A swing and a miss! Sightings of fish either jumping in front of us or in the distance, we could not get one to go! This group of six friends and family came to fish Kona last week. They booked their family fishing trip a few months ahead of time and anticipated the trip from then on. The group arrived early and we headed out. We had so much fun with this group from the time they boarded till they departed that afternoon. Linda was the deckhand today, she was a busy girl. The day was just getting started when one of the girls spotted a tuna roll out to the side of the boat, I turned that way and in seconds we are hooked up with the line peeling off the reel. Unfortunately it dropped it after a couple of seconds. We ended up having an excellent day with porpoises swimming beside the boat, great snorkeling in Captain Cook Bay and many sightings of fish, even a huge blue marlin jumping 50 feet in front of boat. This proved to be so much fun for them that they called the next day and ask if we had an opening so they could go again because one day was not enough fishing in Kona ….we did! Needless to say, the second day was equally fun with no fish to report. They are good sports and assured us they are avid fishermen and women and understand you don’t catch all the time.
BIG Surprise for Tucson Family Fishing in Kona. All the Roddy family wanted was some small fish for their children to pull on…. That’s how it goes in Kona, Hawaii. The family from Tucson, AZ boarded Fire Hatt for a half day charter with the anticipation of entertaining the kids and letting them pull on some small fish. We were headed offshore to “F” Buoy where there were some reports of bait holding. With the idea we might catch something a little bigger for Mike (Dad) we had out a nice assortment of lures that might snag a nice Shortbill Spearfish or Mahi Mahi along the way. Shortly after giving the family the “Chair Talk” we settled in for the ride to the buoy. At 8:15 Adam saw a dorsal fin slide up behind the short corner lure. Adam quickly started teasing the fish by dropping the lure back and retreiving it a few times, finally after just a few seconds the fish opened his mouth and Adam dropped it right into its mouth. GAME ON! We are hooked up! Mike is in the chair fighting the fish of a life time. After a 55 minute fight, we have the Pacific Blue Marlin to the boat. The fish is weak and not responding to the efforts to revive it. It is evident we are not going to be able to save the fish, so we are boarding it and headed to the scales. The Pacific Blue Marlin weighed in at 697.5 pounds and was 125 inches long. Caught on a Bomboy Lure, this is the biggest marlin for Fire Hatt this year. The bittersweet of the story…it is two days before the start of the H.I.B.T (Hawaii International Billfish Tournament) and we would really love to have had this fish next week! It was a good warm up.
I think they will be back to try for the small fish they promised the children.
Family Fishing In Kona. I want you to meet the Hamilton family from MA. I dare you find anyone in this family without a smile. All day long the smiles were contagious. From the time we met them on the dock until we brought them back to the harbor, the enthusiasm and camaraderie in this family never faltered. We started out inshore with the Ono lures in the pattern. We are headed to Captain Cook to do a little snorkeling. On the way down the coastline Linda spotted something floating off in the distance. Knowing this family really wanted food fish, I quickly headed a little offshore to check it out. There it was, a nice big coiled rope. Not only that, we had no other boat in sight and it was holding Mahi Mahi. One pass and we are hooked up! Dad (Jim) is in the chair. He lands the first Mahi Mahi effortlessly! High fives all around and Adam and Linda get the lines back in for another pass at the floater. Hooked up again! Caitlin is in the chair fighting her Mahi Mahi. She too brings her fish in with little effort. At this point, Dad’s fish is biggest. Lines back in again and we are making another pass to try for something for Sarah. One pass, nothing. Second pass, nothing. We try several more passes without a bite and then decide to leave it and head back inshore to “Ono Lane” and on to Captain Cook. When we arrived at Captain Cook, there were Spinner Dolphin in the bay entertaining several kayakers. We approached with the family on the bow filming the action. It was awesome! Later after we finished our snorkel the Dolphin were still in the bay and I was able to put Caitlin and Sarah in the water to swim with them. What a thrill. The girls are both Rowers and are very strong swimmers, they had no trouble swimming with the graceful animals. Now as we are headed back up the coast to the harbor, we have the Ono lures back in the water and as planned…..we are hooked up! The Ono we have been waiting for. Now Sarah is in the chair and this is a much stronger fish than the Mahi Mahi. Sarah buckles down and starts cranking. She has landed the largest fish of the day! With that, we decided to head back offshore and try for a Pacific Blue Marlin for Jim. This is just one of those days… we are hooked up again! A Pacific Blue Marlin! Jim is getting to the chair, the stinger line is screaming , the Marlin makes a few jumps and it is off. AAARRRGG! Still the excitement was thrilling. This is one of those perfect Family Fishing in Kona days. Something for everyone!