Kona fishing fireworks for New Year’s

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s. Sea temperatures are cooling down into the high 70s and the winter arrivals (shortbill spearfish and striped marlin) are beginning to show up in greater numbers and bigger sizes. Wednesday was … Continued

Kawakawa, kahala and opakapaka lead the list

With just 10 days left in 2015, there is still time left to hook the biggest fish of the year in one or more of the 22 categories on our Big-Fish List. In fact, we’ve seen three new list-leaders in … Continued

Light-tackle bigeye tuna record for Ron

Back in younger days, Ron Freitas set ultralight tackle records for bigeye tuna and albacore.  Twenty years ago, I interviewed Ron about the techniques that made his catches possible.  This article appeared in my Kona Fishing Chronicles column and then … Continued

Kona’s all-time biggest kahala

Last week’s catch of the biggest kahala in more than five years brought up questions about Hawaii’s all-time biggest. So we dug back into our Kona Fishing Chronicles files to pull up our story and photo from July, 2010. Kona … Continued

Giant AJ and solo double blue marlin

On Saturday, angler Ernie Schroeder pulled up the heaviest kahala (amberjack) weighed here in over 5 years.  Ernie caught his 124-pounder while bottom-fishing on the charterboat Night Runner with Capt. Shawn Rotella and crew Jah Nogues. When the fishing is … Continued

The ono have it backwards

Rizzuto 50 12/07/15 A triple ono strike in December?  The ono seem to have it backwards.  Where were they back in May and June?  Late spring and early summer are when you expect ono to hit in bunches but they … Continued

Choy’s 1,805-pound monster revisited

By a great stroke of good luck, I was in Honolulu on June 10, 1970 when the biggest marlin ever caught on rod and reel came into Kewalo Basin.  The news reached me on the UH campus where I was doing … Continued

The Great Banana Hoax

I wrote this article for my column on May 29, 2006.  Since then it has been pirated by others and either used without attribution or published with someone else’s byline.  You can be assured that this is the original, with a … Continued