Hawaii Fishing Tips

Hawaii Fishing Tips
The ocean is the property of the people of Hawaii. There is no such thing as private shoreline. Fishermen have access to waterlines around the nicest neighborhoods and don't need licenses to cast lines. The unique remoteness of the Hawaiian Islands allows anglers to catch large pelagic fish close to shore.

Casting for Ulua on Oahu's South Shore

Most visitors to Oahu remember the blowhole and views of Maui and Molokai that can be seen on Oahu's South Shore. The volcanic rock and deep water also make these great places to fish for ulua up to 100 pounds or more. If you're not comfortable with the area, find someone who knows how to fish the area and keep an eye on the weather and surf conditions to make sure your trip is safe.

Fishing for big ulua requires big equipment and heavy line. Make sure you use 60- to 100-pound monofilament on your reels and heavy steel leaders. Eel or tako are among the live baits to use with large-size 50 or bigger hooks. Tie your gear down or a big fish or big wave will take it away.

Spearfishing for Uhu at Makapuu

Also on the south side of Oahu, Makapuu Bay presents a great opportunity for novice spearfishermen to test their skills in a deep-water-like environment without having to dive more than 20 feet. Uhu (parrotfish), kumu (goatfish) and tako (octopus) are all to be had with a Hawaiian sling (three-prong spear.) Leave the scuba gear at home. Freediving with a three-prong spear gives you the best elements of fishing and hunting.

Uhu (parrotfish) is a prize for three-prong fishermen. They are 10 pounds or more and have white, flaky, light-flavored meat.

Diving for Lobster at the End of the Road on the West Side of Oahu

At the end of the highway on the west side of Oahu is a magical spot called Yokohama Bay. You can fish for just about anything here, including ulua, mahi mahi and wahoo. One of the best experiences here is exploring the small bays and rock walls for lobster. You can legally harvest lobster in any month that has the letter 'r' in its name.

Looking for lobster in Hawaii requires little more than a mask and a pair of gloves. You'll find the nocturnal rock lobster hanging out in holes in the lava rock reef during the day. Watch out for eels because sticking your hand in a hole to grab a lobster puts you in the eels' environment. Look closely and probe the hole with a spear before you reach in.

Article Written By Mati Bishop

Mati Bishop has been a freelance writer since 1999. He has been published in "Hawaii Skin Diver Magazine," the "Hawaii Wellness Directory," "Kailua-Kaneohe Sunpress" and a collection of Web sites. Bishop studied journalism at Windward Community College on Oahu, Hawaii.

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