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 Oct 2, 2004; 05:21PM - Ultra-Light Peacock bass
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: It was a Holo Holo fishing day. Just fishing for the fun of it. The peacock bass were schooling, chasing tiny shad. We figured 'tiny shad'..... tiny lures and ultra light tackle. Using 4# test spinning outfits and small white road runner jigs, we set off for a day of fun.

And fun it was. The fish averaged 1 to 2 pounds. The largest peacock bass weighed just a little over 4 pounds.

When the fish broke the surface, shad leaping from the water, any lure landing in the feeding frenzy would attract a strike. When the fish were down, we used live talipia with one BB size split shot. Those little bait fish would really get excited when a tuke or bass came around.

It was really exciting having 3 people hooked up using 4# test line. OK every one...... your on your own!

Aloha,
Stan
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 Sep 27, 2004; 07:27PM - Dogs spot fish.
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: While flyfishing for peacock bass along the shore we heard these two little dogs barking at something at the waters edge. Turns out they had spotted two nice peacock bass chasing small baitfish against the bank. Water levels are down about 3 feet this week and the baitfish had no grass to hide in.

Mr Kuroda cast his white streamer fly right at the dogs feet and started stripping. The smaller Tuke, a 4 pounder, took the offering and the fight was on.

Later, the dogs started barking again and we came back to find them following the school of peacock bass along the shore line. Why can't it always be this easy.

Aloha,
Stan
 Sep 25, 2004; 04:24PM - Dog Finds Fish
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Now I've seen it all. There are two, cute little stray dogs that always come down to bark at me when I fish 'their territory'.

Recently they were barking like crazy at something at the edge of the water. Then I noticed a big splash and baitfish jumping up onto the bank. The dogs were barking at two big peacock bass. The water level has dropped several feet and the baitfish have no grass to hide in. The peacock bass were crusing the shoreline chasing the baitfish and the dogs were following the peacock bass.

I've heard of watdhing for feeding birds to find fish, but barking dogs.

A well placed fly resulted in a smashing strike from a nice 4 pound peacock. We moved along the shore line, but always returned whenever the dogs started barking again.

Aloha,
Stan
 Sep 7, 2004; 04:58PM - Freshwater Report
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Hard fishing this last week. The guys using live bait (talipia) were catching largemouth and peacock bass to 5 pounds. Average around 2 pounds. Lures and flys were attracting some strikes , but in general the fish were just not that aggressive. Even the red devils were not around in their usual numbers.

However, a day on the water is still better than a day in the office..... LOL

Aloha,
Stan
 Aug 5, 2004; 05:19PM - Hawaii Freshwater
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Peacock bass action has slowed a little. We're still seeing some big spawners, but not like a few months ago. When the big tukes are guarding their schools of babies, they are hard to trick into biting. Action on the one and two pounders and some schooling fish chasing shad is picking up.

Lots of Red Devils. They can be very aggressive and will take small lures and nympth & streamer flies. Really fun on light tackle. The other day we stopped counting at 100. The kids had a ball.

Lots of summer rain in Hawaii, and the water level is up and down from week to week making the fish move all around. But when you finally find them it's worth the effort.

Aloha,
Stan
 Apr 20, 2004; 09:28AM - Kauai
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Val McDannel
 Author E-mail:  BR549
Report Description: I chartered “Kai Bear” to take me fishing on the 20th of March 2004. The cost was $110 for 4 hours. There were 4 other fishermen on board. Prior to going out I had specifically asked if we would be allowed to keep the fish. I was told that they would split up “some” of the fish for all the fishermen to enjoy. (The fish belong to the charter in Hawaii) One of my desires was to catch and eat some of the fish we caught. Well the fishing was pretty slow. About 3 hours into the trip we had a double strike. 2 fish on at once. (We were using 5 poles) There was a line up that dictated which pole and which fisherman would haul in the catch. Well anyway the first gal got to bring in an Ahi, (tuna) and the second girl in line was feeling seasick, so the rod defaulted to me. When I was able to get the fish in it turned out to be a 25 to 30 lb Mahi Mahi. (Dolphin fish, not the mammal) It was a fight I will remember for a long time.
So when we got back to the dock, I was ready to take some of the Mahi Mahi home to my family for a fresh fish dinner. I was told that the Ahi would be split up among the fisherman but that the Mahi Mahi was going to market. Needles to say I was furious. I had just spent $110 to see my fish kept. (Side note, Ahi is typically eaten raw, as in sushi. I am not into sushi.) Prior to this happening I was planning on coming back on Monday with my daughter for a 6 hour trip, approx $350 to the charter. After the episode with them keeping the prime fish I decided I didn’t need to spend that kind on money to let them keep the catch.
Now let me elaborate, if we had caught 6 Mahi Mahi, and they wanted 4 of them to sell, I would have had no problem with that. We would have been eating fresh fish. But when there was only 1 caught that I wanted to eat, (not into sushi) I was taken aback. We were scheduled to remain on the island for another week, and there were 8 of us. None of the fish would have been wasted.
So I learned a valuable lesson from this. Make sure the boat will share the fish with you BEFORE you pay your money. Get the specific details as to which fish you will be allowed to keep. I would not recommend Kai Bear to anyone wanting to keep some fish. I would recommend Hana Pa’a, if their boat is running. (They had some engine trouble at the time I wanted to go out.
 Apr 13, 2004; 07:28PM - Peacock Bass turn Aggressive
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The peacock bass have finally started to get aggressive. I don't know if it's the water Temp (78), or the water is starting to clear up, or if they are in a pre-spawn mode. What ever it is, the 3 to 6 pound fish are chasing almost any lure or fly tossed close to them. The white, 4 inch Senko drew lots of strikes. A chartruse streamer fly seemed to be a favorite. What ever the reason, the fishing sure got better this last week.

Aloha,
Stan
 Mar 23, 2004; 10:12PM - Big Peacock Bass
 Category:  Hawaii
 Author Name:  Stan Wright
 Author E-mail:  stanwright@hawaii.rr.com
Report Description: The big peacock bass, the 6 to 8 pounders have moved into the shallow waters of Lake Wilson. The males have a big hump on their head and bright orange fins. Makes them easy to spot. Problem is the cold fronts comming through the islands about every 10 days has kept the water temp around 69 degrees. Not exactly what these 'tropical' fish enjoy. It's so bad you have to poke the red devils with your rod tip to get them to move. If this rain would stop and the sun would get the water temp up to the magic 78 degrees. Look out!

We are catching some large mouth on spinner baits and deep diving crank baits. But the rain, cold water, and 25 mph north wind makes for some hard fishing conditions..... Come on sunshine!!!

Aloha,
Stan
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