Halloween colors — trick or treat?

Neal Isaacs, skipper of the charterboat Anxious, has a peculiar strategy for fishing during holidays.  He celebrates by trolling with lures in the colors you HalloweenColorsnormally associate with the event.  For Independance Day, for example, that means red, white and blue.  For Christmas, red and green.  For Halloween, black and orange.  So, was the black/orange lure a trick or treat for Neal this year?

Neal and crew Shawn Palmer hosted Neal’s long-time colleague Anton Krucky for a trip that would also celebrate Anton’s 63rd birthday.  Neal especially wanted to do well for Anton because he had been the IBM manager in Honolulu who helped Neal move from South Texas to Hawaii some 35 or so years ago.

That kind of pressure to do well can make you as shaky as a haunted house skeleton, even when your boat isn’t “Anxious,” but Neal knew he could count on the supernatural effect of the witchy-looking black/orange Softhead lure.  Click for the rest of the story

 

 

ODDEST TUNA CATCH OF THE YEAR

By the end of October, the big tuna season each year is just about over, but that’s not the only odd thing about the 211-pound ahi Capt. Bobby Cherry caught last Friday.

Let me take you through it.  Bobby had angler Lee Wolfe aboard Cherry Pit II specifically to catch a bit tuna.  Bobby seems to catch them when nobody elseYFT211 does, so the target was not beyond reach even though Bobby would have to travel out beyond OT Buoy to find the fish.

Bobby started out by filling his live-bait tubes with some decent-sized opelu and headed northwest to look for signs of feeding tuna.  When he spotted the fish activity, he rigged a live opelu on a 6/0 circle hook and watched the marks on his fishfinder.  He was soon rewarded with a great “bite.”

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Beasts of the week (marlin weighing 500 pounds or more).

None weighed but note the 500-pound blue tagged by Anxious.

Tag and Release

October 28: Blue marlin (120) Carol Herren, Capt. Bruce Herren, Raptor

October 28: Blue marlin (180) Justin Allen, Capt. Teddy Hoogs, Bwana

October 29: Blue marlin (500) Anonymous, Capt. Brian Schumaker, Anxious

October 29: Blue marlin (225) Jan Martic, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui

October 30: Blue marlin (150 and 300) Jennifer Rice, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui

October 30: Blue marlin (175 and 200) Robert Milstein, Capt. Steve Epstein, Huntress

October 30: Blue marlin (120) Lee Wolfe, Capt. Bobby Cherry, Cherry Pit II

October 30: Blue marlin (150) Joe Letchinter, (150) Meagan Letchinter, Capt. James Dean, Blue Hawaii

October 30: Blue marlin (225 and 250) Anton Kruckey, Capt. Neal Isaacs, Anxious

October 31: Blue marlin (100) Robert Milstein, Capt. Steve Epstein, Huntress

October 31: Blue marlin (150) Jan Martic, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui

Notables

October 25: Blue marlin (476.5) Tom Riley, Capt. Robert Hudson, Camelot

October 25: Hapuupuu (grouper),  (45) Mark Andrews, Donna Mae

October 28: Mahimahi (52) Ken Hawkeswood, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui

October 30: Ahi (211 and 137) Lee Wolfe, Capt. Bobby Cherry, Cherry Pit II

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