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 Sep 12, 2006; 12:40AM - How much bait do you have?
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
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Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:16 am Post subject: How much bait do you have?

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How many peacock bass can I expect to catch? Well, this week the answer has been..... How much bait do you have? Everyone who had live bait caught fish. Lots and lots of fish.

One guy started out with 60 Mollies (feeder fish from the pet store.) They are orange in color and 1 to 2 inches long) After those were gone, he called his wife who brought 60 more. After those were all used up he started borrowing baits from the rest of us. I saw him catch several fish with the same bait. Yes, he caught that many fish.

I was using small tilapia and midaka (mosquito fish) . It was just a matter of locating the fish. When you found the fish it was non stop action. One place the fish have been lately was Morgan's Pt.. When I got there, three boats were already pulled up on shore and 7 people stood on the bank fighting fish. All seven people hooked up and fighting fish. I don't remember any time in the hour I was there that at least someone was not hooked into a fish.

Just dangle a live bait in the water off the tip of your rod and a 2 to 3 pound peacock bass would rush in and smash it. Usually followed by several more fish trying to get to the bait first.
It was wild and constant action. When someone hooked a fish you just tossed your bait near by and one of the following fish would hit your bait. It was common for 3 or 4 people to be hooked up at once.

Ken and I fished from 11 till 2. I ask how many fish he thought we had taken and he had no idea. Lots and lots of fish.

Aloha,
Stan
 Sep 3, 2006; 04:35PM - What size Hook?
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Report Description: Dean Shirota didn't tell me the weight of the 25 inch bone fish he caught. What's amazing is the 1/0 size hook he was using for the fly. Normally, his bone fish flys like the Christmas Island Special and Crazy Charlie are tied on a #4 size hook. Now Dean says he's going to tie some bonefish flys on a 2/0 hook. Well, our Hawaii bones usually run 6 to 12 pounds. How big a hook have you used for a bone fish fly?

Aloha,
Stan
 Jun 7, 2006; 03:56PM - 'Amateur Maneuver'
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: I first met Dean Shirota on a trip to Christmas Island. He's always willing to share his knowledge and love of fly fishing. I learned a lot. The following is an email I got this week from Dean telling me about all the fun I missed by passing up a morning bonefish trip here on Oahu.

'There was a slight tide coming in and I was thinking the fish would start to tail pretty soon. In about 15 minutes the tails started popping out of the water. We stalked tails for a while but the sun was in a weird angle so was hard to see. I decided to head out towards the deeper channel. At this one spot I made one blind cast and hooked into a huge fish. Man this thing took off and eventually cut me off in the breakers. It must have ripped off over 150 yards of line. After that I decided to go back into the shallows and try to sight fish again. On the way in I saw a tail pop out nearby and made a cast. I stripped once and the fish grabbed the fly. The fish took off and as I was clearing my line the last section looped around the reel. Not wanting to cut the fish off I started running in the water and tried to take the loop off. Somehow I dropped my rod and reel and the fish was taking it out water skiing. I ran to catch up to the rod, picked it up, untangled the loop, fought the fish and eventually landed the 30 inch 10 lb+ fish. Man talk about a major 'amateur maneuver'.'

As you can see, fishing with Dean is always an 'adventure'. You should see the picture of the two 8 pound octopus that....... well, that's another story for another day.

Aloha,
Stan
 May 24, 2006; 05:57PM - Spawning in full swing for Tukes
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The 'Rain and Drain' of Wahiawa Reservoir has the peacock bass in full spawn. The lake level is lowered as a flood control plan. A big rain fills the lake and gives people down stream time to prepare for the flooding. Hawaii has had lots of rain this year and overnight the water level can rise 12 feet. In the Amazon water temperature and the length of the day have no relation to spawning. For the peacock bass it's either the rainy season or the dry season. So as soon as the water level drops the fish start spawning.

Our average size fish is 1 to 2 pounds. Bedding fish up to 8 1/2 pounds have been taken. But lately the 3 to 5 pounders have been cursing the shoreline and schooling up to chase shad in open water. One day you can catch fish on spinner baits, jerk baits, Senkos, top water lures, and live bait. Then in the next day you wonder if there are any fish in the lake. I guess that's why they call it 'Fishing' and not 'Catching'.

Aloha,
Stan
 May 1, 2006; 02:35PM - Head Shots
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Head Shots.

It's a photographers term for a picture of the head and shoulders. A close up.
Lure makers like it because it shows their product in action. Nothing sells a lure like seeing it hanging out of the corner of the mouth of a big fish.

As the water temperature got up around 79/80 degree mark, the peacock bass and the red devils became more aggressive. Nothing big, everything was in the 1 to 2 pound range, (the largest was just a little over 3 1/2 pounds) but we had lots of fun and lots of action. As I said, the fish were not trophy size, but there were more than enough smaller ones to get some great pictures. (remember, what ever is closest to the camera looks the biggest) LOL

Aloha,
Stan
 Apr 21, 2006; 04:04AM - Rain finally ends
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The 45 days of rain and flooding have finally stopped. The muddy water of the lake is clearing up at last. Water visibility is almost a foot. Even the water temperature is rising and the peacock bass are more active.
Nothing big, 1 1/2 to 2 pound size, but they are very aggressive and lots of fun on light spinning and fly rods. For some reason 'pink' is their color of choice. We caught on most everything, but anything pink drew more strikes.

