3/26/10 Double 1/2's

We had two 1/2 day trips today, one was a group charter with 5 other boats, and the second was one of my owner's main managers.
Morning trip was uneventful, but the afternoon gave us a little action. We picked up a nice spearfish and missed a blue marlin in the afternoon to end on a high note. I think we had the only action out of the whole fleet today, tough fishing.

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs

3/19/10-3/20/10 Darryl Roberts

Darryl and his family joined us for two days, fishing was very slow, but Darryl remained positive. I hope to get the Roberts out with us again. I would love to catch them a good fish. Thanks for fishing with us. Look forward to your next trip.

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs

3/17/10 Mahi Mahi floater

Six good ol' boys from Texas and Colorado fished with us today. They planned on having a good day no matter what, just enjoying their time fishin'.
We hooked a spearfish in the morning, getting it almost to leader and pulling hook. We ventured further north looking for the porpoise school, finding it after a few hours, but it didn't look to hot.
So we left to find greener pastures, coming across a piece of net floating on the surface. A few mahi mahi were hanging around along with some small tuna. The boys had a blast getting into some action.

Aloha, Capt. Teddy Hoogs