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A Typical Days Catch


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Mahi Mahi (Dorado, Dolphinfish): A fishermen’s favorite, is known for acrobatic jumps and aggressive feeding. Mahi Mahi are available year round, but are most prevalent during the spring. Mahi Mahi are known to congregate in largest numbers around floating objects such as nets or tree logs. The average Mahi Mahi here in Hawaii is about 15 pounds, with bigger fish reaching upwards of 40 pounds. Females are 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”. Mahi are sometimes hooked on heavier tackle, but most often taken in on lighter 50 pound or even 20 pound tackle. Mahi Mahi is a light tasting fish that best served cooked, whether baked, pan fried, or grilled with any number of seasonings.


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Aku (Skipjack tuna): A small torpedo-shaped tuna that is available year around in good numbers, they can reach upwards of ten pounds and often found in schools. The bigger the Aku, the better it is for use raw as sashimi or in local favorite styles of poke. Aku can be grilled or panfried also. On light tackle, Aku are a great adversary for anglers of all levels, and are targeted with 20 pound stand up tackle. Sometimes used as live bait to catch larger fish


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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 sixty pounds are 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 can be grilled or pan fried.


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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 forty pounds, with an average size 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.


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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, it makes up greatly for in taste. Widely regarded as one of the best tasting fish available here in the islands, the spearfish is great raw as sashimi, or grilled or fried lightly.


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Blue Marlin: The Pacific blue marlin is the largest apex predator that feeds in waters of Hawaii. Oahu has 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 often tagged and released, depending on size and condition. When smoked they are a local favorite. Many anglers search for a “grander” in local waters, Hawaii is well known for some very large fish.

Fish Policy:

Customers may keep up to 50% of all fish weighing 100 lbs or less.  Fish over 100 lbs will not be cut.