Big Island, Big Fish II. Russ and Debra Whitman from Redondo Beach, CA. Avid fishermen and boat owners have been fishing in Kona for many years. Over that time they have caught their share of nice fish here. This year they invited their long time friends Howard and Dianne from the Oxnard, CA area to join them. This is their first time to fish in Kona. As they all boarded the Fire Hatt this day, they are joking about what they want to catch. Of course a nice Pacific Blue Marlin is on order. After leaving the harbor and heading straight offshore, we have our first bite. The long rigger line is bit, we are Hooked Up! Howard is in the chair first and proudly brings in a nice 8+ pound Ahi. He is so proud and I think this is the largest fish he has ever caught. The mood on the boat is quite festive and the lines are back in thw water now to try for another fish for Dianne. As we approach “F Buoy” we notice a few birds on the outside of the buoy and go to take a look. We made a pass through the are and saw good marks on the meter and in a matter of seconds the stinger line is bit and again line is screaming off the reel. We are Hooked Up Again! Dianne is in the chair and this fight is a little different than the first one. The line goes tight and she begins to struggle to bring in the fish. We know this is a nice one. After about a 20 minute battle, her fish is to the boat. Russ Whitman was the Gaff Man, assisting our deckhand Adam who leadered the fish and held it for Russ to stick. With the fish secured on board high fives were flying. Nice teamwork! We brought Diannes prize to the weigh dock and found the Yellowfin to weigh 126 pounds. This is the biggest fish she has ever caught or seen. I think this will be a Christmas she will not soon forget.
Kona is the anglers Paradise. It is on the lee of the largest of the Islands, twice the size of all the other Islands combined. Our ocean water temp never goes below 75 degrees for a couple of months in the winter, and it is rare to go over 85 degrees at its warmest. Air daytime temperatures stay between 83 to 87 degrees year round. It is just plain Paradise. There has been a thousand pound Blue Marlin caught every month of the year except November. As is true in most of the giant Marlin hot spots in the world, you just have to be here to hook them up. Please accept our invitation to come to Paradise and enjoy this magnificent part of our planet. We will show you both the similarities and differences in your fishing experience and how we do it and why, in Kona. Our 43 foot Hatteras is immaculate and we use the finest in reels and equipment. All matched in size and manufacturer with different size capabilities from light tackle to the 130 Shimano Tiagra reels for the big girls.
You can read the article that is in Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine this month at http://epagepub.com/publication/?i=134547