Big Sky Big Ocean for this family from Big Sky, Montana. John and Laura Michel were here on the Big island visiting our neighbors Bruce and Kathy Wilson. The four of them, long tme friends and business partners were hoping for a little action and maybe a food fish to take home. For John, his biggest fish until now had been a Trout. Not just any trout, but a 22″ Rainbow caught in Yellowstone Lake. There was not a lot of action early in the day. Linda was in the glasses looking for a floater that was reported earlier that morning around the area where “F” Buoy used to be. On the horizon, we could see about six boats in that area and assumed they got the same information. On the way to check it out we came through an area with a little life and birds. Jackpot! The long rigger line is bit. John takes position in the chair and the fight is on. There is a little weight there and we are thinking small tuna? Then the fish shows itself and we see it’s a nice Shortbill Spearfish! John has the fish to the boat in just a few minutes and Adam skillfully gaffs it and in the boat it comes. We have the food fish they wanted. With lines back in the water we are on our way to check out the area we were headed to. As we approach we can see porpoise. We made several passes and did not get any action. With that, we left the area and tried to find the reported floater. As we headed back north towards the harbor, the short rigger is bit, we are hooked up again! This time Bruce was supposed to be in the chair. The line was screaming and Bruce was not in the chair yet. Soooo, John jumps in the chair and begins to fight the fish thinking he will give up the rod when Bruce get there. Not so much! John lands the nice Mahi Mahi and now has two of the biggest fish of his life, his first two Flag Fish and alot of memories to take home. There was some mention of a new nickname for John…something like “Rod Hog”. It was all in good fun and it turns out, Bruce did not want to bring in a fish, he wanted his friend to enjoy the opportunity to fish the beautiful Kona waters. Truly a Family Fishing experience.
Featured in the photos above are Bruce and Kathy Wilson from Kona, Hawaii and Laura and John Michel from Big Sky, Momtana
Fire Hatt is a member of the AFTCO Pro Fishing Team