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by Jude Schwarze
March 3, 2008
December 11, 2003
We got there a few minutes early and the crew was already at the boat prepping it for our trip. We were sharing this charter with four other people. They showed up a few minutes later. A few hellos later we were on the boat and on our way. Since we were there first, we were first to work the gear when it was fish-on time. Note to others: get there first!
Once we cleared the harbor, out went the lines--three larger outrigger lines and four lighter lines. It wasn't too long until we took the first hit on the lighter tackle. I guess this is sort of par for the course. At the time of the year we went, apparently there aren't as many of the big fish running, so we didn't expect to catch any. If you're looking for the "but we caught one!", no we didn't. If you do want to catch the big one, try going between May and July, not October. We did, however, catch a few smaller skipjack and, uh, something that looks like a skipjack. . .A'u. . .Aku. . .Apu. . .something like that. And, even though they weren't gargantuan, they gave the good fight and it was a kick in the pants!!
Anyway, we trolled our way up the coast a bit following the birds. All six of us brought in a couple of fish each and we all had a great time. Once we got back to port, the crew cleaned the fish we wanted for us and we headed back to the Embassy armed with some fresh fish for the barbecue and some sashimi. Mmmm mmmm good!
Bottom line: we had a great time and definitely want to do it again, just at a different time of the year when we can gamble on getting the big daddy on the line. I'd suggest that if you are considering going fishing, find out when the boats will be coming back into port and go meet them. Any fishing boat that is worth a darn will fly a small flag indicating what they caught that day.
Check 'em out and pick the boat that has the most flags or the flags for the fish you want to catch. Also, if you want a beer or snacks, take it with you. They provide drinks but no food or alcohol.
From journal Kauai 2003 - late summer