Kona fishing competes with the world

In this week’s report, look for a throwback to an odd giant marlin, some insights into the warmwater influence on mahimahi catches, where to view the excitement of kayak fishing for big game, and some links to tips that will … Continued

“Evil” colors and rough noses

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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. More lessons from the long-view of … Continued

Effective lure action

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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. This video by Capt. Antonio Amaral … Continued

Tip of the week — Handling a marlin at the boat

Watch Oskie Rice as he safely handles a 19-foot leader to bring a 375-pound blue marlin to the tag stick.  Suitable gloves are essential.  Each hand wrap starts on the inside of the leader and wraps outward just once.  If … Continued

Henry Chee’s legacy lives on in Kona fishing

The legacy of Capt. Henry Chee is written in the “smoke” trail of every billfish lure charging through the wakes of big-game boats everywhere in the tropical world. The legendary Kona captain began running charterboats here in the 1930s. He … Continued

Choosing a Kona fishing charter?

What’s your strategy for choosing a boat to fish on?  For Ben and Chrissy Bertram, visitors from the Bay Area, their choice was determined at birth.  The Bertrams think their last name is lucky so they scanned the boats in … Continued

Lure-Making History Lesson from 1963

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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. The two lures in the photo … Continued

Kona’s Haul-Out/Hook-up Connection?

Have you ever heard of the “haul-out/hook-up connection”?  You haul your boat out for routine maintenance and repairs.  After you put it back in service, you hook up your biggest fish of the year.  Makes sense if you figure that … Continued