A Typical Days Catch
Mahi Mahi (Dorado, Dolphinfish): A fishermen’s favorite, is known for its acrobatic jumps and aggressive feeding. Mahi Mahi are found year round, but are most prevalent during the spring. Mahi Mahi are known to congregate in greatest numbers around floating objects such as nets or tree logs. The average Mahi Mahi here in Oahu is about 15 pounds, with bigger fish reaching upwards of 40 pounds. Females can be distinguished from males by the shape of their heads. Females have a gentle round head, while males have a flat broad head, hence the nickname “bull”. These fish are sometimes hooked on heavier tackle, but most often are taken in on lighter 50 pound or even 20 pound tackle. Mahi Mahi is a light tasting fish that is better served cooked. It could be baked, pan fried, or grilled with any number of seasonings.
Aku (Skipjack tuna): A small torpedo-shaped tuna that is available year around in good numbers, can reach upwards of ten pounds. The bigger the Aku the better it is to be used raw as sashimi. Aku can be grilled or panfried also. As a light tackle adversary, Aku are great for anglers of all levels, and are targeted with 20 pound stand up tackle.
Ahi (Yellowfin tuna): Ahi are most prevalent during the summer season here in Oahu and are viewed as one of the most prized catches in these waters. With fish known to exceed over 200 pounds, Ahi are a heavy tackle fish. Any Ahi under about sixty pounds is known as Shibi. Shibi are small adolescent yellowfin tuna that are targeted with 20 pound or 50 pound tackle depending on size. Shibi are avaliable year around, and are known to congregate in great numbers around floating objects. Both fish are prime sources of raw sashimi or poke, and could be grilled or pan fried.
Ono (Wahoo): The ono is one of the fastest fish in the ocean and has some of the fiercest teeth to go along with its impressive speed. Ono in oahu are known to exceed over forty pounds, with an average size being considered around 20 pounds. Ono are often fished for in shallower water, along the deep water ledges and drop offs. Ono are available year around in numbers ranging from average to great. They, like shibi and mahi mahi, are known to congregate around floating objects. Ono is best served grilled lightly, for it cooks extremely fast.
Spearfish: Known as “chuckers”, the smallest member of the billfish family shows up in big numbers around winter-springtime. The average spearfish comes in just around 40 pounds, with a good fish exceeding 60. What the spearfish lacks in size though, it makes up greatly for in taste. Widely regarded as one of the best tasting fish avaliable here in the islands, the spearfish is great raw as sashimi, or grilled or fried lightly.
Blue Marlin: The pacific blue marlin is the biggest predator that feeds in the waters off of Oahu. Oahu has a decent number of Blue Marlin year round, however they tend to show up in big numbers during summer. The Blue Marlin is strictly a heavy tackle fish, targeted by either trolling or live baiting with tunas. Blue Marlin are known to exceed five hundred pounds in Oahu’s productive waters, with a good sized fish coming in around 250 pounds. Blue marlin are not regarded are great eating fish, but when smoked it is a local favorite.
Customers are entitled to 50% of all fish weighing 100 lbs or less. Fish over 100 lbs will not be cut.