Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. The bite has not been red hot, but there are definitely some fish around. Trolling has produced mostly mahis along with a few billfish bites. Fishing the buoys has also resulted in mahis and occasionally the tunas come up as well. The following photos show some of February's catch.
Surprisingly nice weather allowed these anglers to stay at the buoy for quite a while and try numerous techniques. They were rewarded with a stringer of fish that included a 29 lb cow mahi.
John from Alberta, Canada had a blast catching a bunch of bottom fish. This one, supposedly called a flying gurnard, was by far the most interesting.
Dolphins ruined the sunrise bite, but these fishermen stayed patient. The dolphins eventually left and the tunas came up for a very short period of time.
A few fish at the buoy and then a couple more thanks to a double trolling bite. The 32 lb bull mahi got snagged by a purple softhead that was almost dead in the water. Catching the mahi on a drop-back opelu would have been easier, but the fish ended up on the boat anyways.
These guys were great anglers and made the most of their tuna flurry.
This quality bull mahi couldn't resist a trolled lure.
The tuna bite was good enough for everybody to have fun.
Four decent tunas, a couple of mahi bites on the troll, and calm weather. That's a pleasant day on the water.
This nice kawakawa took down a 7 inch lure.
The tuna bite was red hot and lasted for a long time. The best part was the pair of 50 lb shibis that bit during the middle of the flurry.
Who wouldn't take 3 mahis on the troll?
The moon's schedule makes catching live bait relatively difficult during one week out of every month. Live bait is nice to have, but is not critical. Dead bait and lures produced 8 mahis on this trip.
These hardy anglers braved some rougher water to catch tunas and a couple of mahis. The mahi count would have been 3, but some type of large predator grabbed one. The other highlight of the day was the 100 lb ahi.
Father and son picked up a mahimahi on a short morning trip.
The bite was a little on the slow side, but the mahis just kept on coming.
One mahi can produce numerous smiles.
Bottom fishing resulted in a bunch of fish, including this kagami or threadfin jack. Although this photo doesn't do the fish justice, kagamis have a very unique appearance.
Here's a representation that clearly shows the kagami's filamentous dorsal and anal fins. The length of the fins decreases in relation to body size as the fish ages.
Thanks for checking out this fishing report. Until the next one, good luck and tight lines.