Even the largemouth were feeding. Largest today was a 3 1/2 pounder. If we can get some more days of sunshine the fishing should get even better.

Aloha,
Stan
 Mar 27, 2006; 09:10PM - Three New State Records
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Report Description: Three new state records.

Congratulations to fly fisherman Peter F. Binaski. The International Game Fish Association has just approved his application for three new State Freshwater Fly Rod line class records. Peter now holds the Hawaii peacock bass records for 4, 12, and 20 pound test tippet. All three fish were weighed, photographed and released back into Lake Wilson.

Peter is an excellent angler and it was a pleasure fishing with him.

Aloha,
Chris


 Mar 18, 2006; 03:20AM - Waikiki Barracuda
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: I think the reason there are so many barracuda in the Ala Wai Canal is because the water is polluted and everyone is afraid to eat the fish. Most fishermen in Hawaii ask, 'If you can't eat it, why catch it?'

Clayton Yee, (Nervous Water Fly Shop) and I decided to have a little fun testing out some of his new barracuda flys. (with all the recent rain, Lake Wilson is muddy, making the peacock bass fishing very difficult).
We launched my little 15 foot bass boat near the Hawaii Yacht Club and headed to the Diamond Head/Mauka end of the Ala Wai.

The tide was just starting to rise and the barracuda should be aggressive. We could easily see them in the clear water as they waited motionless by the roots of the mangrove trees ready to rush out and ambush their next meal.

Clay chose a chartreuse foam popping bug and I tied on a yellow one. We used 12 pound test mono leaders...... On my last visit I lost several lures and flys to those big sharp teeth. There must be a way to rig a short wire leader to a popping bug.

Sometimes 3 or 4 barracuda would just follow the fly all the way to the boat. At other times they would charge in from 10 feet away and smash the fly. Clay hooked a nice 2 pounder and after a short fight the leader cut. We could see the fish swimming away with the big popping bug hanging from the side of its mouth. Then the popper came free and as it floated to the surface another cuda hit it. That one spit it out and on the surface two more cuda struck at the free floating popping bug..... they were that aggressive.

Needless to say, we had a very exciting, fun filled afternoon. We could have probably landed a lot more fish if we had used streamer flys with the wire leaders, but it is so much more exciting to see a surface strike. And since the barracuda were being so cooperative, why change?

Aloha,
Stan
 Jan 20, 2006; 04:22PM - Water Temperature and Peacock bass
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
What a difference 4 days and a 4 degree rise in water temperature can make. The peacock bass were chasing shad on the surface all around the boat.
In every direction the water boiled with feeding fish. We were getting strikes and chases on almost every cast.

Chris and I started fishing at 4:00 pm. The water temperature was 74 degrees. For weeks the fishing had been slow. Peacock Bass are tropical fish and totally shut down when the water temp. drops below 70.

I was using a 5wt fly rod with a small chartreuse/white Clouser. Chris had his ultra-light spinning rod loaded with 2# test line and was tossing a 2 inch Senko.
Pink, White, Green, or Tan, color didn't seem to matter.

The tukes (peacock bass) ranged in size from 8 to 15 inches. Less than 2 pounds. They were fat and healthy fish, striking hard and fighting all the way to the boat. The perfect size for our ultra-light tackle.

When the sun set, their feeding ceased. I was ready for a rest from the constant action. I don't know how many fish we landed, well over 25 I guess.
More important, I was fishing with my son and we got some nice pictures to remember our special time together.

Aloha,
Stan
 Jan 10, 2006; 12:33PM - Florida/Hawaii peacock bass
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: I was reading a story in the Jan/Feb 2006 American Angler by Bob Stearns.
It's called 'Proud Is a Peacock' and describes fishing for peacock bass in South Florida. As I read the story I kept noticing that Florida and Hawaii peacock bass act just alike.

About the fish, gear, and tactics...... I could fit right in there in Florida. Guide Jim Anson prefers the same size tackle and flys that we've found so productive here in Hawaii. (5 and 6 wt. fly rods --- chartreuse and white Clouser with small dumbbell eyes and a little gold flashabou.) Amazing.

He reminds us that peacock bass are warm water fish and if the water temperature drops down to 70 degrees you can forget it. Everything shuts down. So true, so true. This week the action has been slow, really hard fishing. Even in Hawaii the cold fronts move in and the water temperature drops. I usually work the shoreline around structure and as a kicker, trail a live bait behind the boat. The catch this last week has been about even on live bait, lures, and flys. Just a few fish on each.

But then I look at how beautiful Wahiawa Reservoir is, how relaxing being out on the water with friends can be, and think....'The best time to go fishing is when every you can get off and go.'

Aloha,
Stan
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