Three Billfish Species in One Day

Rick and Chris Mercer with their 47 pound Shortbill Spearfish caught while fishing aboard the FIRE HATT in Kona, Hawaii.  Rick released a Striped Marlin, a Blue Marlin and boated this Spearfish.  While certainly not a rare occurance, but absolutely a banner day when you catch three billfish species in one four hour fishing day! This was their first time fishing in Kona and his first Billfish.

Tyler K Releases his first Striped Marlin

Tyler Kraemer in Kona aboard the FIRE HATT

Tyler K in Kona aboard the FIRE HATT

On February 21, 2011 Tyler K, along with his wife Tammy here on vacation celebrating his 40th birthday with longtime friends Geof and Leslie from Colorado.  After a morning of fishing our way down to Captain Cook Monument for a few hours of snorkeling, we headed back up the line towards the harbor.   We encountered a fantastic show of Humpback Whales and then several hundred Porpoise performing for us!  All of a sudden, we are bit.  It did not stick the first time and after turning and going back, it hit again.  After a 4 minute fight, Tyler had his first Striped Marlin to the boat.  Congratulations Tyler.