Kona’s biggest blue of 2016 to date

Kona’s biggest blue marlin catch of the year-to-date came with a pedigree from four decades back.  In April, 1978, Louis Paulo of Milolii boated a 1,209-pound blue marlin on his 19-foot skiff to record Kona’s 13th grander of all time.  … Continued

Mystery marlin biggest of 2016 to date?

MYSTERY MARLIN Our oddest catches of this week are two mystery fish.  No, the mystery isn’t what they are. They are blue marlin, but we don’t have the details necessary to give them full recognition.  With the proper credentials, either … Continued

Rubber spearfish — teaser or lure for big marlin?

Here’s Chapter Two in the saga of the spearfish-look-alike trolling lure. In Chapter One, last week, you read the story of the 42-inch lure made to look and swim like a shortbill spearfish. The tempting rubber shortbill was the brainchild … Continued

Derelict Japan fishing boat brings mahimahi to Kona

Five years after the Japan tsunami of March 2011, the flotsam from the catstrophe continues to drift into Hawaii waters, bringing surprises with it.  On Wednesday, the surprise was an overturned skiff surrounded by a huge school of mahimahi. Floating … Continued

Oddest catches of the week

Black marlin from where? This week’s most unusual catch qualifies for the title in a dozen different ways.  You count ‘em as we recount the story. It happened on Wednesday (no need to check – it wasn’t April Fool’s Day) … Continued

Blue marlin tags, Biggest 2016 sail and uku

BIGGEST 2016 SAIL SO FAR The year’s biggest sailfish flew out of the water last Thursday to the surprise of dive boats passing nearby, the amusement of surfers catching waves just inshore of the action, and the delight of the … Continued

Blue marlin, black marlin, mahimahi, ono in Kona

Rizzuto 12  03/21/16 When you see something unusual on the horizon at sea, it usually pays to investigate.  On Wednesday, Capt. Al Gustafson and his party on Topshape, investigated what looked like an overturned boat and found a fishing bonanza. … Continued

Spearfish, otadu, opakapaka highlight Kona Report

This time last year we were wondering what happened to the annual Kona run of shortbill spearfish.  Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where anglers catch these, the rarest of billfish, so they were sorely missed … Continued

Biggest marlin to date, ono, sailfish and kawakawa

BIGGEST MARLIN TO DATE Every married angler’s first rule of fishing: Listen to your spouse.  On Tuesday, Lou Groebner did, and with the advice of his wife, Terri, Lou caught Kona’s biggest marlin to date in 2016. FOR THE REST OF THE … Continued

Black marlin off track

BLACK MARLIN OFF COURSE Once in a while, a confused black marlin wanders off course from its traditional migration route and ends up in the Kona lee.  As it ponders what to do next, it seeks out the comfort of … Continued