LAHAINA - One of the most epic days of fishing I have seen in a long time happened aboard the No Problem the end of July with angler Joe Dratz, who was assisted by Captains Mason Jarvi and Chimo Shipp.
They ended the day with a 513.9-pound blue marlin and a record-sized Allison yellowfin tuna at 198.0 pounds (fourth largest of the year-to-date).
They also had a nice-sized 167.8-pound Allison yellowfin tuna, along with 109.8- and 94.5-pound yellowfin tuna, another in the 90-pound range and two in the 40-pound range. They even had a couple of mahi in the mix.
From left, Capt. Mason Jarvi, Capt. Chimo Shipp, son Nalu and Joe Dratz enjoyed an epic day of fishing on the No Problem. PHOTO BY DONNELL TATE.
The Reel Hooker joined the 200-pound ahi club, boating a record-sized Allison yellowfin tuna weighing 222.2 pounds by wahine angler Shauna Turner. She was fishing with Capt. Greg France and deckman Chris Wong.
This is the largest yellowfin tuna caught by a wahine angler, the largest ahi in nine years, the third largest by a Lahaina charter boat and the fourth largest for Lahaina Harbor since 1977.
The Lahaina Harbor charter boat record is 225 pounds caught in 1980 aboard the Halcyon with Capt. David Rockett and deckman Peter Wong.
The Die Hard landed a record-sized Allison yellowfin tuna, weighing in at 200 pounds, by the Johnson family. Dad Jay, mom Brandi and sons David, Brad and Trenton were fishing with Captains Fuzzy Alboro and Kenny Bauchman.
Their ahi is the second largest of the year-to-date. It is the thirteenth largest ahi for a Lahaina Harbor charter boat since 1980 and the 17th largest for Lahaina Harbor since 1977.
Who said you can't catch a record-sized fish on a two-hour charter? The Start Me Up Too did just that, landing a 198.7-pound Allison yellowfin tuna by Robert Van Den Elkhof. He was fishing with Captain Mike Tappero and deckman Brandon Maxwell.
This yellowfin is the third largest for Lahaina this year-to-date and the fourteenth largest ahi for a Lahaina charter boat since 1980.
The May through August ahi numbers saw 21 weighed over 100 pounds, the largest being 222.2, 200.0, 198.7 and 198.0 pounds.
July was the best month for ahi over 100 pounds with 12 weighed, the largest at 200.0, 198.0 and 167.8 pounds. It was also the best month for ahi over 100 pounds this year.
A 33.7-pound sailfish was weighed during May aboard the Start Me Up with Capt. Timster and deckman Chris Kiser.
The top two ono and top mahi of the year-to-date came in during the time period. A 51.3-pound ono was weighed during May aboard the Start Me Up Das It with Captains Denny Putnam and Rich Lynch.
A 54.4-pound ono was landed aboard the Start Me Up with Capt. Timster and deckman John Keiley in August, along with a 51.8-pound bull mahi aboard the Die Hard with Captains Fuzzy Alboro and Kenny Bauchman.
The adage "It's better to be lucky than good" seems to fit this situation: The Genesis, with owner Capt. Bob Schnoor and crew James Blanton were on a holo holo trip with some friends. Their lucky, "free gaffed" white ulua weighed in at 94.1 pounds. Their ulua is the largest of the year-to-date and third largest ulua recorded for Lahaina Harbor since 1991.