Sunday, August 30, 2009

Redfish action still hot in Virginia Beach

Took John Fuller and Nick Kutner out today for a quick afternoon trip. As soon as we got to my spot in Hidden Cove both guys hooked up, here Nick fights a scrappy red.

And Nick's hero shot.

John also hooked up in the same spot.

An John gets a hero shot as well (check the perfect lighting).

Things are going to get better as fall approaches, book now, we are filling up fast!

Hawaii Fishing trips

Had the opportunity to fish with two members of the Aquahunters family while in Hawaii. The first was with Ji Fay and his son Issiac, Ji took us out in his outrigger canoe on the private waters of the Kaelepulu Pond Reserve. Below is a picture of Ji, Issiac, and the Routh boys posing for the camera.

The pond is a brackish water estuary that is allowed to flush with Pacific Ocean water every month at the highest tides. This flushing creates a killer fisher for Papio, Baracuda, Milkfish, and a species of Talipia. Issac joined us on his kayak.

Ji and dad contemplating which lures to use.

We hooked a few nice baracuda, but noone was able to get them to the boat...yes they were that big, and toothy!

One day before I was to fly home, Boogie-D aka Dave Elgas of Coastal Kayak Tours offered to take me on his inshore run from The Backyards to Haliewa ( over 5 miles). We launched right at dawn and the wind was behind us all the way.

Not 5-minutes in and we are both hooked up with Papio. These were very scrappy fighters and after the first, I wanted more!

Boogie-D with a Papio, notice the swells, thay got bigger as the day went on.

Our final catch, we kept 4 papio, and a Leather skin jack. we released a triggerfish, and a needlefish.

These guys were part or our final day Lual and were very tasty on the grill with Hawaiian Seasoning!
I had a great time and the hospitality of our fellow kayak anglers was second to none. If you want to check out the Hawaiian kayak fishing scene check out and if you are on Oahu and want the to hire a kayak fishing guide check out Boogie-D at
Can't wait until I return!

Monday, August 24, 2009

ESPN features Kayak Fishing

Todays blog is a link to a piece done by Colin Moore of ESPN. Enjoy and we have alot more on the way from Hawaii!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Aloha from Hawaii!

Aloha from the North Shore of Oahu! On vacation with family in Hawaii and found out about a Kayak fishing tournament in Haleiwa, just down the road from our rental house at Sunset Beach.
This tournament was the 2009 Papio Open with two divisions, the target species Papio or Bluefin Trevally and a big fish catagory. The papio catagory had an $1800 total payout while the bigfish catagory winner went home with a new Oceak Kayak Prowler.

This event attracted 47 anglers and was a well run and organized event.

Papio was the target species!

There were some great catches in the big fish catagory including this 18.8 pound Ula (Great Trevally) caight by Steven Uchida.

Other pelagics were also caught such as this Mahi.

And this 24 pound gaffer Mahi caught by Chris Paglinewah.

Ji Fay took second place in the big fish with this 31.9 pound Kagami (African Trevally).

The target species division (papio) was taken by Micah Pignoley with a 7 pound Papio, he took home $1000.

The big fish division was won by Michael Nevius with a 33 pound Great Trevally, he took home the OK Prowler.

Group shot of all 47 anglers and support staff. Great turnout and tourney!

It was an honor to meet all these kayak anglers, and really great to see the enthuasium that all these anglers have. The sport has a lot of potential in Hawaii and it was great to be a part of this tourney. Mahalo! More to come!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Double Header Weekend

Got out for two days with John, Todd, and Doug. On saturday we fished out of Seashore State Park. John hooked up off of the bat with two fish.

These slot redfish are real fiesty.

Doug fighting a scrappy redfish. Saturday was pretty good with about a dozen redfish caught between the four of us.

Doug taking a hero shot...Smile man!

Day two we were joined by Mark and Kris.

Mark started the day out right, he landed a few reds today.

Doug with a small but scrappy flounder, there were plenty of these mixed in with small croaker.

Everyone had a great time and that will finish out my trips for August. Mark will still be available to book and guide trips while I am gone. Keep track of my Hawaii Adventures on my Facebook page. Aloha!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Took a break from charters and made a road trip to Wilmington, NC with Mark Lozier. We met up with Chris Tryon and Ryan Meddock of Hook, Line, and Paddle, for their first annual Kayak Fishing Tournament. The Captains meeting was held at their retail store, which is awesome.

Tournament day started with threatening clouds, but we lucked out as things eventually cleared and the fish started biting.

Mark found some fish and was measuring this slot redfish as I paddled up to him.

TKAA made a great showing, here the Moore boys tag team a small bluefish.

Chris Tryon checking digital pictures for verification.

Flounder were numerous, here a few displayed at weigh in.

The food was fantastic, here is the comfort food spread by Middle Of Island.

The HLP crew posing for a picture.
Charity Tournament VIPS.

There were lots of prizes, including four kayaks, and a great raffle. Everyone had a great time and I cannot wait until nexts years event.

I will have one more trip before heading out to Hawaii for two weeks. Mark will be running the show while I am gone, so give him a call to set up a trip. Aloha!