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 Post subject: Pelagic Cherry Busted!!
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 1:24 am 
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With this Mahi Mahi.


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OK so it was small. It's my first pelagic. Fought like hell. Well Mahi in Hawaiian means strong. But what a beautiful fish. I can understand why Latins call them Dorado. Hope to have more as the season starts to imerge from Jan/Feb doldrums.

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 3:53 am 
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Dan

Good catch, two thumbs up.

Must be your hand made spear?

Bob

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 Post subject: More details, please
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 7:04 am 
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Great photo, but more details please. Where did you catch the fish? Who took the photo? How did you catch the fish? How long was the fight? Did the fish sound or jump or make fast surface runs or what? If you cooked it: how did you cook it, how did it taste, etc.?

In other words, if you are going to make us jealous, please pile on the annoying details.

Thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 11:53 am 
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Yep that's the spear. One shot to the head makes it a lot safer to handle. Better than gaffing and trying to beat up with a club.

Stockton

Off Keauhou Bay. See thread in main kayak forum.

Here's a shot of the guy who took the photo, my coach Reggie. His Mahi Bull a litle bit bigger at 32 lbs.

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Some exciting jumping as it ripped the line out. Love the sound of that clicker screaming. It's addictive, as is the ride, they pull you all over the place.

You fight mahi in a yak with a relatively losse drag as you get them closer to the yak since you never know when they will bolt, and they are certainly strong enough to roll you over if if you have it too tight.

Caught mine using 30# test, 18 feet of 80# Penn leader attached with an Albright knot, then six feet of 69# wire leader (brown stainless) small lip hook (3/0) with egg sinker for chin weight, trailer was a 6/0, new Penn 330 LD reel with Penn International Rod, opelu (mackerel scad) for bait, eating the fish tonight. probably griled.

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 2:41 pm 
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Much better story, thanks.

How exactly do you use the spear (technique, timing, target, etc.)?

Why better than gaff and club?

Thanks again - and congrats!

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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 2:29 pm 
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The fish tires and starts turning on it's side. Very exposed to a head shot.

Stockton-- Do really want a fish that size LIVE (gaff doesn't kill it) in the boat with you while you try to hit it repeatedly on the head with a club?

I mean you have hooks, teeth (like to see you with an ono), not to mention your own family jewels exposed to severe thrashing around, plus huli (capsize)possiblities.

Edit- Got another yesterday. See fishing images.

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 Post subject: Kona Coast kayaking
PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 10:49 am 
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Congratulations Dan!

Do you know of anyone who rents fishing capable kayaks on the Kona Coast? I'll be taking a vacation there in July, and would love to try for mahi mahi, ono, aku and other pelagics. Cut my kayak fishing teeth off the East Cape, just bought an Outback SUV, and know that it is just more fun than sitting in a stinkpot, trolling aku for hours...

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