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 Post subject: Ahi (tuna)
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:03 am 
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Post your ahi shots here.

Landed my first yellow fin today at South Point.

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49 lbs.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:38 am 
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awesome! You can over night be some Sashimi! Congrats on the great catch! Now go eat some turkey!

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 Post subject: Nice tuna
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:43 pm 
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good job dan. that would have took the yak attack 3 for biggest fish and biggest offshore. sorry i didnt call we were so swamped with family and getting ready to fish. I got skunked on the trip. had a nice ulua on for a while and got burned on the reef. hows your hobie AI conversion going. are you up and sailing. i used one over there and paddled all day the first day and the second day i had a little wind help. it had the turbo fins on it and they are much faster for sure. anyways nice fish one of the bigger ones i have seen from a yak. good job. anyways how about a little post on how you caught him. aloha

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:26 pm 
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anyways how about a little post on how you caught him


Was in my Hobie Adventure with small sail and Sidekick.

I had a new rig, a 50# test outfit in anticipation of higher speeds to come with my AI and a chance to troll lures versus bait. I figured I needed 4-500 yds of line to get control over bill fish and the larger tuna I anticipate hooking up.

So with a limited budget I went medium class. A Penn GLD 30 with 300 yd of spectra. Even though it's single speed to have a LD for this line in the yak was essential IMHO. Charbait managed to squeeze another 220+ yds of mono as a top. I added a 20 ft 60# fluro leader.

I wanted minimum hardware as terminal tackle. So put on an Assuie swivel (some call 'em "in-line") 150lb test . Unlike a snap hook rig the darn things are miniscule. My wire leader, brown single strand 85# test was short. Maybe 18 inches to protect against ono. Connected to a weighted #6 hook (Split a 1/2 oz sinker and mount on hooks shank) with a stinger on one end and connected to the swivel with a haywire twist. Takes a bit longer to change rigs, but less hardware visible. I had bait of choice over here. O'pelu. I like the small ones, 8-9 inches max so fish figure they can swallow 'em whole.

I had followed the drop off from outside and south of the light to inside off the cliffs. Went all the way in and followed them west.(for those unfamilar with water I was in about 600 fathoms less than a couple of hundred yds off shore) One nice hit. Did a U. Got to about "end of the road" when WHAM, screecccccch reel went off. I have a quick release on sail clew. Pulled it to allow sail to luff, and grabbed rod. Could not stop him, so turned yak in his direction and pedalled to get some speed up. Added some more drag and got him pulling boat versus line out. (Why yaks will set world records as soon as top anglers recognize the possibiliites.) Gave me time to take down mast and clear for action.

Another short run or tow and the fish sounded, ripping line off. Once he stopped, I had a terrible time getting him up, but it was just a question of time.

I was lucky the tax collector wasn't around. I had been out the day before and lost a nice ono. Only compensation was seeing my buddy land a 90 lb sailfish. (Look for Jan HFN) So the water was "Hot".

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:28 pm 
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Beautiful! 8)


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 Post subject: right on
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:43 pm 
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Great report and pics! Thanks for sharing.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:37 pm 
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AI conversion completed. Tested great today in light winds. Will post more elsewhere.

No word from Hobie yet on fishing team. Maybe someone else made it.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:21 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:54 pm 
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Chuck at Hawaii Fishing News is considering a state record system of Kayak caught fish. Contact him.

Again I have heard nothing about the team. Did any Hawaiian fisherman make it?

I don't want to capture my own thread with other subjects, but Jon swiming with the stripey is foolhardy (see ono above, Reggie's sail fish also got looked over by a shark also). & while I grant you we have good waters nearby launching points, many of us travel longer than he does in Mexico. But that's beer time. Save this thread for ahi please.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:41 am 
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The small tunas are showing up at the FADs [Fish Aggrevation Device= buoy]

After catching them send them back down using a bridle.

Had a couple of hookups, but so far haven't been able to keep them [busted leaders, line scrape on rudder, etc]

Hopefully I will soon.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:20 am 
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Very Nice Dan...So you folks have already had ice-out over there? :roll:

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