A latest wrench thrown into the mix is that my boys, who have been in an online program for high school while waiting for openings on the physical campus, have finally been accepted into said campus. Which is great for them- they love it, but unfortunately has created a lot of funky scheduling and 50 minute commuting to get them there. Which is a bit of a problem for early fishing days. So after missing some good weather days while we get it worked out, I decided to finally go for a late noon launch one day for my sixteenth Makahiki day to at least enjoy some time on the water, and just hope the fish would cooperate.
It turned out to be kinda slow, but it was a nice afternoon on the water, for sure. I was talking to a friend who was out
free-diving and said there was a school of shibi rats (small yellow fin tuna) right under him, so I dropped some bait down and picked up a little 8 pounder, but then went without any action until right before sunset when I finally found another school and started with the kamanu (rainbow runner), moved up to the other two shibis (small yellow fin tuna), and then the uku (grey snapper). At one point I noticed a couple of big malolos swimming around my boat and was able to hook one with a little chunk of sardine on a small hook, then rigged it up as bait and towed it around until sundown without a bite and headed in. A guy on shore said there was a huge school of mahimahi jumping out of the water behind me and I had no idea. I somehow tweaked my back pretty good while paddling but glad I got out there and was able to stock up on the small ones. These little ahi, under 20 lbs, are perfect family size fish for a good meal and sell well with my clients. Anything bigger is often too much fish for the average family to eat fresh, and these bigger ones I sell to the historic Suisan Market in Hilo to be cut up for retail.