From: Capt. Jeff Rogers
Date: 18 Sep 2000
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
Kona Hawaii fishing report 9/18/00 ,
The summer tourist season is over but the summer marlin bite is going strong. There are very few boats going out at this time of year (mine included) so the number of marlin being caught in relation to fishing effort might just prove September to be the best month of the year for Pacific blues in that respect. I'm getting word from captains about numerous "missed" fish also because nearly everyone is having to troll lures. The typical ratio of hits-to-catches on lures is 3-to1. A marlin hooked on live bait is almost a sure thing but the live bait situation (skipjack tuna) hasn't changed much since my last report. Few and hard to catch. The Otaru (big skipjack) that normally show up in August have finally arrived but even the numbers of these is small. Yes, you can use them for live bait but doing so will usually cause you to miss the smaller (under 200 lb.) marlin. I personally find trolling around all day to be a very monotonous way of fishing but there seems to be enough action going on out there to make it worth while. Recent trolling catches have also included mahi mahi, spearfish, deep water ono and yellowfin tuna although most of the yellowfin are being caught on "green sticks". Ono fishing effort along the ledges has been a bit slow but if it's food fish you're looking for, ono fishing is probably your best bet. Bottom fishing action is still a bit slow but the bronze whaler sharks have showed up again. On August 24th, my daughter Maryann caught a 326 pounder that will soon be submitted (plenty of paper work) to the I.G.F.A. as the women's 80 lb. test record. You can see a photo of her with her fish at http://FISHinKONA.com/part2.htm . With fish like that lurking around on the bottom, it's hard to get an amberjack or snapper up in one piece but lots of fun trying.
See ya on the water , Capt. Jeff Rogers , K-IX Charters , Kona, Hawaii , http://FISHinKONA.com[fish/_private/boards_aftr.htm]