February 14, 2011 Lahaina Harbor, Maui

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  1. Das it

    Das it Start Me Up Sportfishing

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    Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui. Mahi mahi has continued to be the dominant catch and some decent-sized shibis (yellowfin and bigeye tuna) have been caught around the buoys. Baiting around the buoys has continued to be an effective tactic and quite a few mahis have also been caught around free-floating debris. Of course, trolling lures has continued to produce fish as well. Trolling may become an even more productive technique in the coming days since the striped marlin have finally shown up within range of Lahaina Harbor. On the first day of a potential striped marlin run, Start Me Up caught four. We’ll see what happens in the near future and if anyone wants a current daily report, then email [email protected] or call our harbor booth at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii time. Here is what has happened over the past week.

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    Dave Smith from Oklahoma caught this mahi on a lure running in the long gone position. The bite was picture perfect as the boat traveled over an inshore pinnacle holding a school of bait fish. Finding the fish exactly where they’re supposed to be is always nice.
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    The tactic of baiting FAD buoys has continued to yield great success. Two of these mahis were caught doing just that and the other was picked up while trolling in the same area. Anglers Eric Evans and Steve and John Collins were all happy to get involved and land a fish.
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    The Kalinski group came across these tunas and mahis at N buoy on the north shore of Molokai. The fish were caught on a mixture of live bait and lures and provided some fun on light tackle.
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    Lindsay Largston caught a remarkable cow mahi while trolling the ledge off of Manele Bay on Lanai. Her fish was so big that the captain was excited enough to pose for a picture. Either that or the fish was so heavy she couldn’t hold it up without his help. Regardless, congratulations to Lindsay on an awesome fish.
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    Klaus Berthelsen, Charlie Wileman, and Byron and Mike Wakefield had an exciting day on the water. With six mahi off the shoals of Kahoolawe, all hands were required on deck and everyone got busy.
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    Terry Sevrin was able to snag this mahi with a seven inch black star lure on the short rigger. Terry was a generous guy and shared his fish so that everyone had enough for a barbeque.
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    Team Start Me Up was able to get Tom Bearmon, Steve Alwan, Kevin Day, Rick Muntean, Mark Korhn, and Joe Busch on some fish. They did a good job and landed these five mahis, all at a FAD on the backside of Lanai.
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    Travis and Allison Welder missed the ferry to Molokai and decided to spend some time fishing. They ended up doing an afternoon trip, caught a mahi, and then caught the next ferry to Molokai. What started out as a hectic day turned out to be a success.
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    Trolling at the shoals of Kahoolawe has been producing fish as of late and Candace Nordhus got in on the action with a 14 lb. mahi.
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    Start Me Up’s early trip ventured up to N buoy on the north shore of Molokai for the second time in three days. N buoy was holding fish again and Don Ballard, Tom Shubnell, and Joe Nelli took advantage of the opportunity. Don landed a nice mahi and Tom and Joe boated some shibis.
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    Ken Farrage and his wife Janet got off to a hot start on their trip after finding a floating cargo net. They pulled a couple of mahis off the floating structure and then, while trolling later, Bob Bangen reeled in a 20 lb. bull mahi. The group also caught an aku.
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    LA buoy, the FAD closest to Lahaina Harbor, has been producing some fish lately. Anglers Roy and Victoria Bridges caught two mahis there on a four hour afternoon trip. One mahi was caught on bait and the other bit a lure trolled in the vicinity of the buoy. Roy and Victoria said they had a great time on their first trip with Start Me Up and that they would certainly remember their experience for years to come.
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    The Hinebauch group lit it up on the early trip. They found a rubbish pile that might as well have been a gold mine out on the thousand fathom ledge and took full advantage of their good fortune. The Hinebauch gang is used to catching fish back home in Alaska but 25 mahis is quite a haul.
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    Angler Glen Muntzing picked up his mahi up while trolling behind Lanai. There had been some marlin bites in the area so this nice cow mahi got some hearts racing when it grabbed the purple softhead, a lure notorious for catching marlin.
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    Cindy and Dale Oleksyn were all smiles after catching these two mahis at the shoals of Kahoolawe, an area that has been on a long streak of producing fish.
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    Cliff Halliday and friends got in on the afternoon bite and hooked this mahi while trolling the 150 fathom ledge off of Lanai.
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    Mike Betts, who has made a habit of turning his friends on to Start Me Up, did just that with Steve and Randy McLaren. Together, they caught these three mahi while baiting a FAD buoy. Going out at night to catch opelu (mackerel) for bait is a lot of work, but the hard work nearly always pays off in the end.
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    The striped marlin that have been reported around the state finally found their way into our waters. Mike Gardner and Wade Charlton each landed a striped marlin on Start Me Up’s early trip. With the prospect of a potential striped marlin run, everyone at the harbor was so excited that we got an official weight on these two fish.
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    The striped marlin caught by Mike and Wade were only part of the early trip’s catch. The trip, which also featured anglers Grahm Pollock and Pim and Johann Alberta, ended up with a mixed bag including two mahis, a shibi, and, of course, two striped marlin. These anglers had, without a doubt, a great day on the water.
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    Tom Lang, a repeat angler who fished with Start Me Up twice this week, was in high spirits after catching a nice bull mahi. Brandon Wishard and Claude Nobauer were not to be outdone, however, as they both landed a striped marlin. All of the action came while trolling lures in deep water behind Lanai.
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    A Start Me Up captain fillets a striped marlin at our dockside cleaning station. This convenient tool makes the job of filleting the catch for our anglers much quicker and easier.
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    The fillets above are the finished product after cleaning part of a striped marlin. The fillets are ready to season and cook, although some people prefer to let the meat firm up overnight in the refrigerator. Striped marlin can be cooked like any other fish but the fillets are of such high quality that many people prefer to eat the fish raw as sashimi. Regardless of how the fish is prepared, striped marlin makes a delicious meal.
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    Abbi Ingarfield caught her first ocean fish on an afternoon trip with her family. The mahi made for a great photo since the fish was almost as big as Abbi. The fish will provide, or already has provided, a great meal for Abbi and her family. Congratulations to Abbi on doing a great job getting this fish to the boat.
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    Scott Sass, Nels Oftedahl, and Samer Kanaan were on edge during their afternoon trip due to all of the striped marlin caught earlier in the day. They ended up getting a rip on the mango Elkins Jr. Popsicle lure with orange and yellow skirts. The fish wasn’t a striped marlin but the guys weren’t about to turn their noses up at a mahi.

    Thanks for taking a look at yet another Start Me Up fishing report. Hopefully the quality of the fishing will allow me to post another report relatively soon. If anyone would like a daily report for Lahaina Harbor, email me at [email protected] and I would be happy to fill you in. Another option is to call Start Me Up’s booth at Lahaina Harbor at 808-667-7879 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hawaii time. Until the next report, tight lines.

    Aloha,
    Jonny
     

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