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Old 06-19-2011, 03:07   #1
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real men do it in a Kayak

any other members of the plastic navy out there?
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:11   #2
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Wow, it looks like that fish would have pulled you of that Kayak

Or at least flipped the Kayak over.
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Wow, it looks like that fish would have pulled you of that Kayak

Or at least flipped the Kayak over.

nope - if you can beat it from a boat -you can beat it from the yak (given enough time, balls, and proper technique)

that is a nearly a 6' foot long 60 pound Ono (you mainlanders know them as Wahoo) a toothy, ****ed off, torpedo of a fish with a sprint/strike speed somewhere in the realm of 55 mph.

the trick to going big in a yak is using the boat as a weapon during the fight - If he wants to be rowdy keep the rod tip low and let the bugger tow you all over the ocean - that'll tire him out.

that ono towed me about three miles total - and according to my GPS on his initial run he towed me at about 8 mph at some point.

he was a tasty one...
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:02   #4
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this is a little 8 pound "cane knife" mahi mahi.
(dorado to you guys)


they usually average 15-20 pounds, but sometimes we get runs of these little runts. (still taste good though )

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here is a mahi of more respectable size. this one, a female - went about 24 pounds.

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Nice fish dude, those Mahi Mahi are supposed to be good eating. Ya have to go a bit north to catch them around my way, as in up toward the pacific Islands.

That Ono thing looks a bit like a Barracuda, nasty teeth

I do all my fishing in the sea cause it's always fun not knowing what you will catch
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Mahi is some of the best eating you'll ever have the pleasure of putting on a plate. mild, flaky, white flesh. it is the best fish to feed someone who claims "they don't like fish" if you can find some fresh in the market - it'll be worth the price per pound I assure you. good fighters too. lots of air time, tail walking, and zigzagging runs.

"mahi" is the Hawaiian word for "strong"

what do you generally target down in the land of the long white cloud?
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I've also heard you have to give the Mahi Mahi the bash instead of just dropping into the boat or they jump around like a nutt job destroying everything.

Down here we target Kingfish The Fishing Website
And also Snapper and travelly Fishing Hints & Tips for Catching Snapper : The Fishing Website
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Of course we also have Marlin and sailfish but you usually have to go about 20km off the coast to get onto them.

Unfortunately I don't have a boat so can only catch them off the rocks, but I catch Kahawai and gurnard as well as snapper and the odd Travelly. You can see them on the fishing.net web site above,

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Originally Posted by kiwihunter View Post
I've also heard you have to give the Mahi Mahi the bash instead of just dropping into the boat or they jump around like a nutt job destroying everything.

Down here we target Kingfish The Fishing Website
And also Snapper and travelly Fishing Hints & Tips for Catching Snapper : The Fishing Website
The Fishing Website

Of course we also have Marlin and sailfish but you usually have to go about 20km off the coast to get onto them.

Unfortunately I don't have a boat so can only catch them off the rocks, but I catch Kahawai and gurnard as well as snapper and the odd Travelly. You can see them on the fishing.net web site above,

Tight lines
yeah - you don't want a green Mahi in your lap - I stick them aft and low behind the gills with a lance before I gaff them - a heart shot bleeds them out quick and takes the fight out of them fast. It's hard to give them the billy from a sitting position in a small boat, So I stick em'

dude you need a Kayak... you have a pretty good fishery there.
I used to be shore bound too... then I tried out a yak 5 years ago, and wished I had thought of it sooner. I guarantee if you tie into one of your kingfish in the 60-70 pound range and it gives you a sleigh ride, you'll be hooked (haha )

I target the same species as the guys in the powerboats. Marlin and tuna are fully doable (and have been done by several yakkers here in the Islands)

my Yak is equipped with a sail - and I've been 5 miles offshore with it.
I can troll lures at 6 mph if the wind is doing 12-13

Sharks are a concern - I've seen several (I hooked a 14 foot tiger 3 years back) but they seem to understand plastic boats aren't food.

bet you someone rents kayaks somewhere near you... check it out
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Yeah I have thought about getting a Kayak, I have one of these at the moment which takes the line up to 2km off shore, but it's a bit more like meat harvesting than hunting and I really like to play the fish on a rod. Home | Seahorse Kontiki's - Home of Kontiki Beach Fishing

I'm sure it would be pretty entertaining getting towed around by a big fish, but I would be a bit worried it wouldn't stop. I suppose you could chuck a sea anchor out the back to slow it down a bit ?

A sail would be a good idea to help with the paddling and get you a bit further. Of course if the wind dropped you would have to paddle all the way back

Sharks would worry me, especially since you are so close to the surface but as long as you can get you catch out of the water there should be less chance of setting up a burley trail to bring the big chompers in.
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