Fishing Report January 16, 2013 Lahaina Harbor, Maui, HI

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  1. Das it

    Das it Start Me Up Sportfishing

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    Aloha from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawaii. The New Year has arrived without any billfish. There have been a few bites, but the shortbill spearfish and striped marlin have not shown up in significant numbers. We remain optimistic, however, because it’s just a matter of time until the bite heats up. Most of the recent catch consists of tunas and mahis. The tunas have been concentrated at the buoys while the mahis seem to be scattered randomly. The following photos show some of Start Me Up’s anglers and their catch from the holiday season.

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    That’s a respectable cow mahi along with a big bull.
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    This bull mahi put up a good fight after striking a lure.
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    Another nice mahi simply couldn’t resist a trolled lure.
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    The 84 lb tuna was a surprise in the midst of a decent mahi bite.
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    The north shore of Molokai yielded a mixed bag of fish.
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    A steady tuna bite can definitely wear out a fisherman. These anglers stayed strong and caught their bigger tunas later in the day.
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    These guys caught their ono while trolling on the shoals of Kahoolawe and then picked up a mahi at a FAD.
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    Brother and sister got their Christmas sashimi thanks to a double kawakawa bite. Unfortunately, they also missed three mahis on the troll.
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    You know you had a great day of fishing when you end up with three tunas over 50 lbs and one over 70 lbs.
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    This uku came off the bottom and ate a live opelu on a downrigger.
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    The window of opportunity was open for about 45 minutes until the bite slowed down.
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    The day started with some smaller tunas and ended with a 50 lb shibi.
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    The bigger tunas bit more frequently the next day.
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    Jonah and his sister started their morning by filling the bait tank with opelu. The live opelus didn’t pay off but the siblings did catch some nabetas and an uku.
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    Tunas over 50 lbs present quite a challenge on standup tackle.
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    Black, purple, and silver over orange and pink was the most productive color combination.
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    These mahis ate dead opelus an hour after passing up live ones. Go figure…
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    Some nice akus between 12 and 18 lbs have been hanging out behind Lanai.
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    Lola and her brother Luke took a break from trolling to catch a colorful table boss.

    Thanks for taking a look at this Start Me Up fishing report. Until the next one, tight lines.

    Aloha,
    Jonny
     

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