Chasing 100 blue marlin

Kona’s “100 Blues Club” is a small and very selective group. Over the history of sportfishing here, only a few charter captains have caught 100 blue marlin during a single year. On Thursday, the sportfishing boat Raptor joined the club … Continued

Making “Black Baster” Poppers

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The Lure-Making Tips blog is for readers who already know the techniques and methods explained in the books Lure-Making 101/102 and Lure-Making 201/202.  If you don’t have these books, be sure to get them. Here’s a tutorial using lure-crafting methods … Continued

Lure-makers Challenge produced hot fishing

If lure brands make a difference, then every fishing day is an informal lure-maker’s challenge. It’s one simple challenge to see if your lure will even catch a fish and a more exciting challenge to see if it will catch … Continued

Working safely and effectively with lead

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The Lure-Making Tips blog is for readers who already know the techniques and methods explained in the books Lure-Making 101/102 and Lure-Making 201/202.  If you don’t have these books, be sure to get them. Lead can make a big difference … Continued

Uncured resin makes a mess

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The Lure-Making Tips blog is for readers who already know the techniques and methods explained in the books Lure-Making 101/102 and Lure-Making 201/202.  If you don’t have these books, be sure to get them. What a mess! The lesson here … Continued

BIG-FISH LIST UPDATE black marlin, onaga, kamanu

Black marlin are extremely rare here, which you can tell by following our “Big-Fish List.” The black marlin slot has been empty all year so far. The few caught off Kona since January were either not weighed or not reported. … Continued

For big fish, think small lures?

If you are having trouble hooking big fish, think small. Capt. Kenny Fogarty has been running a 7-inch blue bullet in his pattern behind Makana Lani. That’s small enough to be gulped by the 10-pound mahimahi that grabbed it Wednesday … Continued

Great Kona Fishing Defies Hurricanes

  Thunder, lightning, torrential rain, flash flooding, roads turned into rivers, even some scattered blasts of hail — last week we had it all. How did Kona’s mini-monsoon affect your fishing? As seen in many fishing stories last week, the … Continued

Why Kona remains a prime destination for big-game fishing.

Sixty years ago, Capt. George Parker made ­headlines around the world when he caught the first certified, world-record grander Pacific blue marlin. Since that 1,002-pound giant in November 1954, Hawaii’s lee eddies have churned up a stream of 1,000-pound blues … Continued

Kona Grander # 5 for 2015

For long stretches of the year, the billfish report was dominated by 100- to 300-pound blue marlin. Female blues grow much bigger than males, which rarely top 300 pounds, so the catch has been predominatly fully mature males. When few, … Continued