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I'm going to be in Oahu from Dec 15-start of January, and I was hoping I would be able to do some fishing. I will go out on a charter, maybe you can recommend one, but I would like to know more about the shore fishing

Does anybody know what the best areas in the Ko olina area are to fish? Type of fishing that is best for those spots?

Also... What kind of set-ups do you recommend for Hawaiian shore fishing?

Thanks, any info is greatly appreciated!

-Cap Mano
 

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Save your money and play golf....the Hawaiian fishery is overpriced and the not very fruitful....Very poor fishing in the Islands....Definitely not worth the $$$..........Ortho 8)
 

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Save your money and play golf....the Hawaiian fishery is overpriced and the not very fruitful....Very poor fishing in the Islands....Definitely not worth the $$$..........Ortho 8)
But Ortho.....I want to relax....not drive myself crazy while on vacation!! :confused: I have a club in the water at the 7th at Crowne Isle.....one in the water on Furry Creek and one in the water up at Whistler!! I don't want to look as though I am selling clubs in the US when coming back through customs. Of course those clubs went 'missing' on big annual 12 guys golf/booze trips. ;)
 

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fishortho said:
Save your money and play golf....the Hawaiian fishery is overpriced and the not very fruitful....Very poor fishing in the Islands....Definitely not worth the $$$..........Ortho 8)
Oh, I plan on Ortho. We are staying right on a course, so I'm taking my golf clubs with me!
I still want to do a little shore fishing though because the cost of that isn't much. However the charter.... I only plan on going on one. My brother really wants to go. If you could recommend one, awesome! If I don’t find a good one… I’ll whip out the old toaster on a stick!

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The only thing I can say for shore fishing in Hawaii is I have not done it in ages. When I did it was for reef fish off a break water on the South Side of Maui using hooks so small a single mussel heart would not fit on. However, it was fun and you never knew what you'd catch.
After fishing from shore in Austraila a lot I'd bring a 10' foot spinning rod with lots of 15lb mono. Got to a store and by a book about the fish (make sure its one with the Hawain names in it). Then ask someone. Most of the time bait is used in a real traditional sinker hook set up. The best I caught off the shore was some goat fish, good eating. There is good night fishing from the ciff for a black Ulua (GT's) but that's a specialist deal. Also heard Peacock bass are in some of the water traps.
As for the off shore, Hawaii is the only place in the world where grander Marlin have been caught ever in month of the year... but I would not count on it. As far as I know all the Hawiian fisheries are best in the summer - except Mahi mahi but still it not that great. With all fishing times and places don't always coincide. I would agree with Ortho. During the 80s I went out every winter around Christmas with a guide who wanted us to get into fish and the best 3 trips we got were one day with three 20 to 30lb yellow fin, a 25lb mahi mahi and 9 snapper, and a bucket full of aku or bonito and we rasied small stripped marlin. Unless all you want is a three hour tour, I'd advise not to take a full fishing charter. Of coure there is that you can never predict and money a burden anyhow.
Have fun, Jason
 

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Thanks for the info/advice guys. I appreciate it. Guess fishing won't be so good there!

Guess I will save the urge to fish until i'm back. Definetly down for some steelheading Fishey. We should get out soon though before I go away. Dying to get out....

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When we used to go to Kauai (when the kids were younger; now its Maui all the way...) I'd often bump into the odd shore fisher on the west side looking for big - and I mean BIG - Ulua in the surf. Once I even saw one 50#? in the surf that the fisher pointed out. Depending on the day, the guys wound often have a half dozen smaller jacks or goatfish as bycatch. Big spinning rods, maybe 14' and those dropper weights with wire legs with small circle hooks and bits of belly for bait. I always meant to take gear over, but never quite managed to... Tackle is readily available just at corner stores (and Walmart) over there.

Went on a deep sea charter w/ Finest Kind out of Maui last year. Beautiful day in a 35 Bertram, but the captain was hungover and just going through the motions... We saw a marlin near one of the weather bouys, and inn fact had a strike, but they only brought one live bait, which was - of course - what the strike was on :'( . Tons of whales; they slowed us down on our way back in. The catch for the day when we returned to the dock was a couple of yellowfin and three Mahi mahi for six boats. It was my first trip tho', and just being out on the water was great - that amazing intense blue 8)

Next time, I'll pay attention to recommendations for captains/ guides more closely. The owner of Finest Kind (he skipped a different boat that day, one that produced) was to me obviously the better choice - he brought plenty of live bait, but his boat was full... Just my :2cents:
 

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I took a charter out of Maui once and it wasn't too bad. Hooked a bunch of fish, but nothing huge. Also did some shore fishing and caught smaller reef fish up to 3 or 4 lb. Just use a bottomfishing setup and find some bait on the beach!
 
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